Wednesday, 29 January 2014





When sixteen-year-old Tessa gray arrives in England during the reign of Queen Victoria, something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gas lit streets. Friendless and hunted, Tessa seeks refuge with the Shadowhunters, a band of warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons. Drawn even deeper into their world, she finds herself fascinated by – and torn between – two best friends and quickly realizes that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.


The story takes places in 1870s during Victorian times.  I was pretty hesitant to read this book since I prefer futuristic books or dystopian more to the books which takes place in the past. But surprise...Surprise I liked this book a lot. It is a steam punk novel, for those of you who don’t know what a steam punk novel is, it is basically the stories which takes place in the past but have high expertise and technology which is very ahead of its time, which I thought was wonderful to read about.

Tessa gray who is our female lead protagonist leaves New York to go to live with her brother in London. Upon her arrival she is greeted not by her brother but the DARK SISTERS, they take hostage of her and she is trained to use her ability, which she did not even know she possessed. The ability to shape shift.  Oh..Yes this girl here has the knack to SHAPE SHIFT, pretty cool isn't it. So the dark sisters train her to deliver her to the Magister who wants to use her ability for reason unknown, though presumably for evil reasons.

But Tessa is rescued by a group of shadow hunters, all shadow hunters descended from an archangel Raziel; they are warriors who are devoted to fight the demons and the evil  to maintain tranquility and stability. She finds herself taking refuge with the shadow hunters at their residence which is the London institute. Meanwhile she searches for her missing brother and lives with the shadow hunters and she grows close to two of the shadow hunters of her age i.e. Will and Jem.

Yeah and there starts a beautiful, heartwarming love triangle with romance that make you flutter and all wound-up.

The characters of the book are quite amazing, even the secondary characters have a different story of them going on which is a plus. I really cared a lot about the characters, I couldn’t connect that well with the characters because It was written in 3rd person narrative and I prefer 1st person narrative more.

Tessa is portrayed as a strong witty and smart character and really mature. There are some instances where I found her rather annoying but rest of the time she was ok. She is not the strongest female lead that I have read about but she is smart she uses her ability and her brain very nicely (read the book and you’ll know why I am saying this.)

Will: He is sarcastic. Like whenever he opens his mouth he is mostly spitting out sarcastic and mocking comments. But he is very playful, good-humored and mischievous, but I loved his bad boy charms..(M OBSESSED WITH FICTIONAL BAD BOYS) As a male lead he was very fun to read about and he is amusing.

Jem: He is the type of guy most women want…All sugary and charming and equally lovable and a perfect Gentlemen.  OOOOOOO…..

The story was really engaging, the first 100 pages or so was slow paced but trust me guys...You won’t keep that book down after that. The twist and small surprises were wonderful.
I loved the world building, it had so much of history and it was fun to read it. Its pure fiction. 

We have other supernatural creatures like:

 Faeries - who are half demon and half angel, and have great beauty and evil nature.

Werewolves and vampires- they are humans infected with demon disease

Warlocks -who are direct offspring of humans and demons.

It was a fun read….

“It's all right to love someone who doesn't love you back, as long as they're worth you loving them. As long as they deserve it.” 
― Cassandra ClareClockwork Angel

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