Sunday, December 11, 2011

Book Review - Clockwork Prince

Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2)
by Cassandra Clare

502 pages
Published December 6th 2011 
by Margaret K. McElderry Books 

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. (Goodreads summary)
When it comes to a book by Cassandra Clare, there are a few questions with obvious answers. Such as, was it great? Of course. Did it get my heart pumping and my fists sweating? Of course. Did it leave me dying for more? Of course. But these are questions I could have asked myself before reading and the answer would have been exactly the same. Because when it comes to Cassandra Clare's magical world of Shadowhunters, a group of people who fight demons, there is no question in my mind. These books are unbelievable. 

Enter a world where on the outside it seems to be your ordinary (mundane) place, but hidden in rundown churches and grungy bars, there is the world of the Nephilim and the Downworlders -- Vampires, werewolves, fairies, etc. These books are adventures from page one to the moment they end. And even then your mind won't be able to forget them--leaving you dreaming about them and aching for more. The result, a desperate need to start again from page one of the very first book. And Clockwork Prince, though not my favorite of her books, still is an incredible and worthwhile read. 

However, aside from the obvious, there is one question with a not so clear answer. The ultimate question: team Jem or team Will? Beyond a shadowhunter of a doubt, I am and forever will be, team Jace. Jace (star of The Mortal Instrument Series) won my heart when I first entered this world, and though both Jem and Will make a great effort to steal it, neither succeeded. Though...drum roll please...Will is a close second. Ah, I love him. Dark hair, blue eyes, infuriating snark, and a tragic story. Without implying that Tessa has made a decision, I will tell her what she should do. Pick Jem so that I can have Will, because we all know Clary has her hooks dug too deep into Jace for us ever to work out. So, William Herondale it is. 

Alright, enough about the hot boys...Oh wait, Jem. I love him too. He is so sweet. And for the first time, I kind of am in love with Magnus Bane (the warlock). My favorite moments in the book were when he was helping Will. I found something so endearing about their friendship. But that could be because any part with Will was my favorite part.  

Now, the review. And let me just review it like this. If you have read either series (The Infernal Devices and The Mortal Instruments), then obvs you have to read this. And you will not be disappointed. If you haven't read any of this series--what are you waiting for?!? You must. And I promise that you will go on one of the best (reading) adventures of your life. This series awakened my belief that even though I am twenty ahem plus, I can still read books written for young adults. And I can do so without any shame. When they are this fantastic, I don't care how old I get, I will read them. (And for the record, I have read City of Bones four times.) 

They are cheesy. They are about fantasy characters. And some of it is predictable. But you know what--I love it. Because these books go straight to a part of you that can't be denied. Your soul.  

Clockwork Prince is beautiful, tragic, heartwarming, invigorating, scandalous, and gripping. Worth every minute, tear, and panic stricken moment it takes. And like I said, it wasn't even my favorite! Which just means if you are going to embark on the journey into the Shadowhunter world, you better come prepared for some serious gut wrenching moments. 

Now, let's let Chuck Bass from Gossip Girl close us out with this fantastic trailer. 

1 comment:

  1. But then I start wondering: Maybe something happened in their past that scarred them, or maybe they have nobody left to care for in the world. And then there are those who do it simply because they have no compassion, nor a kind heart. This magnificent book has taught and shown me many things, and all I have to say is this: Thank you to a superior level of gratitude, Mrs. Cassandra Clare.


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