I really don't understand why Cassandra had to toss in a gay character. I was so loving this book until that occurred. For now it doesn't fit at all and appears to be a case of adding the gay factor just to sell books....
This was a great book. Somewhat predictable at times,my biggest disappointment though was the token gay character... I found it not only offensive but disturbing that Cassandra Clare felt the need to put a gay character in her book just to sell her wares.
I was enthralled by her new world though. It had a touch of True Blood meets Secret Circle (interesting the similar names that come up... Eric, Blackwell,etc..)
I will absolutely continue this series.
Summary: A young high school student I believe at the age of 15 by the name of Clary discovers that she can see a world that her peers cannot. This discovery opens up self exploration and new insights into her family tree and her origins.
I am disappointed in some of the plot and details of this book since I found the sense that there is an attempt to persuade and convince young adults in their acceptance of social reforms. I am only mildly disappointed mind you Because Cassandra's story is exciting, breathtaking, and opens up urban fantasy to greater acceptance.
Storyline: I give 4 out of 5 stars due to new concepts but no new races. In the end it is a rehash of vampires and werewolves and those that want to defend the human race against demons.
Writing style: 4 out of 5 stars. Extremely well written. She isn't a Twain or a Dicken but she is establishing herself as a Clare which copycats soon to follow.
Depth/Inspiration: 4 out of 5 stars. Despite the flaws this book is bound to inspire the creative gene in others. Unfortunately the humanistic undertones will lead many an individual down slippery slopes. Attempting to persuade society of acceptance of homosexuality, early age sex in teens, and rebellion against parents is just wrong when your target audience is still in the learning how to process information stage.
Entertainment/Education value: 5 out of 5 stars. I could see this book being transferred over to either the TV or the movie set. If they do it I hope that they don't go cheap on budget as it is deserving or a high quality production perhaps in the mode of "Vampire Diaries."