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33. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare...

March 16, 2010
FTC Disclosure: My copy of City of Bones was just picked up from my local library and will go back on the next trip. I am an IndieBound and Amazon affiliate, and any purchases made by clicking on the cover or the links provided may result in monetary compensation.

city of bones
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....

drey's thoughts:
I don't remember why I picked up Cassandra Clare's City of Bones, Book One of The Mortal Instruments series. But I couldn't just let it sit on the shelf, and not just because it has to go back to the library (and I so have enough re-hold books on my list!). So I picked it up, and read it in one fell swoop.

Clary is just your normal kid who lives with her mom, and hangs with her best bud. Then one day it all changes, and so not for the better. I mean, would you think your life got better if all of a sudden yucky creepy crawlies started showing up, trying to eat you for a snack? Not to mention, they stink, too. Yuck! Now, her mom's missing, she has new "friends", her BFF is crushing on someone else, and the guy she thinks she likes can be a total jerk.

City of Bones is dark and entertaining, if a tad formulaic; there are no surprises here. Put it on your list if you're looking for a quick breezy YA urban fantasy read.

drey's rating: 3/5 Good

Title: City of Bones (Mortal Instruments #1)
Author: Cassandra Clare
ISBN-13: 9781416914280
Hardcover: 485 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, 2007
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Mishel said...

I have this one. I've heard pretty good things about the series and hopefully they get better, and less formulaic.

drey said...

i hope so too, Mishel!

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