Publisher: M.K. McElderry Books
Age Range: 12 and up
Series: Yes; first
Reader’s Annotation: Clary is all about being a normal teenager, hanging out with her best friend and hitting up the newest dance clubs. All that changes when she sees three teenagers commit a crime that no one else can see.
Summary: Fifteen-year-old Clary Fray lives a normal life with her single mom and enjoys going out with her best friend, Simon. All that changes when she sees two teenagers kill another teenager one night at a night club. Even more puzzling is that Simon can’t see any of it. Then her mom disappears, and the boy she thought was a murderer shows up on her doorstep talking about the Institute, Demons and fallen angels. The first in a series of three books, Clary must learn the truth about her mother, and her own past, in order to stay alive. Along the way she meets other Shadowhunters, humans who have been charged with killing the demons that occupy our world. Readers who like Twilight will be drawn to this title, both for its swift pacing and for the obvious triangle that develops between Clary, Simon and bad boy Shadowhunter Jace. A promising and entertaining start to a new series sure to please fantasy and romance readers alike.