I feel as if I haven't done a review in quite a while, so I figured I'd share my thoughts on The Mortal Instrument series by Cassandra Clare. So far, out right now are the 1st-City of Bones, the 2nd-City of Ashes, and 3rd-City of Glass. The next one out will be City of Fallen Angels.
I loved these books so much! They're full of all kinds of paranormal creatures and intrigue. I could not put them down and when I had to, I still had the characters swirling around in my brain screaming for my attention (that's a good thing ;p ) I loved the interaction between all of the character, especially all the snarky sarcastic responses from Will and some of the others.
The setting and world are creative and believable. It's mix between modern New York and a made up country that functions without real electronics and such. You'd think that would be an odd mixture, but it really works here. From page one of the first book the story takes off and it only gets better as it goes on throughout the rest of the books. So, if you get the chance I'd recommend you checking this series out! There is also a new series Cassandra Clare has just started. It centers around the same world of paranormal creatures and the people who silently protect humanity from them, but is set in Victorian England instead of modern NY. The first of that series is Clockwork Angel and I loved it just as much as The Mortal Instrument series.
Description for City of Bones (the first in The Mortal Instrument series):
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 no ...more 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....
And here's the description for Clockwork Angel (The first in the Infernal Devices Series) too!:
When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.
Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What's more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.
Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by—and torn between—two best friends: Jem, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length...everyone, that is, but Tessa.
As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world...and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.
So, if you get a chance to read these lovely books then I hope you like them as much as I did. And *eh hem* team Will all the way in the Infernal Devices series.