" 'One must always be careful of books,' said Tessa, 'and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.' "
" 'You know,' Gabriel said, 'there was a time when I thought we could be friends, Will.'
'There was a time when I thought I was a ferret,' Will said, 'but that turned out to be the opium haze. Did you know it had that effect? Because I didn't.' "
I read this book as part of a workshop on book discussions that I attended last week in Madison called Reading by the Lake. Only finished it a couple of days late...
This book was ok. It had a lot of really interesting fantasy and steampunk (I learned what that was this weekend!) elements. When a young girl named Tessa travels to England in 1878 to live with her brother, she is captured by the Dark Sisters. She is suddenly thrown into an underground world of vampires, warlocks, and demons and learns that she has an ability as well - the ability to transform into another person. She is recused by the Shadowhunters, where she begins to learn about herself and is caught up in the mysteries underworld.
I'd say that the book was an average young adult fantasy novel. It had some unique twists with the characters and elements of the early industrial revolution. I really liked the historical aspects of 19th century England and Tessa's love of books. The plot was so-so, but it caught my attention enough to finish the book.