Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publish Date: March 27, 2007
Series: The Mortal Instruments #1
Synopsis: 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.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
First of all, why didn’t I read this earlier? Second, I finally did and it has blown me away. I didn’t not expect much, but I got a lot. I started in the morning, blew off some responsibilities, lost some sleep, and quickly finished.
This story contains the young adult lead which has her eye-opening moment. It also has the boy next door mixed in with unrequited love. Next, add in the bad boy adventurer, in a very tall, dark, and handsome kind of way. Don’t forget to throw in adventure, some soul-searching, and some unexpected revelations and you’ve got yourself a great book. Yes, there may be some parallels to other stories, but they are just that. In this literary world, I can stand behind an author who writes in the interests of her readers.
In a world of known familiarity, what would you do if one day your eyes opened and you saw things you never have before? That’s what brought Clary, or Clarissa, to her current day. She noticed something that suddenly opened her eyes to a whole new world that she never knew about before. The twist? She was always a part of that world.
Clary is someone that I related with early on. There is something about the way Clare brought her to life that spoke to me. She is a dreamer and good at heart. She seems like every YA heroine, but if you read too fast and not absorb the words, you miss the tiny details of her characteristics. She’s a great lead, but in a soft spoken sort of way. But in this world where it quickly becomes chaotic and unruly, it’s your little bit of calm.
Jace is in your face, witty, sarcastic, and everything that the bad boy should be. He is the hero that you wish you hated, but cannot fall in love with. When I think of my first crush, that feeling of hate him and love him, I think of Jace. It’s a feel-good type of angst with him.
Simon is your typical boy next door. You can tell from the beginning about his feelings for Clary. He is a good balance for the other two characters.
I cannot wait to start of the next book.