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Don’t miss The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, soon to be a major motion picture in theaters August 2013.

The first five books in the #1 New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series, now available in a collectible hardcover boxed set.

Enter the secret world of the Shadowhunters with this handsomely packaged boxed set that includes City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels, and City of Lost Souls. The Mortal Instruments books have more than five million copies in print, and this collectible set of five hardcover volumes is a perfect gift for newcomers to the series and for loyal fans alike.

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Cassandra Clare: The Mortal Instruments Series (5 books)
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4.6 / 5
Mortal Instruments
May 1st, 2015
Lost my self in this book. Felt such a connection to these characters, my heart rose and sunk with each of them during their challenges and victories.
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1 review
Good book... Series dragged, but good read
January 27th, 2015
This book is interesting and hooked me in after the first couple chapters. The series is long however and can seem to drag a little throughout the novels.
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A lovely new dimension
November 5th, 2014
Filled with unique characters of varying personalities that drew you in slowly but delightfully.
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Mortal instruments series
September 9th, 2014
I loved these books. Was hooked on the first chapter and couldn't stop reading them til the end! I'm pretty single minded about the stories I like. I tend to read until I finish when I like a story enough. This was no exception
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August 13th, 2014
Awesome books! I could not put them down. Love story about a two teens, fairys, monsters, shadow hunters and a secret world hidden in plain sight.
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Mortal Instruments
July 23rd, 2014
Tepid reading material enough to pass the time. Perfect for teens
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June 4th, 2014
This series is what I've been looking for. Something along the lines of fantasy while in the modern world and incorporating the supernatural into it. Clare does an excellent job with the characters. You begin to want them all as your best friend. Each book has made me obsessed with this story and I can't put any of the books down once I start!
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Addictive book
May 28th, 2014
Love this book. I can't put it down when I'm reading it
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1 review
Great series
May 2nd, 2014
An enjoyable reading
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April 18th, 2014
I thought that I was done with the series. I loved the books but I need my life back, I need to know how it ends.
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1 review
Great
February 16th, 2014
A must read
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January 26th, 2014
Fantastic series although book 4 is the least enjoyable. Absolutely loved books 1,2, 3 & 5 suit all ages from teen up!
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January 26th, 2014
A brilliant story line following unlikely loves, pasts and destinys. Wonderfully unique with twists and turns that will keep you guessing even when you think you've figured it out. Overall an amazing series, don't miss out on the world of shadowhunters and demons.
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January 24th, 2014
Love love love, I've read them all several times...though they're geared for a younger audience they're still enjoyable
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January 24th, 2014
What a great series! I really enjoyed this fantasy series. I really like all the characters
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January 24th, 2014
The Mortal Instruments is an amazing book series. It keeps you hungry for more. It touches on such taboo topics and really leaves you wanting to live in this magical secret world
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January 23rd, 2014
Interesting story line, but sometimes it drags on. Overall a good read for a rainy day.
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January 23rd, 2014
Absolutely LOVE this series and it deserves all the praise. Clare writes in such a way that you really connect with the characters and are drawn to them regardless of their differences. Many novels are quite predictable, and even with all the complications woven throughout this series, I keep finding myself shocked and caught off guard because I don't expect many things. I would personally recommend this to any reader!
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January 23rd, 2014
Loved these books - the best Christmas reading ever. I read them one after another and couldn't to see how the story unravelled. Cassandra Clare is now my favourite author. I can't wait for the next book - May seems such a long way off :(
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January 23rd, 2014
This book, along with the rest of the series shows extreme amount in effort within the characters. I find that this series is not all about saving the world or fighting demons; but finding out who we are, and what we can do to help in this world and how we can be useful to each other. Showing love, loss and death; and the effects it can have.
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January 23rd, 2014
Excellent series for young and old interested in the shadow world of demons, vampires, and werewolves! The books revolve around very relatable characters which makes it all seem plausible. Once you start the first book be prepared to get sucked into the world and want to read all 5 books!
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January 23rd, 2014
I enjoyed this series. I thought it was a unique spin on your typical supernatural story line. However sometimes I just want to smack the teenagers in the head and tell them to smarten up. But this is an issue I have with most books based on teenagers. And unfortunately most of the good supernatural books are written with teenagers as the main characters.
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January 23rd, 2014
Pretty good book. Was disappointed with the editing but overall an entertaining read
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January 23rd, 2014
The story by itself it's good, 5 books plus all the other novelas is too much. Can't wait to read the last one and then just watch the movies
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January 23rd, 2014
Absolutely loved the characters in the book. The story line and content made you wait with anticipation for the next book. It was well written.
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January 23rd, 2014
I really loved this series and have read some of the books more then once. Everything this author writes is excellent
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January 23rd, 2014
The Mortal Instruments Series is a real page turner. I found that I was completely submerged into the Shadow Hunter World. I am not a teenager by any means, I truly enjoyed this series. Cassandra Clare is able to capture any audience with this series. I have also read the prequel series to this as well. Highly recommended!!
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January 23rd, 2014
This series draws you in from the get-go and sets you on an emotional journey. I laughed out loud, I gasped and I sobbed. Wonderful series, and if you like this series then you MUST read The Infernal Devices Series, also by the remarkably talented Cassandra Clare!
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January 23rd, 2014
This book series is amazing! It is very easy to read and you get attached to the caracters soooooo quickly. If you have seen the major motion picture and did not like it, dont get fooled...... the books are worth it.
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January 23rd, 2014
Amazing books I have read all of them and keep looking for more!
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January 23rd, 2014
This was a fun read! I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys paranormal series.
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January 23rd, 2014
The first couple of books were good but the characters started to get tedious.
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January 23rd, 2014
I'm disappointed that I didn't like this series. I like strong heroines with interesting back stories, but this I found this one hard to believe--even for a fantasy novel.The flirty, "I'm-giving-you-a-hard-time-because-I-like-you", banter between Jace and Clary is irritating, and I didn't like either of them, which made it hard for me to care what happened to them. Nice effort, but I am not a fan.
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January 23rd, 2014
Great quick read! I started reading this because a friend recommended it to me. I read all 5 books in a week! I really enjoyed them!
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January 23rd, 2014
great read! couldn't wait to see what happened next
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January 23rd, 2014
One of the best series I have read in a while! Loved it from start to finish!
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January 23rd, 2014
I love this series. I bought the first one on a whim when I needed a book to read on my commute. So glad I did it! I love the shadow hunter world. :)
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January 23rd, 2014
Absolutely loved this book. Can't wait for the next installment,
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January 23rd, 2014
I enjoy reading Young Adult fiction, and was interested in the characters and story by the first chapter of the first Mortal Instruments book, "City of Bones". Cassandra Clare writes good relationships between the characters and their families and with each other, that helps me to like the characters and root for them. I read all five books pretty much in a row without stopping, and was satisfied with the series, but by the end I was ready for a break, and haven't felt the need to pick up the next series with the same characters as some of the tension and challenges that the characters face were starting to feel a little recycled.
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January 23rd, 2014
Loved this series, read all 5 books in 2 weeks, if u love the fantacy world of vampire's , werewolves and all in between this is for you.
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January 23rd, 2014
I absolutly love this books I love how they start off slow and then the get so intense before you know it there over I can read them again and again.
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January 23rd, 2014
These books are awesome I love them they are fast paced action with a hint of romantic drama going on the perfect mix of two generes
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January 23rd, 2014
This is an absolutely great series. The books are interesting for teens as well as adults. When finishing one I could not wait to get to the next to continue the story. The characters are well formed and each have very interesting qualities. I would recommend this series to everyone and anyone who likes mystery, sci-fi and even a little romance.
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January 23rd, 2014
This was a very captivating series. Great for adults and teens
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January 23rd, 2014
This book was amazing I couldn't put it down!!!!
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January 23rd, 2014
These books had my complete attention right from the start. I couldn't put them down and didn't want any of the books to end. I would recommend these books for anyone who is fan of the young adult genre.
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January 23rd, 2014
Excellent book!! Cannot wait until the next book in the series comes out.
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January 23rd, 2014
Well written books. As one ends getting the next is essential. With the final installment one feels as if the story has ended but wanting to know what is going to happen next. The Infernal Devises gives much need background into the Mortal Instruments. Wish I had read these first.
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January 23rd, 2014
I love this series so much and recommend it to everyone! I read all the books in one week; I just couldn’t put them down. I love how Cassandra Clare makes you feel for the characters like you have known them forever and you feel the pain they feel and what they are going through. I think the movie was amazing and really brought the book to life. I can’t wait for the next movie, but I really can’t wait for the last book to come out!! I am going to start rereading the series in chronological order starting with the Infernal Devices, then The Mortal Instruments and finally The Dark Artifices when those are published. Great read!!
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January 23rd, 2014
This book was very well written, I enjoy the detailed work that was put into it. The ending in my opinion was so romantic and heartfelt, I cried for the deeper meaning as to what was going to happen after. It was the perfect book for all types of readers, all mixed in together it gives people the chance to step into different reading waters.
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January 23rd, 2014
Fantastic Series for fantasy readers. If you loved Edward and Bella prepare to feel like your cheating...cause you'll be head over heals for Jace and Clarey (though if you saw the movie...dont dismiss the books as the movie did it no justice at all). Clary is a very realistic herioine who is dealing with lost info from her past and her family, while falling for Jace, who is the definition of "bad boy"....and he may or maynot be her brother....READ the BOOKS!!!!
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January 23rd, 2014
These books were amazing to read. Each one i could go through in two days and still want more. The best part is no matter how many times I have read it I still found it interesting to read. A must buy for supernatural themed fans
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January 23rd, 2014
Excellent collection. Full of action with a hint of romance. Keeps you guessing because the story could potentially go so many different ways
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January 23rd, 2014
A fantasy book that can really make your imagination run wild. I give it a 2 thumbs up!
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January 23rd, 2014
I read these books on the recommendation of a friend. i really enjoyed the characters,the plot and the many twists and turns. This genre was something new for me but I certainly am glad that i did take the suggestion from my friend.
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January 23rd, 2014
I loved the whole series. first read it before I gave it to my granddaughter to make sure it was ok. As soon as I finished one book, I bought the next one. Can't wait for the 6th to come out. The INfernal Devices (3 books) was also really good. kind of a prequel to this series. Also the Bane chronicles are great. Cassandra Clare is a very good writer. These are not just teen books, by any means.
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January 23rd, 2014
Excellent read, full of adventure and mystery, lots of sleepless nights and reading.
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January 23rd, 2014
"I loved every minute of reading this series"
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January 23rd, 2014
Exciting!! Keeps you on your toes and never a dull moment! I read all five in one week! Couldn't put them done. Great series for those who liked the twilight series.
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January 23rd, 2014
A very captivating series, which young and old can enjoy.
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January 23rd, 2014
Great read! Cassandra Clare takes readers into a magical place full of daemons and angels.
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January 23rd, 2014
Well written with a good pace. characters are well rounded and quite easy to like. well worth the time!
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January 23rd, 2014
These were the best books I have read in a long time!
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January 23rd, 2014
Awesome! In my opinion this kept my interest at a nice rate. It always had a twist when you don't see it coming.
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January 23rd, 2014
Excellent books. Non- stop entertaining reading. Highly recommended. Could not put them down.
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January 23rd, 2014
These books were a good read and kept me entertained. There was a good combination of suspense, adventure and hilarity. I would recommend these books.
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January 23rd, 2014
I really enjoyed the first three books of the series. The world of Shadow hunters Clare created was very easy to love and imagine. The first three books of the series were really hard to put down and the characters were easy to love and hate and I felt really invested in them. Though moving on into the next two books they really disappointed me. The story is just getting really odd and I lost interested in the characters. I highly recommend this series for anyone looking for a fantasy world to get lost into, or someone just looking for an adventure.
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January 23rd, 2014
Loved this series, kept my attention and is great for teens!
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January 23rd, 2014
I really enjoyed this series. Captivating and suspenseful, I finished all the books in just over a week...couldn't put them done.
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January 23rd, 2014
This book series was amazing. The book sucked my right in, until I was finished. The world is so vivid, and I could see myself there. I would recommend this book to anyone.
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January 23rd, 2014
Awesome books I love them all. Really good read.
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January 23rd, 2014
I found these to be unique story lines,fast paced and always interesting. I love that she kept the story lines simple. I love that once you were accepted into this world, you saw things very differently,and you became a warrior, a mortal instrument with a special skill set, the main character has a clockwork angel which she wears around her neck.
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January 23rd, 2014
Decent read. But found it dragged at parts and was predictable.
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January 23rd, 2014
Love this series!!!! Well worth the read!
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January 23rd, 2014
Loved the whole series! wasn't able to put the books down any longer than it took to go to the washroom!
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January 23rd, 2014
I really enjoyed these books, I felt that the characters were really interesting and I loved the interaction between them. I felt that the story was different and had a unique idea that worked well for a series. I would definitely recommend these books to people who like this genre of the not-so-normal ;)
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January 23rd, 2014
I really enjoyed this series. It was creative and thrilling..
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January 23rd, 2014
I really like the story line, but didn't think the last few books were as good .
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January 23rd, 2014
Absolutly love these books! Such a good series. I started reading the series because I had watched the movie. The books are so much more detailed and such a fun read.
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January 23rd, 2014
Love this serie, could not put them down.
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January 23rd, 2014
loved these books great story and just keeps you reading the whole way cant wait to start the next one after finishing the first one seriously just keeps you in
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January 23rd, 2014
I absolutely loved this book! It gives such a refreshing perspective on the world of vampires, werewolves, etc.
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January 23rd, 2014
Very easy to read, I read all 5 of the books over a weekend. As with other books out for young readers they focus on a young girl who is desparate for the new mysterious young man to fall for her and their 'forbidden' love is torture--not a very original plot line.
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January 23rd, 2014
this is one of my favorite series! I truly admire the work cassandra clare did with these books I loved the characters and storyline, I'm looking forward to city of heavenly fire!
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January 23rd, 2014
I liked these books, despite not being their target audience. I found the books to be quick, easy reads that were creative and engaging. Clary is a relatable main character.
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January 23rd, 2014
Don't buy this book unless you truly want to ignore all your chores and all your loved ones .. as everyone else noted in their reviews they are hard books to put down on the table and walk away. I love the story line and how its not a over the top gushy love story like many other series i shall not name. So many elements in this series.. funny , sad, love, friendship and most of all on the edge of your seat action. The first movie doesnt do it justice but is not far off the mark. Love ya Cassandra ;)
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January 23rd, 2014
This was a great book. I enjoyed the storyline. Ive only read the first 3 books but plan to read the rest for sure.
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January 23rd, 2014
This series is an all time favourite! Cassandra Clare's beautifully detailed writing will enchant you and have you wishing you could jump into the shadowhunter world. Clary is the perfect mix of vulnerable and strong willed. Jace is smokin hot, temperamental and loyal. The two if them embark on a journey that will have you reaching for the next book as soon as you put down the one you just finished. Highly recommended read!
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January 23rd, 2014
This is a great series for teens and young adults.
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January 23rd, 2014
great books lovely read one of the best book series of the year for me could not put it down at all always keeps you on your feet while reading the books
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January 23rd, 2014
I LOVED these books and the Infernal device prequal! So intriguing and captivating. You find yourself loving the caracters, even those you're not suppose too!
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January 23rd, 2014
I love this series. Can't wait for the next book. The story grabs you and won't let go. The characters are real and the action believeable. The movie rocked too. Hope they make more.
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January 23rd, 2014
This series is amazing!! Cassandra Clare keeps you guessing the whole way through. Her characters are so well written you can't help falling in love with them!! I couldn't put them down and was on pins and needles until she released each book!! An amazing read!!!
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January 23rd, 2014
These books are absolutely fantastic. I'd recommend them to anyone. All my friends know I'm obsessed. It's a great world to escape into and you can't help but want to be friends with the main characters and be part of the shadow world. Purely brilliant. Ps: I'm an 18 yr old college student so I wouldn't say it's only for young teens!
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January 23rd, 2014
I have a soft spot for this series in the sense that it has a way of capturing the attention of the reader and giving them the depth they need to continue reading. The first three books were amazing and I was unable to put them down. However, as you get into the most recent two books you begin to notice that the author is dragging the story out. The most recent two seem to be bridge books to something bigger but, two large books is way to long for a bridge effect. If Clare had kept the series shorter like she did with her "Clockwork" series it would have served to be a much more powerful story. Having said that, they are still worth reading. She has created a world that one could get lost in and easily fall in love with. Every character has multiple qualities to relate to and their emotions run deeper than you would think possible in a teen-fiction novel.
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January 23rd, 2014
Such a good series. Always left me wanting more!!!
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January 23rd, 2014
amazing books, keeps you always on your toes something new in every book
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January 23rd, 2014
A beautifully crafted story in which a young girls discovers her roots and her powers. The world is phenomenally built into present-day New York City and brings us through the mythological landscapes we know from fairy tales, but with a subtle complexity. The characters are so easy to fall in love with. This is one of those books you just can't put down.
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January 23rd, 2014
Entertaining light reading. Though obviously directed at a very specific demographic, I don't think there's anything that would limit a reader outside of that particular demographic from enjoying this series with a more casual interest.
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January 23rd, 2014
Good read. Characters well defined through a myriad of action sequences and emotional revelations.
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