Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Review: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Series: The Infernal Devices #3
Pages: 568
Received: Purchased copy

Release Date: March 19, 2013
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Goodreads Synopsis:

Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy.

Tessa Gray should be happy - aren't all brides happy?

Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute.

A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa's heart, will do anything to save her.

My Review:

After waiting weeks for my copy to come in (there were some issues with the company) I dived into this book, prepared for many emotions to come about. This is a huge book compared to the rest in the series, and as much as I tried to take everything slow, it was difficult to put this book down when you really get into the heart of it.

It's difficult to write a review on this book without giving away major spoilers, so I'll start out by talking about the characters. I loved the evolution of each of the characters from where they started out in CLOCKWORK ANGEL. Tessa has become so much stronger, and she has learned quite a lot about herself and yet there is still new information (that actually surprised me). I loved her strength and how she dealt with a lot of the situations that were thrown at her, but mainly I absolutely adored the scenes between her and Will. Speaking of Will, he is my absolute favourite character of them all, and following what he found out about himself in the last book, he really grows up a lot in this book. Many of his scenes broke my heart and I found myself falling for him even harder throughout the story.

I did feel that the ending of this book was dragged out a little too much though, it seems that Cassandra loaded it with details that weren't absolutely necessary. And yet, I found it to be a beautiful ending to this series. Cassandra Clare has a great amount of action and romance mixed together and going through I really got to see how each of the characters grew over the course of these three books. The friendship between Will and Jem is still as strong as ever and there are so many great parts that you really see how these guys are two parts to a whole, this is why I think this is why I fully understand the love triangle in this series.

This book had me going through a roller coaster of emotions, I think this was book had her best writing in it, every line was so beautiful and full of emotions that you just need to keep going and yet you want to slow down and let everything really sink in (it was a difficult dilemma for me). I was surprised at some of the things that Cassandra did with this story, and a part of me felt like it was overdone, but another larger part of me loves what happened and how she ended everything.

I really loved Magnus all the more in this book as well, he had some great scenes and he definitely added a great comedic part to the book. Henry and him definitely had some great scenes and I thought they were adorable together. I felt like it was another side to Magnus (I have not read Clare's other series so I don't know what he is like in that)

All in all I think this was a great series, and I'm really happy how things turned out. I want to thank Cassandra Clare for bringing me into this world, and really bringing these characters to life for me.

*On a side note I have to mention that I saw a woman reading The Mortal Instruments series and recommended this one to her as well, and she ended up loving it and finishing all three books within a couple of weeks. It made me quite happy LOL. 


  1. I agree about Magnus! I feel like I've gotten to know him better in this series and the ending was perfect. Great review!

  2. Ahhhh! I LOVED this book! Will was fantastic and the epilogue had me crying and smiling at the same time! The ending did drag on a bit, but I think she couldn't have finished the series in a more perfect way :)

  3. I just skimmed your review since I haven't read the first two books, but this series sounds amazing. I love emotional books with great writing :) Amazing review!

  4. I am SO very happy to hear that you enjoyed this book and thought Cassandra Clare's writing was amazing. I can't wait to read it!

  5. I know I'm the oddball here but I haven't read these books yet! I know, I know. But I figure that this will be one series that I can read straight through when I get going on them because they will all be published! I feel so left out though...

  6. Yay, glad you felt the same way as I did! It was SUCH a roller-coaster of emotions, I agree. But I loved every moment of it. And her characters are some of the best! Love your success story at getting someone else into the series, too, haha!!

  7. In this book Tessa, Will and Jem with the help of the others from the London Institute bring about the fall of the Magister. When Jem appears to die you feel Will and Tessa's torment! I liked how Ms Clare brought this trilogy to a close, However I hope this isn't the end for Jem and Tessa but just a new beginning! I read the Mortal Instruments series first, in some ways I wish I had read this trilogy first then the Mortal Instruments. Love the books and I am NOT a teenager!

    russel of Plumber in Seattle



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