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City of Bones: Mortal Instruments, Book 1

City of Bones - Cassandra Clare Cassandra Clare was born to American parents in Teheran. She has traveled the world as a child and eventually ended up living in LA and New York. She has written various articles for entertainment magazines and tabloids. For more information about her you can visit her website of Bones introduces us to Clary (Clarissa) Frey, a 15 year old teenager living with her mother. One day she goes to a club with her best friend Simon Lewis. Here she witnesses a murder of a boy of whom the killers claim he is a demon. The story gets even more weird for her when Simon and the security guard he fetched do not seem to see the people standing there. One of the killers named Jace spoils a little about the way the world works and offers to introduce her to his tutor as Clary seems to be special. At that moment she gets a distressed phone call from her mom telling her to not come home. If eventually she does she finds their apartment trashed and creatures hiding in it. Jace comes to rescue her and take her to his house, The Institute, where his kind, the Nephilim or Shadowhunters live. Clary finds out astonishing details about her mother and her live she never knew before. How will she survive in this world full of demons, vampires and werewolves, while trying to unravel all the secrets around her live and that of Jace.... her lover or...The book had very well written reviews, all very positive so I decided to try out the book. It is not really a book for me. The story is well told and complete. Character descriptions are if needed complete and visual. What disturbed me the most in the story was the childish tone. I know the book is a YA but still I sometimes could not believe that the main characters where supposed to be 15 up to 17. If nothing was mentioned I would not have given them more than 12 probably. On the other hand I did finish the book so it was not to bad or disturbing and I think specially for a younger (the target) audience it can be very catchy and exciting. I am going to make an attempt to finish the rest of the series as I do believe it has potential, but with the reviews I think I expected something more.