Thursday, September 18, 2014

Book Review | Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

khalepa ta kala... It means that that which is worth having--the, fine, honorable, and noble things--are difficult to attain...
It means 'beauty is harsh'.”

Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, Book 2) by Cassandra Clare

Published by McElderry Books
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Release Date: December 6, 2011
Pages: 502
Other Books By Cassandra Clare: City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1)

My Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis: In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when it becomes clear that the mysterious Magister will stop at nothing to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.
With the help of the handsome, tortured Will and the devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal and fueled by revenge. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.
Tessa is drawn more and more to Jem, though her longing for Will continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa answers about who she really is? As their search leads to deadly peril, Tessa learns that secrets and lies can corrupt even the purest heart.

Teisha's Review

Who knew you could find such a gem for 75 cents at your local Goodwill?  Because that's where I found Cassandra Clare's Clockwork Prince, and that's what it is--a diamond in the rough.

When you write book reviews, or any review for that matter, it is advised that you don't give away your overall impression of the work in the introduction.  But, guess what?  I can't help myself:  
I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK.  Words cannot express all of the feels I had while reading this one.

This one installment is literally better than all of The Mortal Instruments books combined.  

The characters, the relationships, the feels--everything is better! 

Here are the five reasons why I gave Clockwork Prince 5 out of 5 stars (and, honestly I wish I could give it a lot more):

★ Love Triangle

I have never in my 21 years of life, in my 16 years of reading, come across a love triangle so perfectly written as the one in Clockwork Prince.  And, why is it so perfect, you ask?  Because I, like Tessa, cannot choose between Will and Jem.

I am usually an easy split when it comes to love triangles.  Edward or Jacob (Twilight)?  Peeta or Gale (The Hunger Games)?  Stefan or Damon (The Vampire Diaries)?  Fitz or Jake (Scandal)?  The choice is always easy.  But, not this time.  Not on Cassandra Clare's watch.

It's such a difficult choice because both Will and Jem are incredibly good guys.  They both love Tessa wholeheartedly and can offer her happiness.

Let's go into a little more detail about these two gentlemen, shall we?

★ Will Herondale

What can I say about Will Herondale that a million other fan girls haven't already said?

See what I mean?

★ Jem Carstairs

Witnessing Tessa & Jem's relationship blossom in this book was absolutely heartwarming.  Jem is so patient with her, and caring, and kind.  I love how he accepts Tessa for who she is and doesn't judge her in any way.  Jem Carstairs, like Will, is perfect.

★ Mystery (What is Tessa?)

One of the plot points that really keeps readers engaged in this story is the mystery of Tessa's being.  We know that she is Tessa Gray.  But, we don't know how she is as powerful she is, how she is able to transform herself into other people.  So, trying to put the pieces of that puzzle together as you go along is definitely fun.

★ Characters

Of course readers wouldn't care either way what Tessa is if Clare hadn't made her such a lovable protagonist.  All of Clare's characters grow on you eventually (besides the antagonists, of course).

I appreciate that Cassandra Clare's books always contain an ensemble of characters because we get to see the Shadowhunter World from different perspectives and it makes that world much more substantial.

One of my favorite characters in The Infernal Devices series is Charlotte.  I love her strength and her ability to defy the odds, and both of those traits are prevalent in her character in Clockwork Prince.

I also love Magnus Bane.  He is my favorite character of all of Clare's characters.  EVER.  Magnus is wise and helpful and snarky and fun and he makes every bad situation better.

A lot of readers enjoy plot driven narratives.  But, I am a sucker for character driven stories.  I love character development.  I love being able to relate to a character on an emotional level.  And, I love being able to experience new, sometimes confounding, emotions with a character.  Clare's writing crafts characters who are all of the above!

Again, this book was absolutely uh-mazing.  If you have not read this series, I don't know what you're waiting for.   I don't know what I was waiting for.  I wish I'd read them sooner.  I wish I could erase them from my memory and read them again just to relive those initial feeling I had while reading.

Clockwork Prince is my favorite Cassandra Clare book EVER!  It is going to be difficult for her to top this trilogy.  But, I'm still excited to see what she has in store for The Dark Artifices!

Talk Books to Me

  1. Have you read Clockwork Prince?  Tell me your thoughts!
  2. Are you considering reading it after checking out this review?

Talk to you soon!

--Teisha xx

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