Book description:In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.
With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.
Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, though her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will—the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?
As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart. (taken from Goodreads)
Objectionable:Language was 3, but only by 1 word. (only one word...) Kissing, making out on two occasions (the main one is Tessa & Jem in his room, some clothing is removed but it is stopped before much happens), demon pox caught from "relations" with demon women that a character also gave to his wife (she committed suicide), a hint of a gay character (one kiss for show). Injuries, fighting, sparring, paranormal creatures, drugs and addictions.
Thoughts:This series is on my top 10 forever favorites list. Because it's amazing. The author did such a great job!!! I'm going to try to contain my excitement. I just finished the final and third book and I'm still kinda torn and all emotional from it. I wanted to review this book first and I had just reread it. It made sense. So...this series was recommended to me after I had read most of the Mortal Instruments (that were out at the moment) by a friend. She said they were awesome and she was not wrong. I'm just sorry I didn't listen to her for several months. I finally read the first two and then I was dying for the third. The characters are beautiful and perfect, but I can get to that later. The main thing is this series is super exciting and brilliant. For me and other Christians. who may read secular stuff. you want to be careful and then there is the book that is good but might have some content that you weren't to crazy about. This series is actually pretty clean. Barely any language, the main thing (apart from some appearances by Downworlder creatures such as vampires and warlocks) in this series is the romance. There are maybe two scenes that I don't necessarily agree with, but they are still clean compared to other books I've read. Way clean. So this series is simply perfect in that way.
Plus it's set in the late 1800s with a slightly steampunk feel to the story. The characters are beautiful. The plot is very exciting. Tessa has escaped the Magister, for now. She still doesn't know why he wants her and exactly what she is! She is able to shape shift and appears to be a warlock, but she bears no warlock mark. She's torn up over Will being mean and not understanding him, even while she is drawn to him. However she is also enjoying the company of his parabatai, Jem, and very possibly falling in love with both of them. Meanwhile she and the others at the Institute are given 2 weeks to find the Magister, or else the Institute may have a new Shadowhunter heading it. The plot is beautiful. There are new surprises, great reveals and page turning excitement that I experienced even rereading it :D The ending is great and thrilling as well. I really think that just about anyone can enjoy this series, it's just so great!!! I would recommend to YA/14+ girls. Seriously, these characters and this story is one of THE BEST :D Overall, you should read this book and this series because it is amazing and I love it so very much and heartily recommend it!!!
Characters:If only I could just write a page or two on all the characters. In this series Tessa is really the main character but I can't help feeling that Will and Jem slip into the title of main character with her. The other "minor" characters really aren't that minor. There are several plot and story lines running through secondary characters such as the maid Sophie who I just love, she's strong, beautiful, sweet, and determined...just lacks confidence sometimes. There is also the Branwells who run the Institute. Little Charlotte who is strong and tough and a mother-er. Dear Henry who is so absentminded and brilliant. They have several lovely scenes in this book that I was looking forward to rereading :D The Lightwood boys were a bigger part of this story and I enjoyed getting to know them more. Will...he's so messed up and tortured and the whole curse thing and the big plot thing that comes out...so beautiful. And sad. And tormenting for him and for me because I love him. He's so funny, he's words and quoting and witty remarks had me smiling and laughing. Jem is so beautiful, he's so gentle and kind. He's like the biggest sweetheart and just amazing. He's actually kinda an angel. And his character is delved into more than in the first book. Tessa is a great main character that I like. She is probably one of my most favorite main character because I can relate to her in a lot of ways. For one thing she is a major bookworm and I got and loved so many of the references in this book! Adored them, really. She's also not exactly the bold type, but she can be bold when she wants to be. Snarky too. Basically, I loved every single one of the characters in this book. Except the evil ones :P
Cover:It's Jem...so of course I love it!!!!!!!!!!! I love the background, his clothing, his cane...his hair. The colors. It's beautiful. A hard choice, but this or the cover for Clockwork Princess is my favorite of the series. I can't decide :P
Stars:5 (definitely, totally, all the way five...)