Monday, August 30, 2010

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Characters: 20/20
Plot: 19/20
Originality: 18/20
Writing: 19/20
Recommendation: 18/20
Overall: 94/100 or A
Source: Publisher
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: Jem, 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.

I will start off by saying that I was a huge fan of The Mortal Instruments Series. I love the world that Cassandra Clare creates and how immersed that I felt in that world while I was reading these series. I felt the same way, when I started Clockwork Angel. I love Victorian London and Cassandra Clare paints it so vibrantly, while still approaching the problems that were prevalent in Victorian Society like Women issues and Racism. Tessa seemed like a normal girl, but it turned out that she was more then that. Tessa is a Downworlder. I liked that she developed as a character and became a lot more open minded about what seemed to be a strong beliefs to her at the beginning of the book. I also looked that each chapter started with a quote from a book that Tessa enjoyed. I adored Will and Jem. Will was very honest, charming, and could be a sweet at times. He reminded me a lot of Jace, and I am excited to see why Will is this way. Jem was sweet and I also adored the strength and courage that he had. Like Jem, I have been dependent on things like he is and I also have been labeled as the weak one within my group of friends. Charlotte and Henry were also so sweet and I loved how they cared about the teens in the institute. Jessamine annoyed me at times, but she was also kick ass when she had to be. I love that there were a ton of names that I recognized and I can't help, but wonder whose family came from which character. I also loved the fact that Magnus Bane was in the book. I also can't wait to learn more about the Magister. The plot had it's slow spots, but overall I found the book to be thrilling and exciting. I liked that there was an original feel for this book, because it doesn't seem like a normal historical novel. I love Clare's writing and enjoy how she weaves the story together. I would recommend this to fans of Paranormal Young Adult Fiction and The Mortal Instruments. I can't wait to reenter the world of Shadowhunters again.


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