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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Book Review: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare
Genre: Young Adult (Paranormal/Fantasy Romance)
Date Published: March 19, 2013
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd

Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy.

Tessa Gray should be happy – aren't all brides happy? Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shaodwhunters of the London Institute.

A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa's heart, will do anything to save her.

Clockwork Princess is the third book in The Infernal Devices Trilogy by Cassandra Clare. Each book in this series got progressively better and better. This book was amazing! Seriously amazing! This trilogy was well on its way to being my new favorite series after finishing Clockwork Prince, but now The Infernal Devices is officially my new favorite. After having the same favorite for five years, I never expected to say that, but it's true. There are many subplots that branch out from the main plot. All are engaging, and add to the main plot which is both heart wrenching and gut wrenching. We are given different view points from many of the characters. Each character has a story. Each story plays into the bigger picture. This was some of the best character and world building I've ever found in a book. The series as a whole builds this world and the people in it so completely that it becomes real for the reader.

Clockwork Princess far exceeded any expectations I had prior to reading it. With this being the final book in the series, there is very little I can say in regards to any details without giving away some spoilers. There is so much within the details, I thought it'd be impossible to wrap everything up in just one more book, but the author did it flawlessly. If you've read The Mortal Instruments Series, you'll get to see the origins of some things, and you'll love how other things from that series are explained and/or alluded too. It really brings the two series together in a way. Everything that made you fall in love with Jem and Will in the previous two books is that much more powerful and endearing with this last book. I loved seeing a whole new side to Will, and he still maintained the snarky-ness and humor that first attracted me to him. I fell in love with Jem too. There really aren't words to adequately do him justice. My heart broke again and again for both Will and Jem. I don't think I've ever cried so much while reading a book. The epilogue? It almost did me in. Holy cow!

Cassandra Clare's exquisite writing completely immersed me into this world. I literally needed recovery time after I finished reading. It was that good. Even now, twenty-four hours later, I still have to fight back tears when I think about it. A book has never had that effect on me. Ever. Not like this one did. This book has stayed with me, and it will be with me for quite some time. Don't let my crying deter you from reading this book. I normally hate when a book makes me cry, but this story was phenomenal and worth every tear. Clockwork Princess is tragic, bittersweet, and beautiful.

Jem drew the bow back and let the arrow fly; it struck the creature in the side. The massive demon worm writhed in agony, undulating as it swept its great, blind head from side to side, uprooting shrubbery with its thrashings. Leaves filled the air and the boys choked on dust, Gideon backing up with his seraph blade in his hand, trying to see by its light.

“It’s coming toward us,” he said in a low voice.

And indeed it was, the arrow still protruding from its wet, grayish skin, humping its body along with incredible speed. A flick of its tail caught the edge of a statue, sending it flying into the dry ornamental pool, where it shattered into dust.

“By the Angel, it just crushed Sophocles,” noted Will. “Has no one respect for the classics these days?”

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

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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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