The first time I read this book was actually almost a year ago. I had bought the book because I was going to be meeting the author (although it fell through and never happened) and I wanted to be able to truthfully say that I had read the book. I was unsure at first, because it mixes so many fantasy items and theories, such as angels, vampires, demons, warlocks, and fairies. But it was written in a style that is easy to read and humorous as well. It can be hard to keep all the characters straight, at first, but they are all developed enough that you begin to really know them.
Quick summary: Clary is a regular girl who suddenly starts seeing people out of nowhere. At the same time, her mother disappears and random demons start attacking her. (It's hard to believe that everything can go wrong all at once for this 16 year old girl, but I know the feeling.) Jace, one of the people who basically appeared out of nowhere, takes Clary to his "home" so she can recover from the demon attacks and they can try to find her mom. Almost instantly, her life is turned upside down and she is introduced to a whole new world, one filled with Shadowhunters and Downworlders. She has to team up with Jace and his family to find her mom, discover the truth about herself, and still try to overcome normal teenage drama.
My age recommendation: 13+
About halfway through the book, I was hooked. I devoured it quickly and rushed to the bookstore to get the next in the trilogy, City of Ash. Once I finished that, I immediately started on the last one, City of Glass. Basically, there is no point to read CoB if you are not going to read the rest of the trilogy. It's like the HP series, everything builds up and builds up to finally reach the main climax in the last book. It's like 1 big book split into several smaller ones. (That's what I love about series in general).
PS - I forgot to mention that I wrote this review for Ashley's Bookshelf. She is doing a giveaway, but I thought it'd be cool to see other people's reviews of this book! So, if you read the book and write a review before July 31, then you can be entered into the giveaway!