Friday, October 15, 2010

Review: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Release Date: August 31, 2010
Genre: YA Fantasy

The Story: 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.

My Review:  I ran out and purchased this book the day it came out thinking I'd read it right away. But as the days passed I found myself consistently picking other books over it and after a few weeks I realized I was scared. I was scared that Clockwork Angel wouldn't live up to The Mortal Instruments and that I'd be let down. I was worried that I wouldn't like it as much as others did and so I kept putting it off. As long as I didn't read it, I didn't have to worry about being disappointed. It sat there all nice and pretty for several weeks until I finally opened it up. Let me tell you that all of my fears and worries were completely unjustified and now I'm borderline depressed that the story is over and I have to wait for what will feel like forever to know what happens next. 

Clockwork Angel is an action packed Victorian story that has it all: mystery, romance and fantasy, with no shortage of the drool-worthy characters you've come to expect and love from Clare. Tessa's story sucks you into the unforgettable and dangerous Shadowhunting world from page one. I don't know if it's just me but I think that I may have even enjoyed this book more than those in The Mortal Instruments series.

While Tessa's voice is the forefront of the story, Clare gives remarkable insights into the secondary characters in this book. Will is mysterious, gorgeous and undeniably intriguing. Jem is handsome, kind and perhaps Will's complete opposite, though still his best friend. 

Clare describes Victorian London is such a way that makes you feel like you're actually there and able to walk down those dark streets with Jem or along the water with Jessamine. Her writing is absolutely beautiful, leaving little if anything to be desired. Clockwork Angel is going on my top shelf where a very small number of books have gone. It's definitely going to be one I'll read again and again. Can book two come out any sooner? Please? 

My Rating

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  1. I totally agree Cindy!! I loved this, though I think I might wait to read the Mortal Instruments series... Not sure yet!

  2. It NEEDS to be released sooner, yes! Can't wait! Gave it 5/5 stars in my review, aswell:)



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