Clary believes she is an ordinary girl until she witnesses a murder no one else can see, by teenagers invisible to everyone but her. She is drawn into the dark, mysterious world of the Shadowhunters, an organisation dedicated to protecting humans from demon kind, and in particular to Jace. I received this book as a Christmas present last year, and fell instantly in love with it. The characters are some of the most life-like I've ever come across. Jace, in particular is a fascinating character and ranks among my favourite heros. I defy anyone not to be charmed by him, no matter their age. The descriptive detail is just perfect. The story is original and gripping, with just the right amount of humour, sadness, romance and action, and the narration is spot on. This book begins what has quickly become one of my favourite series of all time.
This book is a refreshing addition to the Young Adult genre, being in part a school story, a mystery, a paranormal tale and a romance. The story is skillfully told with some beautiful descriptions and the vaguely sinister atmosphere of the book builds as the plot unfolds, leaving the reader with more than a few chills down the spine. The gradual unfolding of the story is perfect. However, at the end, the reader is left feeling that the characters are actually back to square one, and there are many questions left unanswered, begging the question, is there a sequel? Also, the heroine's romantic gushing lines are effusive to say the least, maybe even a little nausia-inducing. Thankfully, they taper off as the novel progresses. Sappy lines aside, this is a beautifully written, original and thought-provoking novel and one definitely worthy of being re-read.
This is the final book in Meg Cabot's Mediator series, and while I'm sad that the series has come to an end, I thought this was a perfect conclusion. Susanna Simon faces an agonising choice. Allow her fellow mediator Paul to go back in time and prevent her boyfriend's murder so he can live again or keep him as he is now. If Jesse lives, then he and Susanna will never have met. If he remains dead, he must watch Susanna grow old and die. An impossible dilemma and one Meg Cabot handles to perfection. This is a heart-wrenching tale of love and sacrifice and a fantastic conclusion to a wonderful series.
This one grabbed me from chapter one. I loved how the story unfolds and how relationships develop. It's a feel good, though very predictable. The cliff hanger ending is frustrating but now that the sequel 'The Elite' is out and read I'm happier.... but once again left hanging for the finale. So far, I preferred book one of the two, but don't bother if you don't intend to buy both it'll just leave you frustrated.