The Mortal Instrument Series by Cassandra Clare

For those of you who like urban fantasy, I highly recommend the YA Mortal Instrument series by Cassandra256683 Clare.  And, since book one, City of Bones, is scheduled to be released as a movie in August 2013, you should probably get caught up now, as there are five books in the series so far.

The first book was recommended to me by a friend of my oldest son.  I have to admit, I struggled through the first thirty or so pages, but from then on, I was hooked.  In City of Bones, we are introduced to Shadowhunters, warriors who are dedicated to ridding the world of demons.  Fifteen-year-old Clary Fray witnesses a murder committed by three teenagers with strange tattoos and bizarre weapons, but then the body disappears.  She can’t really call the police because, besides the lack of a body, the three murderers are invisible to others.  These would be the Shadowhunters, of course.  Clary soon discovers she may not be the ordinary girl, or mundane, she thought she was.  She also learns that besides demons and Shadowhunters, her world includes vampires, werewolves, witches, warlocks, and faeries, among others.

The prequel series, The Infernal Devices (two books so far, with a third to be released in the spring), may be even more enjoyable.  The setting is Victorian London where vampires, warlocks, and other 7171637supernaturals walk the gaslit streets.   The books contain not only predecessors of characters in The Mortal Instruments, but also some of the same characters.  There’s the typical YA love triangle and while this may seem tiring and overdone sometimes, the three MC’s are genuinely likable, anguished and brooding sometimes, but likable.  I also love the time period.  Here, we have sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray, who comes to England to find her brother.  Naturally, Tessa isn’t any plain old human either, but possesses the ability to physically transform into another person.  Wouldn’t that make life a little more interesting.

I’m sure with the conclusion of the Twilight movies, teens (and some adults) will be looking for a replacement series and this could be it.  Just a bit of pop culture trivia – the actor Jamie Campbell Bower will play the MC Jace Wayland in The City of Bones movie.  He also played Gellert Grindelwald in the Harry Potter films and Caius in The Twilight Saga.  What a resume.

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