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City of Halves

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  606 Ratings  ·  141 Reviews
London. Girls are disappearing. They've all got one thing in common; they just don't know it yet...

Sixteen-year-old Lily was meant to be next, but she's saved by a stranger: a half-human boy with gold-flecked eyes. Regan is from an unseen world hidden within our own, where legendary creatures hide in plain sight. But now both worlds are under threat, and Lily and Regan mu
Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 7th 2014 by Chicken House
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Jul 22, 2014 rated it did not like it
This book is the worst. It has as much emotion as a Vulcan slug on Prozac.

“A must for fans of The Mortal Instruments.” Really? Because I’m pretty sure that tag line will do more harm than good. The whole time I was reading this I longed to read Cassandra Clare’s beautiful prose instead of having to read one more word of this boring, uninteresting and badly written crapfest.
So you want to compare it to The Mortal Instruments? Okay, well let’s compare it then, shall we?

First of all, where the f
Pamela ✨I Blame Wizards✨
There is really only one thing I felt after finishing 'City of Halves'.... Why? No seriously why did anything in this book happen? You know what, I'll go one step further, why did this book happen? Some of the ideas were cool, and in the hands of a much more talented writer this book would truly have had some potential, but nothing in this novel went anywhere, or meant anything. Also, what is with teen fiction these days and irresponsible parenting (the parents IN the novels, not parents who let ...more
This was fun and I enjoyed it but it wasn't anything special.
Lucy Saint-smith
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is somewhat like City of Bones (Cassandra Clare) meets Neverwhere (Neil Gaiman). It was an enjoyable urban fantasy romp, written by someone who clearly knows London very well - I wasn't surprised to find out that she is an historian of the city. The main character, Lily, is clever, independent and likeable, if conforming to the trope of being tiny, thin and easily lift-able! The hero, Regan, is a less irritating version of Jace from the Mortal Instruments, and I was delighted to discov ...more
Nov 25, 2014 rated it did not like it
Eh. Bad books somehow don't make me angry, instead they just make me sleepy and over it. This book has a tagline comparing it to the Mortal Instruments saga. Now I've only read the first two or three (the fact that I can't remember where I put them down is the reason I've never completed the set) and I can't see any comparison to them whatsoever. I hate when advertising companies choose to do this, it gives you unrealistic expectations. But anyway, apart from this one thing, I'll tell you why I ...more
Lenas Welt der Bücher

Meine Meinung:
Ich habe schon lange mit dem Buch geliebäugelt, durch die ganzen positiven Stimmen. Deswegen habe ich mich sehr gefreut, als es bei mir angekommen ist und habe es sofort verschlungen.
Das Buch startet eher etwas holprig. Ich musste mich erst einmal zu Recht finden und mich an die Charaktere gewöhnen.
Die Protagonistin Lily ist ein Computernerd und sie hilft ihrem Vater bei Ermittlungen, denn dieser ist Rechtsanwalt. Ich fand es klasse, dass ein Mädchen ein Computernerd ist und nicht
Apparently, 3 words that this story can be summarized by are:

A must read for fans of the Mortal Instruments.

Okay, so:
1. Beautiful cover - must point that out
2. Decent sized read
3. 4 out of 5 star rating
4. Interesting characters

May I just say - this story was not too shabby. Sure, I wanted to roll my eyes and shout out some words of sarcasm to the fellow characters, but I think it was good enough - well, for my standards.

I have to say I did feel a little disappo
Gemma Humphrey
Mar 24, 2015 rated it liked it
I wasn't really sure what to make of this.

It started out a bit strange in that, Lily (our young female Prot) meets this mysterious guy - who then, without any preamble, jumps straight into who he is, what he does, and all the 'secret' goings on in London. I would have liked him to remain a little more mysterious for a bit longer - given Lily time to discover things on her own.

But anyway, it picked up after that, and I started to get a bit more involved in the world created - which is clearly b
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book, at the beginning I did expect it to be a lot like the mortal instruments series. However when you start reading it gets very interesting, I like how well the story is written. I could really picture the scenes and characters. The story really interested me and I finished it really quickly.

I only hope that we will get another book, I really want to read more about Regan and Lily's story.
Elizabeth Beverley
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The book has everything: great pace, a strong narrative, romance, adventure, danger, monsters and magical creatues. What more could you want? Definitely worth a read.
Nov 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

London, heute. Mädchen verschwinden. Und seltsame Kreaturen tauchen auf den Straßen auf. Fast wäre die 16-jährige Lily von einem zweiköpfigen Hund getötet worden. Doch urplötzlich steht Regan vor ihr – gut aussehend, geheimnisvoll und faszinierend. Merkwürdig, dass er ihre seltene Blutgruppe kennt, aber noch merkwürdiger, dass es angeblich eine Verbindung zwischen Lily, Regan und den verschwundenen Mädchen geben soll. Von einer auf die andere Sekunde befindet sich Lily in einem Strudel au
Oct 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 00-standalone, 2015
Inhalt: London, heute. Mädchen verschwinden. Und seltsame Kreaturen tauchen auf den Straßen auf. Fast wäre die 16-jährige Lily von einem zweiköpfigen Hund getötet worden. Doch urplötzlich steht Regan vor ihr – gut aussehend, geheimnisvoll und faszinierend. Merkwürdig, dass er ihre seltene Blutgruppe kennt, aber noch merkwürdiger, dass es angeblich eine Verbindung zwischen Lily, Regan und den verschwundenen Mädchen geben soll. Von einer auf die andere Sekunde befindet sich Lily in einem Strudel a ...more
Stefanie Hasse
Lily ist Hackerin und unterstützt mit ihren „Recherchen“ ihren alleinerziehenden Vater bei seinem Anwaltsjob. Als sie sich eines Tages in die Überwachungskameras von London hackt, sieht sie eine verdächtige Person, die kurz darauf die Kamera zerstört. Sie geht selbst vor Ort und wird kurz darauf von einem zweiköpfigen Hund angegriffen und so gut wie getötet.

Erst die Bluttransfusion des mysteriösen Regan lässt sie überleben, nein, heilt sie sogar komplett, ohne eine Narbe zu hinterlassen.
Kendra Lee
Mar 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book despite a few issues with plot points and inconsistencies with how names were used. The flow was perfect between downtimes and action, and the characters intriguing, even if, ultimately, the main girl was a bit flat and predictable. She was still cool. I liked the use of different London landmarks and some elements of mythology woven into the story in a new way. Plenty of things were still kind of unclear by the end, but maybe that's how it was supposed to be? At sever ...more
Mar 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Maybe 2.75 stars? - It was entertaining my brain while it was focusing on other things.

Another book that has been collecting dust on my bookshelf for a few years and I decided to pick it up (mainly because I was stressed with other projects and didn't want to read a book I really anticipated).
Now, many readers have said that this books is very similar to City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. I've read City of Bones maaaaany years ago, so I kind of forgot most of what happened in that book (I still
Dec 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

I like it! Such an enjoyable read and well-written although I felt the beginning was a bit of a rush. I like how the writer doesn't only focus on the love story and clearly she knows every inch of London very well (which makes me like it even more because I've been dying to go to London). For someone who has a good imagination, I'd recommend this one. It stated 'a must for the fans of the mortal instruments' is probably because the storyline is a bit like the mortal instruments series.
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this book so much.
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I was pleasantly surprised by this! I hadn't really heard of it before and with a cover that says it is “ a must for fans of The Mortal Instruments ” I wasn't really expecting too much. Don't get me wrong, I am a huge fan of The Mortal Instruments series, but if this book was on par with those then I'm sure I would've heard of it before, so I didn't have a great deal of confidence in the comparison.

Maybe the fact that I wasn't expecting too much is part of the reason I ended up enjoying this as
Fleur (FranklyBooks)
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
3.7 stars
You know there's people who would pay good money for your pelt? They bind books in it, all sorts of kinky stuff. Can I have first dibs?

Unfortunately, the beginning of this book was terrible. The main love interest was slightly sexist and the main character could think of nothing but muscles when she was in a strange room with a strange man. There were tiny hints of 'hey, maybe this guy could be a serial killer' but then it was back to the gorgeous eyes and intricate tattoo. This frust
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
I'm rather disappointed. About 3 years ago I started to read this book, but accidentally returned it to the library before I finished and forgot about it. Then about a year ago the plot suddenly returned to me and I remembered thinking how cool it was and suddenly had this urge to finish it. Only problem? I did't know what it was called, who'd written it. And.. I'd moved country and had no way to access my library history. So imagine my delight when yesterday, I stumbled across it in my current ...more
Meredith Fletcher
Sep 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Cliqueaholics
After Lily is attacked by a badogge the mysterious and stunning Regan comes to her rescue. Regan is half-human, he is the Guardian of the Gates and protects the city from the Chaos. As girls start to go missing they must battle with the Chaos and find the girls before time runs out.

First things first, there are SO many clique's in this book...girl get's save by boy, boy isn't human(at least not fully), she finds out she's a key player in a secret war......there are more but that would totally sp
May 19, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the Mortal Instruments before it became Mortal Instruments. It's a tame version of the beloved series. I definitely noticed the similarities right away. I wasn't too much of a fan of The Mortal Instruments series initially--but after the movie believe it or not it grew on me. This sort of felt like that--except in reverse. I started off really intrigued, enjoying what I thought the characters would become. But it felt like they never grew, they never progressed--never reached their full ...more
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
A Must for fans of The Mortal Instruments?
I don't think so.

There were only 2 reasons I bought this book: the pretty cover and the reference to TMI. DO NOT fall for the tagline!

This book in no way, shape or form relates to The Mortal Instruments. The only reason I can think of for this rather bold assumption is Regan the main character has tattoos?! Yes extremely far-fetched. I was prepared for heroes in leather, runes, witches, warlocks, vampires.. anything! And yet I was 75% done thinking WTF?

City of Halves by Lucy Inglis - Don't read this if you loved Mortal Instruments and think, because the tag line mentions said series, you're going to read more of the same. You're not, according to Mortal Instruments fans. And this is why I hate when publishers do that - compare an unheard of book with a huge series. They did the same with Wool (Hunger Games - no), Queen of the Tearling (Game of Thrones - no) etc. Let a book rise or fall on it's own merit.
You'll enjoy this if you like urban fant

Der Anfang war etwas holperig und auch das Ende kam mir etwas zu schnell, aber mittendrin war es recht spannend und ich konnte immer mehr mit Lily sympathisieren.


Lily ist ein Computerass und hilft damit ihrem Vater. Sie hat sich viel selbst angeeignet und auf einer Mission trifft sie auf einen komischen Hund und auf Regan. Und dann gibt es da noch die verschwunden Mädchen, die die beiden immer näher kommen.

Die ersten Seiten fand ich etwas schwierig und ich fand es nicht ganz so
Oct 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Super. Ehrlich,konnte es einfach nicht weglegen und das passiert mir selten. Ich denke es bleibt bei dem einen Band, was mir auch gut gefällt. Nur wirklich ganz zum Schluss lässt es ein wenig nach. Aber nicht genug um hier Punkte abzuziehen.

Ein bisschen gestört haben mich die Fehler. Es sind nicht viele und es betrifft nur einzelne Wörter und nicht die Story aber im Ernst.... wer schafft es denn bitte ständig die männliche Hauptperson falsch zu schreiben??? Der heißt Regan, nicht Ragen und ganz
Paige West
Aug 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
Not one of the best books I've ever read, give it it's due it was easy to read and well written but 'A must for fans of The Mortal Instruments'? Not quite. It was trying to be too similar and it got nowhere near as good which ruined it. Trying to make Lily and Regan like Jace and Clary failed and I found myself disapproving of everything they done. There was just no spark there, no butterflies, no moments of jealously. An interesting read for holiday maybe but this book won't be making it onto m ...more
Aug 13, 2015 rated it did not like it
This is like a really bad version of The mortal instruments, just with less characters and a protagonist that's a tech-genius. The author also threw in the mix some problems with the secret service or something, a lost mother and ghosts, dragons and a plot-history that I didn't really get (view spoiler) ...more
Charon Lloyd-Roberts
I only got through what...five chapters of this book and I attempted to read the rest and well I very rarely give up on reading certain books but yeah on this one I had to bend the rules a bit, plus it had insanely long infodumping chapters and the story just dragged on and nothing interesting happened.

Also I unhauled this book last month because I hated looking at it.

And I don't have the heart to rate this either because it doesn't deserve one.
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