Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Publishing Date: March 27th, 2007
Pages: 485 pages
My Rating: 3 stars
Summary from GoodReads:
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.
Well I started off really enjoying this novel. I liked Clary's character and I also enjoyed reading about Simon. I have to admit I had high hopes for this book and it could be due to the hype that this series has been getting. That being said, I felt a bit disappointed by the book. That is not to say that I didn't enjoy it because I did but I found myself getting bored at parts. I don't know what it was. I don't know if it was because I had read quite a bit of paranormal type books recently or if it was the fact that I had been reading a lot of YA recently. I really did want to love this book but in the end I didn't. I am finding that I really enjoy a character, like Clary at the beginning of a book and then all the new paranormal lifestyle is introduced and then for some reason I lose interest a bit in that character. This was the case in this book. I lost a bit of interest in the middle of the book but by the end of the novel I started regaining that interest. I will definitely be reading the other books in this series. I enjoy Clare's writing style and as I stated before it could have just been my state of mind when reading this novel. I was impressed with the twist in this novel. I am usually pretty good at figuring out the twists before they happen and I have to admit I didn't see all of them in this book. It will be interesting to see what happens later on in the series. Overall, I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.