Thursday, January 5, 2012

Review: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare



Title: Clockwork Prince
Series: The Infernal Devices 
Book #: Two
Author: Cassandra Clare
Published: 2011
Source: Bought

My Rating:  [Five+Pink+Hearts.jpg]
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. (taken from goodreads.com)
Cassandra Clare will never cease to amaze me. I'd forgotten how much I love her writing. It is utterly addictive. What a fabulous way to start the new year! When I read Clockwork Angel, I thought it was "nearly as captivating and wonderful as Clare's other books," but not quite. It didn't have that extra spark that catapulted The Mortal Instruments series into fame. However, Clockwork Prince contains as many heart-wrenching love triangles, crazy intense fight scenes, and dramatic plot reveals as any of the TMI books.

Usually, I detest love triangles. Sure, they were entertaining at first, but after reading about a billion of them, I grew to hate them. To my total surprise, this love triangle took my heart, played tug-of-war with it, ripped it right down the middle, and left me completely torn between two incredible boys. One of my goodreads friends told me that this book was an emotional roller coaster. Boy, did she hit the nail on the head.

Clare's plot development is pure genius. I adore her stories along with her brilliant characters. 
I had literally no idea where this book was going. My only choice was to sit tight and hang on as the story rounded capricious twists and turns. We finally receive the answers to many of the burning questions that Clockwork Angel provoked, such as What is Will hiding? Is there something between Jem and Tessa? 

I'm glad I decided against reading this book in public, because my reactions to the plot were a bit embarrassing (i.e. gasping out loud, sitting straight up in bed, covering my mouth). Seriously, this book drove me insane. After seeing how things turned out, I'm boggled as to how Clare will write a happy ending for this series. Still, I can't doubt her amazing ability to pull believable stories out of thin air.

After reading the ending's killer cliffhanger, I am anxiously awaiting the release of Clockwork Princess. This book surprised me on so many levels, and I loved every minute of it. If you're a fan of The Mortal Instruments series, then you MUST look into The Infernal Devices!