Thursday, August 12, 2010

Review: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

CLOCKWORK ANGEL (The Infernal Devices Series #1) by Cassandra Clare
Pub. Date: August 2010
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Format: Hardcover, 496pp
Age Range: Young Adult
Series: Infernal Devices Series, #1
Source: Publisher

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've been anticipating this book - it seems like forever. To be able to continue visiting the world that Cassandra Clare has created is a special treat indeed. The Infernal Devices brings to readers a new cast of characters plus a few old ones from TMI (The Mortal Instruments).

It was easy to delve back into the world of Nephilim and Downworlders. CLOCKWORK ANGEL takes readers to the setting of London as Tessa Gray enlists the help of Will, Jem, Charlotte, Henry & Jessie to aid her in her search for her missing brother. My favorite warlock (Magnus Bane) also makes an appearance. I love the London setting in this book. Clare’s descriptions of 1800’s London put me smack-dead in the scenery right alongside the characters. The London setting also gives the story a whole new, dark and edgy feel as the cast set out on their mission to uncover the mystery behind the Magister and The Pandemonium Club.

I can't say enough great things about the cast in this book. Tessa is a heroine that I've enjoyed getting to know. Jem is a sweetheart and Will is mysterious as ever. Of course, Will is my favorite! I love the whole misunderstood thing he has going on - reminds me a bit of Jace Wayland from TMI. What’s not to like about that? Clare continues to lure me into the world that she's created. With a beautiful setting, fascinating characters, and dangerous intrigue, who could ask for anything more? No complaints here.

I can't wait to see what CLOCKWORK PRINCE - the next installment in this awesome series has in store. I don't think I could ever get tired of Clare's world. It’s so great to immerse yourself into her magical world for a little escapism!

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars



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46 comments:

  1. OMG! I am so jealous you read this already! I pre-ordered my copy and awaiting the day it gets here. Great review! I can't wait to read my copy!!

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  2. Oh yay yay yay! I'm kind of worrying about this one. I loved The Mortal Instruments series, so I hope this one isn't a disappointment. It's very reassuring to see you give it 5 stars :)

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  3. Fantastic review for sure! I already have this on my growing wish list.

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  4. I'm happy to see you enjoyed CA so much. I was able to read it as well, but I didn't care for it all that much. I thought it was too similar to TMI. I still plan on continuing the series, but my hopes won't be as high for the next one.

    Thanks for the review!

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  5. Thanks for the great review. I am so excited to read this.

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  6. I've been hearing a lot about this book and everyone's really excited about it. It does sound intriguing and your review was fantastic! Will have to add this to my list of books to buy.

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  7. I think I'm going to really love Tessa. Every review I've read so far has praised her and she seems amazing. Great review!

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  8. I can't wait to read this book. I love pretty much anything that is set in the Victorian era.

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  10. I want this so much! Not only is it a Shadowhunters book, but it is a Shadowhunters book set in the time of Queen Victoria. Nothing sets the scene like dark, dreary London. And, it definitely helps that some romance is involved! I think that this will be a veryyyyyyy good book :)

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  11. I sooooo need to read this book :) Glad you enjoyed it after waiting so long for it!

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  12. I can't wait for this book! I am excited. I think with all the reviews I have read I am Team Jem before even starting the book. However, Will sounds pretty intriguing! :) Thanks for the review!

    Scoot

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  13. You are so lucky, I've been dying to read this ever since I first heard about it. Glad to hear that it doesn't disappoint. Great review. ^_^

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  14. I cant wait for this book to come out. I read the three books before this and loved them at times and hated them at times. But, overall loved them.

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  15. I know exactly what you mean...I will never get bored with Cassandra's worlds and books, I love her writing. Great review!

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  16. I seen this book everywhere and I'm dying to read it! I only skimmed your review, because I don't want to know what happens before I get to read it. I just know it's going to be great!
    I love reading your reviews!

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  17. Awesome review! I have been wanting to read this book for forever :) I cannot wait to buy it.

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  18. I can't belive you've read it already! I so want to read this! I love Cassie and I've heard nothing but good things about this book! Great review, glad you liked it so much!

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  19. I want to read this book so bad, great review!

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  20. This is at the top of my Wish list! I love the other books! Thanks for the review!

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  21. You did an awesome job on reviewing this book. I'm so excited to read this book especially since I loved TMI series. I'm glad to know that she does a great job of describing London in the 1800's. I always love the characters that she brings into her books because I can always connect with each of them.

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  22. Great review. There is so much buzz for this book. I still have to read MS. Clare's books.

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  23. I can't wait to read this! I'm excited to read about the new characters and *claps hands* a few of the old ones!

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  24. Great review! Can;t wait to read this!

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  25. Great review! I can't wait to read it now!

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  26. Thank you for the great review, I've been hearing so much about this book that I can't wait to read it.

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  27. I'm so jealous that you've read this already! I'm glad to hear you liked it-- I've heard nothing but great things about it and can't wait to read it

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  28. man i've not read anything about this book. but it sounds fanastic. I am adding to our tbb list. I have two sons and this would be a great book to share with them.

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  29. Like everybody else the commented, I envy you for getting an ARC! But, I now you deserved it... I can't wait to read CA and then CP!

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  30. Awesome review. I have been looking for this book for a long time and it's good to know that it lives up to expectations :)

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  31. Thank you for the review. I haven't read TMI yet, but I'm looking forward to CLOCKWORK ANGEL.

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  32. One on the top of my pile. Glad to see that it is well liked.

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  33. I totally have to get this book. I loved your review. Will sounds like a hottie!

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  34. Oh wow, it does sound like TMI. AHHH! That makes me shiver with excitement. I'm craving this. I can't wait to read about Will ;D teeehee.

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  35. I cannot wait to read this book! I am so glad to see Magnus makes an appearance, he is one of my favorite characters in TMI. I am so glad to see you enjoyed this so much. Now I can hardly contain myself!

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  36. I haven't read TMI series yet but I own them and they're very near the top of my TBR pile. I'm really looking forward to reading them and this one too!

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  37. I love Cassandra Clare. I know this one is going to be great!

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  38. Great review book sounds great I want to read it now after hearing so much about it :) thank you

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  39. I can't wait to read this book after reading your stellar review!

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  40. another book to devour and then wait for a sequel. a five star review! Sure to be a great read.
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  41. I really want to read this book now.

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  42. Great review! Now, I really want to read this book.

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  43. I DO love the world Cassie created in the TMI series so it's going to be awesome to see how she ties the new with the old. Ooooh, I can't wait! Awesome review :)

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  44. Great review! So excited for this book!

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  45. Omygosh. THIS WAS WONDERFUL AMAZING SOOOO DAMN GOOD :O
    Who don't read it miss something in his/her life.

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  46. I would absolutely, one-hundred-percent recommend this book to people who enjoyed the mortal instruments trilogy or the fantasy YA genre, for me it just wasnt as good as the earlier books, though to be fair, that is an exceedingly tall order.

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