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City of Bones | [Cassandra Clare]

City of Bones

Clary Fray is seeing things: vampires in Brooklyn and werewolves in Manhattan. Irresistably drawn towards a group of sexy demon hunters, Clary encounters the dark side of New York City - and the dangers of forbidden love.
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Publisher's Summary

Clary Fray is seeing things: vampires in Brooklyn and werewolves in Manhattan. Irresistably drawn towards a group of sexy demon hunters, Clary encounters the dark side of New York City - and the dangers of forbidden love.

©2007 Cassandra Clare (P)2010 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

What the Critics Say

"The Mortal Instruments series is a story world I love to live in. Beautiful." (Stephanie Meyer)

"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....Lush and fun." (Kirkus Review)

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    Moonglotexas South Africa 07-12-13
    Moonglotexas South Africa 07-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Magic!"
    If you could sum up City of Bones in three words, what would they be?

    A world unimagined!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Jace and Clary - their romance, spats, and generally interactions ROCK! The world created is magnificent with intricacies that will only unfurl as the series continues


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This is a book I read in sitting, listen to in one sitting and continue to listen to over and over


    Any additional comments?

    Love it, highly recommend it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lynette Mansfield, Australia 05-30-13
    Lynette Mansfield, Australia 05-30-13
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    "Hooked as soon as I picked it up"
    What made the experience of listening to City of Bones the most enjoyable?

    There were so many twists and turns! Could not stop listening


    What other book might you compare City of Bones to and why?

    Similar to Divergent, Partials and even a bit like the hunger games with the epic forbidden love story!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I really tried not to listen to it all in one sitting because I didn't want it to end..


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Fernando Sydney, Australia 04-24-13
    Fernando Sydney, Australia 04-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Pleasantly surprised"
    Where does City of Bones rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I normally consume plenty of Sci-Fi so I wanted a little break into the fantasy, this book was a great choice. I've seen the trailer for the upcoming film and I thought I would read (hear) the book before the story was ruined. There is plenty of Teenage angst in this book and it did peeve me off a little to have to relieve some of uncomfortable days, but this was balanced with a good deal of action and a evolving and interesting back story. There is good potential here and I can see why a movie company would love to kick off a franchise here. Let's hope that they stay true to the story (Potter Style).

    I want to recommend this book to readers (listeners) who like to stay within the vampire, werewolf, witch and warlock sort of genre. No reinventing here but a solid story line so far.

    Fern


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jase, the rebel without one cause type, and his cause is Demon Hunting.


    What three words best describe Ari Graynor’s voice?

    I love her Brooklyn accent and she managed to nail all the girl voices.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    They are so let's hope is a good one.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Abbie brisbane, Australia 04-07-13
    Abbie brisbane, Australia 04-07-13 Member Since 2013

    Love a good book with a great storyline, read by a captivating voice.

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    "Spellbinding"
    Where does City of Bones rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The best scifi fantasy book for the year


    What other book might you compare City of Bones to and why?

    Harry potter crossed with twilight and the hobbit


    What does Ari Graynor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    a comprehensive depth to the story


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Janelle Attadale, Australia 11-13-12
    Janelle Attadale, Australia 11-13-12
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    "Good distraction"
    Where does City of Bones rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It has been good at keeping my attention. Its a good twist on the Twighlight concept with plenty of story lines running through & lots of amusing characters. Easy to listen to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of City of Bones?

    n/a


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

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    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    glenda Grafton, Australia 02-09-11
    glenda Grafton, Australia 02-09-11
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    "A great book as good as twilight"

    Overall the narrater is good, which has a huge influence on the book itself. The story line is easy to follow. You can almost visulise the demons flying through the air and the young characters battling to survive. Some aspects are similar to stephanie myers Twilight with a love story intermingled. In summary I really enjoyed the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pint-sized Bookworm Hervey Bay 06-13-14
    Pint-sized Bookworm Hervey Bay 06-13-14 Member Since 2013

    I enjoy reading fantasy, crime and mystery thrillers, as well as historical novels.

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    "A great debut novel!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of City of Bones to be better than the print version?

    I would not consider the audio better than the print version as the performance was a bit lacking.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of City of Bones?

    The fact that Valentine was able to convince Clary and Jace that they were brother and sister.


    Did Ari Graynor do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    She could have done a better job. She would have been better off not trying to give the character's accents and just read the book naturally.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Brisbane, Australia 09-27-13
    Sharon Brisbane, Australia 09-27-13 Member Since 2011

    I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.

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    "This deserved 2 1/2 stars"

    This is a novel meant for pre teens. I thought that it would be something like The Hunger Games novels or Harry Potter that would appeal to a wider audience. What I was not expecting was a novel that was poorly written and followed a very similar plot to the Potter books. I am hoping that the next book will be much much better. I am giving the author the benefit of the doubt and am going to buy one more in the sincere hope that the first book was Ms. Clare's "teething" novel and the next one will prove that she can write and use her own imagination. Fingers crossed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shamarie BLACKWOOD, Australia 08-28-13
    Shamarie BLACKWOOD, Australia 08-28-13

    Love Sci-Fi Fantasy and all things metaphysical.

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    "Excellent Easy Read"

    Found the story an easy read that kept me on edge and couldn't put it down

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    Harold Perth, Australia 08-20-13
    Harold Perth, Australia 08-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Harry Potter meets Twilight"

    The more I listened to this the more I had flashbacks to story elements from Harry Potter and Twilight.
    I feel like the author has taken the plot elements from both those series and melded them together to make this series.

    I think I would have been happier if the Twilight element had been left out.
    I was over the teen angst angle about half way through.

    Having said that ... if you liked Harry Potter and Twilight, this is the series for you !!

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  • Lisa
    Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
    5/27/10
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    "cracking read"

    Wow where do I start - this is a cracking read (or listen) Clary is just a normal teenager growing up in Brooklyn (so she thinks) until she starts seeing people she shouldn't (yes I know what your thinking there are so many books like this out there) but not like this one this is a totally new take - new world, new beings and a few old ones as well. Very very entertaining it kept me hooked all the way through Clary and Simons relationship is endearing and Clary and Jace's is totally complicated - please bring out the other two books City of Ashes and City of Glass - I have read these too but would love to have them on my mp3 player too. All in all a must have for anyone who likes fantasy/urban fantasy not just for young adults I am much older and have enjoyed every single moment.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Tracy
    Lyme Regis, United Kingdom
    1/2/11
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    "City of Bones"

    A really easy listen and very enjoyable. Aimed at young adults (not too young as some of the issues might take some explaining)but no less thrilling for it. I'm off to download book two right now!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Robyn
    SWINDON, United Kingdom
    6/1/11
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    "typical fantasy"

    A little predictable - some recogniseable themes...... Didn't like narrator's voice at all, and in some places I couldn't tell which character she was trying to be, but did get used to it after a few hours.

    I'm a "mature" listener, but can't resist fantasy (loved the Twighlight series and A Discovery of Witches). Have just found I had to download book 2 in the series, despite myself.....so that must say something. It's hardly breaking new ground, or particularly well written (lots of cliches used), however it's typical escapist fantasy, and will help to pass a few hours on the train (or ironing!) pleasantly.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Nadia
    Fleet, United Kingdom
    7/3/10
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    "Beware all demons"

    Clary believes she is an ordinary girl until she witnesses a murder no one else can see, by teenagers invisible to everyone but her. She is drawn into the dark, mysterious world of the Shadowhunters, an organisation dedicated to protecting humans from demon kind, and in particular to Jace. I received this book as a Christmas present last year, and fell instantly in love with it. The characters are some of the most life-like I've ever come across. Jace, in particular is a fascinating character and ranks among my favourite heros. I defy anyone not to be charmed by him, no matter their age. The descriptive detail is just perfect. The story is original and gripping, with just the right amount of humour, sadness, romance and action, and the narration is spot on. This book begins what has quickly become one of my favourite series of all time.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Leslie
    Basingstoke, United Kingdom
    6/14/10
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    "Excellent Fantasy"

    I was looking for another saga based in a fantasy world that had a good mix of a story to tell but with intricate and complex relationships. With some similarities with series like Twilight and Wicked Lovely, this one has its own imaginative tale that weaves a story of magic and dark fantasy with the everyday feelings and emotions in the relationships of it's characters. Right to the very end it leaves you trying to guess what will happen, not only with the central plot but also between its two main characters Clary and Jace. I won't spoil that ending for you but it leaves you hungry for the next in the series...come on Audible don't keep us waiting City of Ashes PLEASE...

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sophie
    BRISTOL, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "brilliant, had me hooked!"

    I'd heard the books were good, so i decided to go for the audiobook. Casandra Clares writing style is amazingly descriptive which was so nice in an audiobook and Ari Graynors narration really brought the characters to life, definatley would recomend listening to this series

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Barry
    BELFAST, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "A story world I am growing to love"

    The story follows the adventures of Clary Fray, who, while going about her average life stumbles into another world layered over our own mundane world. A world of demons and the demon infected, a world of angels and their partly human offspring; The Nephilim also known as The Shadow Hunters. Clary finds herself drawn to this darker world as events unfold she finds hidden truths about herself and her past that she'd never imagined. A fresh and engaging series that I'm really enjoying and would recommend it. I enjoy these supernatural, young adult series that are so popular theses days, but frankly many of them lack any 'real beef' to back up their characterisation, or plots, this book isn't one of them. The Mortal Instruments series is well written, it draws you into a world a world you wish to dwell a little longer in. As a stand alone title, it's worth a read, as part of a series it's a definite must read. The way the books are written each one complements the other, things written in one book blossom in another, trust me, once you've finished City of Bones you'll be itching to reach for City of Ashes.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sally
    COVENTRY, United Kingdom
    12/12/13
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    "A little dissapointing"
    Would you try another book written by Cassandra Clare or narrated by Ari Graynor?

    No, I was willing to try the first and then the rest of the serious, but now I wont be purchasing the books in the rest of the series.


    Has City of Bones put you off other books in this genre?

    No, i think it was just a one off.


    What didn’t you like about Ari Graynor’s performance?

    I found her very American and not sure whether the main character was just childish or she just played it childish. Found the American accent very irritating, i will now always preview the audiobooks to check.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    Plymouth, United Kingdom
    9/25/13
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    "If you liked Twilight you will love this!"
    Would you listen to City of Bones again? Why?

    Brilliant book about Angels and Demons a must read.


    What other book might you compare City of Bones to, and why?

    I would say this was similar to twilight.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I couldn't stop listening!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steven
    Watford, United Kingdom
    7/3/13
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    "Do you like Vampires Werewolves and secret society"

    I love all kinds of fantasy books and this one gripped me and found it interesting and captivating, enough to have bought all the books in the series so far... I am sure you will love it as much as I did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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