The Mortal Instruments #1. Author: Cassandra Clare.
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…
I mean… if you like action-flicks with several handsome boys, plenty of monster-killing and explosions, and not much character development, you’ll probably enjoy this.
Sexual Content: Characters going clubbing in scanty clothes./ “Also, I’m sleeping with your mom,” (just trying to see if she’s listening)./ “His advice, meanwhile, was that I ought to just decide which girl in school had the most rockin’ bod and ask her out on the first day of classes.”/ “I want some soup,” Simon said. “No, you don’t,” said Jace. “You just want to sleep with Isabelle.”/ “What, you cna’t be gay and a shadowhunter?” “There’s no official rule about it.”/ ‘She was looking at him as if she were planning to drag him off into a corner to have sex.’/ “He pinched me when I passed him earlier,” Alec said stiffly. “In a highly personal area.”/ Some kissing.
Language: 9 derogatory terms, 8 d***, 8 hell, 3 scatological terms
Violence: Girl tricks a demon/malevolent creature, knocks it down and ties it up. Character kills a demon by stabbing. Character breaks a falcon’s neck. Warlock says his father tried to drown him and his mother hanged herself. Character stabs a vampire but fails to kill it. Demon sends two humans flying, breaking bones. Then it dissolves in sunlight. Character cuts a man’s throat. Werewolves and vampires fight.
Other Content: There are demons and angels – the shadowhunters are said to be descended from angels, but none of these beings appear until later in the series. The demons are the monsters they’re fighting, and for the most part appear to be just that: straight forward monsters. However, the demons are referenced as summoned from Hell, and the angels as dwelling in Heaven, so they do carry religious connotation.