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This Buffy-esque YA novel does not translate well to the audio medium, and part of the problem lies in the story's pacing. Teenager Clary discovers she can see supernatural beings that no one else can, gets drawn into the world of the Shadowhunters (teens who kill demons and monsters) and learns that her mother is somehow mysteriously connected to all the strange happenings around her. As a result, a good chunk of the novel consists of long explanatory passages, as various characters fill Clary in on supernatural creatures, the history and rules of the Shadowhunters and her mother's entanglements—all of which come across as tedious lectures. In addition, narrator Graynor makes almost no attempt to differentiate the various teen characters' voices. Only the minor character Dorothea, played as a faux witch with a gravelly New York accent, is memorable. Graynor also frequently ignores the author's explicit textual directives, such as [Simon] came back, sounding worried or The tone of arrogant superiority was back in [Jace's] voice, for her performance, making this a program with an intriguing premise and cast but disappointing execution. Ages 14-up.(May)
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ISBN-10:  1416955070
ISBN-13:  978-1416955078
Author:  Cassandra Clare
Genre:  Teens
Publisher:  McElderry
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review by . June 03, 2013
Not Impressed
I was utterly disappointed with this book. With all the hype built up about it with the film and fandom I expected more. The lead character,Clary, is extremely boring, the story line never really takes off and the supporting characters, who you could come to like, barely get enough credit.    There are 5 more books, but I am struggling to get through the second one.    I highly recommend you not read this book if you're fed up of typical teen sci-fi romances.   …
review by . November 02, 2009
Review Courtesy of [...]  If Harry Potter and Wicked Lovely had a book baby it would be City of Bones. I had been looking forward to reading this book for a long time, and I really have no good reason for waiting as long as I did.    Good world building is paramount in urban fantasy, and City of Bones, if a little small feeling at times, doesn't disappoint. In the Bible, Nephilim are the children of humans and fallen angles, but in City of Bones (COB), they are the …
review by . September 09, 2009
When Clary heads out to a local club with her BFF, little did she know that her whole life would be altered. She definitely wasn't expecting to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and yielding bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. No body, no blood and it seems that no one in the club can see these kids other than her. This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters. Shadowhunters are warriors dedicated to ridding …
review by . July 23, 2009
Clary Fray's normal, quiet life takes a surprising turn one night when she witnesses a murder at the club Pandemonium. The only thing is, she's the only one who can see the killers and their victim. The next night, her mother disappears and her apartment is ransacked. It's then that Clary discovers that the killers she saw are really Shadowhunters, demon killers who live in secret. And the people she saw at Pandemonium, Jace, Isabelle, and Alec are the only one who can help her make sense of this …
review by . June 10, 2008
Over the course of a single day, Clary's whole life changes. When she goes to Pandemonium Club, she sees the murder of a blue-haired boy by three strange-looking teens wielding strange-looking weapons. But what she can't believe is seeing the body disappear before her eyes, as if it was never there in the first place. And after that, Clary's mom disappears and Clary is attacked by a mysterious creature, only to be saved by one of the strange teens from the nightclub. And with that, Clary is dragged …
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