Publisher: McElderry Books
Release Date: August 31, 2012
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Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Summary from Goodreads: Orphan Tessa Gray, sixteen, crosses the ocean from New York to find her brother Nate in Victorian London, her only possession a clockwork angel necklace from her mother. She is ignorant of her power to transform; the Dark sisters are not. They kidnap her for the Magister, who wants to marry Tessa and claim her power.
Shadowhunters, warriors of angel blood, battle demons and keep the peace in the Downworld of vampires, warlocks and other supernaturals. Orphan teen Shadowhunters Jem, Will, and Jess rescue Tessa and agree to help save Nate. Vengeful vampire Lady Camille Belcourt and her current lover, warlock Magnus Bane provide entrée to the Magister's secret Pandemonium Club.
First Thoughts: LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! Not at all what I was expecting, but exactly what I needed! If this isn’t on your to-be-read list, put it there immediately.
I LOVED this book and am kicking myself for not reading it earlier. It sat on my classroom bookshelf for a year without more than a glance from me, and holy cow do I regret it. I know it was an Abe book, so it was highly recommended, and I’ve heard nothing but good things about the author’s other series (The Mortal Instruments), but this just didn’t seem like my kind of book. Shadowhunters? Demons? No thanks...but WOW was I wrong!
As usual for me, the characters MADE this book. It was as if I was inside their heads (and hearts) living alongside each of them. I felt every emotion alongside Tessa - her anger, her disappointment, her unsure love. And even though Will was detestable at times (oh gosh did he make me angry), I couldn’t help but fall in love with him. Credit to Cassandra Clare for not only bringing historical London to life, but also for writing such beautiful characters. Honestly, when this book ended, I felt like I lost some friends. I know people joke about readers and their fictional families, but seriously, how true for me and this book. Thank goodness it’s a series!
As for the science fiction side to this book - the shadowhunters, demons, vampires, and warlocks - it was done just right. Clare didn’t put too much fantasy into the story to make it completely unbelievable and out of this world; she put just enough magic into the story to make it, for lack of better word, magical.
Final Thoughts: Honestly, I know my words cannot do this book justice. The characters, the action, the mystery, the magic - I LOVED it all! Seriously, you have to read this book!
Who Should Read It? Everyone, really everyone. If you like well-developed, realistic characters, read this book. If you like mystery, magic, science fiction, or fantasy (and even if you don’t like any of those), read this book. If you are looking for characters and a story to carry you through a series, read this book. Trust me, just read this book!