City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments Book #1) by Cassandra Clare AND A GIVEAWAY

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City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Release Date: March 27th 2007
Source: Purchased
Format: Paperback and now Hardcover
Pages: 585
Buy it: Amazon|B&N|Book Depository
      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...  


      Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare's ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.


      I first read City of Bones in January of last year and it helped propel me into book collecting. Before that book my shelves were home to my old Webkinz and snow globes and other shit like that. After I read the first Mortal Instruments book, I had to buy the box set. I rushed to the local Barnes and Nobel–which happens to be 5 minutes away from my house– and returned the first book in replacement for the box set of 4: City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass and City of Fallen Angles. Those where the first books to adorn my shelves (Link here to see the evolution go my shelves). This series changed my life forever.
      Needless to say I loved this book. I read it in two days which is probably the fastest I have ever read a 500 page book. I could not put it down for a second. The story was fast paced and action packed, not to mention my love for most of the characters. I just looked back on my GoodReads (follow my reviews and see what I am reading)  to see my first initial review of the book and here is what it was:
City of Bones was an interesting story. Some of the characters were annoying (Clary/Simon) but the story line is pretty good. I got sick of the vampires and werewolves when ever they popped up and was more interested with the demons/foresakens and others of the sort. Jace I think is an amazing character and not like the usual male protagonist. He was extremely funny. I found myself laughing out loud multiple times where usually it's the best friend/sidekick that is the funny one. Overall it was an enjoyable quick read.
      This review still stands true. Jace is one of my favorite characters because of his sarcastic tone and sense of humor. I have always said that a man must have a sense of humor before I look at anything else which is why when everyone else is looking at William Herondale, I still have my eyes on Jace. Thankfully Jace is still fucking beautiful. And I do find Simon and Clary to be a bit annoying in the beginning. Just so simple and mundane, but as the books progressed, I fell in love with both of them and specifically Simon. I felt the story was so similar to Twilight in the sense of vampires and werewolves, but yet so different because it talked about these demons and shadowhunters.
      City of Bones follows our main character Clary Fray whose live is turned upside down when she tries to stop what she thinks is a random knife attack in an underage club. But when the bouncer is called and no one can see the three but her, Clary starts to wonder what exactly is going on. When Clary receives a worrying and strange phone call from her mother she rushed home to find a demon waiting to devour her. Still being just a normal teen, Clary can barley hold her own. It is only when Jace, one of the knife wielding teens from the club, comes and saves her does she truly receive an explanation.
      As Clary regains her "sight," she beings to see the world as it truly exists  The three teens in the club are actually shadowhunters: men, women and teens created by mixing the blood of angels with the blood of humans so that they could protect the mundanes from the dangers of demons.
      I love all the books in the Mortal Instruments series. I love how everything fits together so perfectly from the mythology to the romance. We are allowed to see Clary discover this world as we do and her reactions to the new adventures that her sight give her. The character development is not just restricted to Clary but also extends to love interests and supporting characters such as Jace who appears to be another typical tragic YA hero, but I enjoyed the way he was characterised in this as he transforms behind the mask of annoyingly arrogant teen and. Magnus Bane is one of my favorite characters because he is so demential. There is so much mystery behind him, but yet you see his vulnerable side. Isabella Lightwood is literally my goal in life. If I had to choose one weapon it would be her whip that wraps around her wrist. It is so fashionable and just so deadly. I would love to be fashionable and sexy yet feared by all.
      I love the Mortal Instruments Series and it is by far one of my favorite series next to Harry Potter and the Raven Cycle. 5 out of 5 stars forever and always

And as of September 2015, City of Bones is changing it's style. Here is a sneak peek of the new covers come later on this year!



AND NOW THE GIVEAWAY!!!
I have 4 Box Sets of all the Hardcover Mortal Instruments Books!!! The giveaway ends December 10th and the winners will be picked by a random name generator. All you need to do to win is follow the rules and regulations below...

  • Subscribe to my blog by email (in the sidebar to the right)
  • Follow my reviews on Goodreads (If you would like to add me as a friend while you're at it you can) and follow me on Twitter
  • Email me at leereadsbooks(at)gmail(dot)com saying "I WOULD LIKE THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS BOX SET" and your Goodreads and Twitter name
  • Comment below and tell me your favorite quote from any Mortal Instrument Book!
(here is a quick tip. the more I see your name on my blog, twitter and GoodReads, the more I will put your name in the generator.)


May the odds be ever in your favor
Lee Chand

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83 comments

  1. "Mom. I have something to tell you. I’m undead. Now, I know you may have some preconceived notions about the undead. I know you may not be comfortable with the idea of me being undead. But I’m here to tell you that undead are just like you and me … well, okay. Possibly more like me than you."
    -Cassandra Clare
    (City of Ashes)

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  2. I don't have a favorite quote. I haven't read this series but I have been dying to.

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  3. I don't have a favorite quote. I haven't read this series but I have been dying to.

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    1. It is a great series you will love it

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  4. Just because you call an electric eel a rubber duck doesn't make it a rubber duck, does it? And God help the poor b***ard that takes a bath with the duckie.

    and

    When life gives you lemons, make lemonade, and then throw it in the face of the person who gave you the lemons until they give you the oranges you originally asked for.

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  5. "You’re my sister. My sister, my blood, my family. I should want to protect you — to protect you from the sort of boys who want to do with you exactly what I want to do".
    -Cassandra Clare, City of Glass.

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  6. "Have you fallen in love with the wrong person yet?'
    Jace said, "Unfortunately, Lady of the Haven, my one true love remains myself."
    ..."At least," she said, "you don't have to worry about rejection, Jace Wayland."
    "Not necessarily. I turn myself down occasionally, just to keep it interesting."

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  7. “Is this the part where you start tearing off strips of your shirt to bind my wounds?"
    "If you wanted me to rip my clothes off, you should have just asked.”

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  9. I haven't read them so i don't have a favourite quote 👉🏻👈🏻 but i have been dying to start this series tho :D .... Does this count?

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    1. of course!! I would love to bring you into this world!! IT is honestly amazing you will love it

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  11. “Malachi scowled. "I don't remember the Clave inviting you into the Glass City, Magnus Bane."
    "They didn't," Magnus said. "Your wards are down."
    "Really?" the Consul's voice dripped sarcasm. "I hadn't noticed."
    Magnus looked concerned. "That's terrible. Someone should have told you." He glanced at Luke. "Tell him the wards are down.”
    -City of Glass

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  12. “The boy never cried again, and he never forgot what he'd learned: that to love is to destroy, and that to be loved is to be the one destroyed.”
    ― Cassandra Clare, City of Bones

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  13. I can't just pick one!

    “Jesus!" Luke exclaimed.
    "Actually, it's just me," said Simon. "Although I've been told the resemblance is startling.”
    - Cassandra Clare, City of Bones

    or

    “It’s fascinating. You know all these words, and they’re all English, but when you string them together into sentences, they just don’t make any sense.”
    -Cassandra Clare, City of Fallen Angels

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  14. My favorite quote is definitely: "Shadowhunters: Looking Better in Black Than the Widows of our Enemies Since 1234." I laughed out loud when I read it. Gotta love Jace <3

    Thank you so much for the giveaway! Rafflecopter name is Marianne Robles. :)

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  15. Haven't read the series yet but i am literally dying to! :)

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  16. “Take my hands,” Alec said. “And take my strength too. Whatever of it you can use to— to keep yourself going.”
    ― Cassandra Clare, City of Ashes

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  17. Ohhh, dear. I haven't read this yet so Idk any quotes from this book. :3

    Still thanks for the giveaway!!!!

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  18. "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade, and then throw it in the face of the person who gave you the lemons until they give you the oranges you originally asked for." - Jace.

    I haven't read the full mortal instruments series too but I have been dying to read it :) :)

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  19. I haven't read the any of the mortal instruments books, but I'd love to!

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  20. “Have you fallen in love with the wrong person yet?'
    Jace said, "Unfortunately, Lady of the Haven, my one true love remains myself."
    ..."At least," she said, "you don't have to worry about rejection, Jace Wayland."
    "Not necessarily. I turn myself down occasionally, just to keep it interesting.”

    I just find his so funny at times, with his arrogance and all that good stuff.

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  21. I haven't read the series yet so I don't have a favorite quote but the series is on my wish list.

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  22. Have only read the first one, but I would love to continue on with the series :)
    “It's your gift, to see the beauty and the horror in ordinary things. It doesn't make you crazy, just different.”
    - Cassandra Clare, City of Bones

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  23. I haven't read the books, only saw the movie, but I'd really love to read them!!

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    1. movie is not a true representation! read the books and you will love it so much more

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  24. I only have the last one of the series, but I will say that I love these books! It would be amazing to have the complete series in hardcover as a box set! My favourite characters have to be Simon, Izzy and Magnus!

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  25. i have a few favs, but here's one

    “I've got a stele we can use. Who wants to do me?"
    "A regrettable choice of words," muttered Magnus.”

    from City of Ashes

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  26. "I hate ducks. Don't know why. I just always have."
    -city of Lost Souls

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    1. actually loled when I first read this part in the book!!

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  27. "Thank God the Werewolves are her to save us" - Simon

    Your giveaways are so generous and exciting! :) thanks so much for the opportunity! I have yet to read book 2-5... the first book is the one that i have only read.

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  28. "You’re my sister. My sister, my blood, my family. I should want to protect you — to protect you from the sort of boys who want to do with you exactly what I want to do".
    -Cassandra Clare, City of Glass.

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  29. I haven't read the books yet so unfortunately I don't have a favorite quote. But I HAVE read the Infernal Devices and my favorite quote is "There's plenty of sense in nonsense sometimes, if you wish to look for it."

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  30. I love this quote: "There is no pretending," Jace said with absolute clarity. "I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there's a life after that, I'll love you then."

    Thank you :)

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  31. This is a quote that made me laugh and is one of my favourites.

    “Is this the part where you start tearing off strips of your shirt to bind my wounds?"
    "If you wanted me to rip my clothes off, you should have just asked.”

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  32. 'Regret is such a pointless emotion.'
    - Cassandra Clare

    This quote reminds me to just grab life by the horns and do stuff I don't am scared to do but want to do. Because in the end, I'd like to live with no regrets.

    #NoRagrets

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  33. "Don't order any of the faerie food," said Jace, looking at her over the top of his menu. "It tends to make humans a little crazy. One minute you're munching a faerie plum, the next minute you're running naked down Madison Avenue with antlers on your head. Not," he added hastily, "that this has ever happened to me.”

    THIS IS THE FUNNIEST LINE EVER.

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  34. OH MY GOD LEE! Are you even for real!!! Your giveaways are making my Hopes run UP and UP.
    As we all know that Jace is the Sass-King of all the charecters, I love him dearly!!
    My quotes from mortal instruments is one of his primes.
    “Usually I'm remarkably good natured. Try me on a day that doesn't end in y." :D

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  35. Another great giveaway! It's been so long since I've read this series. Scratch that, I haven't even finished reading them. I finished the 4th book I believe. I am dying for a reread. I need to catch up because I am very excited for the TV show. Thank you!
    Quote: “Well you can go ahead and hang your head out the window if you feel like it"
    "I'm a werewolf not a golden retriever”

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  36. "Just because you call an electric eel a rubber duck doesn't make it a rubber duck, does it? And God help the poor bastard that takes a bath with the duckie." Thanks for the opportunity!

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  37. "Sarcasm is the last refuge of the imaginatively bankrupt.” 

    I love the giveaway! Thanks! :D

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  39. I don't use Twitter, am I still able to enter?

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  40. "Have you fallen in love with the wrong person yet?'
    Jace said, "Unfortunately, Lady of the Haven, my one true love remains myself."
    ..."At least," she said, "you don't have to worry about rejection, Jace Wayland."
    "Not necessarily. I turn myself down occasionally, just to keep it interesting."

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  41. What if you don't have Twitter but you have Goodreads?

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  42. “It's the mortal cup Jace, not the mortal toilet bowl.”

    i don't know i found it funny

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  43. "We are all pieces of what we remebrer. We hold in ourselves the hopes and fears of those who love us. As long as there is memory, there is no true loss." - City of Heavenly Fire
    Jem, thank you for those beautiful words (about Will without doubt... *sobs*)

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  44. “Have you fallen in love with the wrong person yet?'
    Jace said, "Unfortunately, Lady of the Haven, my one true love remains myself."
    ..."At least," she said, "you don't have to worry about rejection, Jace Wayland."
    "Not necessarily. I turn myself down occasionally, just to keep it interesting.”

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  45. Thanks for the great giveaway :)

    My favourite quote (based on Goodreads quotes- since I haven't read the books as yet):

    “Don't look pleased with yourself. When Will says 'enterprising, ' he means 'morally deficient. '" "No, I mean enterprising, " said Will. "When I mean morally deficient, I say, 'Now, that's something I would have done. ”

    Thanks again:)

    Sarah

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  46. "I don't care," Clary said. "He'd do it for me. Tell me he wouldn't. If I were missing-"
    "He'd burn the whole world down till he could dig you out of the ashes. I know," Alec said.

    -TMI:City of lost souls by C.C.

    OMG THIS JUST SHOWS HOW MUCH JACE LOVES CLARY *puppyeyes* This is like in my top 5 favo quotes of The Mortal Instruments Books xD

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  47. "Shadowhunters: Looking Better in Black Than the Widows of our Enemies Since 1234."
    - City of Bones (the only one of the series I've read... is that bad?)

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  48. I would love to have these books. I have only read the first one but the others are on my to read list.

    “Don't touch any of my weapons without my permission."
    "Well, there goes my plan for selling them all on eBay," Clary muttered.
    "Selling them on what?"
    Clary smiled blandly at him. "A mythical place of great magical power.”
    City of Bones

    “One of the Silent Brothers is here to see you. Hodge sent me to wake you up. Actually he offered to wake you himself, but since it's 5 a.m., I figured you'd be less cranky if you had something nice to look at."
    "Meaning you?"
    "What else?”
    City of Bones

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  49. “What's this?" he demanded, looking from Clary to his companions, as if they might know what she was doing there.
    "It's a girl," Jace said,recovering his composure. "Surely you've seen girls before, Alec. Your sister Isabelle is one.”
    City of Bones

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  50. “And now I’m looking at you,” he said, “and you’re asking me if I still want you, as if I could stop loving you. As if I would want to give up the thing that makes me stronger than anything else ever has. I never dared give much of myself to anyone before – bits of myself to the Lightwoods, to Isabelle and Alec, but it took years to do it – but, Clary, since the first time I saw you, I have belonged to you completely. I still do. If you want me.” - City of Glass

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  51. Unfortunately I haven't read this series yet so I don't have a favorite quote but I've been dying to read this series!

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  52. I would love these books. I have only read the first book. I loved the characters very much. Jace was my favorite.
    “Investigation?" Isabelle laughed. "Now we're detectives? Maybe we should all have code names."
    "Good idea," said Jace. "I shall be Baron Hotschaft Von Hugenstein.”
    City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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  53. I'm sorry, I haven't read these books before- but I've heard such good things about them! I'm waiting for a chance to read them, and hope this would be it! Thank you for this amazing opportunity, Lee!

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  54. “There is no pretending," Jace said with absolute clarity. "I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there is life after that, I'll love you then.” (City of Glass) *fangirls unashamedly*
    Thank you for the wonderful giveaway. You have a lovely blog :)

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  55. Of all the things I've read in Mortal Instruments series this is the best sentence I have ever read.

    "“As long as there was coffee in the world, how bad could things be?” "
    ― Cassandra Clare, City of Ashes

    Ain't it?
    -gelly jake

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  57. “People aren't born good or bad. Maybe they're born with tendencies either way, but its the way you live your life that matters.” C of G
    Soo right.

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  58. There are so many hilarious quotes from this series but I do love this exchange:

    “That does it," said Jace. "I'm going to get you a dictionary for Christmas this year."
    "Why?" Isabelle said.
    "So you can look up 'fun.' I'm not sure you know what it means.”

    :D Thanks for the great giveaway!!

    Rabiah

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  59. "God knows we're all drawn toward what's beautiful and broken.But some people cannot be fixed and if they can be, it's only by love and sacrifice so great that it destroys the giver."

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  60. This is an awesome giveaway!! You're really generous!

    My favorite quote is: “The boy never cried again, and he never forgot what he'd learned: that to love is to destroy, and that to be loved is to be the one destroyed.” -- City of Bones

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  61. I love this quote. It's so hilarious!
    “If you knew how to cook, maybe I would eat," Jace muttered.
    Isabelle froze, her spoon poised dangerously. "What did you say?"
    Jace edged toward the fridge. "I said I'm going to look for a snack to eat."
    That's what I thought you said." Isabelle turned her attention to the soup.”
    ― Cassandra Clare from City of Bones

    This is so true: “If you really love something, you never try to keep it the way it is forever. You have to let it be free to change.”
    ― Cassandra Clare from City of Ashes

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  62. "People aren't born good or bad. Maybe they're born with tendencies either way, but its the way you live your life that matters.”

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  63. "Heroes aren't always the ones who win," she said. "They're the ones who lose, sometimes. But they keep fighting, they keep coming back. They don't give up. That's what makes them heroes.” - CoHF

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  64. If there were such a thing as terminal literalism, you'd have died in childhood

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  65. “Sarcasm is the last refuge of the imaginatively bankrupt.”
    -City Of Bones

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  66. I have so many favorites, so I'll post some of them :

    “People aren't born good or bad. Maybe they're born with tendencies either way, but its the way you live your life that matters.” - City of Glass

    “Have you fallen in love with the wrong person yet?'
    Jace said, "Unfortunately, Lady of the Haven, my one true love remains myself."
    ..."At least," she said, "you don't have to worry about rejection, Jace Wayland."
    "Not necessarily. I turn myself down occasionally, just to keep it interesting.” - City of Bones

    “Don't touch any of my weapons without my permission."
    "Well, there goes my plan for selling them all on eBay," Clary muttered.
    "Selling them on what?"
    Clary smiled blandly at him. "A mythical place of great magical power.” - City of Bones

    “It means 'Shadowhunters: Looking Better in Black Than the Widows of our Enemies Since 1234'.” - City of Bones

    “Is this the part where you say if I hurt her, you'll kill me?"
    "No" Simon said, "If you hurt Clary she's quite capable of killing you herself. Possibly with a variety of weapons.” - City of Glass

    “Mom. I have something to tell you. I’m undead. Now, I know you may have some preconceived notions about the undead. I know you may not be comfortable with the idea of me being undead. But I’m here to tell you that undead are just like you and me … well, okay. Possibly more like me than you.” - City of Ashes

    “Did you ever think that in a past life Alec was an old woman with ninety cats who was always yelling at the neighborhood kids to get off her lawn? Because I do” - City of Glass

    And my absolute favorite...What can I say, Malec has my heart <3

    “You never called me back," he said. "I called you so many times and you never called me back."
    Magnus looked at Alec as if he'd lost his mind. "Your city is under attack," he said. "The wards have been broken, and the streets are full of demons. And you want to know why I haven't called you?"
    Alec set his jaw in a stubborn line. "I want to know why you haven't called me back."
    Magnus threw his hands up in the air in a gesture of utter exasperation. Alec noted with interest that when he did it, a few sparks escaped from his fingertips, like fireflies escaping from a jar. "You're an idiot."
    "Is that why you haven't called me? Because I'm an idiot?"
    "No." Magnus strode toward him. "I didn't call you because I'm tired of you only wanting me around when you need something. I'm tired of watching you be in love with someone else - someone, incidentally, who will never love you back. Not the way I do."
    "You love me?"
    "You stupid Nephilim," Magnus said patiently. "Why else am I here? Why else would I have spent the past few weeks patching up all your moronic friends every time they got hurt? And getting you out of every ridiculous situation you found yourself in? Not to mention helping you win a battle against Valentine. And all completely free of charge!” - City of Glass

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  67. Thanks for the giveaway.. my favorite quote is: "Have you fallen in love with the wrong person yet?'

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  68. "The whole city's changed
    around me."-Clary
    "Everything out there is exactly
    the same. You're the one that's different.
    The truth makes you different." -Jace
    "I kind of hate knowing the truth." -Clary

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  69. “Meanwhile,” Simon added, “I wanted to tell you that lately I‘ve been cross-dressing. Also, I‘m sleeping with your mom. I thought you should know.” -This just made me burst out laughing and drew me in as it was in early pages.

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  70. “Is this the part where you start tearing off strips of your shirt to bind my wounds?"
    "If you wanted me to rip my clothes off, you should have just asked.”
    I love jace

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  71. how do you get all these amazing giveaways!!! you are the best person on this planet
    “I have a feeling you're right, Sherwin.'
    'Simon. My name is Simon.”
    City of Lost Souls is my fav book!

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  72. My CoB lost its cover a week or so ago, so this will be the perfect replacement ;P

    I don't care," Clary said. "He'd do it for me. Tell me he wouldn't. If I were missing-"
    "He'd burn the whole world down till he could dig you out of the ashes. I know," Alec said.

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  73. “Don't touch any of my weapons without my permission."
    "Well, there goes my plan for selling them all on eBay," Clary muttered.
    "Selling them on what?"
    Clary smiled blandly at him. "A mythical place of great magical power.” - City of Bones

    The sassy comebacks are always my favorite in the whole series! Thank you for the giveaway! <3

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  74. Isabelle looked dubious. "Mom and Dad won't be pleased if they find out."
    "That you freed a possible criminal by trading away your brother to a warlock who looks like a gay Sonic the Hedgehog and dresses like the Child Catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang?" Simon inquired. "No, probably not.” -- City of Ashes, Cassandra Clare

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  75. I have not read the books yet and would love to win this so that I get a chance to!

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  76. Eh, I only ever could get the first three books, I don't have the last three :x
    But my favorite quote is
    "Jesus" Jocelyn said.
    "Nope just me. Simon. Though I've heard the resemblance is quite stunning."
    :P

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