By: Melanie | January 9, 2013 | (2) Comments

Title: Clockwork Angel
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Genre: YA, paranormal, fantasy
Series: The Infernal Devices #1
Release Date: August 31, 2010
Pages: 479 (hardcover)
How I got the Book: Borrowed from library
For More Information: Goodreads Link
My Goodreads Review: Review

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.

Clockwork Angel is the prequel to The Mortal Instruments by the lovely Cassandra Clare. She once again placed us into the world of Showhunters and Downworlders, which is perfect to refresh my memory to this world for City of Heavenly Fire. Set in the old times of London, Miss Teresa Gray takes a train from New York to London where she expects to meet her brother, Nate. Instead she is led to a house and meets two sisters, a. k. a. The Dark Sisters. There, she gets told to Change and do things that she was forced to do as her brother, has been captured.

With Nate’s life on Tessa shoulders, Tessa can really have strong determination. I believe that aspect is really likeable by her and her being protective over her closest friends and family. I was surprised to notice that she didn’t have red hair. Hmm… who does that sound like? Clarissa Fray from The Mortal Instruments. When her best friend Simon was taken, she did everything to get him back, same thing here except that it’s Tessa for her brother Nate. As these two story’s are closely progressed as in characters, plot and worlds, Clare did a reasonably good job.

However, the characters similar ness just took off that one star.
Clary: Tessa
Jace: Will
Simon: Jem
Isabelle: Jessamine
Valentine: Di Quincy
One example everyone would obviously notice is Jace and Will, both sarcastic, lady’s guy and secretive in their own way. As they can be likeable, this can be getting old and repetitive. Thankfully though, Clare’s characters are loveable and easy to relate to.

As the story went, I felt so sorry for Tessa, she was confused, alone and not well clarified to the world of Showhunters and Downworlders alike. Tessa, being one of the strongest female characters I’ve ever come across unraveled everything with us as she is our character that we mainly follow. I fell in love with The Mortal instruments, and now have almost loved this series just as much.

Reading this I can proudly say that, unlike other authors, Clare did her research of olden London well for me to feel old fashioned for a few days. This book sucks you in after reading the first paragraph.

One other thing, I didn’t quite think that the synopsis part where it says, torn between two best friends Tessa really only got close to Will in this book so this mislead me for a really complex love triangle. Other than that, wonderful plot and setting for a wonderful book Clare!


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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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2 Responses to Clockwork Angel By Cassandra Clare

  1. Kindlemom says:

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  2. Dabin Han says:

    I loved Clockwork Angel! I can’t wait till Clockwork Princess comes out!

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