Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Review: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare


Clockwork Prince
Series: The Infernal Devices
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: McElderry Books
Pages:  510 (Including Will’s Letter)
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased

Rating: 

Reason chosen:  I first started reading the Mortal Instrument series when the first book came out (City of Bones) and have been reading them ever since.

Summary taken from Chapters.indigo.ca:
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.

Review:
It has been a while since I’ve read the first book in the series, Clockwork Angel, since Clare is writing books for two series, and of course doing a fantastic job of it, I had actually forgotten some stuff, but within the first chapter it was all coming back to me, including the love that I have for this fantastic series.
It has vampires, werewolves, demons and all other sort of creatures and throughout the whole series you are asking “Just what is Tessa Gray?” I could picture the whole thing in my mind like I was there: the giddiness in Will that we’ve never seen before, him pointing at the demon yelling “You!” and running after him while Magnus doesn’t really think anything of it, Henry and Charlotte....sigh...finally something, and of course all of the beautifully put comments that Tessa says almost under her breath that make Jem laugh.
And then of course there are the complete shockers in this story, and I won’t name names for those of you who have not read it, but their spy was something I did not really see coming. Nor did I see Gideon coming, but I did sort of see the last page of the novel happening—still it plans to lead to something good I’m sure.
And there is still the question of “What does the Magister want from Tessa?” I can’t wait to find out her true origins and the extent of her powers.
AND, this has turned into a Twilight love triangle with a twist. Jem and Tessa? Tessa and Will? ???? So good.

The Good:
Will—sexy as ever...if not more now that we get a little background.
Jem—the first book was all about falling in love with Will and the second all about falling in love with Jem...and I did. He is truly the gentlemen. I mean just look at the cover. Awesome!
And of course a closer look Charlotte and Henry...I was waiting for it.

P.s. Anyone watch the trailer for this? I’m never really a fan of book trailers but this one was actually really good!

Bad:
Nothing other than I want more and want to know all the answers to my questions about Tessa...but I guess that comes with time, and another book.

Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):
Clare is one of the best writer’s that I’ve read. She expressed everything well and articulately and can easily bring you into the world of the Shadowhunters. She knows how to make serious moments serious, and she knows how to make funny moments hilarious. But on top of all this she knows how to creep up on people with an unexpected twist (which with the amount of books that I have read is actually pretty hard these days).

Favourite Quotes:
“But—but...” Will sputtered.
“Oh, leave it,” said Jem, kicking Will, not without affection, lightly on the ankle.
            “She annexed my plan!”
            “Will,” Tessa said firmly. “Do you care more about the plan being enacted or about getting credit for it?”
            Will pointed a finger at her. “That,” he said. “The second one.”—Pg. 444

Previously in the Series:

Next in the Series:
Clockwork Princess- To Be released Nov. 1st 2012

Viewer Type Recommendation:
Supernatural, young adult romance, young adult adventure.

If you liked this you'll probably love:
And if you don’t mind adult series (not like the Harlequin Romance kind but just supernatural adult series) then The Mercy Thompson series (MoonCalled, Blood Bound, Iron Kissed, Bone Crossed, Silver Bourne, River Marked.)

Read Completely:
Oh Yes.

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Make sure to put this one on your shelf! Enjoy!


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2 comments:

  1. I've seen this book around a lot but haven't read it myself yet for some reason. After reading your review, I see that I definitely should. Thanks for the great review, and P.S. love the cute little quote from the book.

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  2. Cassandra Clare took the basis of Mortal Instruments and made it so much better. While I am a fan of both, this series feels much less like a YA series and more like a great story that anyone could appreciate.

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