Saturday, May 10, 2014

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare (Review)

Series: Infernal Devices #3
Genre: Fantasy
Book Length: 570 pages
Publication Date: March 19th, 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Margaret K. McElderry
Format: Hardcover
Tessa Gray should be happy—aren't all brides happy? Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa's heart, will do anything to save her.

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Wow. Just wow. That is the only thing (other than tears and all the emotions) that can express how I felt about this final book. How it ended, how I felt while reading the last hundred pages, how I am done with this series, and everything. I can't believe that I finished this book and trilogy. This was a fantastic end to the series for an infinite amount of reasons. How everything flowed together so beautifully, the epic end to this fantastic series, and it was just an amazing book.

 The first thing I must talk about was all the emotions I got while reading this book. God, it was like this book was making my emotions go bi-polar. I laughed, I wanted to cry, I was happy, I was sad, I wanted to cry, I was shocked, and did I mentioned I wanted to cry? Overall, the middle, the epilogue, the last third of this book wanted me to cry all of my emotions out. In fact, at Jem and Will's last scene they talked to each other in, I literally cried. I think I have mentioned before (I probably haven't) that I am not a book crier, heck, I didn't even cry at the end of Allegiant. But Jem and Will's last conversation literally made me shed a few tears. And that is saying A LOT.

Next, the character development & relationships. It was fantastic. I loved how the characters grew and changed after everything that happened to them in this book. And they go through a lot.From Jem deciding to become a silent brother, to Jessamine dying, to Henry no longer being able to walk again, this book brought me into a whirlwind of emotions and feelings that no other book has done. Clockwork Princess has the honor of being the first book that ever made me cry, and that's a good honor.

I also loved how everything fit together so nicely in this final book. The pacing was perfect. Personally, I did find the sequence in which Will riding to Cadair Idris boring, but that was probably because I was taking that part slowly due to the fact I was really busy with tests.So aside from that, I loved the pacing of this book. And I also loved how all the characters did get closure. Cecily and Gabriel getting married, Sophie Ascending into a Shadowhunter and marrying Gideon, and Tessa and Will's marriage and how his death (WHICH NEARLY MADE ME CRY) was explained, and how Charlotte and Henry's children had the red hair, and how all the other couples also had children, this book overall just made me want to cry my heart out. Which it felt like it did.

However, and this is completely a personal preference, I still do prefer the Mortal Instruments series as the starting series for anyone interested in the Cassandra Clare books, but I still love this series and I highly recommend it if you haven't read the first book yet. And if you didn't like the first book, push forward in this series because the rest of the series gets better.

I give Clockwork Princess a 5/5 stars in the end. Everything just fits together perfectly in the end, all of the characters get closure, and it is just an amazing book that will make you cry. I know that this book has the honor of making me crying, which is saying a lot since I am not a book crier.

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