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City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"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 a boy?

This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . . . "

My Review:
I've recently been a little tired of reading YA/teen books, and thought I should go on a break from them for awhile. This book brought back my interest in the genre. I, admittedly, was about to give up reading the book after I read the first chapter, but I'm glad I didn't because after the third chapter, it piqued my interest and made the book unputdownable. Although I really didn't feel like putting my brain through learning the imaginary world of yet another YA author, Cassandra Clare made the knowledge flow natural and connected the elements in a way that told the story in an adventurous fluidity. City of Bones has made me a fan of Cassandra Clare's work and because of this (and I really want to know the rest of the story) I'm going to finish reading this series and her Infernal Devices series.

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"He turned around. His eyes, very blue behind the glasses, rested on her with a look of firm affection. 'Clary, you're an artist, like your mother. That means you see the world in ways that other people don't. It's your gift, to see the beauty and the horror in ordinary things. It doesn't make you crazy--just different. There's nothing wrong with being different.'" (23)

Hardcover496 pages
Published March 27th 2007 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

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