Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Friday, November 02, 2012

Title : Clockwork Angel
Author : Cassandra Clare
Genre : Fantasy
Published Date : August 31st 2010
Publisher : Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pages : 479
Source : Bought
Rating : ✿✿✿✿

From Goodreads :
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.

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 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.


Review

Some people have known me for being a huge huge fan of Cassandra Clare. In fact, I have all of her book, and they are lining up nicely on the front line of my bookcase. The first novel that had got me into loving YA book was, actually, City of Bones. So when Cassie announced that she would make a Shadowhunter prequel, I was so excited and got my hand on it almost immediately.


"If no one in the entire world cared about you, did you really exist at all?"
—Tessa

Clockwork Angel bring us into the Victorian London, way before the event on The Mortal Instrument happened. Tessa Gray, first introduced as a shifter, was being held captive by the Dark Sister in exchange for her brother safety. But when A group of Shadowhunter break through the Dark Sister's manor, Tessa was finally able to taste freedom once again. But little did she know, that nothing came without price. So when she learnt what she truly was—or was not, and where her brother truly was, it was up to her to take the action and reveal the truth . . . or do nothing.

Being Cassie's new Shadowhunter series after The Mortal Instrument, Clockwork Angel was truly a breath of fresh air for me. The plot was better that The Mortal Instruments, and there are many unexpected twist that you'll find in this book, and it would left you totally wanting for more. I also love how the book ended with such a satisfying way, but still keep the reader intrigued by its continuation.
The character was better too, with each character had their own difficulties in life, and they were all struggling with their own unique way to keep living and move forward.

Tessa Gray, our main character, was how you would expect a heroine would be. She was strong, independent, witty, and above all, had her own power to fight. I'm not quite fond of a heroine who would just wait on the sidelines and scream whenever the enemy show up. But Tessa definitely captured my heart when she fought for herself and was not expecting others to help her.
Tessa's counterpart, Will Herondale, was good as well. I love how Cassie portrayed him as a tortured young man quite nicely. And I think it was really sweet when he tried to win Tessa's heart, but trying to not show it as well. And how he held himself back when it goes against his heart's content, it was totally bittersweet.
Another character I found quite interesting was Jessamine Lovelace, another orphaned Shadowhunter living under the protection of the London's Institute. I think Jessamine personality easily stood out among the other character, with her despising the Shadowhunter despite being one. And how she would do anything to not be married to a Shadowhunter, I found it very unique.

One thing I'm not quite fond of this novel was Will and Tessa's love was love at first sight. Although their love was very sweet, it was not quite deep for me to feel the chemistry. And i think that basically was because their love's base was not strongas strong as love at first sight out of nowhere would be.

Overall, if you love Cassie's previous book The Mortal Instrument, or you love a strong heroine or imaginative and captivating plot, or you just love urban-fantasy book, you should totally try this one.

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9 comments

  1. I read this book a while ago and I sort of wanted Will and Tessa to get together. The ending was not very satisfactory for me but the storyline and plot was very addictive. I've never read any of Cassandra Clare's books but this was pretty good.

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    1. Yep totally, they're like so sweet, and I would really cheers of they end up together, hopefully :D

      Thanks for your feedback :D

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  2. I really enjoyed this book as well though I had bought it when it first came out I put off reading it, till my cousin checked it out of library on audio. While I helped her unpack her new apt we listened to it and I fell in love with the storyline. The sequel Clockwork Prince is even better though it starts a love triangle! I recommend hearing them on audio :) Great review!!

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    1. Aww, I'm really curious about how they all will sound on audio! Especially Will!
      Too bad it's not common here in my country, though :D

      Thanks for the feedback!

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  3. I really loved this book. I was so worried when Cassandra Clare said she was going to be making a prequel that she would just ruin the whole series. She did the opposite, I think I like these books more!

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    1. Yeah, they tends to ruin the original series, but that definitely not the case for The Infernal Devices :D

      Thanks for the comment :D

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  4. I can't wait to start reading this series after falling for The Mortal Insruments one. Thanks for your thoughts!

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  5. I enjoy the fact that you gave an honest review especially since you are a major Clare fan. I actually love her TMI and TMD series and was so excited for this series to come out! I really liked this book too but was less excited about the fact that the formula was so similar to the TMI series. Tessa and Will's love was sweet but a bit intense instantly, I agree with you there.
    Again, Great review!

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    1. Thank you so so much for your feedback!!
      Yeah, that's right :D
      But I definitely still looking forward to Clockwork Princess :D

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