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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Book Review: The Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

The Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, Book 1) by Cassandra Clare
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Release Date: August 31, 2010
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Pages: 496
Source: Received from publisher for honest review

Summary: 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.

My Review: The Clockwork Angel instantly rejuvenated my love for YA urban fantasy. The dark, edgy quality of the writing and plot was breathtaking. Cassandra has a way of creating a world that starts to creep into your self conscious and devours your thoughts. At first, I was a bit skeptical, I didn't think this prequel would live up to the actual Mortal Instruments series. But, I was ecstatic to find out that I was beyond wrong. The characters and overall story was creative and compelling. The Victorian era was the perfect scenario with a refreshing outlook of people's mannerisms in the past. Tessa, one of my favorite characters, was a very unique individual who had the power to shift into another person. Her ability was wanted by powerful figures who managed to shake up her existence.

The moment Tessa entered the institute, I was taken back to the Mortal Instruments. I enjoyed seeing this place in a different light with assorted shadowhunters. Now, this wouldn't be a Cassandra Clare book without some drool worthy boys. The badass and cocky Shadowhunter was Will. His appearance of blue eyes and dark hair made me swoon at his every word. However, he did have moments where I would have loved to punch him. Of course we also need a nice, sensitive, good-looking boy to balance Will, and luckily I found that in Jem. He was such a sweetheart and knew just the right things to say to Will and Tessa. I felt like his name should of been 'Gem' because in my opinion, his pure heart was a rare treasure.

Also, I want to randomly point out that I love how Cassandra introduces Asian characters. I found that in Simon in the Mortal Instruments and now with Jem being half Asian. She definitely knows how to fulfill my Asian fetish in men. :) Okay then, I don't want to give too much away, because this was a book I want everyone to experience, especially Cassandra Clare fans! It had everything from amazing fighting scenes to dramatic twists and turns. The ending left me utterly speechless and I am officially hooked and cannot wait to continue on with this masterpiece of a series!

My Rating:

Author's Info:

Cassandra Clare made her fiction debut with The Mortal Instruments series, which has been on many bestseller lists. Cassandra lives in an old Victorian house in western Massachusetts with her fiance, their cats, and lots and lots of books.

For more info on Cassandra, visit her site(s):

-Mortal Instruments Website
-Infernal Devices Website

Other books by Cassandra:
City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, Book #1)
City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, Book #2)
City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, Book #3)
City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, Book #4) - 4/5/11
City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, Book #5) - 5/2012
City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, Book #6) - 9/2013
Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2) - 9/2011
Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3) - 12/2012

Simon & Schuster video of Cassandra talking about Clockwork Angel:


aLmYbNeNr said...

Great review!

I was under the impression that this was the first book in a series and I see you do have it saying book 1...but what is this Mortal Instruments? Another series of hers that is connected with this one? Should I be reading that first?

Alex (Tales of a Teenage Book Lover) said...

Dang! I seriously need to read the rest of the TMI series! Great review, I can't wait for this book!

Savannah said...

I pre-ordered my copy and I can't wait for it to come in. I am super excited to read it. Great review!!!

Trillian said...

Sooo looking forward to reading this one. Great review!

The Library Lurker said...

I can't wait for this! Your review makes me super excited!

Book Butterfly (Kim) said...

I have this book in my stack, I'm thinking of dragging it out now. FANTASTIC Review as always and you did a lot of nice extra touches in providing links to the other books :)

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The Bookish Type said...

I totally agree! Clockwork Angel was amazzzzing!!! I am absolutely in love with Will *swoon* but Jem is such a sweetheart =) Clockwork Prince is too far away!

Ladytink_534 said...

I have the The Mortal Instruments series but I haven't gotten around to reading them. I might just read this first because it sounds so neat! Plus, I really love that cover :)

By Pen or By Sword said...

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Ελλάδα said...

The characters… They are the driving force that keep readers entranced. Drama, action, even evil plots aside, the characters in this novel are utterly distinct from one another and the connection formed between each of them and the reader is unbreakable. I felt the joy, surprise, fear, and heartbreak of each character, and I couldn’t help but love and empathize with each and every one of them.

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