Ok So I’m A Little Obsessed: Two Series by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel and City of Bones by Cassandra Clare.

I just found a new obsession.  Her name is Cassandra Clare.

Actually I’m more obsessed with her two series’ called The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices. 

Ok. Truth time.  I’m obsessed with a fictional character.  His name is Will Herondale.

…le sigh…

Books! Back to books!

To clarify, The Infernal Devices (ID) is a prequel series to The Mortal Instruments (MI) series. Although Clockwork Angel, the first book in The Infernal Devices series, is a prequel that is set 150 years before The Mortal Instruments series, it is able to stand alone and readers

can choose to start with whichever series they prefer.  Both tell the stories of teenage girls, Clary (MI) and Tessa (ID) who discover that their lives are not what they once thought they were.  Both girls, are thrust into the shadow world, which is full of Shadow Hunters, Dow

n Worlders and demons.  Tessa and Clary are also both faced with self discovery and romance (Enter:  Jayce from MI and Will from ID…le sigh…).

So, you’re probably thinking  “These books sound awfully similar”.  To be honest, on a lot of levels yes they are similar.  But, they’re different enough that both are enjoyable.  For starters, ID is set in Victorian London, while MI is set in contemporary New York City.  The plots of each story are also quite different; one involves searching for something, while the other involves destroying something.

The story of the Shadow Hunters, an underground class of demon hunters, also called the Nephilim, is incredibly unique and appealing and is at the center of both series. Both books are full of action, humor and romance and are definitely fantasy; actually Clare describes The Mortal Instruments as “urban fantasy”. The books are not overly violent, and do a pretty good job of balancing the teen romance with other plot elements.  I was concerned at what I call the “scary level” at first, what with the Shadow Hunters fighting  demons, but the scenes with demon activity are really pretty tame (and I’m very sensitive to “scary”.)

On a side note, I really found that I prefer the ID series and Clockwork Angel, although I also love the MI books.  I’m just a sucker for anything British and period pieces (I think I was born in the wrong country during the wrong century).  Plus I’d take a Welsh demon killer named Will, over one from New York (Jayce) any day!

As far as age recommendations, I believe both series are appropriate for middle schoolers, but might be more interesting to high school and older ages. Definitely a must for anyone who enjoyed the Twilight series (these are better!!), or anyone looking for a unique fantasy series (or two) to get into.  Seriously, I’m really obsessed with these books right now.

P.S. IMDB lists a Mortal Instruments movie set for release in 2012!