EDIT: Thank you Polyvore for adding this set on Top Sets 11th Sept 12'
4 stars out of 5!
When I first heard about Cassandra Clare’s prequel series of the Infernal Devices, I was a little iffy about it because I thought that the prequel series wouldn’t match up the same excitement and originality as it did with the Mortal Instruments. I thought it would be some replica. But how wrong was I? I didn’t have high expectations but after finish it I really liked it! Hence the 4 star rating. I loved the Mortal Instruments and it’s been a long time since I read it. I wouldn’t say Clockwork Angel is better, but it is just as good!
The story is set in the 1800s Victorian Era in London. Here we’re introduced to 16-year-old Tessa Gray who travels to London to live with her brother after her aunt dies. Instead of meeting her brother Nathaniel, she gets tricked into going with the Dark sisters who hold her captive for six weeks, until Will rescues her. Tessa learns that she has a special ability to shape-shift and a magical world of shadowhunters and downworlders.
I’ve grown attached to the characters. I thought they were interesting and memorable. Tessa is a good protagonist, despite being a ‘damsel in distress’ character in the beginning. She loves to read and Will is amused on how excited she gets on books. Her brother is the only family she has left, as her parents died when she was 3 and she loves him more than anything else in the world. Will Herondale is quite a mixed signaled and frustrating character to say the least...he has mood swings most of the time. He’s sarcastic and conceited and he finds things in life very amusing. If I didn’t know any better he is an ancestor of Jace Wayland! He’s described as very attractive with his wavy black hair and blue eyes like nigh sky in hell – the vampires we meet along the way are attracted to his looks.
I really liked Jem *sighs!* He is a kind; caring and sensible person and I really loved reading the conversations with him and Tessa. Hearing about his story as he revealed it to Tessa was quite touching and she understood the reason why he is frail and why he coughed blood on that one scene. Charlotte Branwell runs the Institute, whereas her husband works on creating inventions for shadowhunters. Jessamine is described as beautiful, but she bitter and wistful, she longs to live a mundane life, rather than be part of the shadowhunter world. I enjoyed reading about the secondary too, like Sophie and Thomas.
I think that Cassandra Clare is clever in building up the tension and pacing flowed perfectly in her paranormal story. Her writing has really improved since Mortal Instruments! I liked how she described the places in London during the Victorian times era and the action scenes to create the mystical excitement. It’s been a real page-turner! Could. Not. Put. It. Down! (My e-reader I mean).
The storyline is starts slow in the beginning, as we get to know Tessa and the other characters and the matching up the clues leading to Nate’s disappearance. Mid-way it slowly begins to build up the pace with Tessa and the shadowhunters working together to find out what the Magister wants with Tessa and the ways to stop him creating an army of clockwork monsters. For whatever reason, he wants Tessa because of her rare ability to shape-shift. This leads up towards the last few chapters when the truth and lies are unraveled, but also leaving some unanswered questions.
There has been a lot of twists and turns leading to the near ending of story part I and lots of ‘I did not see that one coming!’ which really kept me interested and intrigued to find out what’s to come next! Literally on the edge of my seat! Shortly after Nate is found and healed by the Silent Brothers, we finally find out what his true motives were and what a true traitor he is. The Magister is a mysterious character; at first it was thought to believe that he was De Quincey, only to find out he’s just a mere vampire and the identity of the Magister is revealed in a plot twist. You know the saying “keep your friends close and your enemies close...” All hell breaks loose at the Institute!
Tessa is concerned on who she really is, whether she is a warlock or a downworlder and about her family history who were involved with the Magister. She can shape-shift and yet she looks human. Her brother is neither one supernatural, nor are her parents. This is what Tessa is determined to uncover and won’t stop until she finds the truth. It was interesting to read about the Lightwood and Wayland ancestors and I was glad that Magnus Bane made an appearance; he cracks me up!
I’m getting the impression that Will has had a pained childhood; nothing about him is revealed yet and it remains a mystery for now. Reasons aren’t explained as to why he left his parents at the age of 12 and came to the Institute in London to become a shadowhunter. I think he does care for Tessa but he has a ‘funny way of showing it.’ He’s a dick towards her, but for whatever reason she is drawn to him. With their last scene together, I think what Will said to her after he kissed her was really uncalled for. Somehow, I think they’re going to get together, but honestly...I want it to be Tessa and Jem! ♥♥♥
I’m really looking forward to reading the next installment in the series Clockwork Prince! The epilogue left me a cliffhanger! I hate cliffhangers, but they do keep me interested. First paranormal book I’ve read and enjoyed in a long time! After reading so many love stories (some were predictable) this summer, Clockwork Angel was the perfect paranormal read!
(On a smaller note – I know there are articles written about Cassandra Clare and her plagiarism fanfiction works of the ‘Draco trilogy.’ Apparently there is plagiarism in City of Bones. I haven’t read Harry Potter, so I wouldn’t know and can’t see what has been copied and whatnot. That’s disappointing because I genuinely love Clare’s books. So I’m going to push that to one side.)