Teens’ Top Ten Nominee for 2008: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

How do you prove a murder took place when no one else can see the perpetrators and the victim disappears before your eyes? That’s what happens to Clary Fay, however.

The killers are Shadowhunters, and the “victim” was a demon; Clary, as a human, should never have been able to see any of it. Naturally, as the fantasy heroine of this tale, Clary has a history she knows nothing about, and powers she’s just discovering, and the scene described is just the beginning.

Returning home, Clary finds her mother missing and her apartment tossed. It’s the beginning of an adventure that will expose her to a world she never imagined. This urban fantasy is packed with action, lush description, and dark alleys populated with fascinating creatures. Imagine Buffy put on leather and moved to Gotham City – then kicked some serious booty. The vampires in Sunnyvale have nothing on the motorcycle vampire gangs, street-packs of werewolves, and warlocks who know how to party in Cassandra Clare’s New York.

City of Bones is a nominee for the 2008 Teens’ Top Ten. To learn more about the Teens’ Top Ten program, click here. To request this book from the library, click here. And don’t forget to place your vote during Teen Read Week, October 12-18, 2008.

Reviewed by Amy at Southeast Regional Library.

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