Review: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Posted May 4, 2011 by Annie in Reviews / 0 Comments

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Review: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Clockwork Angel
by Cassandra Clare

5 Stars


Released: August 31, 2010
Series: The Infernal Devices #1
Published by Margaret K. McElderry, Simon and Schuster
Pages: 479

Cassandra Clare does it again! I’ve been dying to read this book for so long! The anticipation in waiting for a book sometimes causes me to hype it up. Sometimes, I hype up a book too much and it flops because my expectations were so high. But no matter how excited I got for this book, it surpasses my expectations!I love Victorian London, to the point where I wish I could live in that time. Clockwork Angel gives me that chance! The descriptions are so vivid, making you feel like you were suck back into his portal to live the real deal. I know Clare did a years worth of researching for this series and it’s very evident in her books.

One other thing I loved about Clockwork Angel is it’s characters. I loved Jace and the gang in The Mortal Instruments and so I worried that the new Shadowhunters wouldn’t live up to them. I was wrong. They are brillant and dare I say more dark and tortured than the guys from TMI?

I’ve noticed that a lot in this book. There’s demons and blood and guts in TMI, but in Clockwork Angel I feel like it’s darker and more descriptive. There’s more fighting and more deaths in this one. And lots and lots of blood.

Even the characters are darker. Will and Jem are both examples of this. Will is arrogant and says things to make him look worse than he really is. He is brooding and rude and sometimes completely unbearable. On the other hand, Jem has his own curse to deal with. His illness evokes sympathy from its readers because there is no doubt that he is suffering on a daily basis. Both men are tortured by their past. It’s just that Jem is more optimistic about the future.

Nevertheless, Clare does an amazing job with world-building and character development. I’m so jealous of her writing ability. Please let Clockwork Prince come out sooner!

Favourite Quote:
“Are you highly intoxicated at the moment?” Tessa meant the question in all seriousness, bu realized the moment the words were out of her mouth that she must have sounded awfully rude – or worse, flirtatious. he seemed too steady on his feet to really be drunk, anyway. She’d seen nate intoxicated enough times to know the difference. Perhaps he was merely insane.
“How very direct, but I suppose all your Americans are, aren’t you?” The boy looked amused. “Yes, your accent gives you away. What’s your name, then?”
Tessa looked at him in disbelief. “What’s my name?”
“Don’t you know it?”

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About Cassandra Clare

Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts.

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