Sunday, October 30, 2011
Review: Clockwork Angel
Sorry I haven't posted anything in awhile, I had my last weekend of band. That was CRAZY. I barley slept all weekend and that's probably why I've been sick with a fever for the past few days. Anyway here's a review...
By Cassandra Clare
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: James, 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: It took so long to get this review out because I just finished Clockwork Angel. I first started it when it first came out, actually it was the release date that I picked it up. I had reserved a copy and everything. I'm such a huge fan of Cassandra Clare's first series and thought this one would be even better because I LOVE historical fiction. Why did I take so long to finish it? Well there were a few reasons. First, I felt like I was reading the same exact story as City of Bones, just a bit down graded since I had already fallen in love with the other.
Tessa was so much like Clary, independent, innocent, stuck between two different guys and not knowing who she really is. Then the Shadow Hunters had the same problems (with the teenage ones anyway). Will was sarcastic and arrogant, does that remind you of anyone? Then there was Jem with his hidden secret, much like Alec (the secret is much different this time though). I just couldn't get over how similar the stories were, since I had read it before it never sucked me in like the Mortal Instruments.
Of course this is by Cassandra so you still get the talented writing and quick sarcasm that everyone loved from her first series. The witty dialog was my favorite part of The Mortal instruments Series and I did laugh a few times throughout Clockwork Angel. I just wished Clare's way of writing was the only similarity from her first series.
If you have yet to read City of Bones and it's sequels, you will like this book much more then I did. However, if you have read them you might want to think twice before picking this one up.
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