Monday, December 19, 2011


By: Cassandra Clare
Published By: Walker Books
Released : Available Now
Details : Paperback , 495 Pages


Book Blurb : Taken From Goodreads

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.


“There once was a lass from New York

Who Found herself hungry in York,

But the bread was like rocks,

The parsnips shaped like -------“

Oh, Cassandra you had me giggling at this little ditty, it is quite witty.

Be still my heart! This book has me left with a gaping hole in my heart where I want a threesome and I don’t mean that in the naughty sense. I mean....well truly after reading this book Cassandra has left me wanting Will .....but so desperate not to hurt Jem. Jem is so happy and feeling better. This would have to be one of the best love triangles written that I have personally read. Tessa be damned if she does or doesn’t.

Will is never going to hurt Jem, he loves him too much. Tessa loves Jem but not like Will, I think we can all see that, but Jem was the early bird who got the worm, first dibs. He is now grinning from ear to ear. Every time I look at Jem on the book cover I want him to be happy and find the love he so deserves, but then Will deserves love too.

Darn it Cassandra , you got us to love both guys and then ...what? You have us under both boys skin ...... deep...emotionally.

Clockwork Prince was a lot lighter on the action which Cassandra normally displays throughout The Mortal Instruments and Clockwork Angel. This book is about emotion and does it drip. It may be looked upon as a bit slower paced for the first part, but we as the reader are getting to know what makes the boys tick ( no pun intended).

I loved that Cassandra gave us the opportunity to think higher of Henry. He wasn’t just the bumbling husband. We got a more 3D look into his character.

Oh the balcony scene was .........sigh......wonderful and lustful and hungry, quite exciting for the 1800’s.

I felt sad for the ‘little boy Will’ who had put up such a strong wall at such a young age, to show such selflessness when everybody can only see ‘the Will’ that he wants them to see. Knowing what they think of him on a daily basis and shrugging it off.

Bridget....ha! She is a hoot. Cassandra leaves me wanting to know a lot more about her. Her ability to sing a verse of a song from afar , behind closed doors that coincides with a scene...ha!

Sophie’s character is blooming before our eyes. I really like her.

I love all the little tasty morsels dropped like bread crumbs for the reader to pick up on and know we are not going to be getting any answers this book. It’s this trail of crumbs we keep picking up and popping away in the back of our mind. The little Clockwork Angel necklace that Nate says she must always wear, who/what is Tessa? The characters Tessa comes into contact with that leave her and us wondering about the comment they have just said to Tessa, but didn’t explain themselves.

I face planted my desk after finishing this book as I have a ridiculous amount of time to wait to find out more. This would have to be the worst countdown to Clockwork Princess,........ almost painful.

p.s. I still have to look up the word Sepulchral.


When she turned to look at him, he smiled at her. Jem put the full force of himself into each smile, so that he seemed to be smiling with his eyes, his heart, his whole being.

“I can trust you, Jessie, but you’re clearly not well enough to go. Which is unfortunate, since Aloysius always had a weakness for a pretty face.”

“Even more reason why I should go ,” said Will.

“Trains are great dirty smoky things,” said Will. “You won’t like it.”

Tessa was unmoved. “I won’t know if I like it until I try it will I?”

“I’ve never swum naked in the Thames, but I know I wouldn’t like it.”

“Gracious, that’s a lot of bosom you’re showing,” Magnus went on blithely, gesturing toward Tessa with the burning tip of his cigar. 


"Finally broken down and admitted you're in love with me, have you? he inquired of Will. "I do enjoy these surprise midnight declarations."

"He's very pretty," said Woolsey. "For a human."
"He's very broken," said Magnus. "Like a lovely vase that someone has smashed. Only luck and skill can put it back together the way it was before."

She fell and spun and drowned in the kiss; his lips were soft and his body was hard against her, and he tasted like rain.

( ...*sigh*........)



  1. I loved this one for Will and Jem, too. The Magister stuff just seemed to be in the background compared to the emotions going on with the love triangle.

  2. Hey Brett, yup!! I have 2 boys and I don't know how this is going to be resolved....I may need the Kleenex for Clockswork Princess:D


  3. All I see are the words: love and like. I can't read your full review yet because this is on my to-read pile but now I'm encouraged.

    1. This was not as action filled as her series usually are, but, this one was filled with emotion and I can't wait for CWPrincess.


  4. Oh I can't wait to fit this one in! So glad to hear you loved it!

  5. What I find so sad, yet at the same time interesting to read about the love triangle is that all three people have some type of relationship and no matter what happens the ending is still sad. The ending of this book is bitter sweet and I was absolutely torn between Jem and Will, as is Tessa. I knew all along that Will would never intentionally be as cruel as he made himself to be and I love his wittiness and the true, kind side to him. Jem is so interesting and the perfect, ideal guy for any girl, he is so sweet and affectionate :(. I'm just praying that he survives his disease that makes him so fragile.

  6. I loved this book. I am really looking forward to Clockwork Priness. Cassandra is making us feel these characters pain.



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