Thursday, January 19, 2012

Clockwork Prince-Review

Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2)

Goodreads Description:
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, though 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:
Upfront, let me just say that I am a huge fan of Cassandra Clare’s. The Mortal Instruments series is one of my favorite series. That is why when I heard she was releasing a new series, The Infernal Devices, I picked it up as soon as it was out. However, I wasn’t crazy about Clockwork Angel and the truth is I’m not sure why. I didn’t hate it or anything. I just didn’t feel connected to the story or the characters as I did in The Mortal Instruments. Now, all of that being said, here are my thoughts on Clockwork Prince.
The disconnect I felt in Clockwork Angel ceased to exist in Clockwork Prince. From page one, I was completely emerged in the story. The characters that I only vaguely cared about it Clockwork Angel, held my heart in the palm of their hand.
As in any novel by Cassandra Clare, there was more than enough action and suspense to go around. Charlotte’s leadership of the Institute is being questioned and Consul Wayland has given them a time limit to find the Magister. And as the time ticks quickly away, the Magister always seemed to be one step ahead of them.
Despite all of the action and time crunch, Tessa, Will, and Jem somehow find enough time to create one of, if not the, most perfect love triangles I have ever read. Throughout Clockwork Angel, I was exclusively on Team Will. But now, having read Clockwork Prince, I must admit that I am not sure where my allegiance lies.
Will, is strong and confident and full of mystery. He hides his feelings and never lets anyone see who really is. (However, I don’t think he’s fooling anyone but himself.) He pushes everyone away but in this book we finally are able to understand why.
Jem is sweet and sincere. He has a great attitude and more patience than anyone I’ve ever encountered. In the first book, I thought he was pushover. (I’m not sure that’s the exact word I’m looking for but what I mean by that is that he kind of just goes with the flow). However, in Clockwork Prince, we see Jem lose his temper (which I actually enjoyed) and he also takes initiative in his relationship with Tessa.
Tessa is a strong heroine. She is brave and wants to do whatever she can to help Charlotte keep the Institute. On more than one occasion, she puts herself at risk to help the greater good. It is clear that Tessa has feelings for both Will and Jem and I don’t think even Tessa herself knows which one she cares for more.
I am still not sure why I didn't have this connection in Clockwork Angel. I think it had to have more to do with my mood than the actual quality of the book. I am hoping to eventually reread it.
Clockwork Prince is an excellent book. I loved the characters and I am dying to know how everything ends up. I can’t think of an outcome that I will be happy with (just because I love Will and Jem so much and don't want to see either of them hurt) but I know if anyone can come up with one it will be Cassandra Clare.
Grade: A+

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