Series: The Mortal Instruments #1
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on March 27th 2007
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance
Format: Paperback, Audiobook
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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.
“Have you fallen in love with the wrong person yet?”
Jace said, “Unfortunately, Lady of the Haven, my one true love remains myself.”
…”At least,” she said, “you don’t have to worry about rejection, Jace Wayland.”
“Not necessarily. I turn myself down occasionally, just to keep it interesting.”
“Is this the part where you start tearing off strips of your shirt to bind my wounds?”
“If you wanted me to rip my clothes off, you should have just asked.”
Hodge sent me to wake you up. Actually he offered to wake you himself, but since it’s 5 a.m. I figured you’d be less cranking if you had something nice to look at.
Declarations of love amuse me. Especially when unrequited.
A diary with no drawings of me in it? Where are the torrid fantasies? The romance covers?
I thoroughly enjoyed this book more than I thought I would have. I stayed away from this series and other series because I just wasn’t sure about it with all of the hype and I have heard positive and negative things on all the books. Now, there are parts that irritate me with this book (and I’ll get to them) but all-in-all, I really enjoyed this. I’m glad I finally picked it up and gave it a shot. And honestly, I have the movie and the upcoming TV show to thank for me picking it up.
I started with the movie on this one. So there weren’t too many surprises for me when I got to reading the book. So I knew about the possible sibling thing. Which is one of the main things that irk me about this series, because really? Possible siblings yet they’re in love with each other… Just kind of creeps me out and I don’t like it. However, I know that they are not siblings so I keep rooting for them. And I just want to get past the part where they find out that they really aren’t brother and sister so that they can finally be together.
I personally really liked Clary. I love that she’s artistic and she’s quick-witted and well, she’s a redhead! We all know that I love a main character with red hair! Not to mention I loved her attitude and spunk. Now, Jace… Oh Jacey. <3 Your sarcasm/smartass-ery is superb. I love it and I love you. 🙂
If you haven’t read this series yet, I think you should at least give it a shot. I almost didn’t but I’m glad I did. Because I am looking forward to the TV show that’s coming out in 2016! 🙂 Get on it before the show comes out! 🙂