'The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones' Family Review: 5 Things Every Parent Should Know About the Teen Fantasy

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School's back in session for half of the country, but there's one more big offering for the teens this late August: "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones." Based on author Cassandra Clare's extremely popular book series, the story follows Clary Fray (Lily Collins), a New York City teenager, who on the eve of her Sixteenth birthday discovers some unbelievable things, like the fact that her mother (Lena Headey) -- who has been abducted -- is really a former Shadowhunter, a covert group of demon slayers who've pledged to protect the world from creatures of darkness. On the bright side, there's a hunky blond Shadowhunter named Jace (Jamie Campbell Bower) who offers to help Clary navigate the supernatural world hidden around the city in order to find her mom.

Here are five issues to consider when deciding if "City of Bones" is a good fit for your family.

1. How sensitive is your kid to violence?
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