Friday, September 10, 2010

BOOK REVIEW - CLOCKWORK ANGEL

By : Cassandra Clare
Published By : Walker Books
Released : Available Now
Details: Paperback 478, Pages

RATING 5 STARS!!! Just love Cassandra's writing!!

Book Blurb: Taken From Goodreads

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: 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.
 
BOOK REVIEW:

I was just about to hunt down my post man when 'Clockwork Angel' finally landed on my doorstep. Expect a nice big healthy looking book to read. I found ,when reading until the wee hours of the morning , ( I had trouble putting it down)  that these big books can smack you in the face when your hands give way when you suddenly go unconcious. Mind you the frightful way you wake up once it hits your face is enough to give you a few more hours of reading..lol!!!


Character's:


Will Herondale: Shadowhunter. He is your sometimes a bit cranky, main male character who often reminded me of Jace with his smart mouth and wit and always up for a fight,  (from TMI series). Do I have a theory there..well I may just , but will keep to myself . Will is the guy who will be there for you, if he likes you. He tries to not show that side of him. He is hiding something and someone of interest is named in the book. I have my theory there too....* wiggles eyebrows* Cassandra has only mentioned her twice I think. I am sure book 2 will possibly bring her into play.


Tessa Gray : Female main character who has a bravado within her like Clary  ( TMI series ) but it grows with the book. Tessa has a power , which she was unaware of, but the charming ( said sarcastically) Dark Sisters helped her kindly understand it ( cough!!) Tessa is a ??? a question mark looms over her head as to exactly what category she would be placed in. Not Shadowhunter!!


James Carstairs or Jem as affectionately called : Shadowhunter.  I love Jem . Poor Jem has his own issues to deal with but looks to always help. The calm , soothing Mr Nice Guy character.


Jessamine : Shadowhunter but would rather settle down and leave the dirty work to the others. Jessamine needed a good slap from me several times during this book..lol!!


Henry : The Scientist, the inventor who is married to Charlotte. Does he love her like he should ??? or is he soo caught up in all his inventions. I feel he is going to be the guy who , when he finally gets it right..lol!!  will be the inventor of all the items you see in TMI series. He just has to work the kinks out, so to speak.


You will also meet Nathaniel ( Nate) , Sophie, Thomas, Charlotte ...plus more.
I loved the way a couple characters were brought up in Clockwork Angel that we meet in The Mortal Instruments series.


Cassandra has gone a lot darker in her story telling in this book. It can give you a little shock and go ewwww!!  ...lol!!!.... in some places, but that's Cassandra Clare always upping the stakes. What an original story, well I thought so as I have not read any of the Steampunk genre and that mix of Victorian era plus mechanics is quite exciting. It may be the late 1800's but the Steampunk genre allows for futuristic devices I suppose you could say. I am very curious about the little Clockwork Angel necklace as it is obviously something that will pop up more further into the series.


Poor Tessa was a bit of a pawn all round in this book, her acceptance of what she was and her ability to not back down from what was thrown at her was worthy of any Shadowhunter respect.


I loved the POWS!!!! in this book. I was getting rather bruised from Miss Clare as she powed!! me. I am a reader who can't help having theories as I read and she POWed me several times ( didn't see it coming). I often take notes and pg numbers for reference. I noted on a certain page which I will not disclose ( spoilers and all that) but my notes read, 'laughed out loud' well it was to do with a certain 'six- fingered Nigel'...that is all I will say.


I loved the politeness with which the era addressed each other..which made for some amusing dialogue. Cassandra always knows how to write her dialogue with funny/witty comments mingled with the action at hand. Poetry verse may pop out of somebodys mouth....or a bit of sarcasm amidst a fight scene.
I am soo looking forward to Clockwork Prince with Jem on the cover, but it will be a long wait:(
I had the fortune of reading City of Bones, City Of Ashes, City Of Glass one after the other ( TMI series) in rapid succession. To have to wait ...seems utterly appalling..lol!!! I thoroughly enjoyed myself reading this book and will sit waiting patiently for my next Cassandra Clare installment, being, City of Fallen Angels but ooo sooo long a wait:(


To the wee younger generation I salute you as you possibly will be able to read the entirity of both series in rapid succession one day..no delay, how exciting!!!!!!


QUOTES:


...."I think you ought to let me take poor Tessa into town to get some new clothes. Otherwise , the first time she takes a deep breath, that dress will fall right off her."
  Will looked interested. "I think she should try that out now and see what happens."


"She's dead,"said Jem.
"Are you certain?"Will could not take his eyes off the woman's face.........He moved closer to her and placed a hand on her arm.........
"Well, she's not responding to my advances,"he observed more brightly than he felt, "so she must be dead."


"And Will. Handsome enough, but behaves like a lunatic half the time; it's as if he were brought up by savages. He has no respect for anyone or anything, no concept of the way a gentleman is supposed to behave. I suppose it's because he's Welsh."


"Oh God, " she said in a soft whisper to Jem. "I ---- my heart's not beating. I feel as if I've died. Jem ---"
He stroked her hand, carefully , soothingly,and looked up at her ............"You're alive, "he said, in a voice so soft only she could hear it.......


"Will spread his arms wide. On his knees, grinning like a demon, blood dripping from his mouth, he barely looked human himself. "Come and get me."


"Will , blood still dripping from his chin, looked at Jem with eyebrows raised. "Nice throw,"he said.
  Jem shook his head. "You bit de Quincey, "he said. "you fool..........
"I had no choice,"said Will. "He was choking me."
"I know," Jem said. "But really, Will . Again?"


"You never laugh, "she said. "You behave as if everything is funny to you, but you never laugh. Sometimes you smile when you think no one is paying attention."


"Tessa,"he said. "what do you want from me?"
He was still stroking the inside of her wrist, his touch doing odd delicious things to her skin and nerves. her voice shook when she spoke. "I ---I want to understand you."


For a moment their mouths pressed hotly together, Will's free hand tangling in her hair. Tessa gasped............
......."God in heaven ,"he whispered. "what was that?"





Michelle

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