You all know this movie just came out. And being me, I knew I had to read the book before I watched the movie. As a big-time fantasy/paranormal lover, I have definitely wanted to read this book for a while now. When I heard the movie was coming out soon, I got the book! And now, finally, I’ve read it.
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.
Series: The Mortal Instruments, #1
Age: Young Adult; 14 years and up
Review: 4 butterflies
Clary Fray is one of my favorite characters in this book. Yes, she’s a little helpless (she’s human compared to all of these paranormal beings—of course she’s going to be a little helpless). Yes, she doubts the existence of Shadowhunters and demons and all that jazz (I probably would too if I was raised like a normal human being, a.k.a. a mundie). But she doesn’t over-react. All of her reactions were realistic, and that’s a big thing for me.
Jace, on the other hand, is pretty much the opposite of Clary. He’s experienced, he was raised to fight demons, and he is not helpless. I actually liked Jace (what can I say? I have a thing for fictional playboys) and he made me laugh several times while reading this book. But he and the rest of the Shadowhunters need Clary. For Clary is a little bit more special than she thinks she is.
And don’t forget about the other characters. Izzy, Alec, Luke, and the rest of them help Clary along the way and also provide vital clues for the mystery of the cup to be solved. The person I felt really bad about though is Simon. Poor Simon is being pretty much used and then forgotten. It’s kind of sad.
The plotline is pretty darn original, as is the world Cassandra created. The cup, Clary’s mother, and a few other mysteries keep you turning the pages. Be warned though, they aren’t all resolved in this book (it is a series, after all) and there are some twists (one thing in particular, thanks Cassandra) that you won’t see coming.
I recommend this book for people who like all things paranormal, a teeny bit of romance, and lots and lots of action.
Also, go support the author and watch the movie! Very few movies out there feature a female main character and the movie looks kick-ass!