Thursday, December 11, 2014

Review: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Title: Clockwork Prince
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: Book Two in the Infernal Devices Trilogy
Published By: Simon & Schuster (December 6, 2011)
Source: Purchased
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: 4 Stars!

Book Description:
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, but 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.









Okay I get it, I finally get why Will is such a big deal. Why there was ever any competition at all for Jem. 

I won't lie, I didn't love him in book one, in fact I barely tolerated the cocky stubborn shadowhunter and numerous times I wanted to reach through the pages and give him a good smack on Tessa's behalf. But I hung in there and never lost hope that he would finally redeem himself some how and oh how he redeemed himself!

I get it. I truly do but oh how I hate love triangles but I must admit, if ever one was done right, if ever one was done to rip your heart out and truly not be able to love one more than the other, it was in Clockwork Prince. 

Clare sure knows how to write them doesn't she?

I was constantly guessing and second guessing and thinking about this story even when I wasn't reading it. 

It was hard to forget and even harder to ignore. I devoured it and then devoured it some more and still couldn't get enough.

Well done Ms. Clare, well done.





*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*

46 comments:

  1. I read this book and Loved it, happy to see that you also liked it :) now we only need to read the last book ,, I haven't yet as well :) LOVELY REVIEW :D

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    1. I hope you can get to it soon, it is wonderful!

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  2. I am so happy that you liked this book and that you changed your mind about Will. :)
    Great review! I can't wait to see what you will think about final book.

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    1. Thanks Glass. This definitely changed my mind about him.

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  3. LOL I love when I finally have that moment with a character :) I've got her first 4 books on my shelf waiting for me to grab em up :)

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    1. I did like her MI series but I think this might be my favorite now.

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  4. So glad you're loving this series Ali! I read the first book but I haven't gotten to this one yet, I'll have to do that at some point. I've fallen behind on so many series! Yay for Will redeeming himself:)

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    1. I have too Jenny which is why I am trying to play catch up but I have a long way to go for sure.

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  5. Great review Kindlemom. I Love the premise the cover and your wonderful thoughtful review xo

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  6. I need to get started with this series, Ali. Everyone raves about it and I like the way you descried the love triangle. I'm not a fan of those either, but I think I would be okay with it in this book.
    Lovely review!

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    1. I think you will as well because it really is done so well. I am so excited for you to try it Nick!

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  7. I am glad you are loving htis. I thought this was a tremendous series and the love triangle is one that truly works. Just wait until you hit book three.

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    1. It really does work and it goes to show that you can have one without it being a disaster.

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  8. Yay so happy you love it and you get it now lol! I hope you love Clockwork Princess! This is definitely one of my favourite series~

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    1. I am too, I was starting to worry about myself there for awhile. :P

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  9. I loved Jem the most! I understand the appeal of Will, but he's just not my type. I'm glad he redeemed himself for you. I feel the same way about love triangles and yet I devoured these books too! I can't wait to hear what you think of the third book.

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    1. I really did like them both but you are right, there is just something about Jem that sticks with you.

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  10. Favorite series of all time. I can't wait to hear your thoughts on the last book. Imma be waiting for the review, if you're going to make one. You're definitely in for a real treat there! Great review :D
    AND BTW. IM TEAM WILL HERONDALE <3

    Alex @ The Book's Buzz

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    1. I will definitely be posting a review soon for it!

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  11. Not a fan of Cassandra Clare by any means, but her Infernal Devices series is really bloody popular, and supposedly really well-written. I'll hopefully get to it someday and obsesse myself with this love triangle you speak of highly :P

    Faye at The Social Potato

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    1. If you were going to read any of her series, this is the one I would pick for you Faye!

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  12. I'm glad you're enjoying this series, Ali! i have to admit, I've only read book one of her other series, but did not go any further. Do you prefer on over the other??

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    1. I prefer this one over the other for sure!

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  13. Persevere on! I hate love triangles too but this one made me cry! THIS is the ONLY love triangle that WORKED for me and I LOVED!!

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  14. I've still only read the first book in this series - I really need to catch up with the rest of the world!!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. Don't feel bad there are still a ton of series I haven't even started yet that others have.

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  15. Love triangles aren't really my thing, either. I always feel like people should just KNOW...that's the romantic thing! Indecision makes it feel unromantic to me.

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    1. That is a great way at looking at it!

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  16. Eeeeeep! Isn't he just...gah! I hope you'll continue on, Ali. It gets better...and worst. And I just... *cries*

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  17. Isn't it funny how when you're catching up on a series, and you get to that point where you finally get why everyone is gaga over a certain character? That's how I was with Reyes. I hope to get to this series someday.

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    1. Yes! It is nice though. It sucks when it doesn't happen and you are still left wondering what all the fuss is about.

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  18. Oh I heard so much about this author and I haven't read any of her books. I really should try!

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    1. You should give her a try and if you like historic, I would start here. :)

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  19. I feel like I am the only one who doesn't like Cassandra Clare's books. They just never did it for me.

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    1. Don't feel bad, she isn't for everyone.

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  20. I hate triangles too, but this one made perfect sense to me too. I haven't yet gotten to read #3 in this series, but I'm looking forward to it. It's one of my fav series, though I haven't yet read the Mortal Instruments series (I might after finishing to read Infernal Devices, though).

    So glad you enjoyed it!

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    1. Oh gosh, you need to read it! It was fabulous too. :)

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  21. Yep! I don't think I need to say more. I'm with you, love triangles can be frustrating and heart breaking but when done well they work. So glad you enjoyed!

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  22. Ok, I've been wanting to read this series for so long, but haven't gotten around to it, but now, you have me wanting to see why Will is such a big deal also. I may have to hop on over to audible and see if it is available and better yet, on sale :). Great review!

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    1. Yay! Read it Ellen, it is my favorite of her's so far.

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  23. It makes my heart happy that you liked this book! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this series! LOVE IT!

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