Things just got weird for 15-year-old Clary Fray - she tried to stop a gang from killing another teen only to find he wasn't really human (he shriveled and disappeared when stabbed) ... and the gang members seem to be invisible to everyone but her. Then, Clary's mom gets abducted and Clary is forced to fight for her life against some kind of demon-lizard.
It's all just the start of a long, eye-opening journey for Clary: turns out she's been missing big pieces of the puzzle that makes up her young life. Her heritage is supernatural, her gifts have been veiled inside her own mind, and the world is much more multi-dimensional than she'd ever suspected.
Add a cute boy or two, some tattoo magic, and mysteries around every corner, and you've got quite a page-turner (although, I listened to the audio). This is just the first in the "Mortal Instruments" series, and it came highly recommended to me by a teen library patron - I'm glad I listened to his advice. I'm hooked!