READ THIS NOW: City of Bones

Okay, so…I kinda came to the party late when it comes to the Mortal Instruments Trilogy by Cassandra Clare. I mean..I’d heard a lot of people taking about how much they loved the first book in the series, City of Bones, and the second book in the series, City of Ashes. Maybe it takes three books to sink in–because when everyone was talking about how amazing City of Glass, the third and final book in the trilogy, I finally got around to reading the series. And…wow. Everyone was right.

When City of Bones starts, sixteen-year-old Clary Fray and her best friend Simon are hanging out at the Pandemonium Club in Manhattan. Really, it’s kind of a boring night. That is, until Clary notices an annoying guy with blue hair being pulled into the store room by a group of beautiful-but-scary looking people covered in tattoos.

After that, things get messy fast. Especially when Clary frantically tries to tell Simon what she just saw—and he has no idea what she’s talking about, because he didn’t see anyone near the store room.

As it turns out, the annoying blue-haired guy isn’t a guy at all—he’s a demon. Then one of the scary beautiful people—a ridiculously good-looking blonde-haired guy—kills him. See, the beautiful tattoo-covered people are Shadowhunters—a group of demon hunters descended from angels. And they’re more than a little surprised that Clary can actually see them. Usually they’re invisible to normal people, or “mundanes.”

Clary’s ready to forget the whole thing—until the next day, when the scary/beautiful blonde guy shows up when she’s having coffee with Simon. His name is Jace, and he wants to talk about why Clary can see him. Things get even worse then when she goes home. Not only is her apartment is trashed, her mother’s missing, and there’s a dragon-like demon in her hallway.

So…maybe Clary’s not a mundane after all. In fact, it’s looking more and more like her mother’s disappearance is tied to an evil Shadowhunter named Valentine, and the Mortal Cup, a powerful object which has the power to turn a mundane into a Shadowhunter.

Before she knows it, she’s staying with Jace and his fellow Shadowhunters, and finds herself sucked up into their world of demons, wizards, vampires, and more, in a race to stop Valentine and save her mother.

…I know, right?!?! And trust me, it’s just as good as it sounds. So if you haven’t read the Mortal Instruments Trilogy, READ IT NOW…and thank me later! But if you’re not totally convinced, check out this awesome fan-made book trailer!


SUMMER LIBRARY PROGRAM UPDATE! Guess how many of you signed up for the Teen Summer Library Program last week? Exactly 983 of you!

Wow…that’s…that’s…I can’t even think of a good way to describe it. You guys rock.

Now…if you’re not one of the 983…you still have time to register! Not only will you get free stuff when you sign up, but you’ll get a $5 gift card to Barnes and Noble when you read 500 pages, and an $8 gift card to either Best Buy or Target when you read 1000 pages! Plus you’ll go into the grand prize drawing for an iPod Shuffle! So what are you waiting for? Head to your faaaaaaaaaavorite M/RCPL branch and EXPRESS YOURSELF!!!!

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