Monday, August 27, 2012

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare

This is a young adult steampunk novel (Rated PG-13)

4 out of 5 stars

Book Summary

Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still.

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.

My Review

I’ve heard a LOT about this series. Mostly good things. I’ve actually not listened to the latest TMI/Jace book because Jace has disappointed me in the last two books. But after these, I think I will give it ago.

Now back to business. This book moves kinda slow but not really. It’s kinda dull but interesting. All in all it was an okay read better than a lot of things I’ve read recently. Enough so I am intrigued to continue on.

Will had a very Jace feel to me. Brooding and always pushing someone away for their own good. I kind of wish she would have chosen different characteristic. This storyline is almost “used up” in YA. Jem was refreshing. He was kind and sweet but not in the syrupy way that makes you gag. I actually really enjoyed him. Oh, Tessa. She was okay. Nothing exciting but she had a backbone and didn’t whine.

Audio Review

Jennifer Ehle did a decent job with this one. Her accents were spot on but at times she sounded a bit older than the book “feel”. Still, I was definitely pulled back in time with her inflections and overall voice. Good job.

Overall, it was a good read. I don’t regret and will push on.

My book boyfriend, Jem.

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  1. Noooooo! You can't be Team Jem! j/k =)

    I am obviously routing for Will ;) but I love Jem too - I really like this series too!

    1. oh also, good review!

      I thought Clockwork Prince was much much better than CA... I look forward to you checking out that one to see what you think of it

    2. Next book, I'm rooting for Will. But honestly this book was all about Jem for me.

    3. Thanks. I did like the next book better as well.