Review: Clockwork Princess

Clockwork Princess

Title: Clockwork Princess
Author: Cassandra Clare
Published: Published March 19th 2013 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Synopsis: 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.

Clockwork Princess is without a doubt one of the most fulfilling conclusions to a trilogy. It was an intense, captivating, emotional roller coaster of a read and I definitely recommend this series to everyone.

Cassandra Clare managed to do what she failed to do in her previous books; have me completely absorbed in every aspect of the story. I wanted to devour this book and know everything yet I was not ready to say goodbye to the most wonderful, brilliant, strong cast of characters I’ve ever come across. I love how all the lives of those living in the London Institute had become intertwined so intimately and I was able to read from each of their perspective, it made even more attached to them. I was impressed by how wise, brave and strong each character was. The scenes between Will and Jem were so precious and personal, it just portrayed how much they meant to each other.

I liked that it wasn’t only love I felt for Will and Jem, but frustration and anger and pain especially towards Jem. It showed me that he wasn’t this one dimensional glorified saint but a flawed human being. I had a lot more appreciation for Tessa by the end of the novel, I liked her throughout the series but I didn’t feel as strongly towards her as I had for practically every other character in The Infernal Devices.

Mortmain wasn’t this forgettable abstract being like in the previous books but a very real, terrible threat. He played the role of a villain very well in Clockwork Princess and I liked that though he did evil things and was a horrible person, Cassandra Clare showed that he was once a normal human.

There were so many things happening in the story; there was the development of friendships and romances, characters’ motives being made clear, the discovery of oneself and battling multiple threats. Everything combined to give a heartbreaking, action packed, beautiful story. When I thought I had a grip on my emotions, they were thrown by some shocking twist or heart crumpling revelation. Despite all the things Cassandra Clare put the reader through she still made this a very satisfying read. If you haven’t read The Infernal Devices, then please move this up in your TBR. The series only got better with each book.

Rating:
5 Stars

Review: Clockwork Prince

Clockwork Prince

Title: Clockwork Prince
Author: Cassandra Clare
Published: December 6th 2011
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Synopsis:
In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.

With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.

Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, though her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will—the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?

As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.

Like my friend accurately predicted, Clockwork Prince gave me ALL THE FEELS. I was simultaneously heartbroken and happy and I wanted to throw my book at the wall but also hug it. Literally, it made me feel everything from frustration to giddy happiness.

The brilliance in Cassandra Clare’s writing will always be her ability to make me care so much about her characters. I especially gravitated towards her secondary characters like Charlotte, Henry, Sophie, Gideon and Gabriel. I loved Sophie more than Tessa but I am not sure if that’s a testament to how well Cassandra Clare developed her characters.

Tessa was mentally strong and kind but I never felt attached to her character and at times she was frustrating because I felt like she didn’t think things through. Saying that I loved Will and Jem is an understatement. Different sides to both characters were revealed, the vulnerability, strength and innocence that Will showed gave his character so much dept. I liked that I saw Jem’s desires, weakness and his perspectives on his life. I loved the brotherhood they shared, they’re both fiercely loyal to each other, and it surpassed everything to be my favourite aspect of the book.

However, a cruel love triangle comes into play and that’s where things got complicated. It was very frustrating and I would have enjoyed this series a lot more if Jem and Will had different love interests. That being said it added a lot of tension and anticipation even heart break hence THE FEELS. I’m not sure if I would have preferred being happy or totally tormented.

Unfortunately I didn’t care much for the plot. Mortmain and his clockwork creations weren’t very enthralling. It was interesting learning about Will’s past but I think the interactions between the characters overshadowed the actual storyline for me. I liked that Cassandra Clare heightened the steaminess of the romance in this book and she made her characters detailed so that they were memorable. The plot was like a soap filled with suspense, revenge, lust, deceit, scandal and romance but as the story unfolded it just wasn’t that thrilling for me.

There was a balance to the things I liked and disliked in this book and the ending absolutely gutted me. I think this is a lot better than the first book and definitely worth reading. I know I can’t wait for the third book but I’m also dreading it, I predict I’ll need tissues for Clockwork Princess.

Rating:
3.5 Stars