City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Clary never suspected she was anyone special, just a normal fifteen year old living with her artist mother in Brooklyn. When she witnesses a murder in a local nightclub, her simple life is gone forever, leaving her more questions about herself than answers.
What she knows:
The murders she saw in the nightclub were teenagers like her, but covered with strange tatoos and markings.
No one else, even her best friend Simon, can see these three exotic looking people.
The victim disappears immediately after his murder.
She quickly discovers that Alec, Isabelle and Jace are Shadowhunters, a race of paranormal warriors whose job it is to keep Earth free of demons and safe for humans, or mundanes as they call the rest of us. When a demon attacks Clary at her house and her mother disappears, these three seem to be the only ones who can help her, even though they sometimes get on her last nerves. Jace, with his angelic good looks, is arrogant and loves to pick a good fight. Isabelle sometimes seems more concerned with how she looks than taking care of business. And her brother Alec acts like he resents Clary, and has secrets of his own that he’s hiding.
I loved this fast-paced story! It moves from one plot twist to another, and kept me up late at night to finish the story. Much to my dissapointment, it was the first in a series, but we own all three books so once I got over myself, I quickly grabbed the next installment. I’ve read the first three and was not let down at all. The fourth and last book, City of Fallen Angels, comes out in March of 2011. But don’t worry, if you can’t get enough of the shadowhunters, Clare has a prequel series coming out in the fall. The first one is called The Clockwork Angel and will be out Sept. 7.
Here’s a link to her website if you want more info.