Clockwork Angel (Hardback)
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Short Description for Clockwork Angel When 16-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 beings stalk the gaslit streets.
- Published: 31 August 2010
- Format: Hardback 496 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781416975861 ISBN 10: 1416975861
- Sales rank: 9,738
Reviews for Clockwork Angel
Previously published on my blog: http://fictionfervor.wordpress.com/2012/07/29/review-clockwork-angel-by-cassandra-clare/
Clockwork Angel, to be put simply, is a beautifully woven tale of mystery and romance.
I have a hard time believing that more people like Cassandra Clare's The Mortal Instruments series than The Infernal Devices (the first book of which is Clockwork Angel). The writing in the ID series is so much more eloquent than that in TMI (which may be due to the different era), and the characters are so much more likable. The mystery is even greater, and more surprises were thrown my way in ID. And plus, the covers are so much prettier.
Yes, I believe that the Infernal Devices series is ten times better than the TMI series.
Tessa Gray, the protagonist, is definitely not a Mary Sue; she has a strange ability to change into other people. And no, she isn't like a regular shapeshifter; she not only changes her appearance, but she can access the memories and thoughts of the person into whom she changes. In addition to her supernatural powers, she's an avid reader. (Bonus points for us bookworms, eh?) She may not be kick-butt, but she's got cool points.
Don't get me started on the love triangle. Will Herondale may be the hot, sensitive guy with hidden feelings, but he treats Tessa rudely and pushes her away. But Jem Carstairs, Will's parabatai, is sweet and kind, showing Tessa his feelings through his actions. Trust me, this is one love triangle that will make you pull out your hair and scream in frustration-because both Shadowhunters are so lovable.
And while there may be romance, that isn't the main plot. (Thank goodness for that.) Planning to visit her brother, Nate, Tessa travels from America to England, where she gets kidnapped by the Dark Sisters who want to use Tessa's power for a mysterious person named the Magister. Then she is rescued by Will and Jem, who take her to the London Institute. But the Magister wants Tessa, and he'd be willing to do anything to get her back...
If I could sing the praises of this book even further, I would. C'mon, it's a mixture of fantasy (the vampires, the werewolves, the faeries, the Nephilim!) and steampunk (clockwork army for the win, yo) set in the Victorian era. You've got to try that out. Especially since I'm saying this: Clockwork Angel is phenomenal. Read it now.
Source: Hardcover borrowed from library by Lindaunder review
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Review: Clockwork Angel
I have heard so many people getting excited over the upcoming release of Clockwork Prince, and i heard that it was the second book of The Infernal Devices. So i just HAD to get my hands on the first book, which is Clockwork Angel. Now i finally understand what all that fuss about Clockwork Prince is about, because i just cant WAIT to start reading it too.
Clockwork Angel was a-ma-zing. I loved it so much! The characters were brilliant, and i found no one annoying. I loved how everything was in this book. Vampires, warlocks, demons, you name it.
Tessa never annoyed me at first, and she never did annoy me at any point. I imagined her as a petit, quiet girl, but was also very strong. How she would do anything for her brother touched me.
I loved the fights that happened, when they would start, i would just read and read and read because it was so exciting! After i read a page, and i wanted to stop at it, i couldnt, because id be eager as to what would happen in the next page.
*sigh* Will and Jem. Ah how i would love these 2 boys to appear infront of me right now. Jem's haaaaiirrrr. I LOVE HIM! I might actually say that i liked Jem a bit more than Will, because Will's attitude frustrated me at first, but i still love him too. Actually i might like Will more. UGH i cannot decide. How can someone NOT love these amazing, beautiful, strong boys?
It still frustrates me that i do not know much about Will, and how everything about him is so secretive, but i guess thats why there is another book right?
Tessa & Will, or Tessa & Jem? I have finished the book, and yet i do not know if Will truly does love Tessa, or vice versa. I dont even know if Jem likes her either, i mean, he did show signs and stuff, but i neeed prooooof! Hehe.
Anyways overall, it was an amazing story. So entertaining, very fun and exciting!
Honestly if i saw that cover in a library, i would have never picked it up. But im GLAD i read this book!
Happy Reading by Juhina & Farahunder review
I literally just finished the book. I wanted to write the review when is still fresh in my mind.
To start with the environment i felt in love with it. It's one of the best settings i have read. When i was reading i was in London at 1878. I've never been there but the whole city, the atmosphere was "designed" in mind perfectly. With every little detail. There are not few times when you read a book and the description of the world of the book is either too detailed or not good detailed at all. As a result you start make your own parts of the world to fit the story. This can't happen in Clockwork Angel. Cassandra has build an amazing time machine for you to travel back in time. And that's coming for someone who hates most of the stories written in our world. To put it against TMI*, i liked it more. Its aura is more dark, mysterious and adventurous. And even the story is more interesting for me.
As for the characters what can you say? My favourite one was Henry. He has a B' role in the book, maybe even C', but he is the one who stand out for me. His personality, his naivety, the way others was acting against him. I believe he would be easily my best friend.
For our main character Tessa i can't say many. I really admire how Clare build her female characters. They feel real. To concentrate on Tessa i was quite fond of her. I don't like her more than Clary, at TMI, but i still like to read about her story. The thing that i disliked most about her, it was that sometimes i felt like she was caring only for her brother and nothing else. Even if she is not selfish in some scenes looked pretty selfish to me. The back up girls,Sophie,Jess and the Dark Sisters were all really different than Tessa. I didn't really cared about what Sophie was doing and i hated Jess (as personality not as her part in the book). The Dark Sisters..well they are "bad" guys. I have to admit they scared my a lot.
Then we have the boys. Magnus..is Magnus. Everyone who knows is from TMI, can understand what i mean. Even though we see a more sensitive part of him. Will and Jem. I love them! They are so different than each other and they are like brothers. Best friends. I like reading about their relationship and i really want to know more. Will, the guy who likes to be looked as bad(reminds of Jace) and Jem( aka James),the gentleman. If Tessa pick one of them i don't really care who the one will be. I like both for different reasons and both can be at her side. Can't really pick between them.
Lastly, for the ones that have read TMI and have good memory they will grin in many scenes were the characters say profitable things for TMI. The connection is really good. I'm really into this book. And i say try it. Even it's the first one of Clare or you have read or either you are fan of TMI. After this 4th book Cassandra Clare became my 2nd favourite writer ever! Stories unique, with no repeating, that you can't see where they really go, with a perfectly shaped world always worth your time. It's not easy to find them anymore. Can't wait for the next one! by splashofourworlds.blogspot.comunder review