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City of Bones (Mortal Instruments) Hardcover – March 27, 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
This Buffy-esque YA novel does not translate well to the audio medium, and part of the problem lies in the story's pacing. Teenager Clary discovers she can see supernatural beings that no one else can, gets drawn into the world of the Shadowhunters (teens who kill demons and monsters) and learns that her mother is somehow mysteriously connected to all the strange happenings around her. As a result, a good chunk of the novel consists of long explanatory passages, as various characters fill Clary in on supernatural creatures, the history and rules of the Shadowhunters and her mother's entanglements—all of which come across as tedious lectures. In addition, narrator Graynor makes almost no attempt to differentiate the various teen characters' voices. Only the minor character Dorothea, played as a faux witch with a gravelly New York accent, is memorable. Graynor also frequently ignores the author's explicit textual directives, such as [Simon] came back, sounding worried or The tone of arrogant superiority was back in [Jace's] voice, for her performance, making this a program with an intriguing premise and cast but disappointing execution. Ages 14-up. (May)
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From School Library Journal
Grade 8 Up–When Clary Fray witnesses three tattoo-covered teenagers murder another teen, she is unable to prove the crime because the victim disappears right in front of her eyes, and no one else can see the killers. She learns that the teens are Shadowhunters (humans who hunt and kill demons), and Clary, a mundie (i.e., mundane human), should not be able to see them either. Shortly after this discovery, her mother, Jocelyn, an erstwhile Shadowhunter, is kidnapped. Jocelyn is the only person who knows the whereabouts of The Mortal Cup, a dangerous magical item that turns humans into Shadowhunters. Clary must find the cup and keep it from a renegade sector of Shadowhunters bent on eliminating all nonhumans, including benevolent werewolves and friendly vampires. Amid motorcycles powered by demon energies, a telepathic brotherhood of archivists, and other moments of great urban fantasy, the story gets sidetracked by cutesy touches, like the toasted bat sandwich on the menu of an otherworldly restaurant. The characters are sporadically characterized and tend toward behavior that is both predictable and slightly repellent–Clary finds out who her real father is about 200 pages after readers will have it figured out. Despite the narrative flaws, this version of New York, full of Buffyesque teens who are trying to save the world, is entertaining and will have fantasy readers anxiously awaiting the next book in the series.–Heather M. Campbell, Philip S. Miller Library, Castle Rock, CO
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Top Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this book! The way that some of the things played out just wasn’t what I was wanting or expected and it actually made me so mad I didn’t want to read any more of the series. Thus the star rating. But I WILL be continuing on with the series, no worries. I’ve actually already bought the rest of the series except for City of Lost Souls.
Of course with my spoiler free policy I won’t be able to go into details about what I didn’t like, but feel free to DM me on Twitter and we can talk!
I also want to say that I read this book back when I was in middle school and really loved it, but I did not remember a thing about it when I picked it up this time. Thus my very violent reaction. LOL
I really did enjoy the world building and the magic system that was in place. It was also fun to be learning about it at the same time as Clary. I also really liked that Clary didn’t drop Simon, her mundane best friend, once she found out about this new world she was supposed to be apart of.
Jace was very entertaining and I thoroughly enjoyed his snarky comments. I’m glad he was apart of the book because most of the times I laughed it was because of the things he said. At first I really disliked Alec. He just came off like a major douche bag, but by the end he definitely grew on me and I was a major wreck wondering if he was going to make it into the next book.
Isabelle seemed like she could’ve been interesting, but she wasn’t very present in the story. She did kind of come off as a stuck up princess, especially where Simon was concerned. So I’m definitely indifferent to her character.
If you read my Goodreads progress that I alway post at the end of my reviews, you will see where I became irate with Hodge. How DARE he do what he did! I just couldn’t freaking believe what I was reading and that started my dislike of the story line. Everything from that point on what a major disappointment. I’m going to try and explain this the best way I know how without giving any details away.
Basically, the writing was wonderful. The events were captivating. The twists were nothing I would have ever expected. My problem is that EXACTLY what I didn’t want to happen, did. And I kept praying for the big reveal that none of what was happening was true. But unfortunately, it seems that it was.
I know that as I continue to read the series I’m going to be quietly hoping for this huge turn of events where Cassandra Clare is just like “SIKE GUYS, I WAS TOTALLY KIDDING! BUT I HAD YOU GOING THERE FOR A LITTLE WHILE DIDNT I?” One can hope right?
I’m currently waiting on the next book in the series to come in the mail so I can get right into the next book
I hate to start this review this way, but I want to be honest. I have had this book on my shelf since 2008 and I never bothered to pick it up because I just didn't know what I'd feel about it. I'm mad at myself for this. I decided to finally read it because of the movie coming out. I really need to start reading all the books that I have been scared to read because of it being more fantasy. I have read a lot of fantasy recently and have loved every one of them. I'm being sucked in more and more.
Clary you learn to love. You feel so bad for her, because she is short has red hair and finds herself really unattractive. She can be a pain in some of the chapters because of her stubbornness but I have a feeling that it is really going to come in handy further down the road even more than it has in this book. Just in this book she has grown up so much and I hope that continues throughout the other books. I learned to love all the characters, even the ones with jealous tendencies like Isabelle and Alec. I think it is just how they were raised though. Jace, Isabelle, Alec, Simon, even Luke let you more into who they are and more explanations come out throughout the book.
I like that this isn't just humans, it has a little of everything, faeries, demons, werewolves, vampires, witches, warlocks. There are parts in the book about the worlds that a lot of books tend to explain the same way, but then you also learn more about the worlds too.
You get sucked into the pages. This isn't a book that leaves everything for the end. There is action and suspense throughout the whole book that makes you not able to stop reading it. The writing flows so well. The page count can be intimidating but the wording is bigger than some books though so it doesn't take as long as you would think to read it. It is easy to fly through it if you have the time to sit and enjoy it.
I can't wait to start the next book and I especially can't wait to go see the movie! Thank you movie for making me have to read it, I can't wait to devour the rest of the series!!
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Rereading this book brought back a lot of good memories of this series. I had a hard time putting it down, and finished it in about a day.Read more