Clave Meeting and City of Bones Read-Alikes

 Attention Mundanes and Shadowhunters!

The thrilling conclusion to The Mortal Instrument series came out this week!  Come to the library on Saturday, May 31st from 2-4 pm to discuss everything Clave-related.  Registration is highly encouraged, but feel free to drop-in if you like and bring a fellow Shadowhunter!  Open to anyone in grades 7-12.

Clave Meeting


In the meantime…

City of Bones by Cassandra ClareOnce you finish the series (sniff, sniff), check out one of these City of Bones *read-alikes!  Click on the title or picture to look up the item’s availability at the library.


*Read-alikes are titles that are similar in characterization, genre, location, narration, pacing, point-of-view, subject matter, tone, or even writing style.  They are not meant to be exact replicas because where would the fun be in that?

Starcrossed by Josephine AngeliniStarcrossed by Josephine Angelini (first in the Starcrossed Trilogy)

[HarperTeen, 2011]

When shy sixteen-year-old Helen Hamilton starts having vivid dreams about three ancient, hideous women and suddenly tries to kill a new student at her Nantucket high school, she discovers that she is playing out some version of an old tale involving Helen of Troy, the Three Furies, and a mythic battle.

Tithe by Holly BlackTithe by Holly Black (first in the Modern Faerie Tales series)

[Simon & Schuster, 2002]

Sixteen-year-old Kaye, who has been visited by faeries since childhood, discovers that she herself is a magical faerie creature with a special destiny.

The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees BrennanThe Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan (first in the Demon’s Lexicon Trilogy)

[Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2009]

Sixteen-year-old Nick and his family have battled magicians and demons for most of his life, but when his brother, Alan, is marked for death while helping new friends Jamie and Mae, Nick’s determination to save Alan leads him to uncover a devastating secret.

Devil's Kiss by Sarwat ChaddaDevil’s Kiss by Sarwat Chadda (first in the Devil’s Kiss series)

[Hyperion Books, 2009]

Fifteen-year-old Billi SanGreal has grown up knowing that being a member of the Knights Templar puts her in danger, but if she is to save London from catastrophe she must make sacrifices greater than she imagined.

Hex Hall by Rachel HawkingsHex Hall by Rachel Hawkings (first in the Hex Hall Novels)

[Hyperion Books, 2010]

When Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, she is exiled to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

The Iron King by Julie KagawaThe Iron King by Julie Kagawa (first in the Iron Fey series)

[Harlequin Teen, 2010]

When a dark stranger begins watching Meghan from afar and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change. But she could never have guessed the truth–that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war.

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBrideHold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride

[Henry Holt, 2010]

Sam LaCroix, a Seattle fast-food worker and college dropout, discovers that he is a necromancer, part of a world of harbingers, werewolves, satyrs, and one particular necromancer who sees Sam as a threat to his lucrative business of raising the dead.

Embrace by Jessica ShirvingtonEmbrace by Jessica Shirvington (first in the Violet Eden Chapters)

[Sourcebooks Fire, 2010]

Seventeen-year-old Violet Eden’s world is turned upside down when she falls for the sexy and aloof Lincoln and discovers he is part angel and part human. As Violet gets caught up in an ancient battle between dark and light, she must choose her path because the wrong decision could cost not only her life but her eternity.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini TaylorDaughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (first in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy)

[Little, Brown, 2011]

Seventeen-year-old Karou, a lovely, enigmatic art student in a Prague boarding school, carries a sketchbook of hideous, frightening monsters–the chimaerae who form the only family she has ever known.

Paranormalcy by Kiersten WhiteParanormalcy by Kiersten White (first in the Paranormal Trilogy)

[HarperTeen, 2010]

When a dark prophecy begins to come true, sixteen-year-old Evie of the International Paranormal Containment Agency must not only try to stop it, she must also uncover its connection to herself and the alluring shapeshifter, Lend.


Can you think of other titles that belong on this list?  Feel free to submit your suggestions by e-mailing me at:

About Princess Leia

I am the Teen Services Librarian at the Grayslake Area Public Library.
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