I just finished the City of Bones and couldn't be more excited to read the next book in the series.
I'm a big fan of science fiction/fantasy books that play on the idea of monsters and magic being real, and this book takes that to a whole new level.
Clary is 15 and lives with her mother and her friend, Luke. She's best friends with a guy named Simon. Clary reads a lot, she's very artistic, and seems extremely smart. One night, while at a club called Pandemonium, Clary sees a group of people kill another person, using strange looking swords. Clary freaks out over what she's seeing, except Simon can't see what she's talking about at all. Feeling crazy, she chooses to go home.
When she calls her mom to tell her she's coming home, her mom instead calls her and is screaming that Clary can't come home and must go someone where else--all while Clary hears screaming and destruction in the background. Clary, of course, goes home, and finds an enormous and smelly monster in her house and her mother has disappeared. Clary kills the beast, but not without injury. Then, the same people Clary saw at the club come to her aid.
Clary realizes that they are Shadowhunters, or demon killers. They're impressed that Clary not only killed a demon, but SAW it. Regular people (they call them Mundanes, think of Muggles from Harry Potter) can't see these creatures, but Clary can. Clary gets sucked into this battle of good and evil, all while trying to find her mother and a cup that could be used to destroy everything.
**This book will be a movie next year**
I'm an avid reader. One thing I've learned in my many years on this Earth is that no matter what is happening in your life, you can always benefit from temporarily escaping life in order to become absorbed in a make believe story.