Friday, January 03, 2014

review: CLOCKWORK ANGEL by Cassandra Clare

CLOCKWORK ANGEL by Cassandra Clare
Series: The Infernal Devices #1
Simon & Schuster: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Released: August 31, 2010
Source: Bookstore
Page Count: 479

Rating: Really liked it!

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, who are 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.

My Thoughts
I decided to wait until this entire series had been released, because Cassie Clare is far too good at cliffhanger endings. (This is the same reason why I have yet to read the second Mortal Instruments trilogy.) I love her as an author!

This series definitely has a different feel than the Mortal Instruments series. Unlike Clary, Tessa is thrust into the world of the Shadowhunters far more forcibly when she is abducted by the Dark Sisters and forced into acknowledging that she has the power to fully transform into other people. That had to be a rude awakening for her.

However, Clockwork Angel was a tad more predictable than any of the Mortal Instruments stories. i don't think I was surprised by any of the plot twists. What really sold me on this one was the characters. Tessa, although somewhat stereotypical for her time period, is strong, capable of independent thought, and ready to accept - at least eventually - that her life is not what she thought it was. Jessamine, although annoying at times, is completely understandable in her dislike of the Shadowhunters, especially given her family history. Sophie was extremely likable with her disregard for the normal rules of society. And Jem . . . Jem was my favorite of all. He may be quiet, but he can't be underestimated.

I did not like Will. At all. In TMI, Jace had his jerkish moments, but he was never really a complete and total jerk. Will, on the other hand, is. Nothing he said or did redeemed him in my eyes. Of course, that probably means that Tessa will end up with him in the end.

I can't wait to jump back into this series with Clockwork Prince!

No comments:

Post a Comment