Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Pages: 478
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Released in: Aug 31, 2010

"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."

Amazing. I’m utterly speechless at how much I enjoyed this book. At first, I deliberately read it because I believed that it was not going to live up to the Mortal Instruments series in my eyes. But, I’m glad that it proved me wrong. From the start, I loved the idea that this was set in the Victorian era of London. Just with that, it hooked me in. Next, the Characters were very different and absolutely addicting. I couldn’t ask for more. Then there is the plot, a complete head turner.
Tessa Gray surprisingly turned out to be a strong fearless girl. I would have fainted and screamed like a mad-woman! I actually liked Tessa, which can be rare when it comes to female characters. But, the way she takes hold of her events is one to admire. And of course, Clare’s books cannot hit a homerun without her main male characters. They pretty much steal sighs and “omg”s. Meet Will Herondale, with his intense blue eyes and witty personality; he will rob your heart! I went giddy over him. And still am! His little remarks make him dangerously attractive. I enjoyed the sparks that flew between these two characters, it made the situation of the story stand out more. James is another character who you will stumble upon in this book, and surprisingly he will steal your heart too! I couldn’t help but feel torn between who was my favorite.
The plot is unbelievably engaging. While reading the book I believed that I had everything figured out. But the twists are so surprising! I felt like I was on a roller coaster, with each turn I read something that was unexpected. This small review could not sum up the excitement I feel even after finishing Clockwork Angel. The book has a way of slowly picking you up into its world and then throwing you into a whirl wind of events.
This book actually works so well with the Mortal Instruments series! It doesn’t give anything away from that series, and yet it flows amazingly well alongside it. Like ying and yang. I can’t wait for the next book! -- Jess

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