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Book Review: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Book 2 in the Infernal Devices series

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Pages: 498

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

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, but 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.
My thoughts:

I don’t even know where to begin, honestly. This book is perfection, as is this series. The characters, the romance, the setting, the writing is nothing short of perfection. 

I was on the edge of my seat throughout this book, honestly, I couldn’t even anticipate what would come next and my heart was torn throughout. Jem, Tessa and Will are my favourite bookish trio ever, and I love their bond. Nothing compares to Jem and Will’s parabatai bond but then there’s Tessa and honestly I felt for her throughout, being so torn for many reasons. 

The characterisation for every character developed so much from book one! It was amazing, coming back to them after a short break, it felt like being with friends again! I can’t even process the beauty that is this book! Definitely remarkable, I love how Cassandra Clare makes the reader think one thing and then spins it all on its head and the outcome, oh my gosh! What I thought I knew was one thing but as I read this book I was stunned at all the revelations! Absolutely chilling and devastating and perfection! 

The word building was superb! And the setting as always is perfection, whilst I adore The Mortal Instruments, there’s something about the setting of Victorian London that just compliments the Shadowhunter world perfectly, it’s just amazing. I cannot fault this book, I even loved getting to know more about Gabriel and Gideon Lightwood, and I love how Sophie and Tessa’s friendship grew, it was super precious. Another friendship that I loved in this book was the appearances of Magnus Bane, he was crucial to a specific revelation about one of the characters, who I don’t think I’ll name, but for those who’ve read the book, you know who I mean and my gosh my heart ached for them after I read what I did and imagined how I’d feel about my life if I had been through and told what this character had. 

Just a side note, usually I’m not a huge fan of love triangles, but the one in this book is one of the most heartbreakingly exquisite ones in existence. I want more! It pains me that there’s only one book left in this trilogy! 

I’ll always sing praises about everything in this book, it made me feel every possible feel in existence! And it left on a fabulous cliffhanger, I cannot wait to read Clockwork Princess and get to know a certain character more, as well as indulge in the feelings that I can only imagine will ensue! 

And that concludes my review, as usual, thank you for reading, until next time, happy reading,

Brooklyn 🙂 

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Book Review: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare


Book 1 in the Infernal Devices series

A Shadowhunters Novel

Published: 2010

Pages: 480

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them.
My thoughts:

Definitely my favourite Cassandra Clare book so far! Which is amazing because I didn’t think anything could top the adrenaline pumping ride that was the first 3 books in The Mortal Instruments, and while I love that series and even missed some of the characters, I fell in love with these characters! Tessa is honestly so relatable in her bookishness, and I love how fierce she is! She really steps into Victorian London and is faced with all sorts of action right away! I instantly felt for her and was excited to accompany her on her journey! 

Will and Jem are so precious! Will, albeit kind of elusive at times, he was such a curious character. There were times when he was such a puzzle, open but closed at the same time but from their first meeting I loved how Tessa and he were pretty much outsassing one another, their interactions were such a delight! Jem is probably my favourite character though, he’s such a (Wait for the pun) gem! (Yes, I went there). No but in all earnest he is so precious and my heart was feeling for him all the way through, and I had lots of questions about his character and definitely found his character background very feely. And Will’s too, and Tessa’s, I think it was her back story that really set the course for the novel, there was instant mystery surrounding the whereabouts of her brother and really from there things were never going to be the same. 

I loved all the supporting characters, well all of the Shadowhunters and Sophie. Charlotte Branwell (named after Charlotte and Branwell Bronte, speaking of which Cassie Clare gives us an amazing introduction here to her reasoning behind said character) and I thought Sophie was such a dear, her character definitely grew throughout the book and she had some adorable moments, I’m looking forward to more of her in the other books. I liked Jessamine enough, she didn’t want to be where she was, but she gave us reasoning for that and she’s really well and truly Victorian at heart. 

Which brings me to the setting! I love Victorian London, it’s one of my favourite eras to read about, and Clare portrays it so vividly! I felt like I was there throughout this book, and I was constantly engaged. Though some of the chapters stretched out, I enjoyed that because we got a real feel for the world! I loved knowing bits and pieces about the Shadowhunter world, and I enjoyed the parallels of Tessa being introduced to it as per Clary being introduced to it! And when there was one character that came into this book, from The Mortal Instruments, I was so happy! 

I love the notion of automatons and shape shifters too, so it was great to see them incorporated into the story! I love what Cassandra Clare has done with everything and everyone in this book! It’s perfection! Definitely an instant favourite! 

And I’ll leave it there but gosh this book is just every bit as magical as I thought it would be! I can’t wait to read more! 

Until next time,

Happy reading,

Brooklyn.