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City of Bones

City of Bones

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When 15-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 ...
Publisher: New York : M.K. McElderry Books, ©2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781416914280
1416914285
Branch Call Number: Y FIC CLAR
Characteristics: 485 pages ; 24 cm.

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AtkinsonMH
May 15, 2021

The first book in the ‘Shadow Hunter’ series, ‘City of Bones’, a story, is heavily primed by the narrative and creative deficiencies of the movie of similar name (2013). That is, the reader, me, struggled to separate the imagery of the author from the visuals of the dramatized portrayal which arose from Hollywood, USA.

However, there are profound differences between the two creative mediums. First, the storyline in the book is more grounded in the creative nuance of the author’s imagination. Second, the movie, in my opinion, labours on with a heavy burden of crass and unimaginative, impersonal depiction, typical of productions originating out of contemporary North American film production. Finally, characters emerging from the authors prose are drafted with a subtlety which is richly woven within the fabric of the humanity and personality of the lead story protagonists. Suffice to say the author’s rendition of the story is vastly superior, entirely more engaging and compelling, and characters much less shallow and stereotypical.

Of course, at one level, socially and psychologically, the reader has to accept the narrative positioning of Clary, the central character of the storyline. As fifteen-year-old women, she is unfamiliar with the subtle facets of her immerging feminine identity, and understandably challenged by the heavily patriarchal reality of the shadow worlds and their inhabitants – faeries, werewolves, vampires and demons, for example, to say nothing of the influences of magic and other dimensions.

Chary et al. regularly apply referencing, vocabulary, language, social and psychological responses to stimulii which are often rooted in pop-cultural and alt-cultural sources of inspiration, gender conflicts, gender roles, and hyper-sexual identity tensions. Thereby, at one level, tension from the emerging crisis involving Clary’s mother is forefront of this tale.

Even so, underneath there are also the emotional and existential tensions of Clary’s emerging independence, a lifetime of magical-psychological manipulation, and the outco es of the inherent reticence of her mother concerning her birth and otherworldly birthright. Clary is under a lot of social and psychological pressure, even before her mother disappears, likely abducted. Her fellow adolescents, from the institute, to a greater of lesser degree, also reflect similar struggles and tensions. Overall, the author appears to execute a believable picture of teenage angst and existential crisis without leaning heavily on the banal or socially irrelevant.

In the first installment of the Mortal Instruments series, we are introduced to Clary and the Shadowhunters. I don't like this series nearly as much as the Infernal Devices, and Clary isn't my favorite main character. However, it still is an engaging fantasy and includes monsters, adventure, and a fast paced plot.

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tiffanymhoang
Apr 28, 2021

A completely immersing, page-turning book (and series!). I really liked Cassandra Clare’s portrayal of the intense fantasy world of Shadowhunters, and her amazing characters. In this book, Clary is thrust into the world of Shadowhunters who not only fight demons, but also coexist with other supernatural beings such as warlocks, vampires, and werewolves. It is a well written, fast paced novel that keeps you on your toes with plenty of action and plot twists. I had an amazing time reading this series and would recommend it to anybody who loves to indulge in a combination of action, romance, suspense, and supernatural creatures all in one book!

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Sabrina_Eichhorn
Mar 19, 2021

Book #1

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Jello13091
Feb 17, 2021

6 books; all out. Infernal Devices series is the prequel though (3 books there).

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jaquelinescobedo
Jan 13, 2021

City of Bones is outstanding in almost all aspects. I know there is a lot of people who do not like Clary because she is selfish but put yourself in her shoes. She had to overcome the fear of losing her mom to save her. She had to become something else that she never even knew she had inside of her. She is trying to understand her self and her biological father she did not know was alive. I wish Cassandra Clare went more in to depth about her struggles with trying to fit in with the other Shadowhunters. On the other hand Jace is very arrogant when it comes to being a Shadowhunter which is kind of an attractive quality. He is described as a protector of Clary and of his own adoptive family. We see Jace being very skilled but we do not see a very emotional part of him. I wish we could see more of his thoughts around Clary. Although this book is written from Clary's point of view it would have been nice if there was a single chapter of more of the other important characters as well. Similar to the organization of the book Wonder. Although their lack of character development personally it was not disappointed when it came to their developing relationship. There conversations together were mostly interesting, funny and quite adorable. They are very opposite in quite almost everything which is why they are so good together. Besides them other characters like Isabelle, Simon, Magnus and Alec got a nice introduction and contribution to the plot. Which I know will vary through the other books. This is my opinion as I begin my journey though the series of The Mortal Instruments.

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BriarTeAmorangi
Jan 10, 2021

I have read this series so many times, and every time I read it, I feel so immersed into the main character and connected to her. Thank Cassandra Clare for writing such an amazing series for the Shadow World.

From the beginning this book is very gripping. It's a little confusing but stick with it b/c it all makes sense as it unfolds. I love the twists and turns and have been surprised many times! I really like her version of werewolves, warlocks and vampires. Super creative and vivid. The relationships between the characters are relatable and you can feel the connection. Pick up this book, you will not regret it.

LCPL_Katelyn Dec 11, 2020

I read this book several years ago and just recently listened to the audiobook. I wasn't sure if I'd enjoy an audiobook, but I needed one for a long drive. I immediately was pulled into this story through Mae Whitman's narration. Her voices for the different characters was absolutely perfect. I already care deeply for the characters and their fates in this storyline, and I am excited to listen to the rest of this series.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Dec 09, 2020

This book was an adventure from the start. I immersed myself in the world of Shadowhunters alongside Clary Fray (the main character). Cassandra Clare has the power to bring her creative world to life with just her words. From fear to love, this book brings it all. Cassandra Clare brings on a whole new world of possibilities in the form of this book. It’s a battle, of truth and lies, myth and reality, love and home. This book is just the beginning, to a whole new adventure that is waiting for your way. 4 Stars - @MissPeachPrincess of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board
I recently read the book: City of Bones, by Cassandra Clare. This book is really captivating from the start. Your dividing into such a uniquely different fantasy world, which the author does a great job of describing. The characters are strong yet displayed with many characteristics. Our main character Clary is what brought me to the book. She’s described as a strong character who’d do anything for the people she loves. Each character has a flaw that helps you see the raw emotions and consider them to be real people. When the author displays this sort of characteristic it immediately draws you to that specific character, which I really liked about the book. I like how different the book is compared to other fantasy novels. The author not only involves werewolves and vampires, but also demons and myths/legends. The book starts to get more and more intriguing as you read, and I can’t wait to read the second book. I’d recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy, and young adult books. I rate this book a 5/5. @peppapig of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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Nov 21, 2020

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roen_james thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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Dec 30, 2019

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Nov 23, 2019

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Mar 16, 2019

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Oct 28, 2018

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ErinCP
Apr 14, 2018

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Dec 12, 2017

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mauve_bird_127
May 17, 2019

"You're an idiot."

"I've never claimed to be otherwise."

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mauve_bird_127
May 17, 2019

Clary: "I don't want tea. I want to find my mother. And then I want to find out who took her in the first place, and I want to kill them.
Hodge: "Unfortunately, we're all out of bitter revenge at the moment, so it's either tea or nothing."

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mauve_bird_127
May 17, 2019

"A diary with no drawings of me in it? Where are the torrid fantasies? The romance covers?"

-Jace Wayland

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mauve_bird_127
May 17, 2019

"Your friend's poetry is terrible," he said.

Clary blinked, caught momentarily off guard. "What?"

"I said his poetry was terrible. It sounds like he ate a dictionary and started vomiting up words at random."

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mauve_bird_127
May 17, 2019

Clary: "What are all these?"
Jace: "Vials of holy water, blessed knives, stell and silver blades, electrum wire--not much use at the moment but it's always good to have spares--silver bullets, charms of protection, crucifixes, stars of David--"
Clary: "Jesus."
Jace: "I doubt he'd fit."
Clary: "Jace."

Clary was appalled.

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mauve_bird_127
May 17, 2019

Jace: "Don't tell me. Simon's turned himself into an ocelot and you want me to do something about it before Isabelle makes him into a stole. Well, you'll have to wait till tomorrow. I'm out of commission."

He pointed at himself--he was wearing blue pajamas with a hole in the sleeve.

Jace: "Look. Jammies."
Clary: "Jace, this is important."
Jace: "Don't tell me. You've got a drawing emergency. You need a nude model. Well, I'm not in the mood. You could always ask Hodge. I hear he'll do anything for a--"
Clary: "JACE! JUST SHUT UP FOR A SECOND AND LISTEN, WILL YOU?"

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mauve_bird_127
May 17, 2019

Jace: "Don't tell me. Simon's turned himself into an ocelot and you want me to do something about it before Isabelle makes him into a stole. Well, you'll have to wait till tomorrow. I'm out of commission."

He pointed at himself--he was wearing blue pajamas with a hole in the sleeve.

Jace: "Look. Jammies."
Clary: "Jace, this is important."
Jace: "Don't tell me. You've got a drawing emergency. You need a nude model. Well, I'm not in the mood. You could always ask Hodge. I hear he'll do anything for a--"
Clary: "JACE! JUST SHUT UP FOR A SECOND AND LISTEN, WILL YOU?"

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mauve_bird_127
May 17, 2019

"The meek may inherit the earth, but at the moment it belongs to the conceited. Like me."

-Jace Wayland

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mauve_bird_127
May 17, 2019

"Just because you call an electric eel a rubber duck doesn't make it a rubber duck, does it? And God help the poor someone who decides they want to take a bath with the duckie."

-Jace Wayland

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mauve_bird_127
May 17, 2019

Alec: "What's this?"

He looked from Clary to his companions, as if they might know what she was doing there.

Jace: "It's a girl. Surely you've seen girls before, Alec. Your sister Isabelle is one."

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pink_bird_94
Nov 21, 2020

Violence: A bit detailed

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pink_bird_94
Nov 21, 2020

Coarse Language: A bit of swearing

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ErinCP
Apr 29, 2019

Sexual Content: You may have to skip parts, paragraphs at least.

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ErinCP
Apr 29, 2019

Violence: The series is very violent, violence being a key feature

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ErinCP
Apr 29, 2019

Coarse Language: Lots of swearing throughout the books

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walkermom
Jul 14, 2014

Other: Underage drinking

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Haileysun224
Aug 13, 2013

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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Violet_Wolf_17
Jan 25, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Violet_Wolf_17
Jan 25, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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Violet_Wolf_17
Jan 25, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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AtkinsonMH
May 15, 2021

Fantasy cultural mores, icons and ethncities construct the fabric of this storyline. Underneath a crisis in political and social alt-shadow dimension cultural drivers for power and facist revolutionary change, teenage exestential sexual identity tensions drive this tale forward. Characters are pressed into loyalities specific to their ethnic ties pitting social cliques one against the other. Our lead protaganist, a young North
American raised women from New York, is entirely at sea with the revelation of this new depth of ethnic and cultural complexity. Further, her origins as a mundane, as a citizen of contemporary-society-culture, are all brought into question with the revelations of the previous unrevealed truth of her mother's past and her birth and birthright. Dangerous militarist manchinations seek to draw the story towards a crisis which could see Clary, our lead character, lose her mother and associates to violet death or worse.

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Naveen_Siddiqui
Jun 06, 2016

Clarissa Fray (Fairchild/Morgenstern) is a Shadowhunter, and she get's mixed up in a world her mother tried so hard to hide from her, but failed when Valentine attacked her mother and kidnapped her somewhere in the Magical World. She find's love... well maybe she does, but she's only starting to get into the big mess

etravalia Oct 15, 2015

Clare finds that her mother has been kidnapped, and that she has the blood of an angel in her body that allows her to see legendary creatures of myth. Discovers she has a brother. hen retrieves the mortal cup finds out the bad guy is her father.

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Yellow_Hawk_9
Aug 07, 2014

When clary enters the pandemonium club she hardly expects to witness a murder, especially one that only she seems to be able to see. Beginning with that night Clary gets plunged in to a hidden world of shadow hunters and downworlders. Starting with the disappearance of her mom and moving to the even more extreme, this book will leave you dying to read the whole series!

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tylerstorey
Jul 14, 2014

Great book about demons and Shadowhunters (demon slayers). This book becomes quite dark, interesting, and is a very good book. Highly suggest you read this book!

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seraphic
May 03, 2011

This is one of my favourite books. I love the characters, particularly Clary and Jace. The way Cassie Clare writes is wonderful, it is beautifully descriptive and witty. I fell in love with Jace in this book, and he remains my favourite male character. I also love Clary, she is 'one of us'.

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E_Kazan
Aug 27, 2010

The back:
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....

lms Mar 22, 2008

Through meeting Jace, Alec and Isabelle - teenaged defenders of demonic evil on earth - Clary becomes embroiled in a world class struggle of good and evil and realizes that she may have superhero traits of her own.

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