The Mortal Instruments – City of Bones – Cassandra Clare

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The book cover showing Jace Wayland

The book cover showing Jace Wayland

Clary Fray is seeing things: vampires in Brooklyn and werewolves in Manhattan. Irresistibly drawn towards a group of sexy demon hunters, Clary encounters the dark side of New York City – and the dangers of forbidden love.

The book follows the life of a seemingly ordinary girl – Clarissa ‘Clary’ Fray. Set in New York City we find Clary waiting to get into an all-ages nightclub; Pandemonium with her best friend Simon Lewis. When inside Clary sees a peculiarly dressed girl (for a nightclub) wearing a full length white dress, with two boys kitted out in leather. No-one else can see them. This is where the bizarre events begin.

I love The Mortal Instruments, and the City of Bones is the first of 5, with City of Heavenly Fire (the 6th book) coming out May 27th. The series is preceded by The Infernal Devices (Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince and Clockwork Princess) and will be followed by The Dark Artifices (Lady Midnight, Prince of Shadows and The Queen of Air and Darkness). I don’t know what draws me to them but a friend told me about the books and I thought I would buy them another time, I am incredibly glad I did. When I bought the City of Bones I read it very quickly and bought the next two (Ashes and Glass) and then the two after that (Fallen Angels and Lost Souls), then the City of Bones film, and now I am waiting for the City of Heavenly Fire.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones was released August 2013 and is now available on DVD.

The cover for the City of Bones does give an insight into a bit of what the book’s about. It shows a Shadowhunter (presumably Jace) covered in Marks/Runes, below is NYC and below that are graves, all hinting to the plot and where it might lead.

I would recommend this book to teens and above for a great read.

Author Comments

Stephanie Meyer – The Twilight Saga – A story world I would love

Christopher Golden – The Myth Hunters – Dagger-sharp, funky and cool

Red Rock – Kate Kelly

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The fab cover design!

The fab cover design!

The ice caps have melted.

Only Scavvers live in the flooded towns.

The world has changed, but as 14-year-old Danni Rushton soon learns, it isn’t the first time. Danni’s life is turned upside down when her aunt is assassinated. With her dying breath, she entrusts Danni with a strange, small rock. Danni must not tell a soul that she has it. But what is the rock for, and to what lengths must Danni go to keep it safe?

Fleeing from the barren terrain of Greenland to the flooded ruins of Cambridge, Danni discovers that friends aren’t always what they seem and a rock isn’t always just a rock

I adored this book and it is a literal gripping read. People say that ‘they can’t put this book down because it’s too good’, but I could not put this book down, honestly. I love the storyline and the heroine is a confused girl who has just been entrusted with a peculiar rock she knows nothing about.

I love the cover of this book because it show the flooded areas and two hands cupping the rock with odd runes plastered all over it. The cover doesn’t say much about the book but at the same time it does. It’s mysterious and so pulls you in, but also very simple.

Kate Kelly is an amazing author and brings the book alive with a ‘show not tell’ style. She shows you who the characters are by not saying much.

This book was amazing. Thanks Kate Kelly.