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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments Book One)

Cassandra Clare Website
Book Details: Written by New York Times Best Selling Author Cassandra Clare. Published March 27th, 2007. 485 Pages. You can purchase a hard copy or digital copy at Barnes & Noble / Amazon

Synopsis of City of Bones: Clary, our protagonist, is a 15 year old girl living in Brooklyn with her overprotective mom. Her father was out of the picture before she was born but she has always had Luke, her moms best friend, around as a father figure. Clary believes her life is completely normal until she has a run in with some shadow hunters, Jace, Alec and Isabelle, at a club where they are killing a demon. From that moment on her world is turned upside down. While Clary is at a poetry slam with her best friend Simon she sees Jace, the shadow hunter from the club, and follows him outside to have a heated conversation about leaving her alone. She then gets a panicked call from her mom telling her not to come home and that she loves then her the line goes dead, Clary tries to call back but cannot get a hold of her mom. She takes off in a dead sprint back to her house, when she arrives the house is destroyed, her mom is gone and she is greeted by a lower level demon where she barely escapes with her life.

Jace finds her and takes her back to the institute, a shadow hunter safe house and the groups home, where Hodge, another shadow hunter, treats her for the demon poison coursing through her body.  Clary wakes up three days later very sore and with a tremendous head ache to Isabelle sitting over her. Clary is determined to find out why a demon took her mother with the help of her newly acquired shadow hunter friends. On their path for information they discover a magical block in Clary's head making her forget anything paranormal by the warlock Magnus Bane. Hodge also reveals to Clary some surprising information about her mother she never knew and informs her that a man named Valentine believes her mother knows the location to the Mortal Cup. The Mortal Cup is sacred to the shadow hunters because it has the ability to create new shadow hunters by drinking from it.

Simon tags along to a party full of paranormals at Magnus Bane's house where Clary tries to get information about the block in her head. While at the party Simon gets turned into a rat from drinking the wrong beverage, which leads to a show down at a vampire layer at the end of the night. With everyone safe from harms way again Clary makes a shocking observation and believes she can find to Mortal Cup to exchange for her mother's life. From this point on the story goes from one alarming discovery to the next leaving you wondering what will happen in the second book City of Ashes.

My Thoughts: I cannot get enough of this book it grabs you from the moment you open to the first page. I love this series! I am currently reading it a second time as a refresher for the upcoming City of Heavenly Fire. The characters are amazing and you can't help but fall in love with each one individually. The ending has quit the surprise that really upset me the first time but now that I know what happens I can handle it the second time around.

The world that the author creates is very easy to get wrapped up in. I love the idea that there are vampires and warlocks and werewolves and faeries all around us just glamoured from the human eye. This book has every type of paranormal creature you can think of, because there is truth in every myth. The plot itself is captivating with plenty of surprise turns along the way!! I just fell in love with this book all over again!!

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