Author: Cassandra Clare
Source: Library 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...[Goodreads]
After finishing this, I went back to look at other reviews on Goodreads and now I don't particularly know what to write in this review that hasn't already been said, or been slated. There is so much love and hate in equal measures out there for this book, I feel a bit bewildered to tell you the truth!
To start off, I made a stupid rookie mistake and perused some reviews before reading. I know not to do this on Goodreads when it comes to bestsellers, but sometimes I really cannot help myself. So, of course, I read a massive spoiler about the entire end of the book in one sentence. Damn.
Anyway, this is going to be short and sweet. I personally fell in love with this book after reading the first couple of pages and thoroughly enjoyed it the entire way through. I loved the writing, the action, the characters and the world. For me, Cassandra Clare gave just the right amount of information for me to both understand what was going on, whilst also leaving parts wrapped in mystery to be revealed later. After I finished, I felt that delicious draw to instantly crack open the second instalment and fall back into the story as though I'd never left. I feel like I've definitely found a new favourite series of mine and feel quite annoyed with myself that it's taken me this long to get around to starting it!