Magic is dangerous--but love is more dangerous still.
When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.
Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What's more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.
Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by--and torn between--two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length...everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world...and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.
My Rating: 5/5
Where can I even start? I was worried I wouldn't love this new series as much as I love The Mortal Instruments series, but Clare didn't let me down. This book was full of more fantastic characters! What I love about her writing so much is that all her characters feel so real. They all have deep feelings and back stories, a lot of them are shrouded in mystery.
The main character Tessa is a fairly average looking, shy american girl who has come to England to be with her brother after the death of their aunt. In England she is kidnapped and held hostage; it is there that she is told that she`s a shape changer. But not like other shape changers, she`s different. She has the ability to access the memories and thoughts of the person she changes into, which makes her quite a valuable tool.
Enter William Herondale. Gorgeous but a bit odd, also a shadowhunter. For those of you who haven`t read her other books: Shadowhunters are half angel and half human. God placed them here to protect mundanes (humans) from demons and downworlders (warlocks, werewolves etc.) they are the basis of all these books. So the Shadowhunters save Tessa and she works with them to find her brother who was also taken as a hostage.
When I first heard about these books they didn`t sound like anything I would read but wow. Just fantastic. They have an amazing storyline and even better writing. This world is so obviously fantasy but Clare makes it a reality. She has made it so that this whole fantasy world exists in our world. The Shadow world, as she calls it, is hidden from mundanes by glamours. Glamours are made by Shadowhunters to hide themselves and buildings etc. from mundane view. Instead of a bar filled with downworlders, mundanes see a bank, or a park. This simple but effective idea of Clare's makes her fantasy world more believable.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone. It's fantastic.
Okay so I was planning on reviewing the next book in the trilogy I was starting but then Clockwork Angel came out. EXCITEMENT!!!!! So everything is on hold until I finish/review Clockwork Angel. I'm nearly done it already, it's wonderful.
For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people's dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody- notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie's seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime.
She can't tell anybody about what she does -- they'd never believe her, or worse, they'd think she's a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn't want and can't control.
Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else's twisted psyche. She is a participant....
My Rating: 4/5
This is definitely a well written and intriguing book. The only reason I give it 4 out of 5 is that I've read books that are even more amazing than this one.The book starts out with flash backs from Janie's past, which was a bit confusing for me since I'm one to not read the time stamps on each entry of the book. Speaking of the time stamps, I loved them. They were used comically in some parts. She would be pondering something then the next time stamp would be like 5 minutes later and all it would say is "still nothing." then ten minutes later, "I'm going to bed." I don't know what got the author to write like this, but it works well for this book.
I liked that it was short (210 pages) and wasn't filled with any boring bits. It was totally action packed and interesting, anyone who has a hard time getting through books should try reading this one. I honestly gave it to my fiance to read since he rarely finishes a book. Even he likes it!
The characters are fairly well done, they have good back ground stories. She could have gone more in depth with the characters, but then it would have been a longer book..and that would ruin one of the things I love most about it. It's a speed read. It leaves me wanting more. As much as I wish I could have more, I prefer books that leave me going "damn! Why can't it be longer!!" instead of, "could you have rambled more?"
But I can have more, in the sequels!! Oh yes ladies and gentlemen, this is a trilogy.. thank god! What you need to know about this book is that its sci-fi and you should definitely read it. It's about a girl named Janie who's being raised by an alcoholic mother (I know, sounds like virtually every book you've ever read) BUT WAIT! Janie is sucked into other people's dreams if they are asleep in the same room she's in!!!!! Which makes life pretty hard since at least one person tends to doze off in class at high school.
My final word, so that I won't ruin the book on you, is that this is a super good and fast read and you should definitely pick up a copy.