Monday, December 19, 2011

Clockwork Prince Review

***WARNING: There will be spoilers from Clockwork Prince and Clockwork Angel in this review***

Clockwork Prince
by Cassandra Clare
#2 in Infernal Devices series
In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa's powers for his own dark ends.

With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister's war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move and that one of their own has betrayed them.

Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, though her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will; the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?

As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.

First things first: I love this book. I never thought a book could top City of Glass in my heart as a Clare finale, but I have a feeling that Clockwork Princess could be that book. This one is probably my second favorite Clare book ever.

Typically, Clare's books start a little slow and then turn into the world's largest rollercoaster in about the last third, but this one definitely broke that trend. The last third was still a rollercoaster, but I'm happy to say that it didn't start slow. I was hooked from the first chapter and I would have read it all in one night if I could have.

Usually it's easy for me to pick sides in love triangles, but this is definitely one of those series when that's impossible for me. Officially, I am Team Will but I love both of them so much. My heart almost broke when I found out that the reason why Will is so mean to everyone is because he's afraid that if he lets them love him, they'll die. I wasn't expecting that. Now that his fears about "the curse" have been lifted, I absolutely love the new Will. On the other hand, Jem is the sweetest boy ever. I love when Jem spoke Chinese to Tessa and then told her it meant her hair is coming undone when it really meant "You are beautiful." The kisses in this book (those with Jem and those with Will) were definitely some of my favorites. I still can't believe Jem and Tessa are engaged. That was a twist I definitely wasn't expecting. I feel so bad for Will...

I'm still in shock over the concept of Tessa being a child of a demon and a Shadowhunter, but it does make sense. The offspring of a demon and a Shadowhunter is death. If Tessa really is immortal, then she's the opposite of death. One thing that I still don't understand is someone said that because Nate died that they can't learn anything more from him. If they need to know more, why couldn't they just ask Tessa to turn into him? She's done it before so she doesn't even need to be touching anything of his in order to do it.

Overall: 9.5/10 I'm dying to get my hands on Clockwork Princess.


Sara said...

I completely agree with your review. Normally, I can easily pick a side or "team" when there's a love triangle but here? I know I'm 100% for Will/Tessa, and I absolutely adore Will (even when he was being his rude self...I kind of figured what had been going on) but Jem is so hard not to like! He's so sweet and honest and true, you just can't help but like him. When she was "with" Jem in his room (before he freaking shocked me to the core with his out-of-the-blue proposal that pretty much ruined everything) I felt like it what she was doing was absolutely wrong. I felt like...what she was doing wasn't right. Or when she had pretty much made it clear that she was with Jem, and then she was kissing the daylights out of Will on that balcony...I didn't really feel like what they were doing was wrong, really. I mean, sure, I dimly remembered Jem and felt like she was doing something wrong (but I think I thought being with Jem was what was wrong, not what she was doing with Will). I'm usually very strongly against cheating I guess you could call it (for lack of a better word). Under any other circumstances (and I mean any) I would have chosen Jem, but right now, I can't bear to think of the pain and everything that Will's been going through...and it kills me. ARGH.

One more year to see what happens next :( Let's hope everything straightens out in the third book. I can't stand to see Will like this, and yet I can't stand to see Jem get hurt.

I can't help but remember Jace saying "To love is to destroy." At the moment, that's what it seems to be doing.

Great review. I had been looking for a place to rant and your blog seemed like the perfect place (: