Published March 27, 2007 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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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.
This book took me on a bit of a roller coaster ride. The story was original, maybe even crazy original. It follows Clary, a 15 year old seemingly ordinary girl, as her whole world gets turned upside down, starting when she meets Jace and his friends at a club.
I have kind of mixed thoughts about this book. I’ll start with saying that this is my first book by Cassandra Clare, and though I had heard mixed reviews, I was thoroughly impressed. Her writing style flows and makes the book an easy read, all 490ish pages of it. The story, however, started a little slow for me, and took me a while to get into. Fortunately, all of that was absolved in the last 120 or so pages, when I literally just couldn’t put the book down. There were so many twists and turns that I couldn’t help but keep making guesses as I read. One of my greatest disappointments was the fact that I guessed one of the biggest twists. Though I did have to go back and forth on my ideas as there are plenty of places my guesses were tripped up.
On to the characters. One of the problems I had was that it felt like they were all the same person. I love the snarky, sarcastic characters, but when ALL of the characters are snarky and sarcastic, its a little too much. But I did love them all anyways.
Clary – Not the strongest heroine, but she did just fall into this world without warning. She’s not a hero, but she’s also not a clumbsy, ditsy girl. I’m hoping to watch her grow as the series progresses.
Simon – Clary’s best friend since forever. He’s the cute, cool nerd. He’s got the dorky glasses going on, but is also in a band. I swoon for the smart, dorky boys. I was totally team Simon throughout the book.
Jace – He’s our hero. He’s cool, cocky, sarcastic, and standoffish. Oh, and of course hot. He’s supposed to be the ultimate bad boy, but to me it seemed like he was just trying too hard. But still, hot is hot, right? 😉
Overall I liked this book a lot more than most 1st book in a series books. I will definitely be picking up the next one soon, so expect to see that review within the next few weeks.