Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Book Review: The Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Cassandra Clare's The Clockwork Angel is stunning. I've read Clare's work before and enjoyed it, but this book, this series, these characters are so engrossing. I cannot wait for the next book in this series!

Here's a bit about the plot. No spoilers.

Tessa is living in the United States and missing her brother, Nate, who left on a steamer to Victorian London months ago. Her aunt, a woman who raised Tessa and her brother after both of their parents died, passed away and Tessa was left alone. And then comes a letter from her brother, offering a free trip to London.

As soon as she arrives, she is kidnapped by a pair of Dark Sisters, who force Tessa to develop a latent power that she did not know she possessed. If Tessa does not cooperate, they swear that her brother will be killed.

Tessa's power is unusual and rare. She is able to transform herself into any person, living or dead, as long as she holds an object belonging to them. It is clear that the Dark Sisters want to train Tessa to harness this power, but why? When they tell Tessa that the all-powerful Magister plans to make Tessa his wife, she knows that she needs to find a way out--and soon.

Tessa's world, once simple and very human becomes completely unpredictable and grows more bizarre by the minute. She is plunged into a world filled with vampires, demons, warlocks, and Shadowhunters.

This is a page turner, and one that I could not put down. I loved the Victorian London setting and the lines of poetry that Clare used to start every chapter. I did not love all of the characters, but I don't think that I was supposed to. It is clear to me that Clare will answer questions and delve more deeply into some of the less clear plot points in the next books in this series. I don't know that I can wait to read them, but know that I must. Grr.

This book came to me from a Book It Forward ARC Tour. Much obliged!

14 comments:

  1. What is the series called? It sounds like something I might be interested in. What # book is Clockwork Angel?

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  2. @ aLmYbNeNr: This is the first book in a new series from Cassandra Clare. I liked this one even better than City of Bones! It's pretty engaging--I got a little lost in it for a couple of days!

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  3. Thank you! I'm adding it to my TBR! :)

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  4. Sounds like a winner. Hate when you get a hold of a series that is so good but you have to wait for the next. Great review.

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  5. I'm from the CEP

    Thanks for making me want to read the book even more! I can hardly wait until it is released.

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  6. Hi!I'm from CEP. Ever since i know about cassie clare wrote another book, clockwork angel i cant wait..this book is really pretty amazing!

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  7. Hi there! I also come from CEP =)

    I am absolutely glad that I had pre-ordered this book. It surely sound much better than TMI and the different setting makes a lot of difference. Cannot wait to see how the heroes and heroins in this book are like!

    Just a little over a month to go. Oh, that still feels like AGES to go :'(

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  8. I haven't read any of Clare's books but all the reviews are so great i went and put some on hold at the library.

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  9. I have this on my TBR =) Even though I've never read any of Cassie Clare's books, I'll be delving into this one soon. Great review! I really liked the fact that you summarized it really well =) Great job!

    Dropping by from CEP =)

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  10. omg omg!!how awesome that you read it extremely jealous, now i want it more hahaaha :P

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  11. Congrats on the ARC tour! I'm so jealous!!! I'm so glad you loved it, it sounds like it was just as good (if not better than) the Mortal Instruments series!

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  12. Here from CEP. :D

    I didn't really like City of Bones and I don't think I'll be reading the rest of that series, but I love Victorian London so I might just have to give this book a try when it comes out. Hopefully, I'll like this series better.

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  13. I am excited to hear that you enjoyed Clockwork Angel so much! And now the long wait for Clockwork Prince begins... ;)

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  14. Short but sweet. Along with all the other reviews I'm somewhat dying for this. I love the Mortal Instruments and I'm sure I will be stalking Clare for years to come. I was also brought here courtesy of (CEP) over at YA Addict :)

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