“When 15-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 connected 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 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 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 think I have found one of my new favorite series. This was a great start to this series.
Honestly, if I hadn’t heard so many fantastic things about this series on YouTube, I don’t think I would have ever picked it up.
This is one of those extremely popular series on BookTube that everyone has read. The world of the Shadowhunters is one many people have dived into and just fallen in love with. I know some people aren’t the biggest fan of this world but I have seen more people with positive things to say about this series than negative.
And now I can totally see why.
First off all, I loved the setting of this book. I have always loved New York City. I got the chance to go for the first time last November with my family so a lot of the places that were mentioned in this book I could recognize from my time there.
I wasn’t the biggest fan of Clary as a main character. I liked her a times but I kind of wish she had been more independent and she kind of felt like a really whiny teenager. I’m hoping that her character develops as this series continues. I honestly think that if we had gotten more scenes that were told from the other character’s points of views (especially Jace and Simon) maybe I would have to come to like her more.
As far as the romance aspects of this book, I really did like Clary and Jace together (obviously that won’t happen now that we know that they are actually brother and sister.) I also liked this kind of budding romance that is going on between Simon and Isabelle. I’m interested in seeing how that relationship will develop over the course of the series.
The plot of this series was great. It kind of reminded me of Harry Potter (in a good way). It was action packed, it kept me on the edge of my seat quite a bit. It was filled with a ton of plot twists I didn’t see coming. This is going to be the main thing that will hopefully keep me want to continue on with the series.
The one thing that kept me from giving this book a higher rating was the narrator. I listened to this book on audio and I wasn’t a huge fan of the narrator. The way that she read the story was fine but all of the characters sounded the same to me in her voice. But other than that, she did a decent job.
Overall, this was a great book. I can definitely see why people are obsessed with it and this whole world. Once again, I wasn’t a fan of the narrator but the story was great and I’m now totally invested in it. I know that there is a TV show now so maybe, when I get a little further in the book series, I will check that out. But for now, I will continue reading the books and hopefully become just as obsessed with as everyone else is.