Unfortunatley, one series is left out from my previous list that I think should be at the very top. The Mortal Instruments follows a "normal" girl named Clary Fray into the magical and kind of insane world of Shadowhunters, an army of sorts that fights demons. Clary soon finds out that her mother sheltered her from this dangerous world, and she is determined to find her place in it. Along the way, she falls in love with bad-boy Jace, her best friend, Simon, turns into a vampire, and she is confronted by her evil father and brother. Clary finds her inner strength and learns about love, battle, and friendship as she finds herself far away from her familiar art classes.
In my opinion, Cassandra Clare did an amazing job teaching in this series. Yes, of course, it is one based on a fantasy world, but she hits some hard, reality-based issues. For instance, Simon attempts to tell his family that he is a vampire only to be shunned. This issue could happen for a number of "real" reasons, and the ways that Simon has to deal with his sudden outcast status are very much based in the world that we know.
I think that one of the reasons that it hasn't gotten as much attention as some other books is the break in the movie production. The first movie was released in 2013, and there haven't been any plans to release another one soon. Lily Collins and Jaime Campbell Bower star as Clary and Jace, and in my opinion, they were an electric couple that command the silver screen. The only complaint I had from the entire movie was a small detail about the "portals" that the Shadowhunters used since it was not consistent from book to movie.
Don't get me wrong, the books are very popular, but there isn't as big of a hype around them as I think the work deserves. There are plently of fan blog sites, Twitter accounts, and Instagram pages posting all the time about the series. Granted, the last book did just come out in May, so there is still time for the series to take off. After all, I didn't even hear about Divergent until about a week before the movie came out. Fads pop up really fast these days.
I would definitely suggest reading this six-part series as soon as you can get your hands on the books. The pages are filled with electric chemistry, beautiful moments of friendship, and action-packed paragraphs of battles. It's not just a love story. It's not just an action story. It's not just a story about overcoming obstacles even. It's a world full of everything our world is full of: the familar, the unfamiliar, and the frightening.
Of course, read the books before seeing the first movie, and happy kommenting :)