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[[ Audible ]] City of BonesAuthor Cassandra Clare –

I was never expecting anything from this but an entertaining and maybe a little bit forgettable book I was wrong I found this completely unforgettable For being a trainwreck.To be quite honest, I think 75% of the hype for this series comes from nostalgia Listen, I m sorry, I know this isn t everything, but I really don t get why these first three books are hyped, on any level Not only do I have ten million problems with the tropey nature and the slutshaming and the etc etc etc, it s also just boring and also, I hate every single character I hated almost everything about this, until book three, which I thought was okay because it didn t take me four months you think I m kidding and also for ending the incest plotline Yeah, that Listen, I am not opposed to fun trash I read The Infernal Devices this year and it was fantastic, and books two and three basically emotionally killed me inside But this was not fun for me Okay, so first of all, because we ve all talked about this, The Mortal Instruments is kind of based off Cassandra Clare s Harry Potter fanfiction no, I m not kidding , and it is painfully obvious There are basic things, like that humans are known as mundanes, while in Harry Potter they are known as muggles But then there s also the fact that the characters kind of feel like not good fanfiction interpretations of various Harry Potter characters Our redheaded lead character, Clary Fray, is a slightly stupider version of Ginny Weasley Her love interest, Jace Wayland, is essentially Draco Malfoy if everyone excused his actions because he s super hot I really don t like Jace Jace becomes a member of the Ripoff Death Eaters in like book two because his father is Ripoff Voldemort his name is Valentine which is actually hilarious Simon is Harry again, not a very good one , and Isabelle is Hermione, if Hermione were there exclusively to be slut shamed by the angelic virgin protagonist I mostly said this to point out how utterly fucking dull these characters are, but listen, I m not actually wrong about this If you match the characters up to her fanfiction which is not hard , the pairings fit You know that thing I linked up above Well, it discusses how the fanfiction trilogy I mean, kudos for that dedication is endgame Draco Ginny and Harry Hermione, with subtext between Harry Draco I m so sorry, I m laughing typing this The endgame of this series is Jace Clary and Simon Isabelle, with subtext between Jace Simon Do you think I m kidding But listen, you d think that after ripping from fucking Harry Potter, Clare would ve at least come up with something interesting I mean, fiction doesn t have to be original to be good But again, it s basically boring, boring, boring, offensive, boring, jace is hot chapter, boring I don t even know where I m going with this, I just need you all to know that this originated as Harry Potter fanfiction Although I will point out that the original fanfiction this was based off of got taken off after plagiarism accusations And then there were Sherrilyn Kenyon s plagiarism accusations I mean, I think fanfiction and original fiction used to be considered very different things in a way they almost aren t today, but it s important to know.Anyway I ve established at this point that the characters are flat, it s all painfully derivative, and the books themselves are boring But there is so much .Beyond the issue of Clary s I m not like other girls thing, there s also the issue of messily handled lgbtq stuff So, yes, it s 2005, and I m willing to excuse this a little bit Alec Lightwood s entire presence in this book is to Create Some Angst through homophobia and it feels so much like a plot device, not going to lie While it s fair to mention that Cassandra Clare has improved her lgbtq rep severalsapphic friends of mine would like to notify you that The Dark Artifices is awesome wrt this it s not good in this series Alec is barely a POV character in the first three books of the series, despite being marketed as a major character, and feels super tokenistic Also, just his treatment At one point in this series, his mother, who is a supposedly likeable character, tries to kill him and his boyfriend for being gay, which he forgives her for how There is later on a lot of explicit biphobia towards Magnus who is my favorite I love Magnus that is not subverted or criticized at all, and in this book especially, there s an intonation of that slutty bi trope though the character is allowed to develop beyond that, man, it is there.You re not gay, are you Simon s greenish color deepened If I were, I would dress betterthis is not funnyNo, Cassandra Clare would rather focus on something else a sideplot where Ripoff Ginny Weasley believes Hot Draco Malfoy is her brother for two fucking books It is exactly as terrible as it sounds For two full books, I had to live through Ripoff Ginny Weasley s angst over her crush on her brother and about their forbidden love or whatever the shit Yes, I KNOW view spoiler they eventually realize they weren t related But here s the thing they re still in love when they believe they are hide spoiler Wow I was reading some reviews on this and people either hate or love it I am not ashamed to say I belong to the latter Lots of opinions means there is lots of things to sayOk so I was practically splitting my head open thinking of what exactly I wanted to say about this book In the end I just decided to go with what comes to mind So here it goesClare does a superb job of drawing you in Maybe the plot isn t completely unique but the world she created is I kept telling myself this is sooooooooooo interesting The whole shadowhunter thing oozes with coolness I mean half angel, half kick butt people It doesn t get much cooler than that The story is full of action and yes sometimes there are things added for dramatic effect, but isn t that the point If you were looking for somethingslow paced read The Mill on the Floss personally I d rather pullhair then read this but moving on I m a sucker for action sequences so this totally delivered on that front The author s take on werewolves was original, and I gotta say they give the vampires a run for their money I actually guessed most of the twists but that s some of the fun Finding the hints and feeling the satisfaction of saying YES Score for me I got it right Let s do a little victory dance insert some break dancing moves I personally cannot do here I think some people didn t get that guessing the twists is all part of the experience.Some people claimed all of this to be fluff but I don t agree Just look at Jace The whole feeling about belonging has depth to it Now for why I knocked off a star even though I REALLY didn t want to I thought Clary would beshocked about finding out her history You d think with how much her mother pounded in to her that there was not such thing as magic she would resist the whole ideaAlso I think the author tried to introduce too many fantasy creatures at once Like the scene at Magnus Bane house was overdone for my taste We could have done without so many new faces Those are just little irks though, my main one was Valentine I know this is going to sound outrageous but Valentine wasn t bad enough for me I shouldn t feel this way looking at his track record he is evil The thing is I wasn t scared of him A good villain has got to be scary plain and simple I m hoping to seeevilness in him in the next book.Well I think I ve said enough I m so glad I m reading this series after all the books are out I totally expect to be blown away by the next installment Later added Guess what guys They are making a movie and here is the trailer Warning won t contain spoilers cause I didn t get far enough to give a fuck and discover anything worth spoiling Okay, so let me get this out straight I have never NOT finished a book before Okay, I m lying The History of Sexuality Volume 1 by Michel Foucault remains unfinished as does Villette by Charlotte Bronte Why Because they were boring.Because, as I read them, I wanted to take a cheese grater to my skull and rub vigorously just to have something to do But I have never NOT finished a Young Adult paranormal novel before And I ve read some BAAAAAD books But I didn t finish this book because it goes beyond bad It makes the History of Sexuality seem amazingly interesting and colourful.To be fair to Ms Clare, I was not actually reading her novel so much as listening to the Audiobook The Narrator, Graynor, did a particularly craptastic job.To be fair to Ms Graynor, she didn t have much to work with I tuned her out, I swear, I was focusing on the actual prose, taking in the story, trying to get interested But the writing was terrible It was painful The characters were annoying.Now, I ve been fair to Ms Clare and I ve been fair to Mr Graynor So there s only you left to be fair to now.And in order to do that, I have to admit that I wasn t EXPECTING to like this book I was, however, expecting to be pleasantly surprised, and I ll explain why.Many years ago, Cassandra Clare was Cassandra Clair a VERY popular FF author in the Harry Potter and LoTR circles I actually greatly enjoyed her Draco Trilogy I ve read it many times I had heard that this book was very similar to DT and so I was expecting to find it to be a guilty pleasure Something my moral compass told me to leave behind, but that I would actually enjoy too much to do so But I was wrong.Yeah, she plagiarized that work and I won t really go into it except to post a link because in the end, I m not reviewing her, I m reviewing her work.But here s the problem Jace is really just Draco from DT Simon is really just Ron and Harry amalgamated into one Clary is really just Ginny The bad guys seems too much like good ol Voldie The plot is painfully similar to DT It was like reading her old work all over again And I think, because she was really just redressing her old characters, she didn t even both to give them any growth in this story.To be honest, I didn t read far because the writing was boring oh my lord, the similes Someone save me from them and poorly constructed the characters were boring and poorly constructed and the plot was boring and poorly constructed.I d already read DT so I didn t need to read this. Okay, so I m far behind the curve on reading this, but I very much enjoyed my introduction to the world of nephilim, Shadowhunters and demons Clare constructed a vivid, believable parallel world with great characters, punchy dialogue, and a winning mix of humor, pathos and action I like her take on warlocks, vampires, and werewolves, and of course I m a big fan or urban fantasy, where these fantastic elements mix into the regular gritty city life of New York Clary Fray is a sympathetic protagonist, though I was equally drawn to the supporting cast I especially like that the villains are believably three dimensional Even when you do not support them, you understand what motivates them There is no easy black and white, good and evil dichotomy I ll be interested in seeing where the series goes from here, and what Clare does with her Victorian prequel series The Infernal Devices. 19 Apr 16 Bet you re sick of my updates, now.Just for reference, on the recent Sherrilyn Kenyon v Cassandra Clare.Kenyon has filed a lawsuit against Clare, and also provides a list of alleged similarities between Clare s work to her own.Read and decide for yourself 15 Jun 13 update again Saw some stills for the movie, and to be honest, despite being slightly spurious in my casting of City of Bones, I actually think my version is much better than the movie version.I mean, look at Isabelle, and look at Clary.Correct me if I m wrong, but Isabelle is supposed to be way hotter than Clary.And don t even get me started on Jace.I mean, Jamie Campbell Bower was cute in a couple of his other films, but Jace was supposed to be. I dunno swoon on your feet panty wetting hawwwt.And Simon..I mean, he has friendzone written all over him 12 Jan 13 I know this is now being made into a film, and I know they ve all got the cast sorted out, but I imagined them very differently So here s how they all played out in my head Simon Aaron Taylor JohnsonFor some reason, I always imagined Simon as young Eisenheim And a part of me wants to kick myself for associating the 2006 film with this book in any way.Alec Ezra MillerAnd no, it s not because he s queer.Isabelle Jessica SzohrBecause I wanted to put this picture in here, kay Jace Draco MalfoyI mean come on Is there even a debate on this Clary Kristen StewartOnly because her acting skills match the quality of Clary s personality 11 Aug 12 Also known as Why Readers CAN Review An Author As Well As His Her Book, And Why STGRB Are Full of Shit And Obviously Never Took English Lit Classes For Telling Us We re Not Allowed To.I heard about the whole plagiarism issue long before I even heard of Cassandra Clare s books, so I tried getting into it as objective as possible, given the circumstances All I know is that she pretty much copy pasted whole wads of text from another FF writer, from published books, from TV dialogue into her Draco Dormiens trilogy, without providing any credit to the original authors.I also know that she lifted wads of text from Draco Dormiens into her published Mortal Instruments What remains a mystery, though, is whether these bits copied into The Mortal Instruments were her own original pieces of writing, or some of them even plagiarized work I won t go much into the whole plagiarism thing, since if indeed any plagiarized work exists in The Mortal Instruments, that is pretty much speculation.However, it does bring to mind questions of ethic should a plagiarist be published Some people strongly believe in giving second chances I think people only deserve second chances when they admit to their errors and have truly proven their repentance Both cases which I have not as of yet heard Cassandra Clare do.Other questions popping into my head include shouldn t there be some sort of punishment for plagiarists I mean, if I did in university what Cassandra Clare did in Draco Dormiens and, arguably, The Mortal Instruments , then I would ve been kicked out on the curb and my pretty Master s degree ripped to shreds And, similar to the whole Chris Brown debacle, instead of condemning her far below ethical work habits, we, the consumers, commend their artwork , as if sending the message that whatever wrongs they have done, it doesn t matter because people still eat their shit up There is no learning curve here or at least, no deterrence factor.But anyway, I tried to suppress these nagging questions while I read the book, because I wanted to know if I would truly, objectively, enjoy City of Bones Especially after the whole GR Bullies absurdity, where an increasing number of voices proclaim that Reviews Should Be About Books And Completely Separate From The Author.Well, ladies and gentlemen, my experience reading City of Bones will provide evidence alongside many other ample evidence out there , that no sometimes we, as readers, cannot keep the two things separate Sometimes, our moral and ethic code just won t let us Reading is, after all, a subjective experience, and all sorts of things influence our enjoyment of it, including our perception of the author And if that affects our enjoyment of a book, then it damn well does belong in a review if we choose to put it there.So Anyway Now that I m off my soapbox The biggest thing that stands out while I read City of Bones was how inconsistent the writing was It was so lazy and repetitive, information was handed over to us on a silver platter there was no subtlety or any depth going on But then there would be brief, short scenes or dialogues that actually made me laugh out Those few and interspersed scenes surprised me, like one wet and icky autumn day, when I found a five dollar bill while raking up my neighbour s filthy garden.Try as I might to ignore it, I was at a dilemma Should I enjoy this I mean, it s only five dollars Surely they couldn t miss it And, I mean, I m working my arse off in this horrible weather because my mother owes them a lawnmower And anyway, it might not even be theirs to begin with.In the end, I took the money come on, you would ve, too , but I just didn t enjoy it as much as I would have And the delight I should have felt at finding money just wasn t there.These funny bits of dialogues and scenes filled me with just as much inner turmoil as my five dollar note dilemma, and even though I know that maybe, perhaps, it could be that these are all Cassandra Clare s own words, I still couldn t shake off the icky suspicions out off my gut did she draw inspiration from some other unknown source, here In the end, it just ravaged me with too much guilt and suspicions that what originally would have been a five star scene was reduced down to three stars and a really, really sad face.Also a part of the inconsistent writing, was the inconsistent narration I know 3rd person omniscient gives the narrator the power to sift through characters thoughts and emotions as they please, but this is what made the narrative sound forced and contrived We would normally follow Clary as the novel progresses until it is convenient for us to see things from another character s perspective, in which case off we ll jump into another person s head.These conveniences are just one example of what I mean when I say that the narrative lacked subtlety When we aren t directly being fed a certain character s thoughts and emotions through his her own point of view, we are blatantly told their feelings by the character themselves Rarely are people in real life so honest and self aware as the characters in City of Bones An asshat Jace looked as if he were about to laugh What you said to Simon I was trying to save him some pain Isabelle will cut out his heart and walk all over it in high heeled boots That s what she does to boys like that You want to know what it s like when your parents are good church going folk and you happen to be born with the devil s mark He pointed at his eyes, fingers splayed When your father flinches at the sight of you and your mother hangs herself in the barn, driven mad by what she s done When I was ten, my father tried to drown me in the creek I lashed out at him with everything I had burned him with everything I had burned him where he stood I didn t think you liked me all that much Isabelle s brightness faded and she looked down at her silvery toes I didn t think I did either, she admitted But when I went to look for and Jace, and you were gone Her voice trailed off, I wasn t just worried about him, I was worried about you, too There s something so reassuring about you And Jace is so much better when you re around The point I m trying to make, here, is that we get to know the characters because other characters are constantly telling us about them, instead of us making our own informed opinions of them based on their actions and words This is why I say the writing was lazy and lacked depth And how Cassandra Clare tried to show us that her characters have background and troubles and are oh such damaged goods wasor less through self testimonials such as the second quote up above, where Magnus Bane so conveniently gave away his entire childhood to three random teenagers The chapter The Werewolf s Tale was another one of these self testimonials for another partially important character This is a whole new level of telling instead of showing Where unimaginative writers just unload all these information through descriptive prose, Cassandra Clare was at least creative enough to hide it into her dialogue But the same underlying problem is still there we see none of this damaged goods I didn t need Sweeney Todd to tell me his past to know that he was a damaged, troubled man His actions spoke it for me.As for information being handed to us on a silver platter all you need to do is take a look at the entire ending scene with Valentine to see my point The whole chapter was an infodump session Rarely do I read villains who are so eager to reveal their past and provide explanations to their potential victims The Harry Potter novels were slightly guilty of this especially in the earlier books but I believe a lot of other things about the books redeemed itself from this one fault.Jace was also a bit of an infodumper, but I don t take away points for this I mean, I get it it s hard to get on without one character at least explaining what the blazes was going on.Speaking of characters this is rather tough Many reviewers despised Jace because he was such an asshole Clary herself accuses Jace of being an asshole plenty of times But I ve lived a fair amount of years, and I was friendly with quite a few assholes during my own teenage years And let me tell you one thing Jace is no asshole He s a guy with daddy issues, trying to act tough And that is as deep as any of the characters get I guess, he would be my favourite character out of the whole lot not my favourite character as in the one I liked the most, but the character whom, in my opinion, was the most developed, without self testimonials or other characters telling us about him.But remember my five dollar note dilemma Yeah Jace was, without a doubt, a direct cut and paste of the Draco from Clare s Draco Dormiens trilogy who, by default, is a creation of JK Rowling s So forgive me if Ican t separate the book from the authorbecause frankly If I enjoyed this book simply because of Jace, that doesn t say much about the rest of the book, or the quality of writing, because Jace is not even Clare s original character.Further illustrating the inconsistencies of Clare s writing, though, was the sudden and drastic change in Jace s character during the scene with Valentine There is no way one person, in such a short amount of time, could thoroughly convince and change Jace into such an obedient passive receptive character No matter who the person claimed he was, or what evidence he brings to the table Even if Jace believed in everything Valentine told him, there is no way it would have drastically changed him in such a manner and such a short time.Just as unlikely, was the way Jace was ready to walk the ends of the world with Valentine, build a new life with him, and in the next moment after a few words from Clary was ready to throw that all away once again The double inconsistencies astound me Clare simply does not understand human psychology or even human nature enough to make solid characters.The other characters were forgettable, to say the least They all sounded the same, I m afraid Witty, dry sort of humour It gets tiring after a while Also, the Magnus and Alec thing Can I just say, ew Magnus is like, what Forty And Alec is sixteen Even Valentine the Villain was not much of a villain He didn t frighten me, or even daunt me I kept reading how Clary was disgusted at how manipulative he was during his scenes, but reading the pages myself, reading his words, his actions He wasn t particular conniving or ingenious really, it was just that Jace was so ready to have a family back, he was willing to lap up every bit of contradicting information he heard.Plot progression and twists were unsurprising Uninspired No, wait, they were inspired By Star Wars and Harry Potter, to name a few Perhaps even a bit of Buffy in there.And this is where my final dilemma lies To like, or not to like That is the question.For light fluff, it has entertainment value enough But what little entertainment value there was, was lifted off other, better, pieces of work out there To say that I did not enjoy City of Bones would be a lie but the question is, did I enjoy City of Bones, or did I enjoy the bits of Harry Potter and Star Wars in City of Bones I ll let you decide if it s fine to like a book filled with other writers characters, other authors plot twists, other screenwriters dialogue Perhaps I m being too uptight, but here s how I see it New York with Potterverse and Star Wars Take that away and what are you we been knew I was instantly enchanted when I first read City of Bones, and that enchantment still holds four years, and at least half a dozen re reads later in sptite of the fact that I m older, wiser, and should know better I ve also read countless reviews, both adoring and loathing and have come to the conclusion that this book does not garner any type of middle ground, you either love it or you hate it I m glad that I get to love it What else can I say image error A great and interesting books I manages to combine the infulences from many of top fictional series of our time It combines hidden magic world of Harry Potter, the teenage drama of Buffy, and a couple of themes from Star Wars as well The book is very well written and fast paces.We follow Clary Fray, a 15 year old misfit trying to find heself, not quite sure if she is goth, cyberpunk, or just a temperamental teenaged artist One night in the local club, Pandemonium, she realises she is a witness to an attack, the strange thing is that the victim of the attack disappeared right before her eyes, and when security arrives, despite the attackers standing right in front of them, she is the only one who can see them.Clary descovers she is part of the world of Shadow Hunters and demons Shadow Hunters are demon slayers She learns stories of Vampires and Warewolves aretruth than fiction She is attracted to Jace the most accomplished of this group of hunters Much to the chagrin of her best friend Simon, and Jaces hunter brother Alex.She learns years ago a charasamitic, powerful, and high ranking Shadow Hunter, called Valentine created his own circle to cleanse the world of all demonic blood Weather they were good or bad, their existence was enough of a crime He was ruthless to the point he was willing to sacrifice anyone and anything human or demon as calateral damage Now after 17 years Valentine has seemingly returned from the dead to finish what he started Clary must learn of the ways of the shadow hunters if she is help her friends stop Valentine.Great story, good drama, the characters are ok, the only failing I found in the book were the fight scenes I think these are not the writer s strongest area yet All in all a great book, not as action packed as I expected but the story makes up for this. 15 year old Clary witnesses a crime at a trendy New York night club Interesting thing, nobody but Clary can see both the victim and perpetrators As it turns out, there is an entire invisible to regular people world, and Clary is an unwitting important part of it City of Bones is one of those books that all my female friends and fellow readers simply love, Jace mania all around Needless to say, I had to jump on the bandwagon eventually and get me some Jace Who am I to deny myself a pleasure to fall for a fictional hot, sarcastic and brooding guy Imagine my disappointment, when I found out that this book was one big pile of hot mess Sorry ladies, I said it, it s bad.I had the hardest time sticking to the story and for quite some time I couldn t figure out why Then gradually I realized that there were several reasons.Let me start with the editing I don t really think this book was edited at all, actually Errors were endless and visible to even my untrained eye wrong words noise instead on nose missing words in sentences strange mix of POVs the book is mostly told in 3rd person, from Clary s POV, but occasionally I saw both 3rd and 1st person narration in the same paragraph describing the same events, then there was a page from Jace s POV and a chapter from Luke s Clary s father was called Jonathan in the beginning of the book, but John in the end I can go on, but these were the things that I would normally overlook if the story itself was good Unfortunately it wasn t, and the errors stood out.I didn t think that the story was cohesive, it just didn t quite flow for me It read asof a series of events rather than a novel I thought there were some parts in the book that served no other purpose but to give our hero an opportunity to act knight like I am talking about the entire rat Simon vampires extravaganza This story line could have been edited out completely without any damage to the narrative IMO.I couldn t quite relate to any of the characters either What made my friends sigh with adoration, annoyed me I hated the sarcasm, mainly because the jokes, although funny, felt often out of place, plus all of the characters attempting to joke, sounded exactly the same to me I didn t feel the difference in attitudes of Clary, Simon, and Jace If Clare had to make Jace a witty sarcastic type, she should have made the wisecracks his exclusive trademark, not everybody s.The story itself was so ridiculously predictable I do not normally see what is to come in the books, but in COB, I saw every revelation coming Clare just doesn t have a skill to lead to them subtly, it s always in your face Valentine is alive revelation who in this book who was thought to be dead was actually dead a serious question , your mother put a spell on you revelation, the big father brother revelation I could see them all, and I am not the most astute reader out there.Now, my biggest problem with this book I ve read seen it all before Clare borrows so liberally from Star Wars, Harry Potter and Buffy, it is simply impossible to overlook Valentine Voldemort Darth Vader combo Jace Clary Luke Draco Leia Ginny if it is possible combo the Circle reversed Order of the Phoenix Death Eaters combo the Clave Ministry of Magic Luke Lupin Snape combo Hodge Giles Wormtail combo I can continue, but will stop here, you get the picture Granted, there is nothing absolutely original in paranormal genre, but a skillful writer can re work an old theme and make it new, fresh, and unique Whatever is original in COB, is not quite thought through As an example, let s take a stele After finishing this book, I still have no idea what exactly it does do you only write runes with it how exactly do you use it in a battle why it can open some doors and not others it can heal, but not everything it can make you be able to see through a wooden screen, but is it because you write a special rune with it or you use it as a wand It seems to me stele is pretty much used as a deus ex machina, convenient whenever a quick solution to a problem needed And what s with all the shadow folk There is just so much mashed up together fairies, vampires, werewolves, pixies, jinns You name any mythical creature, it is in this book And what about magic I read about spells made by a warlock, stele rune tricks, curses, where does it end The limits of magic possibilities were never defined Bottom line, all these inconsistencies make for one unoriginal and messy imaginary world And this probably was the main reason why I couldn t connect with this book Finally, I was a little surprised by some of Clare s creative choices I found both flirtations of at least 35 year old warlock he might be older, his age was never mentioned with a gay teenage boy and reversed Leia Luke extravaganza quite tacky, if not disturbing Although I know how Jace Clary family matter is resolved in the end, I don t find possibly incestuous relationships appealing.This review might make it seem like COB is the worst book ever written I wouldn t say so, after all, I ve read Breaking Dawn, and that book doesn t have any plot There were some nice Jace Clary moments, the greenhouse birthday party comes to mind But was COB the most blatantly unoriginal book I ve ever read Absolutely although I haven t read Eragon yet, but I heard a lot about it.In all honesty, I shouldn t give this bookthan 1 star, but I will add a second one as a dedication to one Mrs Jace Wayland Would I recommend this book Sure, many of my friends enjoyed it immensely Will I continue on with the series I don t think I will be able to convince myself to waste anyof my time on being mad at a book I think I will just check out plot summaries on wiki and be done with the series.P.S I just read that Cassandara Clare is an avid and famous in certain circles fanfiction writer I guess that s where all the liberal borrowing comes from Mystery solved. 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