City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1) by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)

When fifteen-year-old 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 strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he...


Details City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)

TitleCity of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)
ISBN9781416914280
Author
Release DateMar 27th, 2007
PublisherMargaret K. McElderry Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreYoung Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy
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Reviews City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)

  • a
    2010-11-29
    IMPORTANT EDIT (1/14/18):Fam, I wrote this review in 2011. All of y'all commenting in 2018 need to get over it. I've moved to a different account. I've moved past Cassandra Clare and while I maintain that this book is a blatant rip off of about 1000 other books (and while a lot of you insist that she's an original author, like it or not, she does have a history with plagiarism/bad behavior), I haven't read any of her new stuff so I can't tell you...
  • Kat Kennedy
    2010-02-09
    ***Warning: won't contain spoilers cause I didn't get far enough to give a fuck and discover anything worth spoiling.***Okay, so let me get this out straight. I have never NOT finished a book before. Okay, I'm lying. The History of Sexuality Volume 1 by Michel Foucault remains unfinished as does Villette by Charlotte Bronte. Why? Because they were boring.Because, as I read them, I wanted to take a cheese grater to my skull and rub vigorously just...
  • Rick Riordan
    2014-02-19
    Okay, so I’m far behind the curve on reading this, but I very much enjoyed my introduction to the world of nephilim, Shadowhunters and demons. Clare constructed a vivid, believable parallel world with great characters, punchy dialogue, and a winning mix of humor, pathos and action. I like her take on warlocks, vampires, and werewolves, and of course I’m a big fan or urban fantasy, where these fantastic elements mix into the regular gritty cit...
  • Cara
    2009-06-30
    Wow. I was reading some reviews on this and people either hate or love it. I am not ashamed to say I belong to the latter. Lots of opinions means there is lots of things to say...Ok so I was practically splitting my head open thinking of what exactly I wanted to say about this book. In the end I just decided to go with what comes to mind. So here it goes...Clare does a superb job of drawing you in. Maybe the plot isn't completely unique but the w...
  • Tatiana
    2009-04-23
    15-year old Clary witnesses a crime at a trendy New York night club. Interesting thing, nobody but Clary can see both the victim and perpetrators. As it turns out, there is an entire invisible to regular people world, and Clary is an unwitting important part of it. "City of Bones" is one of those books that all my female friends and fellow readers simply love, Jace-mania all around. Needless to say, I had to jump on the bandwagon eventually and g...
  • manda
    2012-08-01
    19 Apr '16 Bet you're sick of my updates, now.Just for reference, on the recent Sherrilyn Kenyon v Cassandra Clare.Kenyon has filed a lawsuit against Clare, and also provides a list of alleged similarities between Clare's work to her own.Read and decide for yourself. 15 Jun '13 update again! Saw some stills for the movie, and to be honest, despite being slightly spurious in my "casting" of City of Bones, I actually think my version is much better...
  • Emma Giordano
    2015-08-19
    we been knew
  • Heather
    2009-03-05
    I was instantly enchanted when I first read City of Bones, and that enchantment still holds four years, and at least half a dozen re-reads later in sptite of the fact that I'm older, wiser, and should know better. I've also read countless reviews, both adoring and loathing and have come to the conclusion that this book does not garner any type of middle ground, you either love it or you hate it. I'm glad that I get to love it. What else can I say...
  • Katerina
    2014-12-01
    “Shadowhunters: Looking Better in Black Than the Widows of our Enemies Since 1234.” I read City of Bones for the first time 5 years ago. I still remember that day. The sun was shining, the birds were singing It was during my first semester in Law School and I had to study History of Law, which was a complete waste of time because seriously, who is ever going to ask me whether women in Byzantium could get a divorce? (In case you are wondering...
  • Christina Wilder
    2012-10-15
    This will probably be my longest review, but there's a lot to cover here. What I liked:- The action sequences were written well. The pacing in them was decent and I could visualize what was happening.- The kiss between two characters (view spoiler)[Jace and Clary (hide spoiler)] was also written well, and I was happy to see a kiss written as a kiss, and not like orgasmic sex (the kiss scene in Fallen was so over the top that it was ridiculous).- ...
  • Shelley
    2007-07-04
    Pure and utter crap. I wish there were ways to give negative stars. I certainly want the time from my life back. I would compare its writing quality to a fanzine, except that comparison wouldn't be fair to fanzines. But I swear to God, it took every single bad fanfic writing cliche and published them. What were her publishers thinking??? Where was her editor?? It was horrible. I would dearly love for a fanfiction author to make good and become a ...
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    2017-06-23
    I can totally see why everyone rants and raves over these books; while I'm only one deep (so far) and hoping to read City of Ashes in the very near future, I feel this is the type of book that teenage Chelsea would have flipped her turds for back in the day. I'm just glad I can still enjoy them now. While very teen oriented, City of Bones still had a classic feel that surpassed barriers of age and gender, and I have heard from many folks that th...
  • Sasha Alsberg
    2012-07-12
    The Mortal Instruments changed the way I looked a fantasy novels. I am a huge fan now. I defiantly recommend this book for any hunger games, divergent, harry potter, and twilight fans out there. It is truly a fantastic series.
  • shady boots | #TeamMizCracker
    2011-08-16
    I had to do it.
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    2016-02-28
    To be quite honest, I think 98% of the hype for this series comes from nostalgia. I'm sorry, but I completely mean this. Not only do I have ten million problems with the plagiarism and the flat characters and the slutshaming and the etc etc etc, it's also just... boring. This book is genuinely so, so boring. The third book is the only book I even somewhat enjoyed for some good action. And also for ending the incest plotline. Jesus christ. When I ...
  • Lina
    2011-03-03
    I originally took down my review because I wanted to re-write a new one in order to make a point, but being my usual absent minded self I promptly forgot that point and so a half-written review has been sitting on my hard-drive for Hera knows how long, while people look at the [[review coming soon]] note and think...sure that'll happen. So I decided on this cool August day that I am going to re-write this damn review and get it over with.Cassandr...
  • Lola Reviewer
    2014-04-03
    I didn't always love The Mortal Instruments.In fact, the first time I read it, I found it quite immature and annoying. If I’m not mistaken, I read it for the first time three years ago, just before the release of the execrable movie. Well, 1) you need to know that, at that time, I wasn’t reading English books just yet (that came a couple of months later) and 2) some of the French editions look horrible (view spoiler)[(hide spoiler)] and those...
  • Meredith Holley
    2010-09-07
    I think this book is has some kind of mental disability. I kind of don’t want to make fun of it because, you know, it’s not playing the game with a full deck of cards. But, at the same time, it does not have such a significant learning disability that it needs to sit in a separate classroom from the other stories; it just has this confluence of creepiness and then some kind of mild mental challenge. So, I kind of do want to make fun of it bec...
  • Jess
    2007-07-27
    Really, there's nothing very original, or satisfying in the book. She borrowed so heavily from Buffy, Harry Potter, and Star Wars that it sticks out like a sore thumb. It reads like altered fan fiction. And I love fan fiction, make no mistake, but it's not attempting to make a buck off someone else's world, either. Which is essentially what the book is. Cobbled fan fiction that has no cohesion.I knew Clare as Cassandra Claire from Harry Potter fa...
  • Kiki
    2011-03-14
    Update to come (I'm doing my spring cleaning late this year).
  • Jessica Edwards
    2013-10-30
    I've actually been meaning to write a review about this book, and because I watched the film only recently, I thought why not write a review about it now. I received the first 4 books from my sister but I never got around to reading either of them. I remember reading City of Bones, but I think I stopped midway because I realized that a movie had been made of it, so I watched the film instead. City of Bones is about a teenage girl called Clary Fra...
  • Laurel
    2011-06-16
    *Spoilers yeah*I’m going to say this now so it’s out of the way.No.I’ve never read the Draco Trilogy by Cassandra Claire on fanfiction.net.No.I have no right to mention the plagiarism event around the Draco Trilogy in this review, because I have not read it, and so I will not go into the plagiarism event.Yes.I know of the plagiarism, and I find it despicable, but I’m not reviewing that, I’m reviewing City of Bones.THE CITY OF BONES RERE...
  • Avis
    2013-06-25
    This review contains some minor spoilers.Scroll down to see an actual review, this is just some of my shit.Clary: Hi there! Jace is hot and I'm Clary but you can call me Your Typical Mary Sue! I know, it's quite a mouthful but, well, I'm special like that. I'm just your average plain looking teenager that all the boys want to bang. I'm also really smart, so smart that I can't notice that my best friend has been in love with me for the last 10 yea...
  • Joyzi
    2009-12-27
    Alex Pettyfer Updatehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSgEwl...***OBSCENE ALERT*** Note: I will fucking kill the Casting Director if Alex Pettyfer, the man of my erotic dreams and fantasies*coughs* will not be cast as Jace Wayland! Seriously I don't care if he has a British accent and he already have Beastly, I am Number Four and Torment movies for 2011, I don't freaking care! He need to be Jace Wayland and Peeta Mellark! All I want in my life righ...
  • Kaylin (Hiatus) (The Re-Read Queen)
    2015-10-05
    3 StarsReviewing this is weird-- because I used to love it. When I was about 13, I remember finding this library book, taking it home and reading all 400+ pages in one sitting. I devoured it. Then I went back the next day and grabbed the next two books, devoured them, thought that was the end and (mostly) forgot about it. (Until that awful movie came out a few years ago)So reading it now, as an early-twentysomething with a lot more reading and l...
  • Reader-ramble
    2012-12-19
    Why, oh why did I waste such valuable reading time finishing this? Because, apparently, I'm a glutton for punishment.I will warn you ahead of time, this review may contain spoilers!!! I'm not sure yet because I don't really care enough to plan this out. This will mostly be whining, ranting, and general complaining. Remember, I warned you.Before I dive into this review, I will tell you that I've heard the Cassandra Clare plagiarized arguments, and...
  • Candace
    2014-03-15
    I continue to work my way through the audiobooks sitting on my Audible shelf. 'City of Bones' had been sitting there for quite some time. I thought a paranormal story would be a nice change of pace, so I dived in. Unlike many of my friends on Goodreads, I haven't seen the movie and I didn't read any of the fan-fiction. In fact, I was surprised to find out that there was a fair amount of controversy surrounding this book. Apparently, a lot of peop...
  • Pearl Angeli
    2016-01-24
    Reread: January, 20161st Read : July, 2014Rereading my favorite parts in this book gives me the same feels! Just like the first time, it's still so amazing. I am so happy to revisit the beautiful Shadowhunters world and enjoy the characters and the fantastic scenes. Jace, Clary, Alec, Isabelle, Simon, Magnus, Hodge, Luke-- I desperately love these characters and I miss them so much.The Midnight Flower (Chapter 17)-- oh, how I miss this scene. I a...
  • Lori
    2008-07-21
    Do yourself a favor and be careful reading reviews or posts that give away the ending of this book. Unfortunately, I read about the devastating twist on a message board and was sorry that I knew, sooner then I wanted to, what direction the story takes towards the end. Of course you'll have to read the next two books in the series in hopes that it's not true. It can't be true, it just can't be!Don't let the fact that this book is in the "Young Adu...
  • Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
    2015-04-20
    4 Whole New World Stars “Those girls on the other side of the car are staring at you.” Jace assumed an air of mellow gratification. “Of course they are,” he said. “I am stunningly attractive.” “Haven’t you ever heard that modesty is an attractive trait?” “Only from ugly people,” Jace confided. “The meek may inherit the earth, but at the moment it belongs to the conceited. Like me.”-Clary and JaceOkay so the other day I w...