Think of the teen menu as a small but tasty helping this month. I'm currently in the middle of judging RWA's RITA contest, so all my reading time is being devoted to that. But before the entries I'm judging arrived, I did have time to read one YA novel I'd like to tell you about.
Lots of YA releases are parts of series, and that's the case of Cassandra Clare's The Mortal Instruments series. The first in the series was City of Bones, where we're introduced to the world of the Nephilim, aka Shadowhunters, (our main characters) and Downworlders (werewolves, vampires, fairies, warlocks, etc.). The book I read recently was the second in the series, City of Ashes. It's the continuing adventure of teenage Shadowhunters Clary, Jace, Alec and Isabelle and their non-Nephilim friends as their world gets more dangerous. Valentine, Clary and Jace's father, is determined to take down the current governmental system and rule and he's taking steps toward that goal that shock even those who know how scary he can be. He's even scarier because he can make people stop and wonder if maybe his viewpoint might be the right one after all.
Against the backdrop of death and betrayal, the young Shadowhunters are also dealing with typical teenage trials such as unrequited love, forbidden love and emotional turmoil. There is one story thread that is likely to make some readers uncomfortable, but I'm reserving judgment until I read the third in the series, City of Glass (which is already available). I'm thinking (and hoping) that something will be revealed in that book that will take away the uncomfortable aspect of the storyline thus far.
Have any of you read this series? Please don't spoil me on the third book, but what did you think of the series overall?
In the midst of judging the RITA, I'm also working on revising one of my own books, due March 8. But I'm still hoping to make time to go see Percy Jackson the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. I had hoped to read the book before I had to start my judging, but I ran out of time. Anyone else planning to go see it? Have you read the book?
Until next month, happy YA reading!