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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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    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 !!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • 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
  • Melanie
    8/4/14
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    "Good young adult book!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    While the themes in the story are quite familiar if you read a lot of vampire/demon young fiction, the alternate world described was very believable. I really enjoyed listening to this, if it was a book it would be a page turner.


    Which character – as performed by Ari Graynor – was your favourite?

    I found her portrayals very believable, especially Simon.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jacqueline Vieira
    7/7/14
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    "Jason Bourne meets Selene from Underworld."
    Where does City of Bones rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is one of the best as the story is forever ongoing at a good pace and the characters are introduced in such ways that you want to know more of them and their powers as their characters are one's you can relate too yet are extraordinary. Emotionally testing yet comfortable and the story doesn't unfold it grows with the reader being in every moment,anticipating yet being surprised. Cannot predict the sequence or outcome in any situation yet find them understandably believable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The descriptions of the characters and the way the story feels like a good action film. The action is in the characters interaction and the scenes of fighting. Action everywhere in one form or another.


    What about Ari Graynor’s performance did you like?

    Beautiful voice which made the character believable. The balance in tone was correct and the pitch conveyed the worlds perfectly. A whisper,a thought ..... Well done. Clarity of voice yet softness and stubbornness both conveyed well when warranted.


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

    Anticipation for the next book. I constantly felt the need to know, what is next , Pleasant anticipation which meant I was smiling as it made me feel good that i was listening to an enjoyable book that had all the ingredients to make it interesting and enjoyable at the same time.


    Any additional comments?

    Wish that you had the whole series of Mortal Instruments so that I didn't have to wait for book 5and six. I recommend it now to young adults and exceptional year 6 readers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anne-Grethe
    7/7/14
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    "Great book"
    What made the experience of listening to City of Bones the most enjoyable?

    The story is fabulous - worth a listen if you like Harry Potter, Hunger Games, or the Twilight series. The narrator had a pleasant voice and captured the "feel" of the characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story had a great storyline, and the author took time to explain new concepts tot eh reader without making it too long or patronising.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    All of it!


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Mortal Instruments.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Roseiix
    Kent
    7/6/14
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    "Not just another fantasy story."
    What made the experience of listening to City of Bones the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed the world Cassandra Clare has created the deep description of the world both real and fantasy. Ari Graynor narration only enhances the stories ability to draw you in.


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

    Its easy to compare city of bones to all the leading fantasy books, twilight for its use of vampiers and wolves, hunger games for its battle to survive. there all great book but city of bones stands on it own as a compelling story .


    Have you listened to any of Ari Graynor’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I have not but from her performance telling this story i would defiantly look up other ones she has told and look forward to hearing the second book told by her.


    Any additional comments?

    A compelling story that draws you in from the get go, with an interesting ending twist that make you excited to carry on the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • denise steele
    6/9/14
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    "Excellent series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Have already recommended


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Many many favorites not just one main character


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    All scenes very well written


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole series so far


    Any additional comments?

    Am very concerned that book five is not available

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nicola
    ascot, berks, United Kingdom
    6/3/14
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    "Easy listening"

    A book of teenagers finding there way in a supernatural world, learning secrets and fighting demons - of course. It was well written and narrated. I think if you enjoy this genre then this will meet your needs although very much felt like it was for a teenage audience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • patricia
    LONDON, United Kingdom
    3/19/14
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    "Great read"
    Where does City of Bones rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top


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

    Watched the film first but must say audible book was far better


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No the whole story was great could not wait for the next book


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Happy and Smiling
    London, England
    2/21/14
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    "good story but tricky to follow on audio book"

    This is undoubtedly a good book, but its also a complicated and lenghty one. I found myself having to relisten to segments to try and figure out what was going on. It would in this instance have been better to have the book to flick through to re-read crucial passages. It is enjoyable, and will appeal to twilight fans and YA market.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mary
    United Kingdom
    2/8/14
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    "Could've been a good story."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not, some aspects of the story were very frustrating and predictable.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    * SPOILERS * I wouldn't have made them kiss, the story was quite enjoyable until they brought in incest.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Ari Graynor?

    Anybody else, very frustrating voice.


    Did City of Bones inspire you to do anything?

    Nope.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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