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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd (2 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406307629
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406307627
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"* "Funny, dark, and sexy. One of my favourite books... Cassie's writing makes my toes curl with envy." Holly Black, author of The Spiderwick Chronicles"<br \><br \>This urban-fantasy series opener spices its fight against evil with sexual tension. Fifteen-year-old geek hipster Clary thought she was just a normal kid, but normal kids don't see invisible people, and normal kids' mothers don't suddenly disappear, seemingly captured by horrific monsters. But like many fantasy heroines, Clary isn't normal, and she's got all the secret parentage, dramatic revelations and amazing magic powers to prove it. Clary is a Shadowhunter, brought up as a mundane but born to fight demons. She and her mundane friend Simon fall in with a trio of Shadowhunter teens, and are soon embroiled in a quest to understand Clary's past - and incidentally save the world. Rich descriptions occasionally devolve into purple prose, but the story's sensual flavor comes from the wealth of detail: demons with facial piercings, diners serving locusts and honey, pretty gay warlocks and cameo appearances from other urban fantasies' characters. Complicated romantic triangles keep the excitement high even when the dramatic revelations tend toward the ridiculous. Lush and fun. (Fantasy. YA) (Kirkus Reviews) --Holly Black, author of The Spiderwick Chronicles

"The Mortal Instruments series is a story world I love to live in. Beautiful!" --Stephenie Meyer

"Dear Edward and Jacob, I adore you both, but I'm spending the weekend with Jace. Sorry! Love, Stephenie" --Stephenie Meyer

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Enter the world of the Shadowhunters in this special edition of the New York Times bestselling City of Bones, complete with gorgeous cover art from the Netflix series, Shadowhunters. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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This is a strange book, a study in contrasts. And it's one I've been thinking a lot about how I'll write this review.

It's clearly aimed at mid-teen age, mostly girls. I believe the author started out in fan-fiction, but this is her first published novel, and is set to be one of three in a trilogy. It is very much a cross between Harry Potter and Artemis Fowl, with a pinch of Buffy The Vampire Slayer thrown in for good measure.

I have good and bad things to say about this book. I think I'll start with the bad and get it out the way.

My first comment is that the book is not very well written in parts, although it gets a bit better as it progresses. The first thing that jumped out at me was the use (particularly early in the book) of very cheesy and/or odd metaphors and similes, which reminded me of something one would write in English at school where the teacher has tried to get you to use various similes and metaphors just for the sake of it. They jarred every time, which was unfortunate. For example:

"He turned to follow her, tasting the phantom sizzle of her death on his lips." [pg. 11]

"A small flower of apprehension began to open inside her chest." [pg. 13]

These sort of things crop up not infrequently, more so in the earlier sections of the book.

My second negative point is that there are occasionally inconsistencies from one paragraph to the next, things I would have expected an editor to pick up right away. For example, there's one instance where the sound of someone's heels are described as clacking on a polished wooden floor, but in the next paragraph the person is described as wearing old hiking boots.
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I'm in the biggest reading slump because of this book. Ive heard great things about the 'City of Bones' but OH.MY.GOD. I wasn't prepared for it to be so good and enjoyable. Ive been wanting to read 'The Mortal Instruments' series for ages now and I honestly don't know why I waited so long to start it.

COB starts off with an normal fifteen year old girl named Clary Fray. She lives in New York City with her mum Jocelyn and as most teenage girls, Clary gets into an argument with her mum. Being in a mood about not wanting to move she heads out with her best friend Simon and decides to go to a nightclub which ends up changing her life forever. In the nightclub we are introduced to three more characters, one of them being Jace Wayland and thats when all the drama starts.

When I first started COB I thought I wasn't going to like it as it started off a bit slow for me but after the 3rd chapter I was hooked, oh gosh was I hooked. I needed to know all about Clary and find out who and what Jace was. It defiantly became a page turner, so much that I read it in a day and a half.

Cassandra Clare has defiantly become one of my favourite authors now. The way she manages to explain the scenes and the world she is creating makes me feel like I'm actually there fighting alongside Clary and Jace. I would defiantly like to fight alongside Jace. OH.MY.GOD. Jace is just perfect, can I have a Jace for my birthday please???

Throughout the book you can tell that there is an obvious attraction between Clary and Jace. Half of the time I was shouting at the book for them to be together but that damn Simon is always in the way.
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Clary Fray's life changes forever after going to a nightclub one evening and sees a boy murder another - who's body disappears. Then when her mother disappears, and she finds a monster in her house, Clary is thrown into a world of demons and Shadow Hunters, those who hunt them. Everything she knows is turned upside down, and with the return of th Shadow Hunter's worst enemy, Valentine, and the search to find an ancient relic of great power, the Mortal Cup, before he does, Clary discovers she is more than just an average girl.

I've seen reviews for the Mortal Instruments series for a fair while, and thought I would give City of Bones a go even though it didn't really appeal to me. This book has been sitting in my TBR pie for a few months now, and finally made my way to it. And you know what? I so wish I picked this up sooner!

As I hand write this review (I'm on holiday, and can't get to a computer right now), I've literally jus finished City of Bone and I am BUZZING! There aren't really any words I am capable of using right now to describe how good it is, but the fact that I feel the urge to shout and scream and jump about should give you the idea. City of Bones is that good! Someone pass me City of Ashes now!

It may sound odd, but this book reminds me of Doctor Who's tardis in a way; you know how it's bigger on the inside? Well it's kind of opposite with this book. City of Bones is a fair sized book at 442 pages, and the font is fairly small, yet it was such a quick read! And although a lot happens, it looks like I should have at least half the book still to read. My point is, I thought I'd be reading this book for quite a while (I'm not the fastest reader going), and that it may be a little tedious, but it took just two days, and was so exciting.
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