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Thursday, September 2, 2010

REVIEW: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still.

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What's more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.

Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by—and torn between—two best friends: Jem, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length...everyone, that is, but Tessa.

As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world...and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.

Book: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Release Date: August 31, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Genre: Young Adult
Series: Infernal Devices, #1
Free or Purchased: Purchased
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After all the hype and expectations that preceded Clockwork Angel's release, I was slightly worried that I would be disappointed even if it was a good enough book, but I was anything but! I read the entire book - almost five hundred pages - in about four hours, and couldn't put it down. It was so good that I didn't go online once while I was reading it, even though I had a billion emails begging to be read and homework to do (oops).

Since I usually like the bad boys in literature, I was absolutely sure that I would be Team Will when I started reading, but, surprisingly, about halfway through I realized that I was actually Team Jem. Even though Will is awesome and hot and bad, just how I like 'em, Jem's sweetness and vulnerability really got to me in a way that I hadn't expected, and he, rather than Will, found his way into my heart. This said, I believe that Tessa will choose Will because it always works out like that.

Tessa herself was quite the character. On one hand, she thought that, as a girl, she couldn't do some things that men could, but on the other hand, whenever she needed to, she took control of the situation and did what needed to be done in order to protect the people she loved, whether or not they deserved it, and I really loved that about her. Also, she wasn't described as being stunningly beautiful or brilliant and cunning, she was a more normal, down-to-earth character, and it was easy to slip into her head.

All of the side characters like Charlotte, Henry, Jessamine, and Sophie were funny, very human additions to the story, and they made the universe that Clare has created more realistic and believable. They provided much needed relief from the tension sometimes, and at others, they were the cause of it, but whatever they were doing, they did it in a way that didn't annoy/depress/bore me, unlike a lot of secondary characters from other books.

Magnus Bane, though also a side character, must have his own little paragraph because of my dorky Magnus love that Clockwork Angel only worsened. Unfortunately, in this book, Magnus doesn't have blue hair yet, and hasn't discovered glitter, but he's still the same flamboyant bisexual warlock as he is in The Mortal Instruments, and we all <3 him for it. It was kind of weird to see him with someone other than Alec, and a woman, at that, but they were an awesome couple, and I loved reading about their interactions. Go Magnus!

Clockwork Angel is a must read for fans of Paranormal YA, and it just came out on the 31st of August, so go pick up a copy if you haven't already, and get reading!


Savannah said...

I have got this book and have yet to read it! I will read it this weekend though, nice review :)

The Bookish Type said...

I totally agree! Clockwork Angel was an AMAZING book! I'm totally Team Will though ;-) I didn't even realize Jem was a love interest till near the end...I only had eyes for Will lol. I think you hit the nail on the with Tessa - I couldn't quite put my finger on it, but you're so right, it's her averageness that makes her so great. I'm so tired of these stunningly beautiful heroines that make me feel like a loser lol. And, I am ashamed to admit I haven't read TMI (YET) but after reading your comments about Magnus - I must, I must! Glitter? Blue hair? *dies*

Kelli (I'd So Rather Be Reading) said...

I just bought this one and can't wait to read it....glad to hear Magnus is in it! I love him too!!!

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