Friday, August 6, 2010
Review : Clockwork Angel
Title: Clockwork Angel (arc)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Published: August 31st 2010 by Margaret K. McElderry
Details: Hardcover, 496 pages
Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still.
When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destinat...more 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: Jem, 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.
Thoughts: There aren't enough words in the English dictionary to help me describe to you how much I loved this book. It's hands down one of my favorite reads this year. With this review, I'm going to write it a bit differently. To keep from being spoilery, I'm going to do a top 5 reasons why you need to read Clockwork Angel. And luckily, it releases at the end of the month so you don't have to wait TOO long! :)
1. Lots and lots of action. If you remember the Mortal Instruments, you'll remember all the demon fighting, saving each other, geez Clary...you're in trouble AGAIN?!, feel good times. Clockwork Angel does not disappoint in this area. What does that mean? IT MEANS IT WON'T BORE YOU! It'll keep you entertained throughout the book.
2. The Love Triangle. No one does sexual tension like Cassandra Clare. Clockwork Angel is no exception. You have Jem, the sweet and all around good guy. Then you have Will, hilarious and arrogant, but damaged. Will reminds me of a dark haired, British Jace. Both guys are incredible, both are swoon worthy and both leave you breathless for more.
3. Mystery. The thing about a good book is, it can't lay everything on the table from the start. It has to keep the reader's attention. It has to make you question what's going on and keep you guessing. And it has to throw in a few twists. I mean, if you make the plot predictable, it's no fun. Am I right? Every time I thought I had things figured out, Clockwork Angel would do a 180. I'd be completely wrong and think "Ha Ha Ha, you're so clever!"
4. MAGNUS!!!! Who isn't a Magnus fan? I dare you to tell me you don't love him. If for any reason alone, you should read CA for Magnus. I love you SFM!
5. Just an overall spectacular book. You knew it would be. To be honest, I think I love this series more than I love The Mortal Instruments. I love the 1800s-London setting. I love Charlotte and her "I'm just as good as any man" attitude. Frankly, I love all the new (to me) characters. Cassandra took her own creation and somehow made it better.
If I were you, I'd preorder Clockwork Angel. There are actually some GREAT preorder deals out there. You're going to buy it anyway, right? You better buy it. It's brilliant I tell you, brilliant! And believe me, It's worth the wait and hype.