Author: Cassandra Clare

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Review: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

January 10, 2012 Review 3 ★★★★★

Review: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra ClareRelease Date: December 6, 2011
Title: Clockwork Prince
Series: The Infernal Devices #2
Author: Cassandra Clare
Pages: 528
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Source: Owned
From the Publisher: In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.

With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.

Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, though her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will—the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?

As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.
5 Stars

Oh my.

I have just finished this book and my heart is still in my throat. I found myself having physical and audible reactions to things contained within these pages!

Oh Will. My dear sweet Will. Why didn’t you tell anyone what had happened to you? So much heartache and pain could have been avoided. But knowing what you’ve been through made me love you even more.

And Tessa, are you absolutely blind to what happens around you? I love you, but I want to strangle you. In the end, I think you are too kind for your own good. But would I make the same choices you did? More than likely.

Jem, I don’t understand how you can simultaneously hope for a future and hope for death. I’m looking forward to seeing more of your thoughts in the next installment. Perhaps then I will find more fondness than I have for you now – because now, I think you are selfishly blind despite your overwhelming kindness.

And the rest… I am thrilled with how most things came to pass in this book. Some stories have an ending, others now have a middle, and still others are just beginning. Exactly how the sophomore book in a trilogy should be.

If you loved Clockwork Angel, you will adore this one. It’s definitely better than the last.

Cassie Clare? Can I live in your imagination please? Please and thank you.

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Review: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

January 7, 2012 Review 2 ★★★★★

Review: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra ClareRelease Date: August 31, 2010
Title: Clockwork Angel
Series: The Infernal Devices #1
Author: Cassandra Clare
Pages: 496
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
From the Publisher: 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: James, 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.
5 Stars

I read this one when it came out last year, but I wanted to re-read it before I read Clockwork Prince next week. I’m glad I did! I remember liking it the first time around, but I really didn’t remember much about the details of the story. And man, what a cliffhanger ending (well, okay not a cliffhanger per se since the main story was tied up neatly, but I WANT TO KNOW ALL THE THINGS)!

When I read it last year, I remember thinking that I preferred Clary and Jace over Tessa and Will… but this reread has really changed my opinion. I voted for – and would again – Clary over Tessa in the YA Sisterhood Heroine Tourney, but Tessa really grew on me this time around. She is strong-willed and sassy, but always willing to see the good in people, despite the face they show. I admire her.

I spent most of the book wanting to smack Will around, and that desire only grew stronger by the end of the book. Why can’t he stop being a stupid boy and just trust someone with his secrets? That’s something that always gets me in many of the books I read – it’s usually oh-so-obvious that if the character would only open up and trust someone and communicate with them, so much heartache could be avoided.

Sounds kind of like real life too, doesn’t it?

I can’t wait to read Clockwork Prince next week – I’ve managed to stay entirely spoiler free (I haven’t even read the publisher’s summary yet)  but I’m really hoping that we get some insight into Will’s past. I love this world that Cassie Clare has created, and I love that she is writing two series simultaneously that take place in this world.

Favorite Quote:

“One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”

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