Recollections: Reviews by a Book Lover

Infernal Devices – Book 1 & 2

After reading all of the Mortal Instruments books to date by Cassandra Claire, I have to admit I have become addicted to the sci fi world she’s created. There’s something fun and exciting about having all these demons, angels, vampires, werewolves, and superhumans called shadow hunters all in one novel running around and fighting each other. So I decided to check out the Infernal Devices, which is a prequel to the Mortal Instruments and follows the tale of another heroine, Tessa Grey.

Tessa starts off the first books captured by some evil witches who are holding her for some authority figure called “The Magistar”. One thing I do like about Claire’s writing is that she definitely knows how to dive right into the action parts. Within a chapter or two she is being rescued by some shadowhunters, most notably a boy named Will Herondale. His personality matches up with Jayce’s from Mortal Instruments very much, which makes me a little sad because it seems like she’s almost recycling the same character with a different name.

Anyway, after she is rescued, she goes to live with the Shadowhunters at the institute, which is the same institute from the Mortal Instruments book, so that is a nice tie in. The Shadowhunters have offered to help her find her brother in exchange for her helping them find the Magistar. I should mention at this moment that Tessa has the power to transform completely into another person, which was why she was being held by the witches, they were honing her power before turning her over to the Magistar. Of course, there is a love triangle in the books, involving Tessa, Will, and Will’s parabatai Jem. For those who haven’t read the Mortal Instruments book, which you don’t need to in order to enjoy these, Will and Jem are basically closer than brothers, according to the parabatai bond. Naturally, this makes things complicated for the relationship part.

Without spoiling anything, they eventually find out who the Magistar is in book one, and spend all of book two trying to track him down, all while Charlotte and Henry, the caretakers of the institute, are fighting to hold onto the institute amidst the governing body of the shadowhunters trying to take it away from them for letting the Magistar get away. I’m trying not to spoil anything, but they are very entertaining reads, and I’m excited to finish the 3rd book in the series.


Guest Post: Mortal Instruments Series

The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare is being turned into a movie. So of course I’m making my boyfriend, Brett, take me when it comes out. So in order to prepare him for the event I gave him the first three books to read. Here is his review (I don’t have a review because I read them before I started blogging):

The Mortal Instruments Trilogy – City of bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass

When I heard that the Mortal Instruments Trilogy was being made into a movie, I figured I would read at least the first one so that I knew a little bit about it going into the theater. I never imagined that the series would be as addicting as it was! For anyone who loves young adult Sci-fi/fantasy, this book is a must read.

The book starts out quickly right away, with the main character, Clary, being introduced to the supernatural world at a club she goes to with her friend Simon. At the club, she witnesses a group of young “Shadowhunters” kill a demon in the back room of the club. This introduces us to the other main characters: Jace, Alec, and Isabelle. Jace is of course the love interest for Clary, and is described as “golden haired, bronze skin” etc. Alec and Isabelle are his adopted brother and sister, as he was orphaned at an early age.
After the brief encounter, Clary and the shadowhunters seem to go their separate ways. However, that doesn’t last long as soon after her encounter at the club her mother gets kidnapped, and she is forced into the world of the supernatural. She is forced to team up with Jace and the other Shadowhunters. Although Jace has a cocky, arrogant demeanor, it’s easy to see that there is a mutual attraction between Clary and him.

Without giving too much away, Clary and her newfound companions go on a quest to find out where her mother is, and Clary is introduced to even more supernatural elements: Vampires, Werewolves, Warlocks, and more demons. The reader learns that the Shadowhunters, who are people with angel blood in them, are like the police force of the human realm. They have a truce with the rest of the supernatural beings, known as “downworlders”, and they in turn keep the peace and offer protection. The main villain is a rogue Shadowhunter named Valentine. He wishes to cleanse the human realm of all the “downworlders” and demons, and he doesn’t care if he has to kill any humans or fellow shadowhunters to do it. Ironically, many of his minions are demons, the very beings he hates and wishes to rid the world of.

One of the things I liked most about the book was the way the characters are very fleshed out. I found myself caring about all the characters. I will admit that the book kept me up later than I would have liked some nights because I couldn’t put it down, I wanted to see what would happen next to the characters. The world the author depicts is very interesting, with this whole society of supernatural creatures that regular humans are unaware of as they go about their daily lives. I also loved the action and the pace of the book. There is rarely a lull in the action, and when there is, it’s when the protagonists are trying to figure out what’s going on, so you’re still reading intently to see how everything will unfold.

If you’re a fan of Young Adult Sci-fi, you should definitely consider reading these books. You won’t be disappointed.