Friday, January 6, 2012

Clockwork Prince

Review Time! Clockwork Prince is the second book in the Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare, the best-selling author of The Mortal Instruments which is being made into a film to be released this year. While I’m on the subject, the cover of The City of Lost Souls was released yesterday and you guys have to check it out, it’s smokin’ hot! Thanks to Walker Books for the review copy! :)

(Goodreads) 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.

The Short Story? – Clare strikes again. Headlines say ‘Girl left in state of shock after reading epically awesome book – Is this the work of Clare?’ I can’t even find the right words to describe this book, it’s magnificent, extraordinary, work of a genius! Other books just dim in its awesomeness! Beautifully written, Clockwork Prince proved that historical fiction can be cool and groovy too! Please read on for a review that’s not just crap!

The Long Story? – I know The Short Story is just a load of crap but I had to get all the gushing out before I could actually focus on writing something decent. Out of all of Cassandra Clare’s book this is probably my favourite. Clockwork Prince was more like the calm before the storm, in terms of action and epic showdowns, there wasn’t many but there were plenty of hidden agendas, betrayals, revealed secrets and swoon-worthy kissing. Lots of development in the romance department not just between Tessa, Jem and Will but between other characters as well. I think Clockwork Prince gives ‘in the name of Love’ a whole definition, the things people do for love is astonishing and sweet and romantic and left me thinking why I couldn’t be born in the 19th century. Beautifully written, Clare weaves her type of magic throughout the book. The pull of suspense, the drama of the romance and the moments of humor that made me laugh. Only a fool would give Clockwork Prince a miss!

Clockwork Prince was definitely a huge step for all the characters when it came to developing. Some of the better and some for the worst. Jessamine was the biggest disappointments of the novel, I can’t believe what she did but again ‘the things we do in the name of love’. Some of the characters developed courage - one of my favorite parts of the novel was when Henry and Charlotte finally told each other how they feel. Some developed hope and some developed love. We see a stronger and better Jem and that made me really happy. It goes without saying that Jem is my favorite character and that I hope everything works out between Tessa and him. However a part of me also wants Will to be happy and that’s the thing with love triangles, someone is going to come out hurt. It’s a complicated love triangle and I do believe I know how the trilogy will end and it will break my heart (and I will cry and cry and cry some more) but some things are meant to be. Nevertheless, Clare develops her characters like a professional and you can’t seem to hate them (not even the villains).

Clockwork Prince is a captivating sequel that will bring both laughter and tears. Clare has written extraordinary tale with the perfect balance of romance and adventure. A combination of steampunk and fantasy, this historical fiction is bound to be a modern classic (and I’m glad I have a collector’s edition!). One for all to enjoy, Clare has yet to publish a book that doesn’t leave me in a frenzy for more! Bring on the Storm!

What’s it Worth? – Break out the Piggy Bank

Badass Bookie xx

1 comment:

  1. I couldn't agree more!! Clockwork Pirnce is beautifully written. I loved every single part of this book! I loved both boys and it was so hard to choose and the ending was just heart-breaking. Awesome review, Lisa! Glad you enjoyed it!