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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? 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?

Later added: Guess what guys? They are making a movie and here is the trailer! View 1 comment. Aug 01, manda rated it it was ok Shelves: Just for reference, on the recent Sherrilyn Kenyon v Cassandra Clare. Kenyon has filed a lawsuit against Clare, and also provides a list of alleged similarities between Clare's work to her own. Read and decide for yourself. Saw some stills for the movie, and to be honest, despite being slightly spurious in my "casting" of City of Bones , I actually think my version is much better than the movie version.

I mean, look at Isabelle, 19 Apr '16 Bet you're sick of my updates, now. I mean, look at Isabelle, and look at Clary. Correct me if I'm wrong, but Isabelle is supposed to be way hotter than Clary. And don't even get me started on Jace. I mean, Jamie Campbell Bower was cute in a couple of his other films, but Jace was supposed to be I dunno And Simon I mean, he has "friendzone" written all over him.

So here's how they all played out in my head: And a part of me wants to kick myself for associating the film with this book in any way. Alec - Ezra Miller And no, it's not because he's queer. Isabelle - Jessica Szohr Because I wanted to put this picture in here, 'kay? Jace - Draco Malfoy I mean come on. Is there even a debate on this?? Clary - Kristen Stewart Only because her acting skills match the quality of Clary's personality.

I heard about the whole plagiarism issue long before I even heard of Cassandra Clare 's books, so I tried getting into it as objective as possible, given the circumstances. All I know is that she pretty much copy-pasted whole wads of text from another FF writer, from published books, from TV dialogue - into her Draco Dormiens trilogy, without providing any credit to the original authors. I also know that she lifted wads of text from Draco Dormiens into her published Mortal Instruments.

What remains a mystery, though, is whether these bits copied into The Mortal Instruments were her own original pieces of writing, or some of them even plagiarized work? I won't go much into the whole plagiarism thing, since if indeed any plagiarized work exists in The Mortal Instruments , that is pretty much speculation. However, it does bring to mind questions of ethic; should a plagiarist be published?

Some people strongly believe in giving second chances. I think people only deserve second chances when they admit to their errors and have truly proven their repentance. Both cases which I have not as of yet heard Cassandra Clare do. Other questions popping into my head include shouldn't there be some sort of punishment for plagiarists?! I mean, if I did in university what Cassandra Clare did in Draco Dormiens and, arguably, The Mortal Instruments , then I would've been kicked out on the curb and my pretty Master's degree ripped to shreds.

And, similar to the whole Chris Brown debacle, instead of condemning her far below ethical work habits, we, the consumers, commend their "artwork", as if sending the message that whatever wrongs they have done, it doesn't matter because people still eat their shit up. There is no learning curve here; or at least, no deterrence factor. But anyway, I tried to suppress these nagging questions while I read the book, because I wanted to know if I would truly, objectively , enjoy City of Bones.

Well, ladies and gentlemen, my experience reading City of Bones will provide evidence alongside many other ample evidence out there , that no - sometimes we, as readers, cannot keep the two things separate. Sometimes, our moral and ethic code just won't let us. Reading is, after all, a subjective experience, and all sorts of things influence our enjoyment of it, including our perception of the author.

And if that affects our enjoyment of a book, then it damn well does belong in a review if we choose to put it there. Now that I'm off my soapbox. The biggest thing that stands out while I read City of Bones was how inconsistent the writing was.

It was so lazy and repetitive, information was handed over to us on a silver platter - there was no subtlety or any depth going on. But then there would be brief, short scenes or dialogues that actually made me laugh out. Those few and interspersed scenes surprised me, like one wet and icky autumn day, when I found a five dollar bill while raking up my neighbour's filthy garden.

Try as I might to ignore it, I was at a dilemma. Should I enjoy this? I mean, it's only five dollars. Surely they couldn't miss it. And, I mean, I'm working my arse off in this horrible weather because my mother owes them a lawnmower. And anyway, it might not even be theirs to begin with. In the end, I took the money come on, you would've, too! And the delight I should have felt at finding money just wasn't there. These funny bits of dialogues and scenes filled me with just as much inner turmoil as my five-dollar-note dilemma, and even though I know that maybe, perhaps, it could be that these are all Cassandra Clare 's own words, I still couldn't shake off the icky suspicions out off my gut - did she "draw inspiration" from some other unknown source, here?

In the end, it just ravaged me with too much guilt and suspicions that what originally would have been a five-star scene was reduced down to three stars and a really, really sad face. Also a part of the inconsistent writing, was the inconsistent narration. I know 3rd person omniscient gives the narrator the power to sift through characters' thoughts and emotions as they please, but this is what made the narrative sound forced and contrived.

We would normally follow Clary as the novel progresses - until it is convenient for us to see things from another character's perspective, in which case off we'll jump into another person's head. These conveniences are just one example of what I mean when I say that the narrative lacked subtlety. Rarely are people in real life so honest and self-aware as the characters in City of Bones.

Isabelle will cut out his heart and walk all over it in high-heeled boots. That's what she does to boys like that. You want to know what it's like when your parents are good church-going folk and you happen to be born with the devil's mark?

When I was ten, my father tried to drown me in the creek. I lashed out at him with everything I had--burned him with everything I had--burned him where he stood. There's something so And Jace is so much better when you're around. This is why I say the writing was lazy and lacked depth. And how Cassandra Clare tried to show us that her characters have background and troubles and are oh such damaged goods was more or less through self-testimonials such as the second quote up above, where Magnus Bane so conveniently gave away his entire childhood to three random teenagers.

The chapter The Werewolf's Tale was another one of these self-testimonials for another partially-important character. This is a whole new level of telling-instead-of-showing. Where unimaginative writers just unload all these information through descriptive prose, Cassandra Clare was at least creative enough to hide it into her dialogue. But the same underlying problem is still there - we see none of this "damaged goods".

I didn't need Sweeney Todd to tell me his past to know that he was a damaged, troubled man. His actions spoke it for me. As for information being handed to us on a silver platter -- all you need to do is take a look at the entire ending scene with Valentine to see my point. The whole chapter was an infodump session. Rarely do I read villains who are so eager to reveal their past and provide explanations to their potential victims.

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The Harry Potter novels were slightly guilty of this - especially in the earlier books - but I believe a lot of other things about the books redeemed itself from this one fault. Jace was also a bit of an infodumper , but I don't take away points for this. I mean, I get it - it's hard to get on without one character at least explaining what the blazes was going on. Speaking of characters Many reviewers despised Jace because he was such an asshole.

Clary herself accuses Jace of being an asshole plenty of times. But I've lived a fair amount of years, and I was friendly with quite a few assholes during my own teenage years. And let me tell you one thing: Jace is no asshole. He's a guy with daddy issues, trying to act tough. And that is as deep as any of the characters get. I guess, he would be my favourite character out of the whole lot - not my favourite character as in the one I liked the most, but the character whom, in my opinion, was the most developed, without self-testimonials or other characters telling us about him.

But remember my five-dollar-note dilemma? Jace was, without a doubt, a direct cut-and-paste of the Draco from Clare 's Draco Dormiens trilogy - who, by default, is a creation of JK Rowling 's. So forgive me if I "can't separate the book from the author" because frankly?

If I enjoyed this book simply because of Jace, that doesn't say much about the rest of the book, or the quality of writing, because Jace is not even Clare 's original character. Further illustrating the inconsistencies of Clare 's writing, though, was the sudden and drastic change in Jace's character during the scene with Valentine. There is no way one person, in such a short amount of time, could thoroughly convince and change Jace into such an No matter who the person claimed he was, or what evidence he brings to the table.

Even if Jace believed in everything Valentine told him, there is no way it would have drastically changed him in such a manner and such a short time. Just as unlikely, was the way Jace was ready to walk the ends of the world with Valentine, build a new life with him, and in the next moment - after a few words from Clary - was ready to throw that all away once again. The double inconsistencies astound me. Clare simply does not understand human psychology or even human nature enough to make solid characters.

The other characters were forgettable, to say the least. They all sounded the same, I'm afraid. Witty, dry sort of humour. It gets tiring after a while. Also, the Magnus-and-Alec thing? Can I just say, ew?

Magnus is like, what?

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And Alec is Even Valentine the Villain was He didn't frighten me, or even daunt me. I kept reading how Clary was disgusted at how manipulative he was during his scenes, but reading the pages myself, reading his words, his actions? He wasn't particular conniving or ingenious - really, it was just that Jace was so ready to have a family back, he was willing to lap up every bit of contradicting information he heard. Plot progression and twists were unsurprising.

No, wait, they were inspired. By Star Wars and Harry Potter , to name a few. Perhaps even a bit of Buffy in there. And this is where my final dilemma lies. To like, or not to like? That is the question.

For light fluff, it has entertainment value enough. But what little entertainment value there was , was lifted off other, better, pieces of work out there. I'll let you decide if it's fine to like a book filled with other writers' characters, other authors' plot twists, other screenwriters' dialogue. Perhaps I'm being too uptight, but here's how I see it. New York with Potterverse and Star Wars. Take that away and what are you?

Mar 05, Heather rated it it was amazing. I was instantly enchanted when I first read City of Bones , and that enchantment still holds four years, and at least half a dozen re-reads later in sptite of the fact that I'm older, wiser, and should know better.

I've also read countless reviews, both adoring and loathing and have come to the conclusion that this book does not garner any type of middle ground, you either love it or you hate it.

I'm glad that I get to love it. What else can I say? You found yourself immersed in a world where demons roam the night, weres run a bar, vamps occupy abandoned hotels, warlocks cast spells while rockin glitter in their hip hugging jeans, and the law is upheld by Shadowhunters, a race of humans blessed by the angel Raziel. Rockin like a unicorn adorned bike?

Hell yes! Even the setting, NYC, was so palpable; it became another character in this vibrant story. I thought the Shadowhunter world was funny, sleek, dark, sexy and hopeful. More importantly, the characters came so alive for me that they jumped off the pages. I felt as though I were in the story with them as opposed to merely following along in their journey. Regardless of the types of books you prefer to read, or the characters that endear themselves to your heart, I think we all read to for some type of enjoyment.

What evokes that enjoyment varies from reader to reader, but I still find excitement within these pages. To me, that is the mark of a fantastic book. View all 56 comments. A great and interesting books.

I manages to combine the infulences from many of top fictional series of our time. It combines hidden magic world of Harry Potter, the teenage drama of Buffy, and a couple of themes from Star Wars as well. The book is very well written and fast paces. We follow Clary Fray, a 15 year old misfit trying to find heself, not quite sure if she is goth, cyberpunk, or just a temperamental teenaged artist. One night in the local club, Pandemonium, she realises she is a witne A great and interesting books.

One night in the local club, Pandemonium, she realises she is a witness to an attack, the strange thing is that the victim of the attack disappeared right before her eyes, and when security arrives, despite the attackers standing right in front of them, she is the only one who can see them. Clary descovers she is part of the world of Shadow Hunters and demons.

Shadow Hunters are demon slayers. She learns stories of Vampires and Warewolves are more truth than fiction. She is attracted to Jace the most accomplished of this group of hunters. Much to the chagrin of her best friend Simon, and Jaces' hunter brother Alex. She learns years ago a charasamitic, powerful, and high ranking Shadow Hunter, called Valentine created his own circle to cleanse the world of all demonic blood.

Weather they were good or bad, their existence was enough of a crime. He was ruthless to the point he was willing to sacrifice anyone and anything human or demon as calateral damage. Now after 17 years Valentine has seemingly returned from the dead to finish what he started.

Clary must learn of the ways of the shadow hunters if she is help her friends stop Valentine. Great story, good drama, the characters are ok, the only failing I found in the book were the fight scenes. I think these are not the writer's strongest area yet. All in all a great book, not as action packed as I expected but the story makes up for this.

View all 27 comments. I was never expecting anything from this but an entertaining and maybe a little bit forgettable book. I was wrong; I found this completely unforgettable. For being a trainwreck. Listen, I'm sorry, I know this isn't everything, but I really Not only do I have ten million problems with the tropey nature and the slutshaming and the etc etc etc, it's also I was never expecting anything from this but an entertaining and maybe a little bit forgettable book.

Not only do I have ten million problems with the tropey nature and the slutshaming and the etc etc etc, it's also just I hated I read The Infernal Devices this year and it was fantastic, and books two and three basically emotionally killed me inside. But this was not fun for me. Our redheaded lead character, Clary Fray, is a slightly stupider version of Ginny Weasley.

Simon is Harry [again, not a very good one], and Isabelle is Hermione, if Hermione were there exclusively to be slut-shamed by the angelic virgin protagonist. I mostly said this to point out how utterly fucking dull these characters are, but If you match the characters up to her fanfiction [which is not hard], the pairings fit.

You know that thing I linked up above? I mean, fiction doesn't have to be original to be good. But again, it's basically boring, boring, boring, offensive, boring, jace is hot chapter, boring. Although I will point out that the original fanfiction this was based off of got taken off fanfiction.

And then there were Sherrilyn Kenyon's plagiarism accusations. I mean, I think fanfiction and original fiction used to be considered very different things in a way they almost aren't today, but I've established at this point that the characters are flat, it's all painfully derivative, and the books themselves are Beyond the issue of Clary's I'm-not-like-other-girls thing, there's also the issue of messily handled lgbtq stuff.

So, yes, it's , and I'm willing to excuse this While it's fair to mention that Cassandra Clare has improved her lgbtq rep - several sapphic friends of mine would like to notify you that The Dark Artifices is awesome wrt this - it's not good in this series.

Alec is barely a POV character in the first three books of the series, despite being marketed as a major character, and feels super tokenistic. Also, just At one point in this series, his mother, who is a supposedly likeable character, tries to kill him and his boyfriend for being gay, which he forgives her for [how? There is later on a lot of explicit biphobia towards Magnus [who is my favorite.

I love Magnus] that is not subverted or criticized at all, and in this book especially, there's an intonation of that slutty bi trope [though the character is allowed to develop beyond that, man, it is there. No, Cassandra Clare would rather focus on something else: It is exactly as terrible as it sounds.

But here's the thing; they're still in love when they believe they are. Do you know how many hours I spent trying to wash my eyes out after reading this? Why, exactly, is sex between two people who literally think they are siblings an enjoyable thing to read about? It's not good. I don't know. I guess not everything is bad? The worldbuilding was possibly something cool ten years ago, but it's pretty typical nowadays.

I'll also give Clare a bit of credit - she's pretty great at writing dialogue. The moments where the characters are chatting or hanging out in squad dynamics are a lot of fun.

But overall It's full of tropes, there aren't really any plot twists, and it's honestly just boring. I'm sorry, I really don't understand the hype. Like, come on, besides being an example of all the worst bits of YA literature, from the underdeveloped characters to the lackluster worldbuilding, this first book truly takes the cake as one of the worst I've ever read.

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Oh, and I'm just going to say it: Jace and Simon have huge crushes on each other. I am NOT giving up this opinion. I don't really give a shit about either of them or care about this relationship, I'm just saying that factually, they talk about each other like they want to have wild sex. I'm ALSO saying that the ending scene of book two reads like shitty vampire smut.

I'm picturing it on fanfiction. This book is terrible. I'm somewhat shocked to say that it gets a little better later on , but this one is objectively terrible.

Maybe just skip to book two if you genuinely want to read the series [listen, I like The Infernal Devices]. Or skim. Please just skim. Blog Goodreads Twitter Instagram Youtube Dec 01, Katerina rated it it was amazing Shelves: I still remember that day. The sun was shining, the birds were singing It was during my first semester in Law School and I had to study History of Law, which was a complete waste of time because seriously, who is ever going to ask me whether women in Byzantium could get a divorce?

In case you are wondering, they could only if the husband was impotent or possessed. Aaanyway, I wanted a break and I grabbed this beautiful book and started reading until I finished it, bleary-eyed, disoriented and obsessed. A typical day in Kat-verse. So what's the story? Shadowhunters ninja warriors with angel blood fight demons and co-exist with vampires, werewolves, fae and warlocks while a former Shadowhunter with nazi tendencies threatens to destroy them.

City of Bones is a fast-paced, action-packed paranormal book that keeps you invested in the story and the characters since page 1. A nerd, a heartbreaker, a jealous friend, a warlock who loves glitter, a werewolf, an artist and a gorgeous warrior introduce you to a world of magic, where nightmares come true, truths are revealed and decisions have to be made.

Diving into this world is easy, effortless and so, so enjoyable. But mind that there is also drama, plot twists and shocking moments that make you question the writer's humanity and maybe sanity. Cassandra Clare has a unique ability, her writing can heal and stab your poor heart.

He is the kind of bad boy who makes rude gestures to nuns and loves weapons and treats everything like a joke and is a total badass. You will fall in love with him and swoon and want to have his babies but you're in for disappointment. Because he is mine. So that's the general awesomeness of the Mortal Instruments.

Instagram Twitter Facebook BookNest View all 70 comments. Apr 23, Melanie rated it liked it Recommended to Melanie by: They can exist side by side.

But I had too many best friends who promised me that reading this series would be worth it for me to finally get to Lady Midnight! And this is the story of how I got roped into finally reading City of Bones in Yeah, the two-thousand vibes were real.

We are then thrown into the paranormal world that is hidden from the mundanes non-magical humans.

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And we also are introduced to the world of shadowhunters, the warriors who are sworn to defeat the demons. And the only people who can help her are the shadowhunters. Not the warlocks, the wolf-men, the Fair Folk, not even the demons themselves. It was them. It was the Shadowhunters. And were a few of the similarities there? Yeah, I mean, this is a story that centers around three brothers with three magical items that a certain villain wants, who has been presumed dead for a while now. The parallels and names, I guess between Valentine and Voldemort are very apparent, especially their desire for wanting magic blood to be pure.

But you know what else? City of Bones holds up decently well in I was a little thrown off that it is told in third person, but I actually think it has aged pretty well. I am always so desperately scared to go back and read my high school favorites, because I doubt they will hold up and have the same magic they did back in the mid two-thousands.

I was surprised that we got confirmation for two characters, without it ever feeling manipulative or even drawn out. And she even touches on homophobia and how differently a character would be treated if their colleagues knew he was gay.

Like me. Jace is like the most sarcastic character ever, and he actually had me laughing in so many scenes. And I loved seeing the mystery unfold right alongside Clary. Magnus was everything, I wanted so much more of him instantly. But I ended up thinking that Luke and his backstory stole the spotlight. Quick sentence about how the characters made me feel: Like, picture the lowest expectations that a human can have.

Okay, now, mine were lower than even that. But I honestly did have a lot of fun with this, and it made me very curious to pick up the next book hopefully soon! Like, you all nasty. March, ] Oh my word, the appreciation I have for all the threads that Cassie Clare started weaving in this first book that truly started it all. Seeing these kids, not even beginning to understand what is ahead for them. My heart. I loved this way more the second time around, and I especially loved rereading this with Lea!

Amy Woods I only started the series this year, myself. Found it surprisingly good. Apr 02, Lindsey Audrey wrote: I would have lik Underwhelmed is a perfect word! Jul 04, Shelley rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Pure and utter crap. I wish there were ways to give negative stars. I certainly want the time from my life back. I would compare its writing quality to a fanzine, except that comparison wouldn't be fair to fanzines.

But I swear to God, it took every single bad fanfic writing cliche and published them. What were her publishers thinking??? Where was her editor?? It was horrible. I would dearly love for a fanfiction author to make good and become a published writer, but I'd prefer one with talent, Pure and utter crap. I would dearly love for a fanfiction author to make good and become a published writer, but I'd prefer one with talent, thanks.

View all 98 comments. I can totally see why everyone rants and raves over these books; while I'm only one deep so far and hoping to read City of Ashes in the very near future, I feel this is the type of book that teenage Chelsea would have flipped her turds for back in the day. I'm just glad I can still enjoy them now. While very teen oriented, City of Bones still had a classic feel that surpassed barriers of age and gender, and I have heard from many folks that they wish they had found these books while they were I can totally see why everyone rants and raves over these books; while I'm only one deep so far and hoping to read City of Ashes in the very near future, I feel this is the type of book that teenage Chelsea would have flipped her turds for back in the day.

While very teen oriented, City of Bones still had a classic feel that surpassed barriers of age and gender, and I have heard from many folks that they wish they had found these books while they were still a young, gay teen, as this book was before it's time in it's courageous attempt to feature a homosexual couple before it was popular to do so. I was completely sucked into the action, drama, and mysterious intrigue that sweeps over the reader from the first page; I couldn't tell if I should be embarrassed to be so obsessed with such a cliche, teenage read, but honestly I don't care.

I unfortunately accidentally stumbled across the movie before picking up these books, so there are a few spoilers I already knew about before starting the books since the movie pulled a bit from the first books?

I think? I actually like going into beloved, hyped up series knowing some of the big things before reading them for myself; I found I can enjoy it more if the stress of knowing who to ship is already handled for me so I don't invest in the wrong coupling view spoiler [ I'm looking at you Chaol and Celaena hide spoiler ]. It was very clever and ballsy and I love it. There's not really much I can say here that hasn't already been said thousands of times over the past decade, but I'm so glad I've officially experienced my first Cassandra Clare novel and I can't wait to continue on.

I know there's some dissension among which order to read in, but I've decided on reading them: Wish me luck; I have a lot of catching up to do! That is all. View all 50 comments. Jul 12, Sasha Alsberg rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Mortal Instruments changed the way I looked a fantasy novels.

I am a huge fan now. I defiantly recommend this book for any hunger games, divergent, harry potter, and twilight fans out there. It is truly a fantastic series. View all 15 comments. Jul 08, Maria rated it liked it.

Basically, it left no taste in my mouth. Or if it left a taste, it was like water taste. It didn't exist.

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But let's talk a bit about my history with the Shadowhunter world. But first the plot in italics cause we're classy as fuck. 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.

This is the first Cassandra Clare book I have ever read. You would think I knew nothing of this world before and I just starting delving to it now. And you would be wrong. Many years ago the film "City of Bones" with Lily Collins was the shit. Everyone was watching it and I watched it too. I didn't like it. It didn't feel special to me.

After that the show "Shadowhunters" started. I started watching it because of a dear friend who is obsessed with it. I watch more than 70 tv shows so it's hard for me to watch something that special.

And that's the case here. Clockwork Prince. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is now a major motion picture. Book 1. City of Ashes.

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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Hardcover Verified Purchase. This edition is absolutely beautiful. I love everything about it! From the book cover to the golden trim on the pages. I love the pictures through the book. The first one that was shipped I never received. Amazon was amazing when I called and shipped another copy out with priority. One person found this helpful. Four Stars.

Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I know I'm a little late to the party but I have now read the first book in the Mortal Instrument Series. As a first book there is a lot of intro to the various characters and some back story Cassandra Clare handles all this with ease.

The book is very well written and full of all the action and angst you would expect from this Urban Fantasy type of story. Many people present these books as a Young Adult series but I just don't see it. This is an honest to goodness fantasy story that just happens to have young adults, and old adults, in it. Again, it's a page turner and one of those hard to put down type of books.

I am eagerly anticipating book two in the series. Paperback Verified Purchase. I can't count the number of times I've attempted to slog through this book, each time getting a little bit farther, and each time being reminded why I gave up last time. I WANT to like this series so badly, but the characters are so one dimensional it makes me cringe.

The world might be interesting, but I can't tell because I'm desperate for the author to just give me something, anything, to make me care one smidgeon about the characters.