Check out our first set of top ten quotes from our Book Club book Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, brought to you by staffer Caro, and don’t forget to head over to the forum to talk about the book!


Character quotes

1. “Hodge was furious. You got ichor and blood all over the carpet in the entryway. If he’d done it while my parents were here, he’d have gotten grounded for sure.” -Isabelle
2. “So, you’re finally awake. Hodge will be pleased. We all thought you’d probably die in your sleep.” -Isabelle
3. “It’s the Mortal Cup, Jace, not the Mortal Toilet Bowl.” -Isabelle
4. “Unfortunately, we’re out of bitter revenge at the moment, so it’s either tea or nothing.” -Hodge
5. “Most people don’t cry when they’re upset or frightened but rather when they’re frustrated. Your frustration is understandable. You’ve been through a most trying time.” -Hodge
6. “Isabelle, you know it’s bad luck to talk about death in a sickroom.” -Alec
7. “Isabelle hails from one of the greatest Shadowhunter dynasties in history. This girl, on the other hand, hails from New Jersey.” -Alec
8. “Come in. and try not to murder any of my guests.” -Magnus
9. “She set you down on the floor and you started ranging around, picking things up, pulling my cat’s tail – you screamed like a banshee when the cat scratched you, so I asked your mother if you were part banshee. She didn’t laugh.” -Magnus
10. “Every teenage in the world feels like that, feels broken or out of place, different somehow, royalty mistakenly born into a family of peasants.”

Clary quotes

1. “Just coffee. Black – like my soul.”
2. “Furious Mole is not a good name for a band.”
3. “Maybe you should call the band The Sexist Pigs.”
4. “I don’t want tea. I want to find my mother. And then I want to find out who took her in the first place, and I want to kill them.”
5. “What would demons, want with our microwave?”
6. “I figured all your classes were stuff like Slaughter 101 and Beheading for Beginners.”
7. “He’s probably never met a six-foot-tall hot elf-woman in a fur bikini, either.”
8. “I doubt most Shadowhunters get a tattoo of Donatello from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on their left shoulder.”
9. “What, you can’t be gay and a Shadowhunter?”
10. “My mother always told me if I rode a motorcycle with a boy, she’d kill me.”

Jace quotes

1. “Isabelle and Alec think I talk too much. Do you think I talk too much?”
2. “Pretty name. Like the herb, clary sage. In the old days people thought eating the seeds would let you see the fair folk. Did you know that?”
3. “I was laughing at you because declarations of love amuse me, especially when unrequited.”
4. “I am stunningly attractive.”
5. “I told you to bring me to Alec! Backstabbing Judas.” (To Church)
6. “It means Shadowhunters: Looking Better in Black than the Widows of our Enemies Since 1234.”
7. “Turn Left! Left! I said to take Broadway, you brain-dead moron!”
8. “If there was such a thing as terminal literalism, you’d have died in childhood.”
9. “Well, when I was five, I wanted to take a bath in spaghetti.”
10. “Don’t tell me, you’ve got a drawing emergency. You need a nude model. Well, I’m not in the mood.”