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Thursday, May 5, 2011

My thoughts on Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices 1) by Cassandra Clare..... from Amy!

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 496 pages
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry; First Edition edition (August 31, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1416975861 ISBN-13: 978-1416975861
Buy the Book: Amazon
Visit the site: Cassandra Clare
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.

My thoughts

I wasn't sure if I wanted to read Clockwork Angel, I didn't want anything to tear me away from The Mortal Instruments series and Jace. I thought it might be a waste of time to read Clockwork Angel during the time I was reading TMI. The author shows you some familiar families like the Waylands, Herondales and so on , just about one hundred years previous, but it really has it's own stand alone storyline. I'm glad I took Andye's advice once again (this better not become a habit) , and read Clockwork Angel before City of Fallen Angels . I urge you to do the same and read these in release date like the author intended. Although you could actually read Clockwork Angel before you even start The Mortal Instruments, and that would work out okay.

I enjoyed reading this book because it was from a downworlder's perspective. Reading Tessa's thoughts on Shadowhunters and Vampires was very interesting. Of course, the action scenes were off the charts. My breathing patterns went up and down the entire time. From the moment Tessa tried to escape out of the Dark Sister's creepy maze of a house, up until the very end, I was biting my lip. Character development was fantastic, but what's new... I'm talking about a book that Cassandra Clare wrote. The romance was very underline, with just a couple kissing scenes. Clockwork Angel could have been more romantic, but that's just my opinion. Though, I'm sure Clare will have it all come together in Clockwork Prince... which I am very excited about. The cover reveal will be at BEA '11 and it makes me want to bounce out of my seat as I sit typing.

Tessa was my favorite character by far and then close second, Jem. I wanted to love Will, like I did Jace, but I just wasn't feeling it. I could tell that Will had a lot going on in his mind. And maybe a lot of feeling going on in his heart, but it was never really revealed. Will had a very tough wall built up and showed very little emotion. So that alone made it hard for me to connect with his character.  Reading about Will made me somewhat frustrated. As far as Tessa goes... she was a pretty tough chick. She spoke her mind and she didn't let a couple of Shadowhunters push her around. Yet she stayed very sweet and feminine. And Jem... was so sweet, compassionate and manly. I loved the way he treated Tessa and cared for her. He put a smile on my face. 

There were several surprises that excited me and to tell you about them would just be mean and you would hate me forever (I'm playin it safe and assuming you haven't read the book). I think it is only natural to compare this series to The Mortal Instruments. I liked The Mortal Instruments much more. Don't get me wrong... Clockwork Angel was excellent but The Mortal Instruments was perfection in every way!

Read my thoughts on The Mortal Instruments! 
Read Andye's review for Clockwork Angel

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  1. I also read this before the main series! But it was by accident ^^ (I borrowed both this book & the 3 Mortal instruments book) I'm so glad you like it! I can't wait for the second book!

  2. Great review and I'm so glad you enjoyed it! It's definitely a must read esp, before reading COFA. Things in COFA will make more sense. I LOVE Tessa as well. I can't wait to read COLS.

  3. Oh, I absolutely adore this book. I love BOTH series and was so glad that I had the chance to read this. It had a lot of new aspects and a lot of nods/connections that just made my heart flitter.

    I gave it a 5 star review when I finished it and CANNOT WAIT for Clockwork Prince :)

    ★ Leila

  4. I read this one before TMI and loved it! After, I just had to read City of Bones and the others. Now my sister is reading them, too. :)

  5. YAY!! I'm so glad you liked it!! I think I like it even more than TMI, but I don't know. I guess I don't have to decide, I can love them BOTH!! The second time I read this one, I ended up loving Jem more. He just so yum!! I worry that he won't make it to the end, though. Something is definitely fishy with Will, and after reading CoFA I'm beginning to wonder even more about him. I just love this series, and I'm so glad you finally read it!!

  6. I think I'm an alien but I didn't like this book... I loved TMI and I was waiting for so much more but I thought it was just plain... =(

  7. I am actually really looking forward to reading The Infernal Devices series, because I love stories set in the Victorian era. I am glad you took Andye's advice, read it and enjoyed it. Thank you SO much for sharing this review with us, Amy! :D

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  8. I love the infernal deices series and the mortal instruments series. I hope that they are going to make movies out of all of the mortal instruments series.


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