The City of Bones (Mortal Instruments Book 1) by Cassandra Clare
Yup, another one, loved it!!! I know, I know I keep saying that but I promise...this will not disappoint. For audio book fans I started this as an audio book - which, at first, the narrator grated on me a bit, but she grew on me (I will say, as a native New Yorker, we don't sound like that but I can forgive small transgressions.) Anyhoo, I stopped listening because I could not wait for those small snippets of time when I am in my car to finish this...I needed to see what happened. I love Clary, she is spunky and a red head (which automatically wins me over) but she is also insecure and unsure. Jace is cocky and arrogant and mostly a jerk but I love him too (and I won't even get started about Simon.) So, yeah, I liked the character development, alot...the setting is NYC and, well, that's perfect too, but I am biased. I have the next book on hold already and I am keeping my fingers crossed that she doesn't let me down.
Book Description via Amazon.com
Publication Date: February 19, 2008
Series: Mortal Instruments (Book 1)
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. . . .
Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.