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City of Bones / City of Ashes / City of Glass / City of Fallen Angels / City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #1-5)

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The first five books in the #1 New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series, now available in a collectible hardcover boxed set.Enter the secret world of the Shadowhunters with this handsomely packaged boxed set that includes City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels, and City of Lost Souls. The Mortal Instruments books have more than five ...more
ebook, 2496 pages
Published October 23rd 2012 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Katy Davies
Jan 20, 2013 Katy Davies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are NO MAJOR spoilers in this review.

I’m back again, it seems! And with good purpose- I found the series written by Cassandra Clare from where I usually find things- The Internet- Tumblr to be precise. I find that a lot of people on Tumblr have good taste, but perhaps that’s being a bit open-minded.
None the less, The Mortal Instruments leads a thrilling story-line which follows a young red-head called Clarissa “Clary” Fray on her journey to discover her past and her heritage- with a bit-
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Lisa
May 24, 2013 Lisa rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy, ya
My friend loaned me the first book in this series in trade paperback. I got through it in a day and was dying to read the next few, and when I went online to price the e-books, discovered the most economical choice was to purchase the first five in a single e-book. I read the subsequent four in short order, and I was very pleased with the series, in general.

First off, I don't read a lot of YA these days. I tend to lose patience with the characters too easily, but that didn't happen this time. In
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Jinger
Jun 15, 2013 Jinger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is truly the best fantasy world I've read of so far. The story is so gripping and the plot is insane! I nearly broke window after the first book; it was so twisted in the end I wanted to hurl but at the same time the book was sooo good! I had to read the next book. And from then I was hooked. When I finished the City of Lost souls, book 5 I knew there would be more but then I discovered that I have to wait til September 2014! I wanted to punch myself! The books are that good. Will Book 6 be ...more
Shayna Varadeaux
***City of Bones

Oh my! This book is not a dull moment sort of book. I have to remind myself how old they are.
And holy moly!

******SPOILER ALERT!!!******

So by chapter 22 I was talking to myself with an audible OH My GAWD!
I am not happy that Clary is unlucky in love! But it will turn out fine I'm sure I am excited to read the next book!


***City of Ashes

So much happens in this book I was staggeringly stunned more than once! It was indeed a good read! Nail biting and polish chipping occurred! Now o
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Mi Camino Blanco
Curiosamente, a diferencia de otras sagas en las que las primeras partes, aceptablemente buenas, dan paso a las finales que ni me apetece leer, en este caso, aunque el primer libro no me llegó a enganchar del todo, los restantes en mi opinión fueron a mejor, siendo de momento el libro cuatro el que más me ha gustado. Supongo que le daré una oportunidad a los siguientes, aunque reconozco que cada vez me aburren más las historias interminables por entregas.

La historia no es ni más ni menos origin
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Grace Alaye
Jan 31, 2013 Grace Alaye rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all
Recommended to Grace by: it wa bought to keep me occupied.
no spoilers here. well some new names but no new spoilers.
the first book city of bones: was amazing. i couldnt set it down. jace and clary were just apart of it. the time line the minnor characters and all just blew my mind such a book exsisted.

city of ashes: spoiler alert after book one i had to read book two. magnus had a bigger role and so did alec. jace gave some surprises but simon almost broke my heart. clary and issabelle made me laugh the most. and luke is just awesome. that inquistor w
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Natalie
Dec 16, 2014 Natalie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is never going to be a better series than The Mortal Instruments. It's better than any other novel I had read in my whole entire life! It really is such a phenomenal series I just couldn't elaborate to you enough. Clary, a stubborn 17 year old yet a very loving and caring person.Jace who sometimes could be very sacarstic but inside he is a softie... and then a warrior in the outside...lets say a Shawdowhunter. Simon, who would love Clary no matter what.
Jess
Aug 21, 2014 Jess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I will never forget theses books. Loved every word. Every book was great, but I loved the first most of all. Romance, paranormal beings, mystery, heart ache, courage and love. Everything all in one! If you haven't read them.. What are you still doing reading this review?
Kama
Apr 22, 2013 Kama rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kama by: Erica Griffin
I loved this series! It's like the next best thing since Harry Potter! It has tons of fantastical characters like vampires, wearwolves, warlocks, etc. It has romance, comedy, tradgedy, and epic battle scenes. It's about a group of demon hunters called "shadowhunters" which is like a mix between the angelic and human race that fight for good. I couldn't put it down! The books do grow increasingly "worldly" but still stay on a consistant PG13 level which I always find enjoyable. Loved it! I'd reco ...more
Ashley Mitchell
Jan 15, 2015 Ashley Mitchell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve seen this book around a lot, but never really bothered to pick it up. Honestly, I’ll admit my faults and say I was a bit biased. I saw the cover, saw a boy on the front of it, and assumed it was from a males perspective. I’m on my women only kick, and didn’t even bother reading the synopsis to confirm or deny my suspicions. Bad Ashley.

So this series (at least books 1-3) is not from a males perspective, so i completely felt like a boob. The second half of the series (books 4-6) does switch q
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Camila Gil
Nov 26, 2014 Camila Gil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Leí esta saga hace 2 años, mucho antes de que pensaran hacer la película siquiera, y la película fue una total decepción, sí que estoy agradecida por haberlo leído cuando era el momento y crearme mi propia idea del mundo y los personajes. Una amiga me había hablado de que había oído hablar de una saga que era buenísima “Cazadores de Sombras”, al oír el titulo yo no me lo tome literalmente como muchos lo hicieron, desde allí yo ya sabía que tendría algo que ver con ángeles... demonios… y un mundo ...more
Rachel
I read a bit, skimmed a lot. Certain stories arcs appealed to me, but more on a soap opera escapist scale than anything. Clare does a decent job of writing quirky teenagers navigating both hormones and fantasy adventures, but some of my beef with the book is that there’s really nothing deeper there. It’s fun, but didn’t touch me with a more genuine message, like the Potter books and the emphasis on sticking together with friends, your legacy living on through your loved ones, and choosing what i ...more
Adele Dalton
Jul 28, 2014 Adele Dalton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great Young Adult Series. I read City of Bones in hardcover. The rest of the books I read on my kindle. The kindle made it so I could read while my husband needed to sleep. It also saved a lot of strain on my arms. Love reading on my kindle.

Back to the series... It was a very interesting story to read. Yes there is quite a bit of cheesy love going on with the main characters. They have heterosexual intimate scenes that increase as you read more books in the series. If reading about tw
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J.L. Dobias
Jul 07, 2014 J.L. Dobias rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: SFF fans who love epic fantasy
Shelves: book-shelf-09
The Mortal Instruments Series (5 books): City of Bones; City of Ashes; City of Glass; City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

I found the Mortal Instruments to be a delightful surprise. I was expecting a sort of mix of Harry Potter with Buffy the Vampire Slayer and I wasn't disappointed in that. What bonus I received, though; this has several elements that remind me of the Nine Princes of Amber by Roger Zelazny and even a bit of Philip Jose Farmer's Tier Series. What I mean b
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Alicia
Dec 15, 2014 Alicia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
The Mortal Instruments series is not one of my favorites on the shelf. Here's my honest opinion.

Yes, the series is packed full of action and romance. There's an actual plot too, which keeps readers hooked. I admit I was too. When I picked up the first book, I liked it so much and decided, on impulse, to purchase the rest. Much to my disappointment, the story seemed to go around and around (for me) and I eventually stopped at the third ー or fourth book ー I'm not sure.

Now, before you start critici
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Jessica Hult
Oct 08, 2012 Jessica Hult rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished the first three last year and lovvvved them!! They are now one of my favorite series. When I just heard that Cassandra Clare came out wiht two more in the series, I was so excited. I am currently reading Clockwork Price and I love that series too. Once I finish that, I will get the last two and add them to the first three that are on my shelf... but not before I read them!!! This is a great book for teens and I love it!!!
Earicka
Nov 14, 2015 Earicka is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
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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Iris
Mar 31, 2014 Iris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a beautiful series. It is filled with love, action, adventure, lessons and hilarious one liners. You will find yourself crying at times and giggling at others. It is a great balance of lead characters and small significant characters with diverse personalities. Every action in the book has a reaction and the emotions are so well versed you get lost in the book and sometimes feel what the characters are feeling even if you identify with one more than the other. I enjoyed that the author m ...more
Bianca Villanueva
Feb 25, 2014 Bianca Villanueva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just love Jace. It is a common teen fictional love story but what the heck, I love the series. Some may disagree with me but I like this kind of story. However, the phasing of the book is quite slow. I am a bit irritated on the character of Clary also. But overall, I liked the series and I'm just currently waiting for the last book!
Karen
I am DEFENITLY in love with this series, I've read books 1-4 and I can't wait anymore to read the 5th. The plot is absolutely amazing. The characters are great. I give some real credit to Cassandra Clare. SPOILER ALERT----------- In City of Ashes and in City of Glass, and in City of Fallen Angels, I honestly wanted to explode and just burn something, the endings of all the books listed above are just amazing. I wanted to KILL Jace In the endings of the 2 and 3 book. And then in City of Fallen An ...more
Clary Fray
Jan 24, 2016 Clary Fray rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So good! A must-read series! I wasn't sure about it first but by the time I was halfway through the first book, I was hooked. I could never get enough of any of these fun, witty, brave, vulnerable characters- especially Magnus! This made me laugh, smile, and cry- tears of joy and sadness- whenever I picked it up. I couldn't stop reading it. I have been begging all of my friends to read this, because who doesn't want someone to cry with over all of the relationships between these amazing characte ...more
Kym Kettler-paddock
I read the entire series, but can't say I loved it. The writing improved after the first book, which had way too many 'the sun glinted in his eyes like the reflection off a knife' sort of nonsense. I also found Alex's relationship entirely unbelievable. He hardly says a word or does anything that makes him remotely interesting, but gets a very interesting and ancient lover. Doesn't ring true to me. And as a parent, the idea of an 18 year old boy essentially valued for his youth and looks (and th ...more
Eureca Laurice
Overall rating of the series 1-5.
3/5 stars
Ingo
May 06, 2013 Ingo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finished the first book as a single edition, April 17th, 2013, which I bought as I was not sure wether I would like it and did not want too spend too much money on a new writer. As it was great, I bought the cheapest edition of the next books, I could find, being a Kindle set of The Mortal Instruments 1-5.
Will start City of Ashes today, April 17th, 2013.
Sorry, bad week, no updates.
Finished City of Ashes April 22nd (not sure), City of Glass April 24th (probably) 2013. Not too sure about the dates
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Ronelle
Jul 31, 2013 Ronelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really did like this series. But I think it should've ended at the third. Great stopping point. Now Magnus and Alex are broken up and im like WHATTT! They a good bit on the only reason I read this series. After the third book I hated Jace sand Clary. Are they siblings or not? I mean goodness, make up your mind. That and this series just got me mad, for too many reasons. But Simon was okay.

So your probably wondering wondering why I gave it four stars?
Because I really liked the first three, but
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K
Aug 10, 2013 K rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2013
Okay, where to start this review. These books were really good, I mean far better than I was expecting them to be. I'm going to start with Jace because I can't not start with Jace. I started this series near the end of the semester when I had twenty page papers due and exams beginning and no matter how hard I tried (okay maybe I didn't try that hard but whatever) I coukd not put this collection down for long. Jace is hilarious and sarcastic and amazing. I love his character so much! Next up I mu ...more
Emma
Aug 26, 2013 Emma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was going to begin this review with a bashful disclaimer trying to absolve myself of guilt for reading a YA series but then the other day I came across this great piece
http://bookriot.com/2013/08/23/ridicu...
and I decided screw that. I'm an adult; I can read whatever I want. I've certainly read some crappy adult books just for pure fun (Sookie Stackhouse books anyone?), so if I want to read some crappy YA books for pure fun, I'm not going to feel ashamed about it. There.
That said, was this se
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Tori Stegle
Feb 12, 2014 Tori Stegle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
When I first saw this series I thought, WOW. The covers are gorgeous and the synopsis is CRAZY! I read these books so fast it's not even funny. The romance, the magic, the history, the confrontations...its all amazing. Cassandra Clare did an amazing job with this one. The characters are definitely likeable. My favorite, Magnus! He is the person you want to be best friends with. But anyways, Clary I felt was lacking a bit at first. I didn't fully appreciate her until she embraced the fact that sh ...more
Delaney Laird
Feb 09, 2014 Delaney Laird rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay. I'm a sucker for paranormal YA.
I fell in love with TMI. It's written very well, I don't care what anyone says. The whole Clary-and-Jace-related thing freaked me out when I finished City of Bones. THEY ARE ONE OF MY MANY OTPS!!!! I will tell you I was sneaky and looked up if they really were brother and sister... I was so relieved when I found out! City of Glass was my favorite of the series, for many reasons, one of them being the above. :)
Cassandra, you rock! One of my favorites.
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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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