The Mortal Instruments Boxed Set: City of Bones; City of Ashes; City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #1-3)
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The Mortal Instruments Boxed Set: City of Bones; City of Ashes; City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #1-3)

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In City of Bones, fifteen-year-old Clary Fray is introduced to the world of the Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of warriors dedicated to driving demons out of our world. And she's introduced with a vengeance, when Clary's mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a grotesque monster sent by the evil and powerful Shadowhunter, Valentine. How could a mere human s...more
Hardcover, 1520 pages
Published October 27th 2009 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Aly


where to begin with this book?



Jace Wayland is supposed to be a hot, snarky bad boy with a heart of gold, and hair of gold. he snarks the shit out of everything as soon as the opportunity arises, and even when the opportunity doesn't arise.

but Jace does not have a heart of gold, no matter how much Clary and Clare try to convince you. at the end of the book, Isabelle tells Clary that she brings out the kindness that's inside of Jace. we're supposed to believe that Clary changed Jace and made him a...more
NatashaSonya
I have to say I've heard mixed reviews about this book series, many saying the writing and characters are feeble attempts at creating a good story and whatnot. All I can say is screw those people because I enjoyed this series more than I could ever describe in words. I'd gotten all three books in one swing to the bookstore - which I admit could've been stupid of me if I hadn't liked it, but of course it didn't turn out that way - and even with the second book's summary spoiler I was gaping all...more
Rebecca
***SPOILERS***
This was a fun series to read in many ways. There are still 2 books left to read but I felt like all the major issues were solved with the 3rd book. I love the fantasy world Clare created. It was interesting and exciting. However, and here's where the spoilers come in, I was so uncomfortable with the whole Jace and Clary as brother and sister thing. Everyone reading the books figures out that they aren't brother and sister pretty early on, but THEY don't know that!! They are still...more
Jon
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Heather
Hmmm. Where to start with these books. These are kind of a mix between Twilight and Harry Potter, though I didn't think they were as good as either. Now that I've finished all of them, I like them a lot more in retrospect than I did while reading them. The plot is compelling and interesting, but I really hated most of the characters for the first part of the trilogy. I also don't think these are appropriate for young teens since there are some references to sex, pornography, homosexuality, and s...more
Len
I took interest in this series because a lot of the other members I belonged to in a forum (for a certain book) have were currently reading the last in the series, which is City of Glass. So I thought might as well read the books since I was in the mood.
I never thought I could feel again the feeling I had when I read the Harry Potter series and even when I first watched the Lord of the Rings (FOTR). I knew by the time I was in the middle chapter that I was in love with the story. I think if not...more
Dangermousie
Oh, how I love love love this trilogy, let me count the ways! (I enjoy books 4-5 in the series as well, but not as much as I do these ones). I'd say it was my ultimate guilty pleasure except I refuse to feel guilty.

Yummily dramatic? Yes. Delightfully angsty? Yes. With an entertaining worldbuilding, great secondary characters, and delightful quips? Yes.

But I am in it for Jace and Clary, arguably the most deliciously tortured and passionate and dysfunctional soulmatey-soulmate OTP that I have co...more
Elise
Too many similes, too much teenage angst (but that's probably why so many teens read it, right?) too many witty repartees in life-threatening situations that don't even begin to help me suspend my disbelief. Oh, and EVERYBODY'S MONOLOGUING! When someone has a sword pointed at their heart they get all morose and suddenly divulge their deepest secrets, but just enough that when they don't die, the reader has all but one piece of the puzzle. So we're basically left almost knowing how things are goi...more
Braiden
I'm just going to cheat and just not do a review on this fabulous series. If you are a YA fan down to the deepest depth of your core, this series is a must-read and therefore there is no reason why I should spend my time writing reviews on these books after a month reading them when you should just go grab them RIGHT NOW! GOGOGOGOGO!

Anyway I'll just review in great depth City of Fallen Angels and then next two after that to make myself happy and you too =)

But here is the synopsis for City of Bon...more
Amelia Skywalker
Tl;tr: If you ever find yourself completely bored with no books better than, let's say, "The Dresden Files" or "Percy Jackson" to read, then this will be an easy and enjoyable read. There are better books out there, though, and you shouldn't waste your time on this if you could read them instead.

City of Bones: ★★★☆☆
This is a pretty average young adult book: the characters are interesting, the world is colourful and atmospheric, the writing is sometimes plump and there are some blunders (changing...more
Nikki
This is a book series I would love to live in! If you are looking to take a vacation and get away from your life for a while, I would most definitely recommend you take a trip through The Mortal Instruments. The world that Cassandra Clare has created is one where the reader will find themselves immersed in fantasy and adventure. Just when you think you've found that perfect spot to stop and come back to reality from, you will get swept up back into the Shadowhunter's world of triumph and chaos....more
William miles
Well, where to begin? These books are absolutley amazing! I love the way Cassandra Clare writes about her charecters. She gives them a soul. I feel like i've known them forever. I was captivated and addicted by the time i read the first chapter. I love the passion and fire clare writes with. She Is an intelligent woman and writer. I just can't get enough. I've never been so impressed with a series in my life and believe me i have read MANY. I love how she brings the Fey, the vamps, the weres, th...more
Carrie Ann Lahain
Unlike most readers of Cassandra Clare's THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS series, I came to the books after reading the prequel INFERNAL DEVICES trilogy. The complex plotting and fabulous historical detail demonstrated in CLOCKWORK ANGEL, CLOCKWORK PRINCE, and CLOCKWORK PRINCESS blew me away, and I reviewed all three books individually here on Amazon and Goodreads. So, I was eager to move on to THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS.

The universe the author creates is unique and believable. New York City is so well-wroug...more
Fiona Martin
City of Bones: Read 3 times
Good beginning to the seiries if not a little boring. If it wasnt for Jace's character this series would fail and not be on the New York best selling list.


City of Ashes:
Was a good enough book but it you can tell it was leading up to the next book, I like Cassandra Claire because she makes every character she has like they are real. I cant wait to see this movie I think because it has more of an edge to it, it will be more entertaining! Also she couldn't have done too...more
Jenny
I'm reviewing this set in it's entirely b/c individually this series drives me crazy and I had to read the entire series before I could make up my mind if I like it. In the end I did like it and a prediction (actually more like 2) did come true. I don't normally read such a fantasy type series but the characters kept me going even if the background made no sense to me.
Lucky for me the 3 books were available at my library b/c I don't recommend reading them unless you have all three at hand and a...more
Mary
If you can image a cross between Harry Potter, Twilight and Percy Jackson and the Olympians this is the story. I agree with the other review and I am mid 40's that this blows Twilight out of the water which I loved. Its age appropirate for 10/11+ years of age. Lots of action and adventure, love and friendship and acceptance. I read in 3 days because I couldn't get enough of it and will read them all again. Would love to see this come alive on the big screen too. Jace, Clary, Simon, Isabelle and...more
Becky
Fun, fun, fun- that is what these books are! Although this series is very apparently written for a teen audience (it even has the token homosexual couple), it was well written and so entertaining. Great for a fun, easy read. I love fantasy world the author has created of shadowhunters, demons, werewolves and vampires. I loved the plot twists and bit of romance. The last book (City of glass), was so exciting and was like a constant stream of climaxes for different aspects of the story- - it was t...more
Krsten
I liked this series a great deal more than the Twilight books. It had all the action I was hoping for in the vampire books - and a little romance. It was an exciting read clear to the end of the 3rd book. No disappointments. I was frustrated with the relationship between Clary and Jace. Simon grew on me and he became a favorite by the end of The City of Glass.
Xaika Saldivar
Jul 09, 2011 Xaika Saldivar rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Jason Jacob
This series is awesome!!! :) I LOVE LOVE LOVE JACE!!!!! The story is just magnificent with all the twists and turns! It is definitely a must-read and I just love everything!! ROMANCE, ADVENTURE AND MYSTERY all wrapped in one!! AMMMMMAAAAAZZZZIIIINNNNNGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D
Grace
I honestly thought these were going to be pretty bad, and they're not. Don't think about the logic in them too much and you're good - move along at a nice clip, the broody boy is not too broody, the geeky friend is clearly kind of cool, and the girl... Well, she's less so.

This is another book where everyone is gorgeous, except for the "clumsy" girl in the middle of it all. She self-describes as not pretty, but then there's the ever-present nod to "...but my mother is gorgeous, I wish I was as pr...more
Splash Of Our Worlds *Yiota*
Since i'm impatiently waiting for Clockwork Angel to arrive (finally was dispatched yesterday) i decided to do a sum-up review at Cassandra's Clare The Mortal Instruments series (sequel of the Infernal Devices which include Clockwork Angel). I will try not to spoil more than the summaries have already done. Actually i will not spoil at all. Read it :)

First of all, on Clare's writing style. What i can say...i love it. After Harry Potter i couldn't believe i could find a same-style world story to...more
Ashley
I never thought I would find another book or series where I would fall completely in love with the characters after Twilight. The search is over – The Mortal Instruments is the new Twilight. After reading this series, you can’t help but feel like you personally know each and every character. The trials and tribulations each character goes through make you hunger for more and never want it to come to an end. You are constantly left in suspense of what the outcome will be of each adventure that Ja...more
Sarah
Feb 25, 2011 Sarah added it
Are you looking for adventure, romance, fantasy, and some kick butt action scenes? Well, The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare has it all. The plot will keep you on your toes, and unable to put the book down. It personally took me a little under three days to finish all currently published books. They aren’t that quick a read, having a few hundred pages each, which most leisurely readers find pleasant.
The Mortal Instruments currently has three books in circulation, the fourth of whic...more
Maralyn
I'm torn between 4 and 5 stars. The books in and of themselves were probably a 4-star read, but everything about them screams 5 stars.

5 stars: Well-written, Clare. Truly well-written. I actually really enjoyed the writing style; I found it endearing and witty...
4 stars: ...except for the bazillions of similes. EVERYthing was a simile. Despite the fact that Clare is so good at pinpointing the way something feels or tastes or is, the abundance of similes got old fast.
5 stars: Originality. HELLO de...more
Sarah's Reviews
The Mortal Instruments is a young adult paranormal romance/urban fantasy, set in a colorful version of our reality where humans walk unaware of not just the vampires, werewolves and warlocks, but also demons and their part-human enemies - Shadowhunters.

The books are fast flowing with vivid characters, a lot of action, and
interesting twists. They contain:

* the use of magic, runes, and mixing of demon and angel blood with humans to create other species
* profanity (including the taking of God's n...more
Deborah Takahashi
One night, at a popular club, Clary Fray, and her best friend Simon, are having a great time until she sees hooded figures murder a guy. The murder is not like anyone she has every seen since he is covered head to toe in black tattoos and, mysteriously, the murder victim disappeared into thin air. In fact, the only people who can see them are their fellow Shadowhunters--an elite group of people who have the ability to vanquish demons. Just when things could not get any worse, the murder, turn "s...more
Kimberly Pine
Surprising. Delightful. Beautiful. Real.

The first time I read through Mortal Instruments, I wanted to skip ahead as much as possible to know what was going on with main character's Clary and Jace but slowly, the whole world Clare has created pulled me in to stay.

Cocky, venerable, passionate, and of course attractive, Jace is one of my favorite male leads in teen fiction. His personality shines through in it's complexity. I found myself literally laughing out loud from some of the things that f...more
Madison Ridge
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Dimetary Edwards
The Mortal Instruments! (It's ok, I am not going to spoil too ...much)
What can I say? I mean, this is going to big! I think it is already big! And it's going to get bigger, because they have a film in the making and due to come out August 23, 2012! I mean, what's not to love about half angel, black wearing, rune making, demon staying, badasses? Plus I love how Clare had put all the mystical creatures and mythical folk all together and respected their legend and put more impact to what and who th...more
Tasha
I'm not going to give an extremely detailed review, but if you're judging on whether to read this book or not, there's only one thing I need to say to you.

This book is a painful twist of Harry Potter and Twilight.

It is similar to twilight in ways that the author seemed to want to make it a paranormal book, but instead morphed it into a sci-if love story.Ms. Clare, if you're reading this now, I will say that I absolutely DESPISE what you've done with clary and jace. I love this fictional world...more
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Hello Goodreadsers. Here's my official bio:

"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...more
More about Cassandra Clare...
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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