author: Cassandra Clare
summary from goodreads
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.my thoughts:
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 know I read this long ago, but I realized just recently that I didn't post a review.
At first, I kind of didn't like the story, because I wanted it to be like The Mortal Instruments (and not matter what, The Mortal Instruments will always be my favourite) but as I got deeper, I started to like it. I re-read it several times over, and finally understood it all, then slapped my face and said "OH!!!!! I get it now!!! I love this book!"
Will is like the Jace of the past. Haughty, arrogant, and hot. Jem is like, this gorgeous, silvery Asian guy with silver eyes and a gentle character that I love so much. Unfortunatley, he's doomed to die. And Will is an arse. Why is it so hard to choose?
But Cassandra Clare, like always, gave all her characters so much....character. They were real, which is hard to do considering all the fake-like characters in other teen literature these days. Clare's work is a rare, and very wonderful, exception.
The machine-work topic was creative, but not so much my favourite. The only things I really enjoyed were the complex characters and their habits, and their speech and their personality. Everything about the characters, mostly Jem and Will.