Title: Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Walker Books
Published: 2015 (first published in 2010)
Rating: 5 / 5 stars
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 was SO AMAZING!!!! 😍😍😍 I loved every moment of it and did not want to stop reading it! I had high expectations for this book that were pretty much met. And though I thought I knew what I was going into, I was still very shocked by the plot twists, character portrayals and descriptions. Clockwork Angel was absolutely insane and I loved every bit of it.
The Victorian London setting was interesting. Though I do like the New York now setting in TMI more, I think this setting will grow on me as the series goes on. It’s cool to know that Cassandra Clare set some scenes in the book in actual places in London. It’s like this actually happened in history! (which it didn’t but imagine that!)
Okay, so let’s dive into my opinions of the characters.
I loved Tessa’s character a lot. She is so strong and brave and actually, she reminds me of Clary in a way. Though she doesn’t know how to fight, her words are powerful and it is her words and small actions that make her brave.
I liked Will. He is very Jace, and I now understand what people say when they say all Herondales are like how Will and Jace are. Will is very closed off and right now, I don’t really like him as much. He lies, he is always rude, and is just being a douche to Tessa. I don’t really know what to feel about Will right now, but hopefully he will redeem himself as the series progresses.
Right now, I’m more Team Jem (is that a thing?!). He is just more “my type” and he’s musically talented😍, caring, nice, funny and just a great person, way better than Will is right now. My opinions might change, but I’m currently liking Jem way more than Will.
I love everyone in the Institute. I love Charlotte, Henry, Sophie and Thomas, but maybe not so much Jessamine, and I can’t wait to see how their stories progress. (and Magnus’ brief appearances were wonderful and fun!)
Cassandra Clare’s writing is, as always, phenomenal and incredibly gripping. Her descriptions were beautiful and the dialogue was hilarious and serious when it needed to be. I think she is gradually becoming a better writer and author and this is one of her better books out of the previous three I’ve read. I cannot wait to see how her writing is like in Lady Midnight and the rest of the books in future series; I can only imagine it being even better than it is now!
There’s not much else to talk about without spoiling the novel. I think the best thing to do is to just go into the novel expecting nothing but a good time! I know that’s basically what I did and I enjoyed my entire reading experience.
With lots of love and books,