I classify myself as an avid reader. I am rarely ever caught without some sort of novel by my side, and spend my free time rather reading, writing, eating, or browsing tumblr. Overall... an antisocial teenage fangirl. And, having read so much great material, I tend to be uneasily impressed. I always look for loopholes, and criticise more than I know I should... but this book series is outstanding. Reading books such as Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Divergent, Percy Jackson, The Giver, The Heroes of Olympus, and many more Fantasy, Dystopian, Adventure novels and TV shows, the Shadow Hunter Chronicles is in my top 3 book series of all time.
A thousand years ago, shortly after 1000 AD, the Earth was invaded by hordes of demons. During the times when the Crusades first began, particularly believed to be some time in the winter months, a crusader named Jonathan called on the angel Raziel, though it was believed by many that it was a warlock who truly summoned the Angel. Jonathan begged Raziel to help save humanity. Seeing the honesty and nobility of his wish, the angel obliged and mixed his blood with that of Jonathan in the Mortal Cup, a mixture he let Jonathan drink. Raziel then gave Jonathan the other two Mortal Instruments, the Gray Book, and the fitting name of Shadowhunter as a symbol of his transformation. Soon, more men and women drank from the cup and became Nephilim warriors themselves. Shadowhunters roam the earth, protecting the weak mundane from trouble... killing demons and rogue Nephilim, as well as keeping Downworlders, Werwolves, Vampires, Warlocks, in line. This series follows the eye of a particular girl named Clary who thought she was just an ordinary girl; till she spots a murder at a night club... a murder only she can see. Clary Fray discovers her mother was a Shadowhunter. Sucked into this crazy world of death, Fray and her new friends realize that Clary might just be the key to defeating an insane, vindictive, ambitiously cunning Valentine, who is also her father. Not to mention the fact that he her brother is equally as horrible, only half demon.
WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW: for the entire series... based off a girl who has read them 6 times each.
This book, being all about killing monsters, I would give a 3.5/5 star rating for violence. There are some sexual references and sex is mentioned, with a brief overview in the final book. I would give a 1.5/5 star rating for sexual content. This story also tells readers that it is okay to be themselves (featuring gay characters if that matters at all) and also has historical value (in the prequels) with much information from the Bible and ancient runes that may spark the mind. I would give a 2/5 star rating for educational value and 2/5 star rating for positive message. Language would be 2.5/5 star rating for there is minor swearing through the book series, along with rude insults. 3/5 stars for Consumerism as one character is very geeky and mentions things such as Dungeons and dragons and anime shows, along with other brand mentions. For drug usage and whatnot, I would give a 2/5 star rating for a few teenagers go to a bar here and there and some smoke, with a few drug mentions.
I would rate this series fine for 12-13 year olds, 11 year olds if they are mature for their age.