Catching Fireflies

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Non-sparkly Vampires and the Ones Who Hunt Them

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Cassandra Clare (aka Judith Rumelt) is an American author who wrote The Mortal Instruments series. The first three books of this series have been in my to-read pile for quite a while now. I finally picked up City of Bones (2007)and was sucked right in to a dark world where demons live among us and the Shadowhunters who battle them can be standing at the end of the bar. Clary is 15 years old when she is suddenly able to see the truth in the world around her. She is swept up in a battle she doesn’t understand, one that began long before her birth. I couldn’t put it down. 🙂

I finished it in a few days and immediately read City of Ashes (2008) where Clary’s adventure continued as she became a shadowhunter and worked to save her mother. In City of Glass (2009), Clare has to travel to the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters where she learns the secrets of her family’s past. I have the last three books in this series waiting on my Kindle — City of Fallen Angels (2011), City of Lost Souls (2012), and City of Heavenly Fire (2014)!

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Now I realize that Ms. Clare has written a prequel trilogy called The Infernal Devices. This includes:
Clockwork Angel (2010)
Clockwork Prince (2011) and
Clockwork Princess (2013)

This series is much darker than the Twilight books and Harry Potter. It is filled with battles and mystery and some very cool demons as well as those who hunt them! The series has won many awards including American Library Association Teens Top Ten Awards and many regional book awards.

Ms. Clare started her writing career working for various entertainment magazines, including The Hollywood Reporter. She began writing fan fiction based on Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings.

Her books are filled with darkness, action and mystery! I highly recommend them. And if there are too many to wade through to catch up – Shadowhunters is a new TV series coming out in 2016 based on the books. We will hope it did better than the City of Bones movie they released in 2013. What can I say? The books are always better! 🙂

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