Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Book Review - "Clockwork Angel" by Cassandra Clare

Publisher - Margaret K. McElderry
Release Date - August 31, 2010
Number of Pages - 476
Series - Infernal Devices #1

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:

  1. The best part of the book were the well developed, engrossing, likeable characters. They all had very distinct personalities and they all seem to have secrets...
  2. The plot was full of twists, turns and surprises. One moment I thought I was figuring something out and then something crazy happens and I just have no words to describe it.
  3. Very rich, interesting and descriptive setting. Really captured the atmosphere of Victorian London well.
  4. A thing I did not like...the automatons, clockwork people, robots, however you want to call them. I just did not like the whole concept of them. Too sci-fi for me.
  5. I'm very excited to read the sequel. I can't wait to find out more about Will...
Overall, this book was really good and  recomend if robots from 19th century and arrogant mysterious characters are your thing.

Rating - A-

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