City of Bones, by Cassandra Clare, is the first in a proposed trilogy for young adults.
When Clary and her friend attend a teen dance, Clary sees something frightening. A group of teens kill a young man. But the body immediately disappears. And Clary finds herself discovering a whole new world that she never knew existed.
The Shadowhunters, as the trio calls themselves, slay demons. And normal humans aren’t supposed to be able to see what they do. But Clary isn’t a normal human. And when her mother is abducted, Clary finds herself involved in a Shadowhunter war, with time running out for her and her mother.
This book was an incredibly enjoyable surprise. In this world, “all the stories are true.” Meaning, the stories about werewolves, vampires, and other things that go bump in the night are all real. With smart-aleck, teenage characters, scary adults, and even scarier bad guys; you never know when the next twist in the story will be revealed. Though some of the revelations are predictable, the larger, more important mysteries are exciting and well-worth the build-up. With intense action scenes, big mysteries, amusing characters, and a little teenage angst; this book should be a lot of fun for teens and adults alike. Fans of Harry Potter or vampire slayer books will probably enjoy this one.