By Cassandra Clare
My Copy: Hardcover (bought)
Summary: 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.
Review: When I found out there was going to be a prequel to Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, I couldn’t wait. I marked it down on the calendar and went to the bookstore the day it came out. Clockwork Angel didn’t disappoint, it was full of everything we know and love from Cassandra Clare. Well developed characters, amazing writing, and a great setting and of course an addicting plot.
Tessa came to London to live with her brother. She wasn’t expecting to get aught up in the mysterious world of Shadowhunters. Where she meets Will and Jem, Will reminded me of Jace from the Mortal Instruments Series. Both of them are confident and sarcastic. Jem is Will’s best friend and both of them have feelings for Tessa. I can’t help but think of the love triangle between Clary, Jace and Simon. Only this time I love both guys.
The plot of Clockwork Angel kept me on my toes, I just flew through the pages and not able to put the book down. Whether you’ve read the Mortal Instruments or not, you should pick up Clockwork Angel. (and if you haven’t read Mortal Instruments Series, you SHOULD!)