Jul 11, 2010
Book Review: Clockwork Angel!
Released: August 31, 2010
Title: Clockwork Angel
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McEldery
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 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.
Brent’s opinion of the novel:
I feel as though I don’t even have to speak. LOL. I mean, we all know Cassandra Clare is the writing Oprah, and that whatever she writes is a masterpiece. She has that God-given gift that is unable to be taught. Cassandra can take a group of characters, thrown in some killer back-story, let the characters fall into a love triangle, and most of all, make her readers squirm. She did it in The Mortal Instruments series, which will forever be a favorite of mine, and now she did it again in the debut to The Infernal Devices, Clockwork Angel.
When Tessa loses all she cares about in her hometown of New York City, she sets off to London, in search of her brother, Nate. When she arrives in London, a mysterious group of people, members of The Pandemonium Club, pick her up, claiming that they are friends of her brother. Girl, you be knowin’ that they is a lie. Anyways, she soon does find out that they are lying. Tessa then spends six weeks, held against her will, at The Pandemonium Club’s headquarters.Where she is taught to hone her supposed “gift.” The gift of shape-shifting. And she is told that she doesn’t cooperate, her brother will die. Harsh, right? Shoooot, girl, you already know that if that was me we would be gettin’ hostile up in there.
So then an uber sexy dude comes to save her!! Okay, that was a minor spoiler. But it’s not like I ruined the book for you! It say’s it in the product description! Anyways, the uber sexy dude saves her. After a little probing, she finds that his name is Will, and that he is among a league of warrior fighter sexy people who kill demons. The Shadowhunters. I know, those of you who have read The Mortal Instruments series, *insert loud “Fuck yeah, fuck yeah! Sexy warrior fighter people!” here*.
I’ma leave it at that, because I soooooo don’t want to ruin the book for you. LOL. And now I will talk about the smexilicous characters, and how they are nearly as hot as Jace, our beloved center-of-affection from The Mortal Instruments.
Tessa is foreal a bad-ass character. I mean, she may not be able to fight, and she may be a sweet lil’ girl, but if you get all up in her Kool Aid she will cut you. At first, I thought “Damn, Tessa is going to be un-original and exactly like Clary.” But she was so totally not. I saw something in Tessa that I had not seen anywhere else: spunk. While Clary is a badass mother fucker that don’t take no shit from nobody, she didn’t have the … sassiness that Tessa had. Tessa was very classy and well mannered… but if you pissed her off… shoot girl, yo’ ass is gettin’ beat.
Omigod, girls. You are gonna die when you meet the boys in this one. Will. Is. Sexy. Jem. Is. Sweet. Like, they are both undeniably swoon-worthy!! I’ma be honest: I would choose Jace over any of these boys any day. But they do rank pretty high up. Will is a rebel, with a super-exclusive secret and tendency to push away the one’s he loves. And then there’s Jem, the hot asian! Jem has a terrible addiction and a frustrating family past. Damn, Cassie Clare can make ya wanna pull your hair out, sometimes. ;)
And the villain! I’ma tell you: Cassie’s story-telling is very, very manipulative. She can make you FALL IN LOVE with a character, and then reveal that that character is a conniving bitch. Cassie takes the reader through many loop-holes, and then you find out all that you thought was true was really completely wrongwrongwrong. Ah, we love her writing, don’t we?
Just a side-note: Clockwork Angel has Magnus Bane! Yes, Magnus! He’s in here! I feel so blessed to live in 2010, where authors freely incorporate LGBT characters into their stories. It means so much to me to read a novel where gay characters are cast among a group of diverse people. Cassandra has hit international bestselling lists, and I know that her inclusion of these gays characters has opened a lot of minds. I know for a fact that somewhere out there someone has read a Cassandra Clare novel and said, “Hey, there are gay people in these books, and they’re exactly like me. They feel just like me; they are people. Just. Like. Me. They’re normal.” I know someone has said that. It touches me sooooo much that Cassandra felt the need to include gay people in her books. She has said to me and my fellow LGBT teens “Fuck yeah, you’re normal. There isn’t anything wrong with you.” I am so damn glad that Cassandra’s message has gotten across. And I’m so damn glad she even decided to send the message through her books.
Cover: Are you kidding me? Five billion stars! It’s Will on the cover, btw.
Characters: Five fucking million stars!
Plot: Five trillion stars!
Ending: Fifty kajillion stars! Another cliffhanger!
Originality: Twenty seven thousand stars!
Writing: Do you even have to ask? She’s Oprah with creativity!
FTC: Received for free from Simon & Schuster publicity department