Goodreads Summary: Magic is dangerous--but love is more dangerous still.
When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.
Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What's more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.
Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by--and torn between--two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length...everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world...and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.
Why I Read This Book: This is popular in the blog world, and I really loved the sound of the synopsis. I kept it at a distance though, because I was never sure whether to read this first or City of Bones. Anyone who knows me, knows I stress over reading things in the wrong order. After a bit of research (and reading several times that it actually doesn't matter) I decided to read the Infernal Devices first for a few different reasons 1) This series will only be 3 books, and The Mortal Instruments is 6, so I can read these ones faster and move on to TMI (even though the 3rd TID book isn't out yet) 2) This book pre-dates TMI period wise, and is something of a prequel. So, without any further stress over the matter, I dove in!
Review: I really enjoyed this book a lot! I'm not sure it was completely what I was expecting, but I think it was even better! The book was a little slow to start for me, and it was somewhat confusing while I learned all the "rules" (as I like to call them) of this books land. Once I got the Shadowhunter and Downworlders and everything else straight, I was hooked. I stayed up foolishly late to finish it. It was exciting and mysterious, all while feeling a little bit real which I loved! I adore the characters, and can't wait to read Clockwork Prince! The only thing that kept it from being a 5 star was the slightly slowish beginning.