Series: The Infernal Devices

Clockwork Prince [Review]

Posted March 26, 2016 by Stephanie in Review / 2 Comments

Clockwork Prince [Review]Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
Series: The Infernal Devices #2
Published by Margaret K. McElderry on December 6th 2011
Genres: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Steampunk, Romance, Historical
Pages: 502
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
Goodreads
four-half-stars
Series Rating: five-stars
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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, but 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.

My Thoughts

I am really loving The Infernal Devices more than I loved The Mortal Instruments (and yes, I know I still have to read the last 3 books in The Mortal Instruments and I will soon because I really want to read Lady Midnight!) But, goodness, I am in love with The Infernal Devices. I don’t know if it is because it’s a more interesting time, rather than modern day New York. Or if it’s just that I like the storyline more, but there is something about The Infernal Devices trilogy that makes me love it so much more than The Mortal Instruments.

I am in love with all of the characters in this series. There was a small time where I just felt like it was going a bit slow, but that could have been because I was sick. But that is the only reason why it isn’t a full 5 star book! There were times where I was shocked because of what happened and because I wasn’t expecting it. Especially in the case of View Spoiler »!

I really liked where this installment took the series and I honestly cannot wait to see what’s going to happen in the third and final book! Which I will be starting after I get caught up on other stuff and this wedding is passed! If you haven’t read this series yet, definitely give it a try! Even if you didn’t like The Mortal Instruments, you’d still possibly like this one. I love this series WAY more than I do The Mortal Instruments! 🙂

four-half-stars
Stephanie
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Clockwork Angel [Review]

Posted February 3, 2016 by Stephanie in Review / 2 Comments

Clockwork Angel [Review]Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Series: The Infernal Devices #1
Published by Margaret K. McElderry on August 31st 2010
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Steampunk, Romance
Pages: 479
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
five-stars
Series Rating: five-stars
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In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.
The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them...

Title: Clockwork Angel
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Infernal Devices #1
Genre: Young Adult, Steampunk, Fantasy, Paranormal, Historical
Pages: 479
Published By: Simon & Schuster on August 31, 2010
Challenges: 2016 TBR Pile, 2016 Steampunk Reading Challenge, 2016 Flights of Fantasy

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In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them…
(Goodreads)

“One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”

Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.

“You know,” Gabriel said, “there was a time I thought we could be friends, Will.”

“There was a time I thought I was a ferret,” Will said, “but that turned out to be the opium haze. Did you know it had that effect? Because I didn’t.”

“They ate it too,” Will reminisced. “Bloodthirsty little beasts. Never trust a duck.”

It’s all right to love someone who doesn’t love you back, as long as they’re worth you loving them. As long as they deserve it.

I loved the first book of this series MORE than The Mortal Instruments! This series I think will end up being so much better than The Mortal Instruments and as much as I love Clary from TMI, I love this book so much more!

Cassandra Clare’s writing is easy to read and easy to understand. There are beautiful moments and then there are just average moments. But it’s the beautiful moments that really captivate you and keep you wanting to read more.

I think I loved William Herondale more than I loved Jace Wayland. Will has so many great lines and I think he is just spectacular. Tessa is great in my book as well. I love how literary she is and I love how she is great at being an individual!

The first half of the book can be a little slow. But it’s all building up to the amazing and action packed ending. I cannot wait to dive back into this world and finish off this series!

Let’s talk about it!
Did you read Clockwork Angel? Or do you want to?
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five-stars
Stephanie
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