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Saturday, June 29, 2013

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Review: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

The Infernal Devices #1
Author: Cassandra Clare
Released Date: August 31, 2010
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Orphan Tessa Gray, sixteen, crosses the ocean from New York to find her brother Nate in Victorian London, her only possession a clockwork angel necklace from her mother. She is ignorant of her power to transform; the Dark sisters are not. They kidnap her for the Magister, who wants to marry Tessa and claim her power.

Shadowhunters, warriors of angel blood, battle demons and keep the peace in the Downworld of vampires, warlocks and other supernaturals. Orphan teen Shadowhunters Jem, Will, and Jess rescue Tessa and agree to help save Nate. Vengeful vampire Lady Camille Belcourt and her current lover, warlock Magnus Bane provide entrée to the Magister's secret Pandemonium Club.

     I was curious what the Shadowhunter hoopla (yes, I said hoopla. Don't be surprised?) was about, considering the fact City of Bones is becoming a movie this August (thank the trailer. It was the cause of my curiosity, along with a bunch of other stuff). No, I haven't read The Mortal Instruments. Yet. I probably wouldn't have if it didn't become a movie, despite the fact the covers are extremely pretty and practically shouting at me for the last few years with the words “READ ME! READ ME PLEASE!” when I walk by or browse the reading section at Wal-mart.
     As a result of first impressions, I'm pretty much sucked in. But... (there's always a but) I'm not fully sucked in and fangirling. Yet. I'm pretty sure it won't be far off though. Or maybe I'm sort of fangirling, but I haven't realized it yet because the books haven't hit me full force (hey... this is my first time reading Cassandra Clare after all).
Goodness. If you keep seeing Six-Fingered Nigel like this, he'll expect you to declare your intentions.
     Tessa arrives in London from New York in the 19th Century to look for her brother, who has somehow disappeared. She is taken in and trained by the Dark Sisters in preparation for the Magister and is later taken in by the local Shadowhunters, who offer to help find her brother. Tessa is the type of person who can always be found reading, and enjoys talking about books. And as Charlotte mentions, I love how Tessa manages Will; she always seems to have something to say in response to his snide remarks that infuriates him when she has the chance to do so.
Ghastly wailing noise, isn’t it? I don’t know how all the cats in the neighborhood don’t come running every time he plays.
     Will is a humorously sarcastic (and cute... sarcastically cute?) person who keeps others at a distance from him and tries to keep his true emotions at bay. He's not exactly my favorite character in Clockwork Angel, mainly because he's really rude to others, despite the fact other characters care about him and continue to be nice to him either way (to which I have no clue how they actually deal with his attitude all the time). Will somehow always tries to find a way for others to hate him. But despite the fact that he's arrogant in a way, it's hard to notice that with his witty comments here and there.
Goodness – real goodness – has its own sort of cruelty to it.
     On the other hand, Jem is completely opposite from Will's character and like Tessa, always has something to say in response to Will's snide remarks. He also tries to see the bright side of things or both sides of a situation, and in light of that, always has a bit of good advice to reassure Tessa or any other character throughout the book. And speaking of advice...
     Overall, Clockwork Angel has a unique fantasy storyline set in Victorian London and has a variety of characters that are well-liked. To be honest, I'm now wondering why I decided to not read Cassandra Clare's books in the first place when I first saw it (saying that the book was thick would be a fib).

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Owls

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~Happy Reading!


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  1. I really like these books and their great so long as you do not read them all at once. If you do that you end up feeling like Cassandra Clare is playing you as the reader and is trying to get you as worked up as she can, so you go out and by her next book. If you read them one at a time with another books mixed in you won't lose your love for it.


    1. Thanks for the advice and for stopping by! I'm pretty much giving at least a few different books in between. :)
      Plus... I don't really buy books, but then again, I don't want to put everyone on the hold list! ;)