by Cassandra Clare
About the book: 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 thoughts: This book was entertaining. I enjoyed the characters of Clary and Jace, but to be honest, I liked Clary's nerdy best friend Simon the best. Like many fantasy heroines, Clary isn't normal, and she's got all the secret parentage, dramatic revelations and amazing magic powers to prove it. This book is full of complicated romantic triangles which keeps the excitement high even when the dramatic revelations tend toward the ridiculous. I was truly disappointed with the weird ending, but this book is still worth reading before watching the movie.
About the Author: Cassandra Clare was born on July 27, 1973, in Teheran, Iran, and spent much of her childhood traveling the world with her family. Her real name is Judith Rumelt, and Cassandra Clare is her pen name. After college, she lived in Los Angeles and New York where she worked at various entertainment magazines. She started working on The Mortal Instruments series in 2004 and became a full-time author in 2006. Her first novel, City of Bones, was published in 2007 and received numerous awards including An American Library Association Teens Top Ten Award in 2008, the Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award in 2010, and the Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Reader's Choice Award in 2010. She is also the author of the Infernal Devices series and Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd. Her title's City of Bones and The\Shadowhunter's Codex made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2013. (Bowker Author Biography)