Thursday, May 1, 2014

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (Review)

Series: Infernal Devices #1
Genre: Fantasy
Book Length: 479 pages
Publication Date: August 31st, 2010
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Margaret K. McElderry
Format: Hardcover
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....

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I think that I should clarify something before I go into this review. This book (and I'll explain in a minute) toke me over a month to read. I have two reasons for that: 1. This book was boring to me. I have been told before had that this first book is boring and that the rest of the trilogy is better. I believe that and I will read Clockwork Prince really soon (right after I finish Delirium in fact!), in preparation for City of Heavenly Fire. And 2. This book is like 500 pages and I read this at home (and it takes me longer to finish a book at home instead of at school so...yeah...). I did not hate this book at all! (I mean it's Cassandra Clare for goodness sakes). But I found this to be really boring probably because of the fact it toke me time to finish this, but let's get into the actual review.

This book does not have the greatest amount of action, I mean yes it does have its moments where there is a lot of action like the vampire scene at Camilla's(?) but overall it just is boring. I don't really remember too much about this book even because it was really boring.

Now let's go to the characters. To be honest, I have a mixed reaction for all the characters. My favorite characters from this first book is Tessa and Henry. Tessa is just so relateable (and not just as a book reader but personality wise for me) and I can easily connect to her and that makes me love her a lot. And Henry...if you don't like Henry at least a little bit I don't know what I can do for you. Henry is just such a likeable character that I don't even know how to describe my love for him.

And then my two least favorite you all might be shocked by, but I have to give my reason(s) for hating them. My least favorite characters are Jessamine, and Will Herondale. I'm going to explain why I hate Will right now so that I won't get message about why I hate him. The reason that I hate Will is because whenever him and Tessa do something, he just is cruel to her and hurts her feelings and I'm just like 'Are you kidding me Will? Can you at least be nice for 30 seconds?'. I did like that he was funny, but I hated his arrogance and how he was mean to Tessa. I am sure that I will love him later in the series, but right now I hate Will. And then I hate Jessamine because she is just snotty and she believes that women should not be Shadowhunters and I just don't like it. I know that this is the late 1800s', but I would have liked he to stand up for herself as a warrior.

This book does have some interesting plot twists that I did not see coming at all! But it did not support much of how boring it was to me. Again, I will be reading Clockwork Prince, but I don't think I have high expectations for the next one (but I know I'll love it).

I have heard that people say that you should start with Clockwork Angel as the first book in the Shadowhunter World, but I think that if you really want to develop a love for this world like I do you might want to start with the Mortal Instruments (or at least City of Bones).

In the end, I gave Clockwork Angel a 4/5 stars. I love this world and the plot twists that occurred, but I found this book to be really boring and I either hated or didn't care for half the characters. I will read Clockwork Prince soon, but right I have little expectations since I didn't like this first book (even though I'll love it).

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