All I can say is, Wow! Cassandra Clare takes the much-used vampires, witches, werewolves of the paranormal world and comes up with something new, exciting, and interesting. I really enjoyed this book. Clary Fray doesn’t know that she is a Shadowhunter (warriors who are dedicated to fighting demons)and her introduction into their world is abrupt and heart-wrenching. As she searches for her mother and tries to find out about her real identity, she falls for the handsome Jace, who has his own identity issues. Her friend, Simon (who is my favorite character), remains a true friend to her even though his heart is breaking. The characters are complex, with good intentions but many flaws, which makes them interesting. There are lots of action-packed scenes in this story, and I couldn’t put it down. The movie was great too.