Monday, January 06, 2014

review: CLOCKWORK PRINCE by Cassandra Clare

CLOCKWORK PRINCE by Cassandra Clare
Series: The Infernal Devices #2
Simon & Schuster: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Released: December 6, 2011
Source: Bookstore
Page Count: 502

Rating: Liked it

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 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 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 build 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.

My Thoughts
This series is breaking my heart. I want to love it, but I just can't make it work for me. The writing itself is fabulous, very typical of Clare, and that is what kept it in B territory for me. Nothing really happened in Clockwork Prince. A few questions were answers, but the important ones are still left unanswered. That's a little annoying.

The only character that really came through for me was Gideon. Tessa turned wishy-washy in the romance department. Jem is oblivious to his parabatai's feelings for Tessa. Will continues to he his normal jerkish self until something happens, and then he expects everything to magically go his way because he changed one thing. Even Sophie, at times, annoyed me with her attitude of "no one treats me poorly, yet I must act servant-ly at all times." Ugh.

I have read a few reviews elsewhere online in which the reviewers expressed surprise that Will actually loved Tessa and vice versa. This seemed rather obvious to me in Clockwork Angel, although it may not have been obvious to Tessa. Will was obviously self-aware of his emotions even if he did not express them.

Personally, I am rooting for Jem. That said, I do not believe that he and Tessa will end up together. I somehow always end up rooting for the wrong guy. I am not sure how Clare will solve "the Jem problem," but somehow she will make it so Will gets the girl.

At this point, I am waiting for a clarification on Tessa's parentage and some more concrete information about the Magister and his interest in Tessa. If I don't get that, I will be sorely disappointed in this series.

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