City of Bones

City of Bones

Book - 2007
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Suddenly able to see demons and the Darkhunters who are dedicated to returning them to their own dimension, fifteen-year-old Clary Fray is drawn into this bizarre world when her mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a monster.
Publisher: New York : M.K. McElderry Books, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781416914280
1416914285
Branch Call Number: y CLARE
Characteristics: 485 p. ; 24 cm

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Suddenly able to see demons and the Darkhunters who are dedicated to returning them to their own dimension, fifteen-year-old Clary Fray is drawn into this bizarre world when her mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a monster.

Suddenly able to see demons and the Darkhunters who are dedicated to returning them to their own dimension, fifteen-year-old Clary Fray is drawn into this bizzare world when her mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a monster.

Clary Fray's apparently normal life takes a magically adventurous turn when her mother disappears and she discovers a world of occult danger. A 2013 release of a motion picture of City of Bones is scheduled. First in a series.


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karen_qin
Jul 12, 2017

SPOILER!!!!!!!I neeeeeeeed the second book.Why is Jace and Clary related??????? That is so unfair. They would be so cute together

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ryner
Jul 10, 2017

While visiting a club one evening with her friend Simon, Clary witnesses something she shouldn't, but even more disturbingly, something no one else present appeared to have been able to see: several peculiar-looking teenagers murdering an otherworldly being who, upon death, vanishes into thin air. A few days later her mother disappears, and Clary herself is attacked by a ghastly creature in her own home. Suddenly, Jace, one of the teens from the club, comes to her aid and whisks her away to the "Institute," where she learns more about what happened to her mother, and who these mysterious, demon-murdering people are.

This series was very popular at the library a few years ago, and so I'd been curious about it for some time. However, I'd until now hesitated to pick up the first book because of the expected commitment (there are 6, all 400+ pages!). From a teen readers' advisory perspective I'm glad I read this first installment, but at the same time I don't feel any desire to continue the series due to a few too many fantasy and relationship tropes that I've seen so many times before. Teens would probably eat this up, but I'm afraid I'm a few decades too late.

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paigegreenwood
Jun 30, 2017

This book is one of my favourites, I love the plot and just the story itself. I think the suspense, love and most of all the fighting is what makes this what it is.
If you like those kinds of things then I'm almost positive you will love this book.

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CosmicEnergy
Apr 04, 2017

Read entire series. This one's decent, but for all of you people out there who don't dig romance, BEWARE! Especially true for the last three, but there are just too many cheesy sex scenes. Not kidding.

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CambriaKM
Mar 22, 2017

An amazing start for a world worth exploring! The start for other amazing, attention grabbing books. I love this book series with all its prequels and sequels too. Five out of five stars.

LPL_FisherA Jan 11, 2017

I had a great time reading City of Bones after binge watching the television adaptation titled Shadowhunters on Freeform. Honestly, the writing is mediocre, and Cassandra Clare manages to take every fantasy trope and roll them all into a giant, messy burrito of a book. And yet, it totally works as fun, fast-paced, popcorn, Urban Fantasy fare that will help you escape from the "mundane-ness" of reality. Imagine if the characters from Twilight were a part of the Harry Potter Universe with a good shake of supernaturals added in for good flavor, and you will get the basic premise of the book. Personally, this was just the kind of mindless entertainment that I needed, and I've already begun the next books in the series. As an aside, I think that the television series is much better than the book because it focuses more on the tertiary characters who are far more interesting than the protagonists Jace and Clary. Also, I'm a Malec shipper for life!

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RebelBelle13
Oct 10, 2016

I really wanted to love this book. I honestly did. Several people recommended this to me, telling me if I liked Twilight and Harry Potter, I'd like this one. I can see why they'd say that. Clare (one letter away from the protagonist Clary, by the way) has written a Mary Sue fanfic by stopping by the fantasy buffet and choosing the bits and pieces she liked and sewing them together into this wanna-be supernatural action story. As I was reading I actually would stop and laugh out loud saying, "you're kidding me, right?" She stole the whole 'born into the magic but didn't know it' and wands, sorry, 'steles' from Harry Potter, the ridiculous love triangle and useless protagonist from Twilight, the whole 'magical item must not fall into the wrong hands or we're doomed' thing and the magical item that lights up in the darkest places from Lord of the Rings, and (SPOILER) major bad guy is actually your dad and convinces you to join him and rule the world from Star Wars. Really, Clare? Not only that, her characters had no depth. Simon is the best friend in love with the main character. Isabelle is the bitchy slut. Jace is the asshole narcissist. Alec is the closeted gay. They are one-dimensional, and fit into Clare's perfect little boxes. Oh, and Jace is gorgeous. Did you know that? He's beautiful. Let me tell you again, he's a sight for sore eyes. Jeez. The only reason I gave it a 3 is because it was easy to read. It's a good way to just get away from the world for awhile. Even though I know what's going to happen and it's going to give me a headache I'm going to read the next book. Dammit, Clare. You win this round.

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janelllim
Sep 02, 2016

I really like this series. It is very interesting to read, and lots of new twists and plots. One thing that bothers me, though, is like it's like Harry Potter in a LOT of ways. The Clave is the Minister of Magic, the Circle are the Death Eaters, Valentine=Voldemort, and Clary is Harry. But Casssandra Clare flips those characters upside down and adds so much new stuff that makes it in a way, completely different and super original. I would recommend it to anyone for sure.

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deltoraquest
Aug 24, 2016

The City of Bones is a very interesting book. The fantasy, fiction, blood, and suspense make it very easy to get lost in the story. This book is the first book in the Mortal Instruments Series, and is a real hooker. The book is about a seeming normal, about 16 year old girl, who has no idea she is a legendary Shadow hunter. Clary is a very good role model for children, and the story is suitable for ages 10-20. I really did love the book, as I expect other young readers too as well.

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NikkiHessami
Aug 19, 2016

I liked this book a lot. I would recommend it to people who like fantasy and blood. The second I picked it up I couldn't put it down! It is exciting and thrilling. My favorite part is when Clary realizes she is a shadowhunter and lots of mysteries get solved.

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BookNerdoftheWorld
Feb 22, 2016

" That's why when major badasses greet each other in movies, they don'the say anything, they just nod. The nod means 'I am a badass, and I recognise that you, too, are a badass, ' but they don't say anything because they're Wolverine and Magneto and it would mess up their vibe to explain." -Simon

"Don't stop there. I suppose there are, what, vampires and werewolves and zombies?"
"Of course there are. Although you mostly find zombies farther south, where the voudun priests are."
"What about mummies?Do they only hang around Egypt?"
Don't be ridiculous know one believes in mummies."-Clary and Jace

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goalie33_0
Feb 18, 2016

"WTF WITH THIS QUOTE STUFF."-ME

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Shelly0_0
Jan 06, 2016

I'm a werewolf not a golden retriever- Luke

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Faith1119
Jun 27, 2015

"It tends to make humans a little crazy. One minute you're munching a faerie plum, the next minute you're running naked down Madison Avenue with antlers on your head. Not, that this has ever happened to me.”

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ra1999
Jun 25, 2015

There might be a God, Clary, and there might not, but
I don't think it matters. Either way, we're on our own.

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mrswinchester
Jun 18, 2015

"To love is to destroy and to be loved is to be destroyed." -Jace

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green_wolf_411
Dec 30, 2014

Jace: "I can't believe you've been stuffing him with fish again. He's looking distinctly podgy."
Isabelle: "He does not look podgy. Besides, none of the rest of you ever eat anything."
Jace: "If you knew how to cook, maybe I would eat."
Isabelle: "WHAT did you just say?"
Jace: "I said I'm going to look for a snack to eat."
Isabelle: "That's what I thought you said."

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maiahtanner
Nov 19, 2014

Looking better in black than the widows of our enemy's since 1234 - Cassandra Clare

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BlueClover123
Jul 13, 2014

"Unfortunately my one true love remains myself." - Jace
"At least you don't have to worry about rejection." Dorothea
"Not necessarily. I turn myself down occasionally, just to keep it interesting." Jace

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BlueClover123
Jul 13, 2014

"That's why when major badasses greet each other in movies, they don't say anything, they just nod. The nod means, 'I am a badass and I recognize that you, too, are a badass,' but they don't say anything because they're Wolverine and Magneto and it would mess up their vibe to explain." - Simon Lewis

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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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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

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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Violet_Wolf_17
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Violence: This title contains Violence.

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Violet_Wolf_17
Jan 25, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

lms Mar 22, 2008

Violence: This title contains Violence.

lms Mar 22, 2008

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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