Book Trial: Clockwork Angel

Posted June 18, 2015 by Kayla in Reviews / 0 Comments

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Book Trial: Clockwork AngelClockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Series: The Infernal Devices #1
Also in this series: Clockwork Prince
Published by Simon and Schuster on September 1st 2015
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 544
Format: Kindle
Source: Purchased
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Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still. Discover the “compulsively readable” (Booklist) first book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices trilogy, prequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series—now with a gorgeous new cover, a map, a foreword, and excusive bonus content! Clockwork Angel is a Shadowhunters novel.
When 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 a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform 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 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.

Warning: This article may contain spoilers.

My Impressions:

I have some mixed feelings about this one. But everyone says it’s better than The Mortal Instruments so I’ll stay at it. I really hope that Clare takes out these love triangles or potential love triangles in her future series. I am so sick of love triangles. Aside from that I already have some spoilers to the story having read The Mortal Instruments [TMI] first and then reading her site about the 2 new series.

Warning: Do not try to find out what The Last Hours series is about if you want to read this one. It takes places between this series and TMI and has some characters who are in this series and it will totally spoil the series for you, as it did for me.

Plot:

Theresa Gray [Tessa] travels to London from New York in 1878 after her aunt and guardian passes away, to meet her brother, who moved away to work. However, she is greeted by 2 ladies who say they were sent by her brother. Except when she arrives at the house, her brother isn’t there and she is held a prisoner. There she finds out that she is a skin-changer and is ultimately rescued by Shadowhunters from the London Institute. Over the course of the book, the story proceeds but rather slowly. Somehow Tessa’s imprisonment, her brother being lost and some string of crimes happening in the shadow world are connected and the Shadowhunters must figure it all out before it’s too late.

Granted that this book was a quick read, it wasn’t as action packed as I expected. Tessa really needs to get some training in fighting so we can see some action from her.

Characters:

Does anyone else not like Will? I don’t really like him. I  think he’s an asshole and really rude to Tessa. So what if he is handsome? He is rude throughout the entire book to her. There are only a couple occasions that he was really nice. And I’m not saying maybe there isn’t something more at work here making him feel confused but he is still an asshole.

I loved Jem. He is so the opposite of Will in personality, that I have no idea how they get along at all. Except that maybe they both just accept each other for who they are and don’t try to make them into something else or try to understand them too much, like everyone else does.

Tessa, is naive. But I will forgive her for it. She has really lived a sheltered life. It made me sad when she started to compare all the relationships in the books she read to what she was going through. It goes to show you that you can’t just let your children read anything, you need to teach them as well. Books can teach you good and bad things.

The other characters are okay. I didn’t particular like or dislike Jessamine. I wish I knew more about Thomas. I rather liked Charlotte and Henry.

Writing:

Like I said, I think the story could have benefited from some work on the pacing but overall it was very interesting. I loved the twist to the end of the story. I felt like an idiot because I didn’t see that coming. I am hoping that it only gets better from here.

About the Author:

Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts. [source: Goodreads]

The Verdict:

4 Stars
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