Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Author: Cassandra Clare
Book #1 of The Infernal Devices/Prequel to The Mortal Instruments
My Rating: 4.5/5 stars
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.
Wow! That was my first thought when I finished Clockwork Angel. It's very original in ways The Mortal Instruments was not, and a fantastic read.
Let's get the one thing I didn't like about Clockwork Angel over first. I wasn't much into the beginning. I disliked the part with The Dark Sisters, and wasn't to into it until Will came along to rescue Tessa. Things seemed rather off in the first few chapters, with the robots and Tessa's changing. The words that can sum up what I thought about the first 2 chapters were.........messed up.
But, never fear! It got better! Though I loved The Mortal Instruments, I did think that the plot was somewhat unoriginal. But not so with Clockwork Angel. There were definitely things I was not expecting, the plot is fresher, and I found myself asking so many questions. The plot was woven together in such a way that I found myself confused about where to start with the questions. There was so much I wanted to know! So that kept me reading on and on!
The setting was awesome, of Victorian London. It was described well, and was quite vivid. I hope I'll get to see more about The Shadowhunter world in that era in London!
Another thing I loved was the characters. Cassandra Clare does it again by making believable, hilarious, and tortured characters! They all have different personalities, and were all awesome to read about! Tessa was a good example of what a young lady from the Victorian era would be like, Will was hot and hilarious (I am totally Team Will,) Jem was sweet and hot too! All the other characters were awesome too, and each character definitely is mysterious. There are so many questions I have about the characters too!
Overall, Clockwork Angel was an engaging, dark and dangerous, but hilarious read. Lots of things were left unsolved, and I STILL have so many questions. It's driving me insane. Book Two, Clockwork Prince, is something that I will be highly anticipating the release of.