Monday, December 12, 2011

Review: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Pages: 478
Received: Bought own copy

Release Date: August 31, 2010
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Goodreads Synopsis:

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: Jem, 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:

I absolutely loved this book. I picked it up and refused to put it down. Cassandra Clare draws you into her magical world of London. I loved the characters that Cassandra wrote, she brings them all to the readers' attention, even the secondary characters and really makes you connect with them. I loved Will's arrogance throughout the book, it made him more real (definitely Team Will). I also really enjoyed how Will and Jem are best friends, she writes them as two different parts of one person, always there (it's what is definitely in a great friendship). I did wish for a little more Jem throughout the story, I felt that he wasn't there as much as I would have hoped.

I enjoy that Cassandra devotes a lot of the beginning of the book to let you get to know the characters, I feel that when authors do this it helps me connect with them and actually makes me feel like I'm let in. Because this is part of a trilogy I'm not upset that most of this book was a lead in to the characters with not too much happening at first (not that there is no action, because believe me there is a good amount of actions, it's just more in the second half.)

The way that Cassandra writes the action keeps you at the edge of your seat. And once Cassandra starts the action it doesn't seem to stop for the rest of the time, there are a few breaks in between (of course characters need to rest up) but it just keeps getting more intense. I kept wanting to come back for more. I also love that she keeps you hanging at the end of the novel, ready to come back for more on the next novel.

Rating 4.5 out of 5 comfy couches

3 comments:

Christa @ Hooked on Books said...

YAY TEAM WILL!!

Although I will warn you now..I've claimed him :)

Allison said...

I am actually not a fan of this series, but every single time I read a positive review I'm tempted to pick the book up and try again...

Evie said...

Fab, fab, fab review, darling! :D

I recall I realy loved Clockwork Angel, too! I read it before I started blogging and now I can't remember much of the plot xD darn! I have to re-read it soon, coz I have an ARC of Prince to review! :D

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