Today I am reviewing a book beginning with ‘C’. The book I have chosen to review is Clockwork Angel by the brilliant Cassandra Clare.
In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.
The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them…
I wasn’t sure of what to expect from this book. The Mortal Instruments was so amazing- I wasn’t sure if The Infernal Devices would be as good. To be honest, I didn’t think it would be my kind of book as I normally read books set in the modern day or dystopian books. It came as a pleasant surprise when the book wasn’t that bad at all. I didn’t fall in love with the book but I still think it was a good read.
So what made it a good read? Firstly, Jem is such a cutie. Jem is adorable and I’m so happy he got to have all those little moments with Tessa. My favourite part was when I think he was playing the violin (or piano maybe) and I remember something about Tessa coming to find him and they shared an intimate moment. I can’t remember exactly what happened but I think anything that happens with Jem in is good.
In addition to this, the story line was pretty good. My problem lays with the characters. I strongly dislike Will; he is self-centred, arrogant and cruel. I can’t believe Tessa’s even thinking about hooking up with him. Clare chooses really bad role models for her characters. Take Jessamine for example- all she cares about is fashion. Jessamine thinks women shouldn’t fight- how bad is that for young girls to read? Yes it is set in the Victorian times, but can’t there be at least one strong female role model? I love Clare’s writing but I wish that there was a Victorian Clary in The Infernal Devices!