Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still.
When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.
Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What’s more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.
Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by—and torn between—two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length . . . everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa 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.
I really don't know what was wrong with me, I cannot believe I haven't read any of Cassandra's books till now. I've always thought that her books were over-rated or something. And now I'm like over-rated, *rolls eyes at self* *gives a glare at self* they are awesome, I've ordered my box set of The Mortal Instruments and I can't wait for it to arrive. Cassandra Clare you are my new favorite author!!!
I absolutely loved the book though I'm really torn up between Jem and Will both of them tug and pull at my heart from both side so I really have to read the next book to know who will win the war. Though Will is more my kinda guy all badass and dark and dangerous. Jem is so sweet and caring and calm and smart he swallows you up whole.
Tessa was strong willed. She managed to keep love as her guiding point even when things were tough and they were tough alright. The things she had to go through.... But she still kept living through it all and that was what made me like her. That and the fact that she ... reads... in a society where reading was considered bad for women she still did it. I loved how Cassandra incorporated lines from different poems in there. Some of them were from my favorites. It was nice, to see the lines in the beginning of each chapter.
Will vs Jem... Honestly I was super torn between these two. While I want her to be with Will, something about Jem, maybe it was his big secret made me want her to be with him. I loved how one was light and how the other was dark. Made them feel like two sides of the same coin of whatever. I loved how Will showed his moments of sensitivity with Jem and Tessa. They were the only people who knew and got glimpses of the true Will.
There were many things that were not concluded in the book obviously... since it's a series and I just can't wait to get my hands on the next one. The ending was not a major cliffhanger but it was sort of abrupt. And it leaves wanting to know what HE wanted to know.
Rating : 4 and half stars