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4.61 of 5 stars 4.61  ·  rating details  ·  10,828 ratings  ·  323 reviews
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
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
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
Lulu
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
Melissa
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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Kayce
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
Ryan Vongpusanachai
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
Eliz
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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Zoé
Mar 29, 2015 Zoé rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those looking for a bad-boy read which is impossible to put down
Cassandra Clare has created a phenomenal plot, relatable characters and beautiful piece of literature here - simply magical.

The series follows Clary Fray's experiences through the world of Shadowhunters and Downworlders as she learns about love, loss and her secret ancestry. Clary is a strong-minded, rash protagonist who forms unbreakable bonds with her supporting characters as the story develops. Something truly special about this book was that it did not focus on the relationship between Cla
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Jessica Gresham
Ah-mazing!!! In a class of its own...
Olivia
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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valerie c: Rivero
<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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Jessica
This is an outstandingly written piece of work that I would most definitely recommend to anyone who likes a plot that will make you slip into the world of the series! Initially, I was a little nervous to begin the series as I discovered it around the same time that publishers started rushing to publish as much supernatural fiction as they could get their hands on in response to the success of the Twilight franchise. Although some fantastic stories have been published since, I found that it was a ...more
Eshika
I loved every part of these books. The series is amazing. Cassandra Clare has created a world like no other and this obviously require much skill and imagination in writing.

There are many reviews about this book and the whole series. I say that don't be discouraged with the negative reviews. I all most decided not to read this series because of the negative reviews but once I got into the series, I did not want to read anything else. This has become one of my favorite series after Harry Potter
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Madison
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
Mikayla
May 25, 2013 Mikayla rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everybody :)
Recommended to Mikayla by: Librarian
Five stars, count them, five!

Okay so it's been a while since I've read these books, but I can only remember Amazing things about them. Amazing with a capital A, you see that? :) Some of my favorite books, these my friends, are a must-read! Thrilling and heart-stopping action, intriguing plot, dynamic characters, and best of all, a flaming, red-hot, (kind of creepy at times) love-story! I only have to wait until next year for the next one to come out..I don't know WHY she made us wait for two yea
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Gabrielle
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
****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
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Mary
Mar 01, 2014 Mary added it
great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ...more
Avanti Sukma
I don't reach much, but I finished the whole 5 books in one week and it was mental! I don't get why some people say that this is just another Twilight or The Hunger Games. Clearly, they have not read the book. This is a book that I as human being can relate, to the young me. It has been a great adventure so far, wish I had found the book a few years earlier. Can't wait for the last book to come out!
Erna
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
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
i love this whole series! just finished city of lost souls!!!!!! now waiting for city of heavenly fire....cant wait!
Brooke
all i can say is that this is now my life.
Kayleigh
This series started out as a fairly good bunch of YA "candy books" to break up some of the heavier books I've been reading, but it is starting to drag a bit the longer it goes on. A lot of the plot is quite predictable, to the point where I'm just waiting for the author to get to the "big reveal" so that we can move on, but the world building is interesting, and I do enjoy the characters. At this point, I will finish the series just to find out what happens with all the characters, but I won't l ...more
Lanta Bethany Faletogo(Styles)
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.
Seamus O'Brien
These books are full of intense action, if you like fantasy you will love these books. they are full of fighting scenes that are action packed. There is also slower parts that give you a break in the action but it never gets too slow. I couldn't put any of the books in the series down, one of the books I read in two days. The books are about a girl named Clary who lives alone with her mother. One day she sees these people that other people cant see. she then confronts these mysterious people and ...more
aoi.midori

Hello there, fellow good-readers! :) I don’t normally write reviews, comments or rate books, because I think it’s something extremely subjective and personal. But in this case, I’ve decided to leave my comfort zone, and express my opinion. Mrs. C. Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series makes me want to point out and clear what I feel are some potentially harmful misconceptions.

Now, before you ask, yes, I’ve read all five books in this series because I did like certain characters. And I do have a
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Rachel Ann
They are pretty good books. They have the same feel as Harry Potter, Hunger Games, and Percy Jackson. However, they do have more adult themes mixed in. I would recommend reading them before your children do. In a way, the settings are very similar to what I've heard in World of Warcraft. I wonder if Cassandra Clare is a video gamer... I am looking forward to see the first movie, City of Bones, coming out in August 2013. I think the actor for Jace is a perfect choice. After all, only Clary sees h ...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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Other Books in the Series

The Mortal Instruments (6 books)
  • City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)
  • City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)
  • City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3)
  • City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4)
  • City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5)
  • City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6)
City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1) City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3) City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2) Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1) City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4)

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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.” 36 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. ” 31 likes
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