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City of Bones (Mortal Instruments): 1 Paperback – 2 Jul 2007
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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
Movie tie-in of book one in the international number-one bestselling series The Mortal Instruments. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is in cinemas August 2013. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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Well that's what she had been led to believe all her life, but when she witnesses the murder of a `blue haired' boy in a closet of a night club by three attackers, and no one else seems to be able to see anything, she goes home confused.
Out of the blue one day her mum announces that they are leaving New York, right away. Clary gets mad at her mum as she doesn't want to leave and takes off with her best friend, Simon.
Whilst sat in the local café with Simon, she notices one of the attackers from the night club walk past the window, and goes out to follow him. He doesn't understand how she can see him. He tells her that he is a Shadowhunter and that he can only been seen by others from his world or if he chooses to be seen.
Whilst talking to the Jace, the Shadowhunter, she receives a frantic call from her mum telling her not to come home. Doing exactly the opposite she races home, followed by Jace and finds it trashed, her mum gone and a strange hissing creature heading towards her. After a battle she manages to kill the creature but not before it has stung her.
With Clary now in grave danger after being infected by a demon, Jace does the only thing he can think of - he takes her to the New York Institution, the home for Shadowhunters, so that they can help cure her.
This is the start of Clary's journey into a world that runs parallel with the mortal world, a world full of warlocks, witches, vampires, werewolves, faeries, demons and of course Shadowhunters.
If she's going to find out what has happened to her mum, she must first discover who she truly is, and learn to fulfil her full potential.Read more ›
I went into this book expecting not to enjoy it as there is so much hype around this series, and I think everyone I know adores the books, but I am so happy to say that City of Bones exceeded my expectations, by a mile. I have officially fallen in love with this world and am dying to read book two... which I immediately bought as soon as I had finished.
After a slow but still brilliant start, I was completely absorbed into the world of Shadow Hunters and Demons. Every time I put this book down, I had a empty, hollow feeling which could only be filled by continuing reading, and so I did. At first I thought 500+ pages would take me a long time to read, but as I neared the ending of the book - it wasn't long enough, I needed more.
The writing style, the world building, the storyline and the characters were all so brilliant and believable - they were much more than just words on page, they were alive and real.
This book had the perfect amount of action, humour and romance which was gripping and thrilling, and I am so excited to carry on with the rest of the series.
If you are a fan of the mercy Thompson series I think you will like this series as well. A series where all the supernaturals come together in 1 epic adventure.
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The City of Bones is a very well-written book and Cassandra Clare packs a lot of action into one book. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Lydia Stephenson
A very good read that had me turning the pages til the end.
I would recommend this book. I really enjoyed reading about Cleary and jase.
i read a sample of this book on my kindle and really enjoyed this but i did sometimes get a bit confused on all of the characters.Published 1 month ago by Ms S J Hart
So interesting and exiting to read. Enjoyed it and can't wait to read the next one.Published 1 month ago by Elleka
Beautiful introduction into the world of shadow hunters, believable characters and adventures. Great read for young adults and the maturer reader who like fantasy storylines.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Loved this book I couldn't put it down. Can't wait to read the others in the series at least I can sleep now I've finished itPublished 2 months ago by mushpotato