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Review: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Title: Clockwork Angel

Author: Cassandra Clare

GenreYA Paranormal

Series: Infernal Devices (Book 1)

Publication Date: August 31, 2010

FormatHardcover, 479 Pages

ISBN-10: 1416975861 (Simon Pulse)

ISBN-13: 978-1416975861 (Simon Pulse)

Reviewed by: Bridget


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.

Quick & Dirty: Awesome YA Paranormal book set in London in the 1800s.  This was a great fast read with amazing characters and a great story.

Opening Sentence: The demon exploded in a shower of inchor and guts.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Tessa Grey’s life is about to change.  Her aunt just recently passed away and her only family left is her brother Nate.  He has been in London for a few years now and she decides it is time to join him.  So she leaves New York and travels across the ocean to be with her brother.  Upon arriving she is kidnapped by two witches who are called the Dark Sisters.  London is full of werewolves, vampires, fairies, warlocks and other supernatural’s known as downworlders.  The Dark Sisters force Tessa to realize she is not totally human.  It turns out she is a type of downworlder and a very rare one.  She can take form of anyone she wants as long as she has something that belonged to that person.  The Dark Sisters work for the mysterious Magister and Tessa is a big part of his evil plan.  Fortunately, Tessa is rescued by a young Shadowhunter named Will.  Shadowhunters are warriors that protect the world from demons and at times downworlders who are misbehaving.  They have angel blood and are known as the Nephilim.  Because they have angel blood in their system they are faster, stronger and can become invisible to humans.  After Will rescues Tessa he takes her to the London institute which is a safe haven for all shadowhunters.  While there she discovers that her brother is missing.  She must find him but she will need the help of the shoadowhunters and she is a downworlder, but they don’t know what kind.  The Magister has a vendetta against the shadowhunters  and would do anything to destroy them.  He has created a mechanical army with one purpose to destroy the shadowhunters, but somehow Tessa is a big part of his plan.   So in exchange for helping the shadowhunters with the Magister they agree to help Tessa find her brother.

Tessa meets and befriends many of the shadowhunters at the institute.  First there is the mysterious, gorgeous Will.  Most of the time he is a total jerk to Tessa and pretty much everyone else as well.  Then there are those rare occasions that he will let Tessa in and show her what an amazing person he really is.  The only person Will seems to connect with and truly care about is his best friend and fellow shadowhunter Jem.  Jem was cursed as a young man and they have yet to find a cure for it.  The curse is slowly killing him and the only way they have found to slow it down is for Jem to take opium every day.  The only problem with the drug is that it is also killing him just slower than the curse would.  As Tessa gets to know the boys she starts to have feelings for both of them.  On top of her boy problems she has to find her brother, figure out what she is, and try to stop the Magister.

The characters in this book are amazing and I love each and every one of them.   Tessa is a great heroine, she is strong and sensible.  She is naïve at times but she always tries to follow her heart wherever it may lead her.  Will is a really interesting boy.  He is totally beautiful but always so distant.  He pushes everyone away, even those he cares about.  There is great chemistry between Tessa and Will but the way he treats her most of the time is unacceptable.  Then there is the always constant Jem.  He is a total sweetheart with a heart made of gold.  He quickly befriends Tessa and does all he can to help her.  They stay mostly on the friend level in this book but there is hope for more in the books to come.  Personally, I have to admit that I am Team Will in this book even though he can be a jerk, the times when he is open and shows what he can truly be like made me totally fall in love with him.

The story in this book is amazing.  It is non-stop action, betrayal, romance, and beautifully developed characters.  Clare’s writing is flawless and so beautifully composed.  I loved everything about this book from it being set in London in the 1800’s (which happens to be my favorite setting) to the steamy romance, and amazing plot.  If you haven’t read any of Cassandra Clare’s books you should totally start now.  I have enjoyed everything she has written immensely.  I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys YA, I am pretty sure you will love it.

Notable Scene:

The change shattered like glass.  With a cry Tessa fell to her knees, the torn little bow falling from her hand.  It was her hand again – Emma had gone, like a cast-off skin.  Tessa was once more alone inside her own mind.

Mrs. Black’s voice came from far away.  “Theresa? Where is Emma?”

“She’s dead,” Tessa whispered. “ She died in an alley – bled to death.”

“Good.”  Mrs. Dark exhaled a sound of satisfaction. “Well done, Theresa.  That was very good.”

Tessa said nothing.  The front of her dress was splotched with blood, but there was no pain.  She knew it was not her blood; it wasn’t the first time this had happened.  She closed her eyes, spinning in the darkness, willing herself to faint.

Infernal Devices Series:

1. Clockwork Angel

2. Clockwork Prince

3. Clockwork Princess (March 19, 2013)

FTC Advisory: Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster provided me with a copy of Clockwork Angel. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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