I'm here to tell you about a wondrous and intriguing new book series, The Mortal Instruments trilogy by Cassandra Clare. As you may (or may not) have noticed via my reliable sidebar, I've been inhaling these books within the last couple weeks, living and breathing the enthralling story held within it's crisp pages. I am now about halfway through the third and final volume and I must say that it is incredibly difficult to focus on anything, be it work, television, rare social outings or yes, even this blog, but barreling through the last 300 pages or so of this book. However, I cannot take credit for discovering this series. One of the members of my unspoken and very small book club (Tina, Katie, Heather and I) discovered them, told another member and that member in turn gave them to me, insisting I start reading them immediately. Slightly unwilling but having no other reading options at hand, I started the first book, City of Bones, and despite my prideful and stubborn nature, was soon captivated by yet another teenage girl's extraordinary story. I can't help but wonder what it is about these young teenage girls (and even boys) who go suddenly from a normal, safe life to a life filled with thrills, chills and spills (Bella). They are at first too young to align ourselves with, too young to be able to confidently stand in their shoes and experience their story. And yet they all have something in common; they are all "old souls", mature beyond their 15 or 16 years and they all remind us of ourselves, or maybe, they remind us of what we really want; to be special, to have a life of adventure, to fall in love, to make a difference. And consequently, we find we have no trouble at all looking through the eyes of a 15 year old girl or a 10 year old boy. I am of course speaking of Bella Swan, Harry Potter, Zoey Redbird, Eragon and numerous others including the newest, Clary, from this series.
So, if you enjoyed Twilight, if you loved Harry Potter and tried out the House of Night series and also enjoyed it, give these books a try and I guarantee you'll love them too. Also, for you gals out there, if you love Edward and/or Jacob, you'll fall just as hard for Jace. Or as Stephenie Meyer says, "Sorry Edward and Jacob, I'm spending my night with Jace", or something to that nature.
Check out the official site, for fun fan artwork and other cool stuff.