Author: Cassandra Clare Series: The Infernal Devices - Book 1 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Publication Date: 2010 Genre: Fantasy, Supernatural, YA Pages: 476 Buy: The Book Depository
“When Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother in Victorian England, something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld. Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, who are members of a secret organization called the Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she has the power to transform into another person. The Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa’s powers for his own. Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons. She soon finds herself fascinated by – and torn between – two best friends: James and Will. As Tessa is drawn deep into a plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, she 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.” ~ Back cover book description
This book was recommended to me by my good friend Isis. But it also has this HUGE fandom on tumblr (which I am often on multiple times a day). So needless to say, this book/series and it’s companion series The Mortal Instruments came highly recommended. When I was purchasing this last Friday at the Books-A-Million (at roughly 2 in the morning) I had the chance to buy City of Bones but this one sounded more interesting.
I was a little hesitant before I started this book for two reasons. 1) I have started noticing that I’m not enjoying the young adult writing as I once used to and 2) there have been few occasions where books have had large fandoms and turned out to be AWFUL (those of you that know me will know which books I’m talking about). But since Isis gave it high praises I gave it a shot.
I ended up enjoying the book more than I was anticipating. I fell in love with some of the characters and there were moments where I busted out laughing or started crying from the events that happened. It was a quick, light read – something that I missed having been reading A Clash of Kings the past couple weeks – but the underlying plot was nothing new. From the start I knew it was going to turn out to be a book where the main character learns about the supernatural, and turns out that her one initial problem is based on a much larger problem which leads to the discovery of this powerful organization that wants to cause trouble and then some huge plot twist at the end. And while the book did exactly this, I still quite enjoyed it and I can see why there is such a large following of the author and the stories. The story just comes to life with just a few words, and it is very easy to fall into the world of the Shadowhunters at any time. I enjoyed reading this book and hope to read the rest of the series as well as The Mortal Instrument series.
What I loved most about this book was Magnus! This is the first time where I have read a young adult book and there was a bisexual character in it! THIS HAS NEVER HAPPENED TO ME BEFORE. Aside from Dumbledore, I haven’t read any young adult books that show cased characters from the LGBT community and I was really happy to see this.
There are a couple reasons I won’t be giving this book a full five stars. The first is because – like I stated above – the underlying plot of the story was typical and nothing mindblowingly new or amazing. Secondly, the writing level of this book was just a bit too young for my taste. It was an easy read but I’ve started to notice that I enjoy the more complex sentence structures that are found in books targeted towards adults.
My Rating: ★★★★