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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Book Review: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare
Genre: Young Adult (Paranormal/Fantasy Romance)
Date Published: August 31, 2010
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Margaret K. McElderry

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....

Clockwork Angel is the first book in The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare. I actually read this book when it first came out, but that was before my reviewing days began. I knew I loved it, but I wanted to re-read it so I could give it a proper review. Clockwork Angel takes place in London long before most of the characters from The Mortal Instruments series are even alive. However, some of the characters are around already. So, I found some familiar faces. I love the characters in Cassandra Clares books. These are characters I want to badly to be real. Tessa is a wonderful female lead. She's smart, strong, independent, and as it is stated in the book, she handles Will quite well. Will is a character full of layers. We are only shown a few of those layers within this book, but I know he's hiding much more. He is full of snark and sarcasm. So, needless to say he is my favorite. His fascination with demon pox is pretty funny. He uses this sense of humor to hide the more important things, and never lets anyone truly know him. Jem is an absolute sweetheart. I just want to hug him all the time. I don't really see him as a love interest for Tessa, but things are hinting at a love triangle of sorts. There are twists and turns within this story. Some you will see coming. Others? Not so much. What I love about this book, is there is rarely a dull moment. It was so hard to put down, because something is always happening or about to happen. I was glued to Clockwork Angel. It became a new appendage for a few days. I am immediately starting the next book in the series after I finish this review, because I can't wait to see what happens next!

Will went back to scrubbing dried vampire blood off his hands and arms. The task was absorbing enough that he was able to almost completely ignore Gabriel Lightwood when the other boy appeared out of the shadows and sauntered over to Will, a superior smile plastered on his face.

"Nice work in there, Herondale, setting the place on fire," Gabriel observed. "Good thing we were there to clean up after you, or the whole plan would have gone down in flames, along with the shreds of your reputation."

"Are you implying that shreds of my reputation remain intact?" Will demanded with mock horror. "Clearly I have been doing something wrong. Or not doing something wrong, as the case may be." He banged on the side of the carriage. "Thomas! We must away at once to the nearest brothel! I seek scandal and low companionship."

Thomas snorted and muttered something that sounded like "bosh," which Will ignored.

Gabriel’s face darkened. "Is there anything that isn’t a joke to you?"

"Nothing that comes to mind."

"You know," Gabriel said, "there was a time I thought we could be friends, Will."

"There was a time I thought I was a ferret," Will said, "but that turned out to be the opium haze. Did you know it had that effect? Because I didn’t."

Check out my review of the other books in this trilogy!

Have you read the Mortal Instruments Series yet? Check out my reviews!

Don't Forget The Dark Artifices!

Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts.

To learn more about Cassandra Clare and her books, visit her website and blog.You can also find her on Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter.

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