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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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    Sharon Brisbane, Australia 09-27-13
    Sharon Brisbane, Australia 09-27-13 Member Since 2015

    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 08-28-13
    Shamarie 08-28-13
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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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  • Pawel Orzechowski
    6/19/15
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    "Great book, amazing universe, decent reader"

    It took me some time to get used to the voice actor, but all in all it was of really good quality. On the level of voice as acting it is better even than 50shades (where the reader really saved that book from being a unreadable).
    I recommend it thoroughly.
    I've listened to all of it on 1.5 speed while cycling.

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  • Ms Moyra Phyillis Reid
    6/11/15
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    "enjoyable"

    totally enjoyed good story the developers and screen writers messed up the film maybe if the had done a better job by keeping to the book the film would have done a lot better plus the character Valentin and his two side kicks in the film where totally different and wrong from the book they didn't carry of the characters in the book such a shame that the screen writers messed it up could have been a good movie

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elishia Chave
    5/25/15
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    "Not all it's cracked up to be."

    I don't LOVE this book like everyone else seems to... And that might be that I'm more sci-fi/dystopia than fantasy.

    The fantasy world is brilliantly imagined and runs directly alongside real life Manhattan. I loved the descriptions of the city mingling flawlessly with the imagined landscape of the narrative.

    I liked the introduction of some diversity with a gay character. I mostly think it was dealt with sensitively and it's one of the stories I'm must intrigued by.

    The story is good, I only had a half gasp moment towards the end... Mostly because I couldn't believe that the author has committed to an awkward to resolve storyline, but I'm super glad she did.

    My main issue is that I didn't end the book feeling like I knew the characters. I dont feel like they're my best friends, or people I have to have in my life (maybe Simon as he's adorable), but I don't care massively about the individuals...

    Although I'm not passionately obsessed there are things that I'd like to see work out. So, yes, I am going to continue listening. It's fun and easy and fills a dull moment, but I didn't listen to it non-stop.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • KieronRiley
    5/19/15
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    "Good for teens"

    I enjoyed the book, but it was quite childish in parts. But the characters are only 15 so it's my own issue ha. Overall it was good though :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nimue Whyte
    Cornwall, UK
    5/16/15
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    "A great read / listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Took me a couple of chapters to get into this series, but now I am hooked! I'm on book 4 and i dont want the series to end! A great storyline and some great twists :) Well narrated too.


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  • Captn_Smuggins
    4/13/15
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    "Terrible, predictable plot twists"
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    The first half of this book was quite good but as soon as more characters were added it became really obvious what their hidden secrets would be since their descriptions/actions and behaviour were very clichéd and predictable. The main character appeared pretty dim-witted to not work everything out sooner.The biggest "reveal" towards the end of the book was so blinding obvious that when the main character went into melt-down after finding it out I actually had to relisten to previous parts as I'm sure she had been told the secret in a previous chapter.The writer also ruined the love interest in the most awkward and gross way ever.I don't want to be too mean about this book as it's clearly just a bit-of-fun and maybe not aimed at me as a reader and as I said the first half of the book is quite good but the second half meant it's seriously one of the worst books I've read/listened to.The narration was enjoyable, so if you want a light-hearted story to listen to this might be for you.
    Not really a young teen/childrens book as there are themes of incest in it which turned my stomach so read with caution!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • R. H. Hill
    Oxford, England
    3/23/15
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    "Fabulous story well performed."
    If you could sum up City of Bones in three words, what would they be?

    Great characters gripping.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters and their development.


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

    Jase because of his layers.


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

    Demons look out!


    Any additional comments?

    I am reading one of the authors other series and have found them easier to listen to rather than read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lisa
    newcastle, United Kingdom
    3/16/15
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    "Entertaining"

    Brilliant story telling. Great monsters. Even the boys r pretty in my head. Totally enjoyed this read I was transported to another world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • diva bubble
    frinton on sea uk
    2/28/15
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    "new author ."

    this is not a book I would usually read. I think that it is aimed at a younger readership. ITT was although a good story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • esra
    2/7/15
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    "Great book, kept me captivated"

    This book has kept me listening at every opportunity. Can't wait to start the next one. Already missing the characters!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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