REREAD Review: Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) – Cassandra Clare


Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1)

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)

Title: Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1)

Author: Cassandra Clare

Release Date: August 31, 2010

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 481

Source: Barnes and Noble

In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them…

5 out of 5 stars


I LOVE THESE BOOKS.

If you’re a long time reader of this blog, you know that I LOVE Cassandra Clare. She’s my favorite author of all time because I love the world building, characters, plot, writing style, everything about them all. And here’s the thing. Cassandra Clare’s books get better and better. I honestly think that each new book is better than the last. I think this is a testament to how talented she is as an author because I thought the first book she wrote was amazing.

Anyway, I have a special place in my heart for The Infernal Devices series because: 1. Will Herondale is my ideal man, 2. London, 3. the best love triangle on planet earth.

William Herondale. Let me tell ya. He’s sassy. He’s eloquent. He’s broken *in this book.* He loves Tessa. He loves Jem. He has a mysterious backstory. He’s handsome. The list could go on and on, but I love him. My favorite character from the whole series is torn between Will, or Julian from The Dark Artifices. Cassandra Clare just knows how to write great male characters.

This book is set in Victorian London. Hello, yessssss. It’s my DREAM to go to London *IT’S HAPPENING THIS DECEMBER* so it’s amazing to see it even if it’s from another time. I love how the real places are woven in with fictional places. It’s just beautiful and amazing.

This love triangle is just starting and I’M HERE FOR IT. I usually hate love triangles because my idea is this. If you fall in love with someone, but later fall in love with another person, pick the second person. You wouldn’t have fallen for them if you actually loved the first. But here’s the thing. Tessa doesn’t know that she loves both Will and Jem yet, or who she loves more, because she met them at the same time, and they’re so different from one another. I’ve ALWAYS been team Will from the first time I read this book because… I mean he’s a Herondale, and I’m usually here for them, but I also love Jem. I just don’t love Jem for myself, but he’s good for Tessa. It’s just so conflicting, so we’ll have to see how I react to it this time while I continue my rereading.

I can’t begin to understand how Cassandra Clare weaves all of her stories together so seamlessly. The characters that carry over into the separate series just blows my mind.

The ending of this book is such a cliffhanger even though I know what happens. Magnus is one of my favorite characters. He said something towards the beginning of the book that was to the extent of: “yeah I like boys with dark hair and blue eyes.” YEAH YOU DO. It’s just cute because everything has a connection. I love it.

All in all, read this series. Love the books, talk to everyone you know about them :)

Series:

Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2)

Review: Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) – Cassandra Clare


Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) – Cassandra Clare

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Title: Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1)

Author: Cassandra Clare

Release Date: September 6, 2009

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 479

Source: Book Store

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. Friendless and hunted, Tessa seeks refuge with the Shadowhunters, a band of warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons. Drawn ever deeper into their world, she finds herself fascinated by — and torn between — two best friends and quickly realizes that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.

5 out of 5 stars

Plot:

Tessa Gray gets letters sent to her home in New York telling her to visit her older brother, Nate, in London. Nate sends her a ticket to go, and Tessa finds herself in the beautifully-gloomy Victorian England. When she steps off the boat she’s greeted by a man in a Pandemonium Club carriage, not her brother. Although it’s odd, she decides that everything will be fine, and goes with the man in the carriage. She is taken to a place that’s unknown to her, and meets two women. These women train her, and sometimes torture, her. Why? Tess has Downworld powers. She can change into anyone she chooses if she has held something of theirs. Tessa is held captive by these two women, when suddenly a boy named William Herondale comes and saves her. Will is accompanied by James, also known as Jem, Carstairs. The two boys bring her to the Shadowhunter’s London Institute. She finds out she’s very valuable to a man that goes by the name of The Magister, but nobody understands why. What does The Magister want with Tessa? Why hasn’t her brother shown up yet? Who are these powerful Shadowhunters and why has she been taken in by them?

Oh gosh. Really, Cassandra Clare, really? Cassandra Clare is perfect. Will Herondale is perfect. Jem Carstairs is perfect. I just… those Herondale boys. Mm. I love Shadowhunters and really should have read this book sooner. I have missed the world Cassandra Clare has created so much. I can tell that these three books will be just as good, if not better than, the Mortal Instruments. I love reading things by Cassandra Clare, and Victorian London is so perfect. England and Shadowhunters. There isn’t that much better than that combination.

Characters:

William. Herondale. Your hatred of ducks makes me love you more. The Herondale family is just too sassy for their own good, and it makes me so extremely happy. It is so weird to see Magnus Bane loving up on girls. Just stop. Wait for Alec, just hold your glitter and calm down. Jem is so sweet, he’s adorable and sassy and kind of besties with Tessa. I am so emotionally attached to these characters already and I have only read the first book. I want to see Tessa be with Will, but I also wouldn’t hate to see her with Jem. Will is my favorite, but…. Wessa or Tem? Ugh. DO NOT make me choose.

Who Would I Be?:

Definitely going with Tessa here. She gets to hang out with Will and Jem. Emphasis on the word “and.” You can’t really win more than that. I mean, I get that the whole Changing process is difficult, but I think it’d be really awesome to change shape.

Series:

Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2)

Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3)

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