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Their hidden world is about to be revealed....

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder — much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Clary knows she should call the police, but it's hard to explain a murder when the body disappears into thin air and the murderers are invisible to everyone but Clary.

Equally startled by her ability to see them, the murderers explain themselves as Shadowhunters: a secret tribe of warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. Within twenty-four hours, Clary's mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a grotesque demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know....

Review:

"Clare's debut novel, first in the Mortal Instruments series, is a sprawling urban fantasy packed with just about every type of creature known to the genre, and still spacious enough to hold more. Fifteen-year-old Clary Fray witnesses a killing in an 'all-ages club'; when she confronts the attackers, she learns that they are spectral Shadowhunters, charged with killing demonic creatures called Night Children. Clary returns home to find her apartment vandalized and her mother missing, apparently kidnapped by creatures in the service of someone named Valentine. An attack by a slithering beast sends Clary to the infirmary at the Institute, hidden home of the Shadowhunters. There she befriends the hunter Jace, who tells her of Valentine's intention to find the Mortal Cup, one of three Mortal Instruments the Angel gave to the first Shadowhunters (the others are a mirror and sword). Great secrets abound both in Clary's past and in her own head — secrets that are gradually revealed to her about her mother, her mother's eccentric friend Luke, her relationship with Jace and, eventually, about Valentine himself. Clare's atmospheric setting is spot-on, informed equally by neo-gothic horror films and the modern fantasy leanings of Neil Gaiman. Werewolves, vampires, angels and fairies all fit in this ambitious milieu. At the core, though, this is a compelling story about family secrets and coming-of-age identity crises. Fans of the smart/chic horror typified by Buffy the Vampire Slayer will instantly fall for this new series. Ages 14-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"City of Bones has everything: vampires, werewolves, faeries, true love, and stuff that blows up. What's more, Clare's characters are brilliant — she better not kill any of them off in the next two volumes!" Justine Larbalestier, author of Magic or Madness

Review:

"Funny, dark, and sexy. One of my favorite books." Holly Black

Synopsis:

Don’t miss The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, soon to be a major motion picture in theaters August 2013.

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder—much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing—not even a smear of blood—to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know...

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

Synopsis:

Donand#8217;t miss andlt;Iandgt;The Mortal Instruments: City of Bonesandlt;/Iandgt;, now a major motion picture. Discover this first installment of the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and and#8220;prepare to be hookedand#8221; (andlt;I andgt;Entertainment Weeklyandlt;/Iandgt;).andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murderand#8212;much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. Itand#8217;s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothingand#8212;not even a smear of bloodand#8212;to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;This is Claryand#8217;s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. Itand#8217;s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jaceand#8217;s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know...andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clareand#8217;s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

About the Author

Cassandra Clare made her fiction debut with The Mortal Instruments series, which has been on many bestseller lists and has been translated into more than thirty-five languages. Cassandra lives in an old Victorian house in Massachusetts with her husband, their cats, and lots and lots of books. Visit her online at CassandraClare.com. Learn more about The Mortal Instruments series at MortalInstruments.com, and learn more about The Infernal Devices series at TheInfernalDevices.com.

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BookListOfBooks, March 12, 2014 (view all comments by BookListOfBooks)
This book follows fairly true to the original myths of creatures (or Downworlders, as they’re called in the books), such as vampires, fairies, and werewolves, a nice change from all these Twilight-esque books that are finally falling out of popularity. Vampires in this series can’t go out in the sun and sleep during the day. Werewolves are made up of those infected with Lycanthropy and they change on the full moon. Fairies aren't the innocent creatures that Disney makes them out to be. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw these details in the book, and so I applaud Cassandra for doing her research.

The thing that struck me the most out of this book was the societal aspect of it. This book was written in 2007, right around the time that people started to get riled up about the fact that gays couldn't get married. This is one of the few books that I've read that actually includes gay characters and I couldn't be happier about this (other books include Harry Potter and Perks of Being a Wallflower).

The main character, Clary, is a very round, dynamic character. She starts the book as a girl who loved art and didn't always get along with her mum. She ended the book more independent and with a new perspective of the world around her.

Overall, I'd give the book a 5 out of 5 rating. I like the way it was written and I love the characters.
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nrlymrtl, January 17, 2014 (view all comments by nrlymrtl)
Meet Clary Fray. She’s 15, lives with her mom, and has a bit of a submissive streak. Simon is her best friend, and he is a bit of a wallflower. So of course Clary needs to drag him off to a nightclub, Pandemonium. In an equipment room, Clary witnesses three armed teens kill what she thinks is another teen. However, the security guard and Simon don’t see anything. Later, at a poetry reading (Simon’s idea), Clary sees one of the teens, Jace. Clary learns a little about the Shadowhunters and their never-ending quest to slay demons. Of course, she has trouble believing it, but that becomes much easier when she is attacked by a giant bug-like demon in her apartment. With her mother missing, and tons of questions, she turns to Jace and his fellow Shadowhunters for answers.

Alec and Isabelle Lightwood live at the Institute with Jace, and the elderly, scholarly Hodge Starkweather. Isabelle can be a bitch, but she is always straight forward. Alec takes a huge dislike to Clary right away. So even though she is temporarily safe from demon bugs, she isn’t exactly being coddled and reassured all will be well. At that is one of the aspects I enjoyed about this book. The Shadowhunters are descendants of the first nephilim, those created from an angel mixing his blood with mortal blood. from this, they derive certain powers, such as the Sight which allows Clary to see Jace and crew at the night club.

The Shadowhunters also have other magical means, such as runes they draw upon their skin and then call upon for protection or healing. Yeah, it stings a bit, but they endure. they also have years of training in more mundane defense skills; hand-to-hand combat, various weapons training. Only Isabelle cooks, and she does that badly. Other than that, these teens all seem able to clean & dress themselves and order in when hungry.

The over all mystery was pretty compelling. Clary soon finds out her mother is more than she ever knew, along with he mother’s long-term boyfriend Luke. Turns out the Mortal Cup, which was used by the angel to make the first nephilim, has been missing for a generation. It disappeared when the evil warlock Valentine was destroyed. Or was he? So plenty to explore there, both in Clary’s present and also in the past.

The story quickly develops a love triangle, which then becomes a quadrangle, and then a pentangle. At that point, it’s just best to call it the Love Tangle. These teens need to get out more and meet more people, period. At first I was a little annoyed at the love triangle, but by the time we got to the Love Tangle, I could only chuckle at it. I don’t think anyone’s going to get laid.

While some of the plot twists were predictable, the author still executed them with drama and scenery. Yep, scenery. They were quite lovely scenes, just predictable. And Clary seemed to spend 90% of the book reacting to her surroundings or doing what someone else tells her to do. She rarely acted on her own.

But other than those points, it was a fun jaunt through YA. Will I read the next book? Hmm….I don’t know. If I find it on the library shelf while browsing and queue isn’t already full, sure.
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Bluefastakan, December 31, 2013 (view all comments by Bluefastakan)
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. At first I was worried it would be another angsty teenage romance-athon with plot interwoven purely for the sake of still being able to call it a novel. But the history and setting of the book is interesting, the dialogue is snappy and surprisingly funny, and there are a few genuine twists that definitely serve as a suitable surprise. The prose and descriptions can be a bit overtly flowery at times, but overall a very solid read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781416955078
Author:
Clare, Cassandra
Publisher:
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Lifestyles - City & Town Life
Subject:
Social Issues - New Experience
Subject:
Supernatural
Subject:
Horror stories
Subject:
Horror & Ghost Stories
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Demonology
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Subject:
Shadowhunter; Cassie Clare; Cassie Claire; Cassandra Clare; Mortal Instruments; Mortal; instruments; infernal; city of; devices; dark; artificies; warlock; demon; angel; love; action; YA, magic; passion; vampire; werewolf; bestseller; book-to-screen; movi
Subject:
Shadowhunter; Cassie Clare; Cassie Claire; Cassandra Clare; Mortal Instruments; Mortal; instruments; infernal; city of; devices; dark; artificies; warlock; demon; angel; love; action; YA, magic; passion; vampire; werewolf; bestseller; book-to-screen; movi
Subject:
Shadowhunter; Cassie Clare; Cassie Claire; Cassandra Clare; Mortal Instruments; Mortal; instruments; infernal; city of; devices; dark; artificies; warlock; demon; angel; love; action; YA, magic; passion; vampire; werewolf; bestseller; book-to-screen; movi
Subject:
Shadowhunter; Cassie Clare; Cassie Claire; Cassandra Clare; Mortal Instruments; Mortal; instruments; infernal; city of; devices; dark; artificies; warlock; demon; angel; love; action; YA, magic; passion; vampire; werewolf; bestseller; book-to-screen; movi
Subject:
Shadowhunter; Cassie Clare; Cassie Claire; Cassandra Clare; Mortal Instruments; Mortal; instruments; infernal; city of; devices; dark; artificies; warlock; demon; angel; love; action; YA, magic; passion; vampire; werewolf; bestseller; book-to-screen; movi
Subject:
Shadowhunter; Cassie Clare; Cassie Claire; Cassandra Clare; Mortal Instruments; Mortal; instruments; infernal; city of; devices; dark; artificies; warlock; demon; angel; love; action; YA, magic; passion; vampire; werewolf; bestseller; book-to-screen; movi
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Reprint
Series:
Mortal Instruments, The
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
20080331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
f/c cvr
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
14-17

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Clare's debut novel, first in the Mortal Instruments series, is a sprawling urban fantasy packed with just about every type of creature known to the genre, and still spacious enough to hold more. Fifteen-year-old Clary Fray witnesses a killing in an 'all-ages club'; when she confronts the attackers, she learns that they are spectral Shadowhunters, charged with killing demonic creatures called Night Children. Clary returns home to find her apartment vandalized and her mother missing, apparently kidnapped by creatures in the service of someone named Valentine. An attack by a slithering beast sends Clary to the infirmary at the Institute, hidden home of the Shadowhunters. There she befriends the hunter Jace, who tells her of Valentine's intention to find the Mortal Cup, one of three Mortal Instruments the Angel gave to the first Shadowhunters (the others are a mirror and sword). Great secrets abound both in Clary's past and in her own head — secrets that are gradually revealed to her about her mother, her mother's eccentric friend Luke, her relationship with Jace and, eventually, about Valentine himself. Clare's atmospheric setting is spot-on, informed equally by neo-gothic horror films and the modern fantasy leanings of Neil Gaiman. Werewolves, vampires, angels and fairies all fit in this ambitious milieu. At the core, though, this is a compelling story about family secrets and coming-of-age identity crises. Fans of the smart/chic horror typified by Buffy the Vampire Slayer will instantly fall for this new series. Ages 14-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "City of Bones has everything: vampires, werewolves, faeries, true love, and stuff that blows up. What's more, Clare's characters are brilliant — she better not kill any of them off in the next two volumes!"
"Review" by , "Funny, dark, and sexy. One of my favorite books."
"Synopsis" by , Don’t miss The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, soon to be a major motion picture in theaters August 2013.

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder—much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing—not even a smear of blood—to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know...

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

"Synopsis" by , Donand#8217;t miss andlt;Iandgt;The Mortal Instruments: City of Bonesandlt;/Iandgt;, now a major motion picture. Discover this first installment of the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and and#8220;prepare to be hookedand#8221; (andlt;I andgt;Entertainment Weeklyandlt;/Iandgt;).andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murderand#8212;much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. Itand#8217;s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothingand#8212;not even a smear of bloodand#8212;to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;This is Claryand#8217;s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. Itand#8217;s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jaceand#8217;s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know...andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clareand#8217;s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.
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