Monday, April 09, 2012

Review: Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare

Title: Clockwork Angel 
Series: The Infernal Devices #1
Author: Cassandra Clare 
Release Date: August 31, 2010 
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Source: Library
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.
I really liked Cassandra Clare's debut book, City of Bones and the other two that followed that one. When I heard that she was coming out with another book set in somewhat the same world as City of Bones, I was ecstatic! To make things even better, the book would be set in Victorian Era London! I love all things Victorian and London so Clockwork Angel was high on my list. I am happy to report that Cassandra Clare's newest addition, Clockwork Angel, went far beyond what I had expected from this book! So far, it's my favorite book by her!

The plot was super awesome! From the very beginning, Cassandra Clare brings on the danger, mystery and the hot guys! There is a lot more going on with Tess than meets the eye and Cassandra Clare spreads the plot out so we can find out what is going on with Tessa but what is going on with the rest of the characters. The new antagonist is introduced, along with more fighting and demons, and so much more!

I absolutly loved Tessa! She was strong and independent and well ahead of her time, especially in Victorian London. This set her apart from many of the stereotypes of those times. I couldn't help but compare her to Clary (I know, I know! I couldn't help it, so sue me!) and Tessa just seemed so much strong. PLUS, her reasonably behind fighting isn't for a guy or something, it's for her brother, her family and that just made it all the better. I knew from the very beginning that there would be two guys, both potential interests for Tessa. I also knew that one would be the bad boy type and the other would bet he nicer, calmer, smarter one, and I was write. This took away some of the enjoyment but I liked meeting Will and Jem none the less!

Overall, Clockwork Angel is another excellent piece of work from the amazing Cassandra Clare. Her writing is different in this book so it fits the feel of Victorian Era and that made it more enjoyable! The characters, the plot, and everything else about this book is totally awesome! I recommend that you read this one ASAP, if you haven't already!

Cover Comments: 
I love it! Cassandra Clare gets some of the best covers ever! I love the London landscape behind the guy and the angel that is so bright and pretty! Plus, Will is hot.
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