Thursday, February 2, 2012

Review: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Title: Clockwork Angel
Series: The Infernal Devices #1)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Published: August 31st 2010
Genres: YA, Paranormal
My Rating:
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.

I’m a sucker for the whole Victorian Steampunk era and Clockwork Angel did not let me down! We follow Tessa (Love the Name) as she arrives in London from New York, to meet her brother. When her brother is not there to pick her up, she is automatically suspicious and for good reason. She is quickly drawn into a world she never knew existed, full of warlocks, vampires, shadowhunters, and demons! Tessa has been kidnapped by the Dark Sisters, two horrible warlocks, who are teaching her to use a power she didn’t realize she had. When they feel Tessa is finally ready they prepare her for The Magister, an evil tyrant who she is to marry. Knowing she must escape or face a life married to evil, Tessa plans a getaway…and that’s where the Shadowhunters come in.
I have to say that I wasn’t a huge fan of City of Bones (sorry all you Mortal Instruments lovers). Because of this, I was very skeptical about Clockwork Angel, but I found the story to be much more gripping! My main complaint about The Mortal Instruments is the amount of unnecessary background action going on…vampires, werewolves, fairies, warlocks, demons, downworlders, angels…come on, it’s the first book, don’t introduce so many elements at one time. But The Infernal Devices #1 seemed to be much more balanced and engaging.
Tessa has a very unique power; the power to completely shift into another human being. Taking refuge in the Shadowhunters London institute, she agrees to use her powers to help the shadowhunters take down The Pandemonium Club and find her brother. Tessa soon finds herself torn between two of the shadowhunters; the beautiful and caring Jem, or the dark and witty Will. Of course there is always a love trangle, every great book has one (I’m personally rooting for Jem).
Clockwork Angel is full of adventure and fascinating inventions that will keep you guessing until the end. The shadowhunters that live in the London institute have formed a family and I enjoyed getting to know each ones personality, not to mention the dark secrets it seems every one of them have. You will never expect the shocking ending and will be running out to buy the next book. Thankfully I received an ARC of Clockwork Prince and will be starting it asap!
This cover is true to steampunk fashion! Tessa mentions many times in the book how gray and damp London seems to be, so the muted gray colors are right on the mark. I love the angel in the middle, representing Tessa’s treasured Clockwork angel necklace that belonged to her mother. Im giving this cover an A.
I recommend this book to all you YA paranormal lovers out there! If you like this book I suggest trying the next books in the The Infernal Devices series or even Clare’s other series, The Mortal Instruments

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