The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
Clary Fray is a normal girl living a normal life in Brooklyn. But one day while at a club with her best friend Simon, Clary meets Isabelle and Alec Lightwood, along with their adopted brother Jace Herondale, and her life takes a whole new course, as she tries to figure out why only she can see them. When Jocelyn, her mother, goes missing, she must rely on these “Shadowhunters” and uncover her past, to find her mother. With romance, comedy, drama, great quotes and mythical creatures, The Mortal Instruments is a personal favourite of mine, and a must read for everyone.
This series is set in the modern day world but with a catch- “all the legends are true”. Demons enter our world from a parallel universe, and all that stands between them destroying our universe are half angel warriors named Shadowhunters.
This is a 6 book series (containing City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls and City of Heavenly Fire). There is also the prequel (which must be read after The Mortal Instruments) called The Infernal Devices (containing Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, Clockwork Princess), the add on book, The Bane Chronicles (containing a collection of short stories about the glorious Magnus Bane), Shadowhunter Academy (currently only an ebook but will be published soon), another add on book, The Shadowhunter’s Codex, and coming out soon, two extra series, The Last Hours and The Dark Artifices. There is also a movie of book one (which isn’t very good- I don’t recommend it) and a tv series called Shadowhunters (which is good).
This is personally (one of) my absolute favourite book series. It has you hooked right from the beginning. There are so many sad moments- (I finished the last book as we parked up for a picnic on our way to our holiday. I was sobbing my heart out as we walked around. It was so amazing) and so many great quotes. Everyone should know pop over to Waterstones now and buy this book, so if your reading this now, move onto The Mortal Instruments!