Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Review: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Title: Clockwork Prince
Author: Cassandra Clare
Genres: YA, Paranormal Romance
My Rating:
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.

Once again I am in love with the Victorian steampunk world Clare has created! Clockwork prince has completely lived up to my hopes for it.

While Will has been spending more time with Magnus trying to find the demon that holds the key to his freedom, Jem and Tessa have become closer. Tesse has formed a new family with the Shadowhunters but all that is threatened when Charlotte’s position at the institution is challenged. Unless the Shadowhunters find The Magister soon, they will lose the London institution and Tessa will be without a home.

Many, many secrets are revealed during this book and a good amount of my questions from the first book were answered. Clockwork Prince gives you just enough to entertain while leaving you wanting more. We meet Will's family and finally discover the reason he ran away to join the institution five years ago. My heart started to soften toward Will, and you will see he is not the rough man he lets everyone think he is.

Tesse becomes torn between her fantasies of Will and her love of Jem’s friendship and eventually makes a decision that will shock the reader. I have to admit that I am a much bigger fan of The Infernal Devices series than I am The Mortal Instruments; the story just seems to flow better.

One thing that Clockwork Prince does not clear up, is the mystery surrounding Tesse and what she really is. Although it was hinted at, I was left with more questions than answers in that area. I’m not complaining tough, it makes me just that more excited to read the next book in the series :)

My favorite parts are always when Tessa changes into another person. I love seeing what she sees through their eyes and how she explains the experience (I think this is a power I would like to have)!
If this is what Jem looks like, then I am in Love :) True to Victorian London the background is foggy and dark. I cannot wait to see what the next cover will look like....Will we see Tessa? I give this cover an A
I recommend this book to YA Paranormal Lovers! Love great "Love Triangles"? Then this book is for you! If you liked this book I suggest trying the first book in the series or Clare's Mortal Instruments series!

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The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare


carly said...

Fantastic review, Cass. I haven't yet read this series & I have heard nothing but good things about it. I have the first 2 sitting here begging to be read lol :)

Jussy Who said...

Hey there :) Great review! I'm yet to read this series, but I'm looking forward to starting.

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