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


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?

Clarissa "Clary" Fray/Morgenstern/FairchildJace HerondaleSimon LewisValentine MorgensternMagnus Bane


It really is a rich story world to fall in love with, filled with complex characters. I particularly loved side character Jace. He really has a past and an interesting personality that only got more intricate as the plot twisted. And some of the dialogue was great, for example, "Move it along teenagers. The only person who gets to canoodle in my bedroom is my magnificent self."Meanwhile, my main complaint about the first two thirds was the focus on the Simon/Clary/Jace love triangle. It is phenomenon that we see with Katniss Everdeen and Bella Swan (The Hunger Games and Twilight): two boys fall desperately in love with a girl who doesn't notice and is just so modest that she hasn't even considered that fact that either boy maybe attracted to her. Let's face it, it's everybody's dream to have two people unconditionally in love with them and it probably hasn't ever happened outside of a young adult fiction book. It is only the later developments and twists that make this love triangle acceptable and prevent make me from ranting about it for more than one paragraph.So basically this is the sort of book that you really need to stick it out with, probably because it takes time to adapt to such a new setting. Keep reading through the annoying love triangle because the characters and plot twists make it worthwhile.

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