Review: “Clockwork Prince” by Cassandra Clare

Oh my word! I enjoyed this book far better than the first book in the series, and I’m so glad! I guess I better review it since I’ve already started listening to Clockwork Princess!

Right, I listened to this via audiobook and enjoyed it! Man, I’m really loving how audiobooks help me speed through my reading goal! 😛

clockwork-princeTitle: Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release date: December 6, 2011
Length: 502 pages (hardcover)
Genre: Young adult, historical fiction, paranormal
Synopsis: (from 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, 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.”


I’m not sure I can make coherent sentences because all I’m really doing is flailing over Will and Jem and Tessa and this crazy love triangle! Yes, a love triangle. So I suppose if you don’t really care for this, you might not want to read this series… Anyways, I loved all the characters and the twists and turns! (Charlotte and Henry are my OTP!) A lot of times, I found myself extremely frustrated as well though. I wish there was a bit less romance and more meaningful (?) action scenes.

We don’t really get to meet the main villain, Mortmain, here, but rather we’re introduced to people who are part of his circle. While this is happening, I keep wandering how well things could go if Tessa did not have the ability that she does. It hurt a lot, too, to learn what Jessamine did as well. She’s an extremely childish character and her actions are appalling, and I’m heartbroken that she made the choices she did. As for Will, he’s still snobbish and rude. When an important part of his past is revealed, I’m not sure he becomes any better afterwards outside of just swooning even more over Tessa. But Jem, oh sweet Jem! My little cinnamon roll. He’s really the perfect gentleman and it hurts me even more that he is the way he is because he deserves all the love!

Which leaves me with Tessa… And the love triangle. While I was definitely fanning myself at certain scenes (masquerade party! Jem’s bedroom!), I’m flustered that Tessa is still debating between the two even towards the ending. Of course Will and Jem are two different people but… I don’t know… I don’t want her to be with Jem if she just feels sorry for him all the time, and I don’t want her to be with Will only to please Jem or whatever. My feelings are mixed but it’s a good thing I’ve got one more book to go!

I’m really enjoying Clare’s writing style and how easy it is to step inside her world. I think even if one hasn’t read The Mortal Instrument series, they could still understand the Shadowhunter world. I’m also enjoying this series far better than I did TMI which is a kudos for me as well!

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