A 5th grade student thrust this into my hand last winter and told me it was a must read. As it stared at me on my nightstand I just could not get myself to do it , I mean, have you seen the cover? It just looks so dramatic and cheesy. And yet, as I packed to go on vacation, I thought that perhaps this would be the perfect vacation read; quick and painless, not much to think about. Boy, was I wrong. I have now been obsessively reading this series the past 3 days. My family is laughing at me, Thea is wondering why I keep reading the weird book and I am looking for any excuse to read. It is that good.
So what I keep going back and forth over is whether 5th graders should read it. It is less violent than Hunger Games, it is about the same level of romance as Hunger Games though and also has some swearing normal to 16 year olds battling demons. And yet the story is great, the creativity of this new world is astounding, and I am hooked. Bottomline: I would recommend it to mature 5th grade readers who have already read The Hunger Games.
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder—much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing—not even a smear of blood—to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . . .