by Cassandra Clare
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.
A few notes before I let you know what I think of this story:
1-I hate this cover. It has a purpose; you have to see the Shadowhunter tattoos to understand what she is describing and to get a good picture. It makes it seem like a girly book, which I don't really find it to be.
2-Most people either love or hate this book. I would not say I am in either camp, but I did like the book. I was interested and invested, so I continue to read the series and still enjoy it.
I liked the plot, especially with the quick opening and interesting twists that come about. The characters needed some work after the first book. I thought Simon was the most interesting and unique of the main three, and feel like the author did a better job developing Clary in the rest of the series. Sadly, I was never really sold on the character of Jace and found him to be a bit irritating. There are some parallels to the Twilight Saga that I could take or leave-although Clary is much more likeable, as a girl who is ready to take care of herself , then Bella Swan.