The Mortal Instruments, Book 1 YA
Author: Cassandra Clare
Narrated by: Ari Graynor
When 15-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing, not even a smear of blood, to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy? This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within 24 hours, Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance when her mother disappears, and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary "mundanes" like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know.
Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare's ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride they will never want to end.
This book is more suitable if you are a young adult. The subject matter is interesting, but the manner of presentation is certainly more suited for teens, and the narrator reads it in that sense. It moved along well, but felt like I was listening to teenage children talking. All that said, I founded entertaining.
By Cindi (Hawthorn Woods, IL, United States) Apr 30, 2009
I enjoyed this teen book almost as much as an adult book (I am in my 40's). At first I found the banter/conversation in the book and the readers voice too young and distracting but as the story unwound I quit noticing these things and was pulled in by the story itself. I liked the twist on common fantasy themes (werewolves, vampires, demons etc). There were quite a few twists and turns and the end was very much un-expected. If you like fantasy I definitely recommend this book. I am looking forward to listening to the next book, City of Ashes which I just downloaded.
By Michelle (Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada) Mar 14, 2010
A great and entertaining listen. A little adventure, a little romance, and it's simply written so you don't lose track of what's happening if you're doing other stuff while listening. Recommended!