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The Mortal Instrument (The Mortal Instruments #1-4)

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The Shadowhunters—touched by angels and charged with protecting innocents—battle demons and other evil in the bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

City of Bones

When 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 odd markings. This is Clary’s first mee

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ebook, 1952 pages
Published April 19th 2011 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Jennifer
Mar 03, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
hahahahah. Wow the review I had before this was just horrible.

So this is a review for the series as a whole not even a review just a biased suck ass opinion. Now some are like 5 stars for a whole series c'mon? I can't help it that I'm absolutely in love with this series. There's people who hate it and people who love it. I don't care what anyone says these books are my babies with all their faults and arrogant assholes.

I love the world that Mrs. Clare created every single of piece of it. I lov
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Ishrat
Oct 01, 2011 Ishrat rated it it was amazing
Cassandra Clare is humorous, edgy and enlightening in this phenomenal series (The Mortal Instruments). The characters are well rounded and Jace has a certain 'bad-boy' allure that most females have learned to crave these days. The books builds up suspense right from the start and the author cleverly releases most of the suspense at the peak but somehow conveys that there is yet something to be solved and the audience is left suspended in mid-air. With all the paranormal creatures crammed into th ...more
Eliz
Jul 08, 2016 Eliz rated it it was ok
Some people will love these books and that is fine. I'm on book four now and it is only because I hate not finishing a story that I've continued. And because I had apparently already bought the set.

The series reads like a story written by a 14 year old girl who wants to be a writer when she grows up. The plotting, the structure, the strong Mary Sue of the lead female character, there are some interesting ideas but nothing seems well thought out or at minimum well planned out.

In terms of writin
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Lulu
Feb 22, 2016 Lulu rated it really liked it
I opened the first book, started to read, and couldn't put it down. I read the first four books in about three days and didn't have much sleep. Even in my dreams I was thinking about it. I had an obsession like this a long ago, and it's awesome to have something again I can't stop thinking about. Actually, I read the first 50pages of City of Bones years ago, but I was't in the mood, and I didn't like it at all. But then, after I saw the movie, I bought it and it totally caught me. I was surprise ...more
Olivia
May 29, 2014 Olivia rated it did not like it
The ideas in this series were great and original, but the writing was immature, full of lazily written plot-holes, and was overall inconsistent.

To start off, as the series goes on, Clare starts switch point of view more and more until it's almost impossible to keep up with the characters because it's a different one every three or so pages. And what Clare lacked in this series, with point of views, is that each character is supposed to have their own personality and way of thinking. Unfortunate
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Melissa
May 14, 2012 Melissa rated it liked it
Wow. This series had me hooked from the first. It mingled regular humans, vampires, werewolves, demons and a new breed of humans trained for a life of supernatural war, known as Shadowhunters. Quotes were added from literature of old, to Biblical phrases and current authors.

There are characters like Isabelle Lightwood, who believe every story or fable is true but does not hold to any given religion. I would guess that to be most of the other characters. Then there is Simon, a shy boy, whose fir
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Ryan Vongpusanachai
May 04, 2015 Ryan Vongpusanachai rated it really liked it
I really liked this book and I found it quite enjoyable. Although in the beginning I thought it was about instruments and some weird stuff. I really didn't think It would turn out pretty good. It was kinda scary but not that scary :D but uh, i recommend u guise 2 read it! tench
Kayce
Jan 22, 2013 Kayce rated it it was amazing
In my point of view Cassandra Claire is one of the best righter I have ever encountered. Her books are amazing not just the mortal instrument books but all of her books. She make up these worlds that are so imaginative and clever that incorporate every fairy tale creature you can think of. It's such a fascinating world with their different cultures and traditions. I love the characters and how they each have their own story and own personalities. The focus in the book changed as it went on it wo ...more
valerie c: Rivero
Dec 27, 2012 valerie c: Rivero rated it it was amazing
<3!
i just fell in love with this book! The whole shadowhunters thing was awesome (can't wait for the movie to come out).
Every charatcer was great, like Jace the good looking boy, Isabelle the pretty mean girl (she's not tht mean) nd her brother Alec who is the quiet guy with his cruch on Jace then Clary nd Simon
i read every single book (my best friend read them all before nd she spoils everyting! even tho i love her) but the last book...
SPOILER!!!!

in the last book Jace is now evil becuz he is
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Erin
Jun 30, 2015 Erin rated it it was amazing
I loved this series. The first three books were amazing but I know some people feel that it dragged on with the 6 books. The fourth one was okay, and the last two were great. I am tired of seeing all the series I read be compared to twilight, and this is one of them. You can't compare them, and I don't even see any similarity. Since I started reading more in January, I haven't found a series I didn't like. But I guess some people are very picky with what they like, but I'm pretty simple. This is ...more
Madison
Oct 05, 2011 Madison rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved
let me just say that i love this series more than any books i have read. Cassandra did an excellent job with the personalities of the characters and had an amazing imagination and very detailed. It was great how she put all different people into one situation. I love how she wrote the twist and turns that took your breath away. This series gave me more imagination and a passion for reading. I also love Jace to pieces and love Alec and Magnus. I also love the fact that she put this into the real ...more
Anindita Nalli
I absolutely love this series it is out of my understanding why people don't like this series from time to time, like seriously haters your choice in books is just BAD. So anyways, the series shaped me as a person,as the characters are so deep I learnt allot from each of them. And such wonderful story building I have never seen, none of the books I've ever read Connery the backstory in such detail, how little things are connected never fail top surprise me the fact that Clare was able to connect ...more
Nicolas L.
Aug 06, 2015 Nicolas L. rated it it was ok
This review is on the series as a whole. The world is unique and the characters are all different. That's about all the good that comes out of this series. It was entertaining to read at times, but fell flat for the majority. The main thing that this author butchered was the 'love' (if you can call it that) in the book. Cassandra Clare has a great imagination and can captivate you with good descriptions, but when it comes to romance, she needs some work. I felt as if I was reading about romance ...more
Bookamy
Jul 10, 2015 Bookamy rated it really liked it
Okaaaaaay.. I made this real big mistake while reading this book. I started reading it for some days, it was really good and so interesting. But then I don't know how, but i forgot about it. So yea, I finished this book today, I only had 100 pages left, I dont why I didn't finish it. So when I started reading it today, I didn't remember who was who and I was so confused. Lol, I hated my self when I was reading it.

Well, this book was quite good. The start of the book confused me a lot. I was act
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Rebecca Graf
Jul 04, 2015 Rebecca Graf rated it it was amazing
A young girl discovers that the life she knew is not reality. Nothing is as she had assumed, but she doesn’t have time to think about it when her mother disappears and she is thrown into a world of demons and angels.


I’ve been meaning to read this book for a long time. A friend of my daughter’s raved about it. The cover pulled me in, but I had so many other books to read that it got pushed aside. Then the movie came out. I hate to watch a movie and then read the book, but...This time it worked ou
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Gabrielle
Apr 16, 2015 Gabrielle rated it did not like it
Ugh, where do I start? I absolutely HATE this book, for multiple reasons.

#1: The "heroine" has no priorities. Her mother is possibly dead, and she seems more worried about Jace! Ugh, I absolutely hate it.

#2: She is about as useful as Bella Swan. She can do absolutely nothing, and is the one getting saved 24/7. Pathetic.

#3: The plot twists are so predictable. As soon as Jace appeared in the book, I knew he was going to be related. I mean, COME ON CASSANDRA, anyone who has read anything WORTH READ
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Sondie
Nov 17, 2014 Sondie rated it it was amazing
****WARNING CONTAINS SPOILERS****

I really enjoyed reading this book. It has great descriptions and it is an easy read. I do feel that this book almost was the same as the Harry Potter series, but was unique in its own way. In this series, the main character does not know that she has The Sight or has blood of The Clave, just like Harry not knowing he was a wizard. Also, the main character, Clary, has gotten involved with this unknown mythical world and fell in love with it. Clary also does not k
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Caroline
Jun 09, 2014 Caroline rated it it was amazing
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Mary
Mar 01, 2014 Mary added it
great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ...more
Lorna Francis
Sep 23, 2015 Lorna Francis rated it it was amazing
Fantastic fantasy that will make you see New York in a totally different light where werewolves slink along the alleys of Chinatown whilst vampires dance the night away. Magic has been used instrumental in shielding Clary from her monstrous father and this hidden world until the kidnapping of her Mother. This ensures that the veil is lifted from her daughter's eyes enabling her to see the world with all its inhabitants, not just the human kind. Embracing this world Clary embarks on a quest of th ...more
Earicka
Nov 14, 2015 Earicka is currently reading it
City Of Bones

Hidden Realities

This series must be read in order. This is the first book. I can't wait to read City Of Ashes to find out what happens next!


Clary is just an ordinary girl who is an exceptional artist just like her mother. Her best friend is a guy named Simon who is in a band. She never knew her (dead)father but her mom's best friend Luke has always been there for her. She leads an ordinary (if boring) life until she starts seeing people in the club Purgatory that noone else can. Is
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Erna
Jun 20, 2011 Erna rated it liked it
If I were 12, I would give this probably 4 or 5 stars. Plot is really good but cheesy teeny bits in between made me cringe at times and giddy at other times. The way I would describe this in short is "True Blood for teens." Or Buffy meets Twilight with less vampires...That said, I'm currently rereading it until I'm ready to read my next John Mayberry novel!
Kairangi
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peaseblossom
May 28, 2013 peaseblossom rated it it was ok
I actually read the books separately, but who wants to review all of them? They're actually sort of fun kitchen-sink urban fantasy, if you can get around the horribly creepy main romance, and the sort of pathetic 'main' character.
Savannah
Dec 19, 2012 Savannah rated it it was amazing
i love this whole series! just finished city of lost souls!!!!!! now waiting for city of heavenly fire....cant wait!
Brooke
Sep 30, 2013 Brooke rated it it was amazing
all i can say is that this is now my life.
Lanta F
May 12, 2014 Lanta F rated it it was amazing
I think people should read this book because the book is well written and full of adventure, romance, and action. It's a great time consumer and a great roller coaster. If I ever got the chance I would ask Cassandra Clare where and how she came up with the idea to use Latin and incorporate Bible passages into the book. A lot of things surprised me in this series that I'm not going to mention because .. SPOILERS.
Jessica Gresham
Jul 31, 2013 Jessica Gresham rated it it was amazing
Ah-mazing!!! In a class of its own...
Little Green Cabbage
Apr 06, 2016 Little Green Cabbage rated it it was amazing
if you like fantasy, adventure, drama, can deal with heartbreak every once in a while, and is also capable of feeling some major feels, this is definitely the book for you.

Gosh. DON'T MIND ME GUYS JUST FEELING ALL THE FEELS HERE. With this book, with this entire series for that matter, just dint know where to start. Let me just start off by saying I LOVE LOVE LOVE Cassie's writing and work. I love how attentive she is the characters, plot, and detail. She describes everything so perfectly, I ca
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Sarah
Nov 17, 2015 Sarah rated it it was ok
As I read the Mortal Instruments series, I found myself thinking, with each book, how terribly predictable it all was. If the heroine shouldn't do something because it was stupid or risky, she did it, and the results were exactly what the reader would expect. All of the characters were unrealistically blind to utterly obvious occurrences in their day-to-day lives (namely romantic interest in each other, their own heritage, etc). I'm sorry, but if the conclusion to each story-line is obvious to t ...more
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"Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilo
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“If I feel the urge to burst into flames, I'll let you know. " Simon never had much patience with Jace. "Look, did you ask me to come all the way uptown just so you could stare at me like I was something in a petri dish? Next time I'll send you a photo. " "And I'll frame it and put it on my nightstand, " said Jace sarcastically.” 38 likes
“Don't look pleased with yourself. When Will says 'enterprising, ' he means 'morally deficient. '" "No, I mean enterprising, " said Will. "When I mean morally deficient, I say, 'Now, that's something I would have done. ” 32 likes
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