Synopsis: 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
Review: I was totally scared after the first 50 pages. I had that need to vomit going on again, and I really wanted to stop reading but I couldn’t. And then I got a headache, and then I stopped reading.
The plot is sort of jarring right off the bat, and the first couple of chapters, especially what happens in the Dark House had me going crazy on the inside. I hate being psychic sometimes when people describe psychic things, and aside from Tessa being like Mystique, it was still creepy.
I liked Will and the Shadowhunters, but was disappointed at the Nephilim, Angel stuff. Oh boy, here we go again with more angels, more faeries, more demons, more blah blah blah. I can’t say it kept my interest much except for the novelty of Will and Tessa’s relationship.
I admit I blurred past a lot of the book, because honestly, her writing style began to bother me. I used to write like she did. My first book used to read like this book, and that bugs me because I changed it so that my book might stand a chance of getting published. Yet, here’s this perfectly published book, with all of the sentence structure problems I had combed and combed my book for and removed.
Which leads me to believe I am truly a masochist when it comes to writing, but then again, J.K. Rowling’s writing style in HP bugged me too, and her books made a billion dollars.
Anyway, regardless of the writing style, this book comes down to the characters and the plot, and while I’m over the angel, demon thing in my life and kind of past that stage, other people will find this a jarring book that’s full of action and romance and mystery. You’ll find yourself seeing the world in a different way and that’s a good thing.
It just wasn’t really for me.
So my honest review is that it’s a 3 out of 5 for me. Sorry Cassandra (if you’re reading), I still follow you on twitter, and major love for your characters!