City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Goodreads Summary:  "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.... "

Review: The plot of this book doesn't do it for me; it's way too predictable. And the characters are all fairly stock -- the Girl, the Guy, the Best Friend(s) Who Are In Love With Said Girl and Guy, etc, etc. (Although there are a few characters who get developed more in later books who are fairly awesome.) What I especially love about this book, though, is the humor. The tone of the book isn't funny; this isn't Doug Adams or anything. But the characters are all super-witty, and the dialogue is snappy and snarky, and I could read it all day.

Goodreads Shelves: addictive, fluffy, funny, is-or-would-be-a-good-movie, is-this-a-kissing-book, popular, pretentious, to-own


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