Review: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Monday January 30, 2012 at 12:00 am |

Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Copyright: 2010
Publish Date: August 31, 2010
Pages: 478
Form: Hardback
Series: Infernal Devices (1)
Author: Cassandra Clare
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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.

My Thoughts:

Another steampunk novel under my belt.  Because of the hype I had great expectation for this book. Although it didn’t exactly wow me, I did enjoy it a lot.  After her Aunt and guardian dies, Tessa boards a steamship to London from America to live with her older brother Nathan.  But when she arrives she is taken by the Dark Sisters and forced to discover and use a unique power that resides within her.  After weeks of captivity, Tessa is rescued by Will, a Shadowhunter, and agrees to stay and live in the Shadowhunter compound until they can find and rescue her brother.

The story itself was an interesting one and the author has a gift in making the reader feel as if they are a part of the story as well.  I felt all the things that Tessa felt.  I was frustrated when she was confined and forced to do things against her will.   And I was relieved when Will came along and helped her escape the Dark Sisters and their sinister plans for her.  Though Tessa struck me as a little naive and too trusting at times, she was quite a clever girl and pretty brave considering her circumstances.

The Shadowhunters and workers in the compound were an interesting dynamic.  Jessamine was a spoiled brat, while Charlotte was the dutiful leader.  I liked Charlotte’s husband who was scatterbrained albeit brilliant.  But Will and Jem were the two Shadowhunters who stood out the most.  Jem was a sweet and gentle soul who was always willing to lend an ear or  to try and comfort Tessa.  Though he was ill, Jem had a fierce spirit and a general love for others.

Will was a different person altogether and I haven’t quite decided how I feel about him.  There is something in me that really really wants to love him, but he does have some very assholish ways.  He is very humorous and snarky which he uses to keep people at arm’s length.  The only person he outwardly cares for is Jem, so you know that he is indeed capable of loving others.  And you can tell by his actions throughout the book that he does care deeply for Tessa.  But many times his actions and his words conflict.  While he’s protective of Tessa, he is terrified of loving her and having her love him in return.  So he sometimes says some very shitty things to Tessa in an effort to keep her at bay.  There are secrets in his past of which I’m sure can be attributed to this, but in this first book, we do not get the answers.  So I’m hoping as the story progresses, Will grows into the man I feel he has the potential to be.

Since I have seen such great things about this book, my expectations were pretty high.  And though I wasn’t overly taken with it, I can’t deny that I was totally drawn in and began to care about the characters and what happened to them.  Clockwork Angel was a good book and I am definitely interested in continuing this series.

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14 Responses to “Review: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare”

  1. I’m so glad you’re interesting in continue the series! I thought the sequel got even better and you got a better understanding for Will as well. It was quite heartbreaking though! It always sucks when the hype gets too big and it doesn’t live up to your expectations, but I’m really glad you still enjoyed it!

    • Jade says:

      I’m so glad to hear that because there is something about him that I want to love. So I’m guessing he’s not really an asshole and that’s really just a cover to mask his pain. I kind of want to read Clockwork prince now just so I can get some answers.

  2. Alysia says:

    Hey Jade.
    I have this book on my TBR list and my audiobook wish list from all the hype I have been hearing. I hope you are feeling better.
    You’re always in my prayers.

  3. Missie says:

    “but he does have some very assholish ways.”

    LMAO! Oh, Jade! I have to agree about Will, though I do love him. I know he is hiding his pain behind his assholish ways, so I can easily forgive him.

    • Jade says:

      See Missie, that’s what I figure. Like I know that the assholishness is because of things that happened to him. I just wish I KNEW so I can understand him you know? I think he’s still going to be my BB because I see his potential.

  4. “An interesting dynamic” <– I don't think there's a better way to describe Cassie Clare's characters LOL!! Jessamine bugged me a bit too, but just like you did, I ADOOOORED Henry, and Jem was one of the sweetest boys to grace the book world! <3

    Awesome review, Jade! Even though you didn't enjoy this one as much as you hoped, I'm SO SO SO happy that you're continuing with the series! I promise that Clockwork Prince gets better than ever, and you'll definitely decide how you feel about Will (and you'll love Henry even more, too!)! 😉

    • Jade Jade says:

      I’m glad to hear it. The series is definitely worth continuing. I think my expectations were way too high. If they weren’t I probably would have had a more intense feeling towards it.

  5. Aanchal says:

    I adore this series…and even though it didn’t live up to the hype for you i’m so glad your going to continue the series. I have to agree I had mixed feelings about Will after reading Clockwork Angel but after reading Clockwork Prince you will understand him a whole lot better but be prepared for a lot of heartbreak.

    • Jade Jade says:

      I’m looking forward to understanding Will better. I just want to love him but his words are holding me back. I am sad to know that his story is heartbreaking although from the way he asks I probably could have guessed.

  6. Lena says:

    I read this some time ago and I agree with your review. I remember feeling the same way about his assholish ways. Hehe. I just had to say it. 🙂 But it definitely was a challenge for me to warm up to the characters. Great assessment. Enjoyed reading your review.

    Hope you are feeling better too, still keeping you in my prayers.

    • Jade Jade says:

      LOL, I’m glad I’m not the only one who noticed this. But I’m sure he redeems himself in the next installment or at least let’s me in enough to understand. And thank you for the prayers Lena!

  7. I get so frustrated when my expectations are dashed because I have higher than normal expectations when reading. I think I want to read this series because of the covers more than anything. I hope you end up liking Will. I’ll be interested to hear how it turns out.

    • Jade says:

      Me too Alexis! And I do love the covers too. The models are kind of cute and they make me wonder about the story within. I’ll be picking up Clockwork Prince soon.