Book Review: Clockwork Angel – Cassandra Clare

This book was so fast paced and so amazing and so fun I’m super excited to have finally started on the Infernal Devices, but whether its better than Mortal Instruments, we’ll see


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Name: Clockwork Angel
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: September 1, 2015 (1st published Aug 31, 2010)

Synopsis

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.


Book Cover Comments

Say hello to Victorian gentleman Will Herondale the bad boi of the season who does not have blonde hair and I’m so pissed I went to figure out what the clockwork angel is and mildly spoiled myself even though I knew whatever I got spoiled on was coming


The Actual Review

Ok so

I’m not really ok

This first book of a series (compared to City of Bones), as well as the fact that its not Clare’s first book was much much better. I didn’t feel like giving it a four star nor was there dilly dally confusion whatsoever (i believe thats what I thought).

The entire book was paced extremely fast, but at the same time you could describe it as “slow”, since the events happened across a short amount of time. But in this less-than-a-week, so much happened and I seriously can’t believe that all happened, it was basically in the flash of an eye and from beginning to end, introduction to climax, it was a roller coaster ride of excitement.

Clare executed the climax extremely well, ending in a super fun plot twist that led to even more questions and mysteries that creates even more of a build up to what will happen in the next book.

I really liked Tessa and I must say I was a little surprised how fast the beginning about Tessa was gone over. I thought that was a part that’s gonna be expanded due to I suppose the potential content, but I agree that its not an important part. And I’d say the rest of the book was sufficient in terms of providing what Tessa’s character is like. She’s strong, won’t cry and break easily in front of others, has her own standing and till the very end, was a very smart and strong girl with the heart of Boudicea (ahem),  “a queen of the British Celtic Iceni tribe who led an uprising against the occupying forces of the Roman Empire in AD 60 or 61” (taken from ye olde Wikipedia). Near the last fifty pages, especially, Tessa truly held her high up and fought back against the pressing problems. Tessa has a really complicated background that even Tessa doesn’t understand at this point, and I am so excited to find out the truth behind Tessa’s ability to change, when she is believed to not be truly a warlock or a demon or a sorcerer.

Then we have the two hot men. Will Herondale and Jem Carstairs.

Will is honestly somewhat of a prick but usually this means there’s a soft side. He’s pretty much rood af and savage af, and the plot and book one and book two’s synopsis suggests that he does have a super complex childhood that we will all get to see soon. He’s built up so many walls around him that he absolutely doesn’t want to be seen in a vulnerable state, as seen is certainAHEM parts of AHEM Clockwork Angel, in which set my stomach on fire, filled with butterflies and charms that I wanted to kill myself for because it was so amazing and so cute. Will has such a dark character that to some extent, certain scenes of what suggests opposite to his outside character will draw out the contrast greatly, and Clare did that very well.

Jem is a sweetheart and honestly, basically, the absolute opposite of Will. He’s much kinder, much open, but not without troubles as well. He has a troubled childhood due to burdens accidentally passed on due to, you know, just Shadowhunter things, which makes Jem even more precious than he already is. He’s the parabatai of Will, and seems to have a follower’s character when with Will, but his unbending faith in his parabatai is what makes him so kind, as well as with his problems that he’s dealing with. Apparently I’ll get to see more exciting hot Jem-ness in the next book, and I can’t wait.

I really loved the accuracy and the inclusion of culture with regards to the fact that Jem is from Shanghai, and this book is set in Victorian England, because I get to listen to the factual information and accuracy on the Opium Wars and how Britain actually poured Opium onto China like rain and got everyone basically addicted until Zho En Lai was like f u Britain I’m throwing your shitz and gigglez into the ocean (ok no more history lessons. Sorry.) This was kind of used as a metaphor as well for some wonderful information that Jem is holding, and I was honestly heartbroken to find out.

All of this honestly makes me super hyped for the next book and to continue to find out more about the world of not just the Shadowhunters, but also a story told from the perspective of those who are not the nephilim.

I ALMOST FORGOT WHEN THEY FIRST INTRODUCED CAMILLE BELACOUR AND MAGNUS BANE I WAS HONESTLY SCREAMING THROUGH THE ROOF BECAUSE WHO CANNOT LOVE CROSS-SERIES REFERENCES MORE THAN I DO (jks I’m sure everyone loves that) and it’s so good to see a familiar face around, and Magnus is still on fire as ever AND HIS EPILOGUE MOMENT, THE FACT THAT HE ENDED BOOK ONE ALDFGOSUNLNF;OAEIJFK;PAOIENSLJSFEIN the suspense he gives liek er mah gawd I cannot hold the excitement.

Like honestly everyone’s like Magnus Bane is the tru bae and I’m starting to see why.


The clockworks and gears tick as time goes by faster and faster, as Tessa Gray continues to run out of time to figure out who she is, where she belongs and who are the people around her and what they mean to her. And when problems lie ahead, will her necklace, a Clockwork Angel, her pendant and memento, be able to protect her like an Angel then?

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