SPOILER FREE REVIEW.
This book is a classic! Every die-hard YA lover needs to give it a crack, because it’s fabulous and wonderful, just dooo it!
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.
This book was fabulous! Not perfect, but entertaining and fun. It had all the basics of a Urban Fantasy novel. It was exciting, unexpected and just a giant adventure. This book embraced betrayal, deception, excitement, love and most of all, adventure. An adventure that kept the pages turning from the moment it started. This book leapt from its spine on the first page and never let itself back and it was AMAZING.
I’m a huge fan of dry humour. I prefer sarcasm over any type of humour – call me a cynic, but it’s just the funniest type. And oh gee golly, does this book have dry humour! It’s hilarious to the point I want to read it over and over again just because I found it funny. Each character is diverse in how they present themselves, or how they act with one another, however despite the singularity of each person, they never seem to change from that persona. They never evolve in this first book.
Clary especially experiences a pile of life changes that should have changed her, but I never felt that change, and maybe that’s just me being ignorant. Maybe it takes longer for Clary to change, to become the person the audience anticipates her to become. Don’t let this discourage you from reading, it’s a small complaint, and probably one that’s more in relation to my own opinions rather than what’s unraveling in the novel.
Clary was never faced with a situation she couldn’t realistically handle. She never had this natural talent with a weapon, or suddenly had the stamina to keep up with the rest. She was new to everything, and that’s exactly how she acted. I absolutely hate it when books place characters in unrealistic situations where they magically free themselves without a scratch. This book, is definitely not like that. (In case I hadn’t made myself clear :’D)
The writing style in this novel is simple, easy to keep up with and understand. The description detailed, but not the the point where its too much, in some areas it may have been too little, but for a debut novel, that didn’t bother me. As I have read some of Cassandra Clare’s other books, I can tell you that she’s improved ten-fold since this book and I haven’t even started The Dark Artifices yet!
Something that has to be mention is the ending. It leaves you with a lot of questions. So many freaking questions. It’s not necessarily a cliffhanger, but it’s enough to leave you thinking. Trying to piece together the answers. It’s like a puzzle with the best answer, reading.
So, conclusion. This book was good, but not great. The concept of this novel and the characters personalities are amazing! The growth in the characters may need work, and same with the writing. This story was fun. It was an adventure and kept me entertained. Definitely worth reading, I just think it’s a little overhyped.
Goodreads rating: 4/5