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The Mortal Instruments

(The Mortal Instruments #1-4)

4.57  ·  Rating details ·  16,421 ratings  ·  392 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 f

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Published April 19th 2011 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Sep 29, 2011 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Eliz davidson
Mar 02, 2013 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
Oct 01, 2011 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
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May 14, 2012 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
May 04, 2015 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
Jenny Jo Weir
Fantastic series! If you can get past the first one, the others are sure to do it for you for sure. Very good plot and great characters. I loved the development and how everything progressed. Very happy reader!
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Five Stars
Dinah Browne
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm shipping every couple in this book
Chivann Heng
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
boring ass book, most lines ive read on a page was 10, all incomplete :D
Jan 16, 2019 added it
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a must read series. It's captivating and suspenseful with a touch of young love wherever you go.
valerie c: Rivero
Dec 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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...

in the last book Jace is now evil becuz he is bo
Jan 06, 2013 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
Jun 30, 2015 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
Jun 10, 2011 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!
May 28, 2013 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.
Aug 06, 2012 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!
Jessica Gresham
Jul 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ah-mazing!!! In a class of its own...
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
all i can say is that this is now my life.
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009-2013, 2017, 2014-2018
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Chamantha Wijayaratne
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
here on my father's account. being from Sri Lanka where we have strict traditions, all this "head over heels at sixteen" gave me a little nausea. other than that, language, incidents and sense of humor was amazing. my fave couple is Simon and Isabelle,(I always loved nerd+supergirl combination!) who think as much about others as themselves while Jace and Clary seems to think that world revolve around them. SPOILER:
[I cursed clary in Lost Souls for not letting jace escape with the infernal cup.
Morgan Bathgate
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Rachel Ann
Aug 19, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Tashi Zia
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Thanmayee Muppala
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
This series is central to shadowhunter plotline and consists of many other supernatural beings. The usp of the series is its gripping storyline with its thrills and twists. The characters are common from any other supernatural series, nothing new to explore.
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Movie vs tv series vs book? Really enjoyed the book. Did a audio book and listen non stop. The characters hold your attention and the story made me want more, so I got the rest of the book in the series.
Nevaeh Bowler
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The whole series seems to top it’s self book after book. The love story of Clary and Jace will or won’t they? Simon thrown into a world he never wanted but learns to love it. The whole shadows hunter family and race feel as it’s part of your own world
Anna Kim
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
The first few books were really great. The last few were not as good only because there was a lot happening. Clary finds out that she is part of the Shadow World when Jace turns up and shows her a whole other world full of demons and shadowhunters.
Nicole Hardesty
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio
Still not crazy about this series but it's an easy listen in the car and I'm intrigued to see how it ends. Clary is annoying. Jace is too annoying to be the sexy bad boy. I love Isabelle and actually Alec too. Magnus is my favorite and I could totally do without Simon.
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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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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)
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