Mar 22, 2013

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare Review

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
(Infernal Devices, #3)
Release Date: March 19, 2013
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry; 568 pages
A net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. Mortmain plans to use his Infernal Devices, an army of pitiless automatons, to destroy the Shadowhunters. He needs only one last item to complete his plan: he needs Tessa Gray.

Charlotte Branwell, head of the London Institute, is desperate to find Mortmain before he strikes. But when Mortmain abducts Tessa, the boys who lay equal claim to her heart, Jem and Will, will do anything to save her. For though Tessa and Jem are now engaged, Will is as much in love with her as ever.

As those who love Tessa rally to rescue her from Mortmain’s clutches, Tessa realizes that the only person who can save her is herself. But can a single girl, even one who can command the power of angels, face down an entire army?

Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment, and the tangled threads of love and loss intertwine as the Shadowhunters are pushed to the very brink of destruction in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy.
If you have NOT read Clockwork Angel or Clockwork Prince, please read with caution. There are some spoilers that were unavoidable. Proceed with caution . . .

Oh, by the Angel . . .

Any of you who know me, know I've been both overly excited for this book but dreading it at the same time. We all knew something terrible was going to happen, right? But were unsure of many factors in to it. This book just. . .I had trouble getting in to it not because it was bad, oh no, because it was breaking my precious, delicate heart over and over again and I just couldn't bare it anymore. But then I knew I had to keep reading because I had to know the fate of my beloved Jem but also every single occupant of the London Institute. It didn't take long for me to fall in love with each of these individuals either throughout the series or in this book, alone. For being a complete and utter Jem fan, I still love and have much respect for Will Herondale. Unlike other love triangles, he is not one I would wish the worst upon, when in actuality, I did love him (just not as much as Jem).

When you think of series, you wish it to be epic and beautiful and perfect but how many times can you say that truly happens? I don't recall many where I'm left with my heart racing yet satisfied; however overwhelmed with emotions I may be. That happens with Clockwork Princess. I never thought I'd say I was happy with the outcome of this series because I thought for sure I'd walking around for days depressed over fictional characters who have become so important to me, they felt real.

The hardest part about this is not spoiling the book for anyone. That's the hardest thing about reviewing a final book in a series; what do you say that won't give away anything that happens? It's hard but I'm going to try my hardest to succeed.

One of the greatest things about this series (besides Jem, of course) is the relationship not only between Jem and Will but the relationship between Magnus & Will (oh yeah, I bet you thought I was going to say that love triangle, eh?). That relationship grew over Clockwork Prince and it reached new heights in Clockwork Princess. The fact that Will is the only Shadowhunter to ever treat Magnus as an equal; as a human was something to see. The way this effect Magnus was heartwarming and it is bound to put a smile on your face. The friendship is fierce and you know they will go to their last days remembering each other and for Magnus, that's saying something because he's rather old! ;)

Jem's illness takes a turn for the worst in this book and that was the absolute hardest thing for me to see. We all knew his days were numbered and knew he was bound to get worse but it's so different from knowing it and actually 'seeing' it. That was the toughest parts of the book; I just would have to put the book down and walk away any time he had an episode. I just couldn't bare to see him in that kind of distress. I know, I'm weird but when Jem happens to be your number all time favorite fictional character, there's a certain emotional attachment to him.

Mortmain is almost non-existent in the first part of the book and you almost forget that they're about to embark on this huge war with him but you're so engrossed in the romance in the novel. There's Gideon, who is absolutely precious, in his longing for maid-servant, Sophie Collins, when since he was introduced all you've wanted was their happiness. Obviously, there's Tessa with both her love's, Jem Carstairs, her fiance and Will, the love that cannot be. Henry and Charlotte Branwell, who are with child and some of the absolute cutest people, ever. Plus, there's the introduction of Cecily Herondale, Will's younger sister who is now staying with them to train to be a Shadowhunter and Gideon Lightwood's younger brother, Gabriel, who is forced to live at the London institute after his father's Demon Pox gets worse.

Every single character in this institute I fell in love with and I'm pretty sure you will, too. Yes, even Gabriel. Some times he's hard to read but he is a Lightwood, how could you not end up loving him?! You may find yourself even rooting for him toward the end and I bet it'll surprise you.

Tissues will most likely be needed or like me, you'll need to put the book and walk away before you lose it. But if you're in love with this series, like I am, you need to keep going and just wait for it to be over. I had trouble sleeping because I was just so overcome with many different emotions. It takes a lot for a book to keep me awake at night, after I've already finished it. I am also one of those fans who would prefer this series over The Mortal Instruments any day.

The Epilogue is so insanely perfect it hurts. While there's sadness there's also a new hope. Also, if you have the hardcover version, do NOT look at the family tree in the inside cover until after you have finished the series, you will spoil yourself. *highlight to view spoiler* I am sad to see the family tree only goes through 2008, though I understand why. I just want Jem and Tessa to have kids of their own, as well. Will got his chance and had some amazing children with her; I only hope Jem gets to experience that as well. *end spoiler*

*highlight to view spoiler* Also, regarding Jem being Brother Zachariah - I was so happy and sad at the time to find out that he was in fact this Silent Brother. Most of my friends, while reading City of Lost Souls, thought it was Will and I never understood that. I always thought it was Jem and to find out I was right, well I whooped out loud. I was also sad to find this out because it meant he wouldn't be able to marry Tessa and that really depressed me. I am very excited to see more of him in City of Heavenly Fire, though . . . *end spoiler*

Cassandra Clare, I may love you. In a totally, non-creepy way but this series is just perfect. For me, it goes up there with Harry Potter. It will be one I can read over and over again and still become a wreck each time. My heart will always belong to Jem and *sigh*

1 comment:

  1. Glad you like it, I did read anything of the review except the last few sentences, only because I haven't read it! However, I am getting it today, when I go to the Cassie Clare signing tonight!!!! :)

    I LOVE her books too! Mortal Instruments is great too! :)


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