Monday, February 6, 2012

Book Review: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Monday, February 6, 2012
Genre: Historical Fantasy
Publisher: McElderry Books
Series: The Infernal Devices #1
Source: Won from Tara at Fiction Folio in a giveaway- thanks! (:

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1)

Tessa's first trip to Victorian London doesn't go as planned. Instead of finding her brother, Nate, the dangerous Dark Sisters find her. It seems Tessa has a power she didn't even know about, but that many creatures- monsters that shouldn't exist- want and will do anything to get.  But there are other beings with magic, and those known as the Shadowhunters will end up being her allies, including one intriguing and handsome Will Herondale.

Oh my gosh.

This book was amazing, perfect, and wonderful and I'm apologizing now for what will be much more of a gush-fest than a review. It's just, I can't get over how much I loved Clockwork Angel or how stupid I was for not reading this book earlier. It's been sitting on my nightstand for month, with me totally ignorant of how fantastic it is. I could tell that I'd fallen completely in love with it before the prologue was even through.

It's just, the characters, and the setting, and the everything is superb. But I'll start with the characters in an effort to stop rambling. Tessa is the perfect protagonist, with her strength and determination. Despite the obstacles thrown in her way, she never becomes desperate or whiny, but rather becomes even more concerned for others. She even recognizes her own flaws. Will, in turn, is tortured and handsome, secretive and witty, without it being too much. Jem, Will's best friend and a Shadowhunter, is so lovable and admirable, and Jessamine, another Shadowhunter, is pitiful and irritating and occasionally surprising bearable. And then there's still Charlotte and Henry and Sophie and Thomas, too that I could go on and on about.

Don't say I didn't warn you about the gushing.

The setting of 1800s London is hauntingly magical and it was as though I could feel the drizzle and the dampness of it through the pages. It was the perfect place for all the action to happen, and was there a lot of action! It's spooky and mysterious and suspenseful.

If you're like I was and haven't read any Cassandra Clare books, read Clockwork Angel now! I really need to get my hands on Clockwork Prince now.

*5 out of 5 stars*
What do you think of this series? 
A Quote from Clockwork Angel“One must always be careful of books," said Tessa, "and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”

1 comment:

  1. I tried reading city of bones by Cassandra Clare at one point but couldn't finish it. I Loved the cover of this one but due too backlash and people just plan out not liking her writing/books and my own not finishing her first book I've put off wanting to read her book

    Your review made me reconsider as well as the fact that they are having a Cassandra Clare panel at a convention I'm going to this september and I told my mom I was considering it

    so point is thanks to you (and my big mouth) I have it on my back burner reads
    you will like this

    if you scroll down people on the comments have posted sneak peek of the artwork for the manga and the graphic novel


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