holly black ("tithe", "valiant", etc.) comments on the front of this book that it is one of her favourite books. and certainly if you enjoy holly black, darren shan, or "buffy the vampire slayer" this is a book you're going to want to check out. clary is a normal 16 year old girl until she witness the murder of a blue-haired boy at a night club by three teens with strange tattoos. turns out the blue-haired boy was a demon and the tattooed teens are part of an ancient demon-fighting organization called the clave. shortly following this event clary starts seeing all sorts of weird things and her world gets thrown into turmoil when her mother is kidnapped and clary herself is attacked. lots of action, lots of witty sarcastic dialogue largely courtesy of jace the shadowhunter (a member of the clave) and clary, and a good twist at the end. this is going to be part of a series, and i'm already looking forward to the next installment.