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City of Bones : The Mortal Instruments : Book 1 - Cassandra Clare

City of Bones

The Mortal Instruments : Book 1

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Published: 1st August 2007
For Ages: 14+ years old
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Sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is an ordinary teenager, who likes hanging out in Brooklyn with her friends. But everything changes the night she witnesses a murder, committed by a group of teens armed with medieval weaponry.

The murderous group are Shadowhunters, secret warriors dedicated to driving demons out of this dimension and back into their own.

Drawn inexorably into a terrifying world, Clary slowly begins to learn the truth about her family - and the battle for the fate of the world.

About The Author

Cassandra Clare was born to American parents in Teheran, Iran and spent much of her childhood travelling the world with her family, including one trek through the Himalayas as a toddler where she spent a month living in her father's backpack. She lived in France, England and Switzerland.

She started working on her first novel, City of Bones, in 2004, inspired by the urban landscape of Manhattan, her favourite city. She turned to writing fantasy fiction full time in 2006 and hopes never to have to write about Paris Hilton again. She hates working at home alone because she always gets distracted by reality TV shows and the antics of her two cats, so she usually sets out to write in local coffee shops and restaurants.

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City of Bones
 
4.4

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  • Engaging characters (5)
  • Page turner (5)
  • Well written (5)
  • Deserves multiple readings (3)
  • Suspenseful (3)

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5.0

Absolutely brilliant 10/10

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from Adelaide, Aus

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Pros

  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Engaging Characters
  • Page Turner
  • Suspenseful
  • Well Written

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Travel Reading

Comments about City of Bones:

Received as a Christmas present and I could not put it down! Kept me up all night. Such a wonderful book and series. It's so engaging, entertaining and different. Yes, it has a romantic side but it's not the whole essence of the story which I loved.

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4.0

Loved this book and will read again

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from Drewvale, qld.

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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Engaging Characters
  • Page Turner
  • Well Written

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    • Gift
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    Comments about City of Bones:

    Great book. Would recommend to sci-fi readers or lovers of different supernatural stories.

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    4.0

    Excellent Read

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    from Sydney, AU

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    Pros

    • Engaging Characters
    • Page Turner
    • Suspenseful
    • Well Written

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    • Not What I expected

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      Comments about City of Bones:

      I enjoyed this. Not the same as the movie so I'm glad I'd read it first.

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      4.0

      enjoyable read love the series

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      from hobart

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        Comments about City of Bones:

        page turner very enjoyable read

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        5.0

        MUST READ

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        from Sydney, Australia

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        Pros

        • Deserves Multiple Readings
        • Engaging Characters
        • Page Turner
        • Suspenseful
        • Well Written

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Gift
          • Older Readers
          • Travel Reading
          • Younger Readers

          Comments about City of Bones:

          This series is absolutely wonderful. It's supernatural, suspenseful and definitely worth buying. It's also being turned into a movie with a really great cast so get a read in. Cannot stress how good this series is!

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          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)

          Cassandra Clare

          Cassandra Clare was born to American parents in Teheran, Iran and spent much of her childhood travelling the world with her family, including one trek through the Himalayas as a toddler where she spent a month living in her father’s backpack. She lived in France, England and Switzerland before she was ten years old. Since her family moved around so much she found familiarity in books and went everywhere with a book under her arm. She spent her high school years in Los Angeles where she used to write stories to amuse her classmates, including an epic novel called “The Beautiful Cassandra” based on a Jane Austen short story of the same name (and which later inspired her current pen name).

          After college, Cassie lived in Los Angeles and New York where she worked at various entertainment magazines and even some rather suspect tabloids where she reported on Brad and Angelina’s world travels and Britney Spears’ wardrobe malfunctions. She started working on her YA novel, City of Bones, in 2004, inspired by the urban landscape of Manhattan, her favourite city. She turned to writing fantasy fiction full time in 2006 and hopes never to have to write about Paris Hilton again.

          Visit Cassandra Clare's Booktopia Author Page


          ISBN: 9781406307627
          ISBN-10: 1406307629
          Series: Mortal Instruments Ser.
          Audience: Children
          For Ages: 14+ years old
          Format: Paperback
          Language: English
          Number Of Pages: 442
          Published: 1st August 2007
          Country of Publication: GB
          Dimensions (cm): 19.500 x 13.000  x 3.300
          Weight (kg): 421