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Review: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

  • TitleClockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3)
  • AuthorCassandra Clare
  • SourceBought
  • No. of Pages568
  • PublishedMarch 19, 2013 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Rating5/5
  • Check it outGoodreads or Amazon

A net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. Mortmain plans to use his Infernal Devices, an army of pitiless automatons, to destroy the Shadowhunters. He needs only one last item to complete his plan: he needs Tessa Gray.
Charlotte Branwell, head of the London Institute, is desperate to find Mortmain before he strikes. But when Mortmain abducts Tessa, the boys who lay equal claim to her heart, Jem and Will, will do anything to save her. For though Tessa and Jem are now engaged, Will is as much in love with her as ever.

As those who love Tessa rally to rescue her from Mortmain’s clutches, Tessa realizes that the only person who can save her is herself. But can a single girl, even one who can command the power of angels, face down an entire army?

Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment, and the tangled threads of love and loss intertwine as the Shadowhunters are pushed to the very brink of destruction in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy.

Clockwork Princess is, as they say, the ‘perfect conclusion to a perfect series.’

Years ago, back when City of Bones first came out, someone gifted it to me for my birthday, and being the foolish person I was back then, I traded it off for some random book that I now hate and refuse to name in fear of embarrassment. But after some time, when a friend urged me to try actually reading the series, (both The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices) I didn’t hesitate the second time around. Now, I realize that that was one of the decisions I will never regret because once I got into Cassandra Clare’s books, I couldn’t stop.

Clockwork Princess dives right into the heart of the plot where Clockwork Prince left off, and we are introduced yet again to the lovable, endearing, and sometimes migraine-inducing characters in the London Institute. Tessa is engaged to Jem, and while he seemed to get better in the second book, he was never exactly well and cured in the first place, and bouts of illness continue to strike at him, threatening his future. Despite this, he manages to hang on and fight for his life–literally, too, with Mortmain’s clockwork creations continuing to wreak havoc on Shadowhunters everywhere. And as we all know, Will, too, is desperately in love with Tessa, and though he manages to hide his feelings in that practiced face of his, he can’t stop his heart from beating, despite his loyalty to his best friend and parabatai, Jem. Furthermore, his sister, Cecily, is stubbornly hanging on to the Institute, and so are the Lightwood brothers, after an incident that leaves Gabriel stuck there as well.

But real trouble looms in London, with the impending threat of Mortmain’s army getting stronger and more organized. Yin fen, the one thing that keeps Jem alive and going, is only within the grasp of the enemy, and he intends to use this to get the one person he wanted all along–Tessa. The problem is, The Consul isn’t exactly on friendly terms with Charlotte, and if everyone at the Institute wants to do something about it, they have to do it alone. This is when Tessa emerges as a stronger, braver character, and though Tessa was never trained as a Shadowhunter, she has the guts to be one. She develops more as a person in this novel as well, since she faces her own internal turmoil and makes better decisions at the end of the day.

Clockwork Princess is a book filled with action, love, tragedy, happiness, laughter, and revelations all mashed up in a pretty little package. However, I felt like the climax was too abrupt, and the problem too easily solved. Sometimes, it felt like the author’s focus was far too much on the romance instead of the current problem at hand, and though I’m not complaining, I felt like some important scenes needed to be fleshed out more, especially seeing as all the tension from the first two books were built up for the grand, final scene in Clockwork Princess. The reason I ignored all that is because of the terribly heartwarming scenes and shocking twists that kept the gears in my mind turning just to process how clever of an author Cassandra Clare is. Trust me when I say that every reader’s version of a happy ending will come in this book, and that once you reach the latter pages of Clockwork Princess, the emotional rollercoaster that you embarked on during the first page will turn a full three hundred and sixty degrees again and again and again.

(Trust me. Don’t spoil yourself by reading the family tree or the last few pages of the book. The wait is worth it.)

Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

  • TitleCity of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1)
  • AuthorCassandra Clare
  • SourceBought
  • No. of Pages485
  • PublishedMarch 27, 2007 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Rating5/5
  • Check it outGoodreads or Amazon
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder -- much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing -- not even a smear of blood -- to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . . .

I have a confession to make: I never really intended to read City of Bones. How I came across it was purely accidental.

Let me explain. When was it again? Hmm…ah, yes. December last year. So I strolled into Fully Booked one day, looking for a novel that might spark my interest. Beside me, my aunt was impatiently telling me to hurry up, since we needed to go meet someone for dinner. Hastily, I grabbed a book that I had been eyeing for a while (Ironically, I don’t remember the title anymore though.) and handed it to my aunt to pay for it, not knowing that I actually took the wrong one. Anyone can guess what it was? Yes, City of Bones.

I can’t believe I overlooked that. How I could I not notice? My eyesight must be worse than I thought. Well, perhaps it was fate that I did pick up that novel. Whatever it was, it will always remain a mystery. Anyways, back to the story. It was only after I left the store when I finally realized that I purchased the wrong item. But I couldn’t go back anymore. So I chose the only option left. Read it. I know what you’re all thinking. Why didn’t she just take it back to the store for a refund some other time? If you’re like me, you’re the kind of person who needs to get their hands on a new book every week or be driven insane from waiting. I’m weird, I know. I’ve been informed plenty of times. (Thanks for your brutal honesty, mom and dad.) I mean, what person’s like that? Okay, fine. There was a little bit of time after dinner to run by the bookstore. Thirty, okay, ninety percent of the reason why I didn’t return to the store was because I was just plain old lazy. I did not want to walk all the way back to the bookstore, (In my defense, it was five floors down.) so I told myself to suck it up and read what I had.

Having nothing to do the next day, I plopped down on my bed and began to read. The story and the plot was absolutely amazing. I was hungrily tearing at the book, page after page after page. I found myself laughing at the incredible wit and sarcasm, holding my breath at a suspense and getting teary-eyed at the heart-wrenching parts. It felt like I was actually a part of the story world. I was hooked. Before I knew it, I had plowed through the whole novel (like a crazed maniac)- in less than two days.

Let’s take a look at the main female character, Clary Fray. Brave, caring, and although she doesn’t think she is, beautiful. When her mother suddenly disappears without a trace, she didn’t hesitate to save her, along with the Shadowhunters she had befriended along the way. Even though she had no idea how to fight nor wield any weapon, Clary still insisted on it, despite the dangers that she knew she would be facing. To her, her friends and family come first, no matter what. That is a trait that I admire the most.

Now, let’s go on to my favourite male character, Jace Wayland. He’s the kind of boy that every girl wants to be with, and all the boys want to be. Jace is handsome, daring, and more skilled than any other Shadowhunter his age. His witty, sarcastic and fearless personality is what keeps the story alive and humorous. (Why do all the best guys have to be fictional?) Like Clary, family and friends are the most important to him. He and Clary first meet each other at a club in New York, and meet again when he is saves her from a demon. Jace keeps to himself most of the time, but as the story progresses, you get glimpses of his past and how he came to be that way.

It rather funny really, that this is the one point in my life that I appreciated my laziness. Without it, I never would have chanced upon this wonderful book. (Well, I might have eventually, but it would have taken a while.) I must have read it five times already since then.

Filled with action-packed and breathtaking moments set right in modern time New York City, City of Bones is truly one of the best fantasy novels that I have ever read. The characters were well-thought out and are very easy to relate to. Cassandra Clare wove the story with precision and care, with just the right amount of romance, fantasy, humor and action in each sentence that leaves you asking for more.