City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
AR Reading Level: 5.0
On the library stacks: YA Fiction
Award: YALSA Top Ten
Series: Mortal Instruments #1
Recommended for: Grades 9+
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Clary Fray is a 15-year old girl who lives in New York City with her mom. One night she goes out to the Pandemonium Club with her best friend Simon and witnesses a murder. What Clary comes to learn is that the victim was a demon, killed by three teenage Shadowhunters, a group of warriors charged with keeping humans safe.
Soon after, Clary is once again pulled into this bizarre new world that also includes vampires, werewolves, faeries when she is attacked by another demon and her mother disappears. Together with Alec, Isabelle and Jace, Clary learns that her mother was not just the woman she knew her to be. Torn between Simon and Jace, her old life and her new life, Clary must accept who she truly is in order to find her mother.
This book is kind of like Twilight meets Harry Potter meets Star Wars. While I thought the beginning of the book was kind of slow, the second half had heart-pounding action that had me staying awake until the wee hours of the morning to finish it. I had issues with some stylistic elements of Clare's writing, but this book is entertaining and just plain fun. I've already started the next in the series.
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