Book Review: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
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 gas lit 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'm going to start out by saying I was a little disappointed with this book. It didn't snatch me up like The Mortal Instruments did. Sometimes the story seemed a little forced, and it wasn't realistic enough. I know quite a few people won't like to hear this, but I hated Will. I really did. He was a stupid character. It felt like Ms. Clare was trying to make him like Jace. Sorry, but I'll stick with the original Jace. Tessa was a little better than Will, but not by much. She didn't have a lot of... personality. Jem (James) was the best main character, I think. He was pretty realistic, he was nice, and he didn't seem forced.
The end was not very well written. At all. I guess what I'm trying to say is, I didn't enjoy this book very much. I will buy the next one when it comes out, though. If you liked The Mortal Instruments, I wouldn't recomend this one. If you haven't read The Mortal Instruments, this would be a good one to read.
I just thought I'd let you all know that I have just finished Graceling once again. I still love it. It is AMAZING! Clockwork Angel doesn't compare at all. If you haven't read it, go find it :). At the moment I am rereading hush, hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. Another excellent book that I enjoy. That's my update. Hope you enjoyed it. Thanks for reading!
I'm Amanda! I originally started this blog as a way to share my short stories, but then it grew to include YA book reviews, author interviews, and giveaways. I LOVE reading YA and Middle Grade, and I'm a sucker for fantasy books. Along with reading and writing, I play golf, crochet scarves, sing, and in June I'll be off to college! Thanks for stopping by my blog, and I hope you enjoy it!