May 30, 2012

Recent Reads: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2)Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Background: As the Institute faces a possible leadership change, Tessa and the Shadowhunters are in full swing looking for the Magister. While doing so, Will’s past comes to haunt him, making him strive for possible resolution. Jem and Tessa grow closer through Will’s inability to get close to others, and Tessa’s brother is still up to his tricks. Through the confusion, Tessa is still unsure about her past and her future concerning the Shadowhunters.

Review: Tessa, Will, and Jem are wonderful characters, there is something about each of them that will always pull me back to the story; which is very unlike the Mortal Instruments series, where some of the characters are…well…dicks. I love the story Cassandra Clare has put together. There were so many twists that I was not expecting at all, I was really blown away (esp. in the last few chapters). I think that the Shadowhunters in this series are very humble compared to her other series and that is what makes them so likable and thus the story more enjoyable

-Tessa still finding herself...but really not. I enjoyed the interaction between Tessa and her brother; there was finally a little resolution on that front, but only just enough to keep me questioning some things. Also, what is up with Starkweather being all creepy but interested in her? Very interested in where that goes.
-Will and his background finally being revealed. I liked the mystery about him in the first book but in this one he really becomes a character that I like.
-Jem and his happiness, I have a huge soft spot for Jem and maybe that was the intention, but I think it is great that he is finally getting what her wants versus Will always getting everything.

-I seem to have this problem with Clare consistently, not all of the good stuff needs to happen at the VERY end of the book! It is so bothersome. When I first started this book it was slow, a lot of talking or descriptions, which were nice, but no action. She almost always leave all the action to the very last few chapters and that irks me.

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  1. It appears that you have read Clare's other books? I was wondering if you noticed the similarities between the characters in the Clockwork series and the Mortal Instruments series?

    1. Hey Amy,

      Yes I have and yes I do. I think it is interesting how in both series the dynamic is very 2 girl/ 2 guy oriented, however there are many other characters who pop in and out. Clockwork: Tessa, Jess, Jem and Will and MI: Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Alec, and Simon but most of the story only focuses on 2 of the guys at a time really. There is a nice guy and a sweeter one and they play off of each other. I would like to see a bit of a break from that, but I still read them.

      The female lead is similar but the 2 girls are very different where Clary in MI is whiny and dependent on others (even though she makes her own rash decisions) I find Tessa stronger...still questioning but able to deal on her own.

    2. Whoops, nice/ sweeter guy and a jerk... is what I meant not nice and a sweeter one... ha


    wanted to leave a way for you to reply in case I don't see it on your blog.