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 24 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.
Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare's ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride they will never want to end.
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This book is entertaining - I often am able to pull clever, well written young adult fiction into my adult fiction list and enjoy the hell out of them. This book was much more difficult to do so - relying heavily on sarcastic, teenage humor and relationships.
If you are a teenager - you will like this book. If you are an adult looking to a bit of fun...I'd look for another book that won't have you rolling your eyes.
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Not a crossover book for adults. Fine for kids.
Her performance was acceptable.
This is definitely a book for young teen girls. I should have heeded earlier comments from adults, but arrogantly thought..."surely this book is better than they thought." I was proven wrong. If you are an adult who enjoys YA and have read past the other negative reviews and made it to mine. Please stop and do not purchase this book.
Decent book for 12 yr old girls, not interesting enough for adults. Save your credit.
I didn't have time to read the print version, so I used a credit on this.
The story is good and aimed at the teen reader, but the narration fell short enough to only get 2 stars. As another reviewer put it, the story is read and not performed. If that doesn't bug, I'd go for it. I've recently been spoiled with some absolutely excellent narration and this one suffered a jarring lack of delivery style. I don't know if that was intentional, or if the narrator just needs to grow and develop as an artist. The voice itself, was pleasant but at the bottom of the reader's register, allowing little room for inflection. The accents were affected and off and better not attempted. Almost every sentence ended on that 'down' note related to just reading aloud. This said, I believe the narrator shows promise with vocal training and experience. I'd like to hear from this narrator down the road, but right now, it's making the book difficult to finish (I'm in the second half of the download and struggling).
The narrator isn't the best, but it wasn't horrible and it didnt distract me from the story once I got used to her. I took a star away because of the narrator.
The actual book is pretty awesome! The book is slow going for the first 3-4 chapters. After that, it really begins to pick up and the story just sucks you in. I usually do not like the young adult books, but this one is nice. I'm definitely going to check out the rest of the books in this series.
I did not enjoy the Narrator of this book. As for the story it was alright in the beginning but it would have been better to not end it with a brother/sister borderline sexual relationship.
She sounded somewhat amateur and very disinterested in the story
I'm 30 years old, from the east coast of America, and I think my favorite kind of book is a fantasy that maintains a base of realism!
The narrator puts way too much emphasis on the first syllables of her words, and on the wrong words, in a kind of blind, "I'm reading at a poetry slam" kind of way. It sounds like a kid telling a ghost story which they think is "really scary" and compelling around a fire at church camp. It makes the whole story seem even more childish and false, and distracts you. The narrator is unskilled.
This is the first book in an addicting series of young adult fiction. If you enjoyed Twilight and Harry Potter, then you'll enjoy this series!
I was not sure about the series or the narrator but I ended up loving it so much that I couldn't wait for my new credits to come in and bought the second book... and then the third!
City of Bones makes an excellent start to Clare's Mortal Instruments series. With a trip into an all ages night-club, the series main protagonist, Clarey Fray, enters a rich, well-realized world of the supernatural. Like so many other books and series in it's genre, this world lies below the "real" world, boiling under the surface and glinting at the corner of the eye. Werewolves and Vampires, Faeries and Warlocks, Demons and the fabled Shadowhunters struggle with each other, good and evil, politics and magic, romance and revenge.
Clarey is remarkably likable for a 15 year old girl. Sassy, brave, hot-tempered and probably much more self-aware than most 15 year old girls, most of the story is seen through her eyes. Other characters get their turn as well, each having their unique place in the story.
Clare does an excellent job of drawing on classic literary themes while throwing her characters, and the audience, some big twists. Once you start, it will be difficult to stop with City of Bones.
The narration is done well. Ari Graynor gives the characters personality and voice without being overly dramatic or boring. Disappointingly, Ari Graynor does not continue with the series after this book.
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