Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2) by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2) ~ Cassandra Clare
This is a young adult fantasy book.  (Rated PG-13)
4.5 out of 5 stars
Book Summary
In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends. With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.

Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, though her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will—the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?

As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.
My Review
Okay, now I understand the fascination with this series. This was a good book. Almost five stars but not quite.
The characters were well written as expected. We learn a lot more about Will which made me fall in love with him. We even learn more about Charlotte and Henry. It was just really an eye opening book in that way.
The story line is tragic. There was misunderstanding which I normally hate, but there were strong reasons for it which made it forgivable. There was just one thing that made this book not a five star book for me. The predictability of the timing of the event surrounding Tessa, Jem and Will towards the end of the book. I saw it coming and I was thinking to myself Cassandra Clare is going to show just how outstanding she is as a writer and not do what was expected. Yet there it was. Disappointing on so many levels. I can only see this ending like Bloodrose for there to be a HEA. And that would be disappointing to.
Still, I wait on baited breath for the next book just like everyone else. And hope for the best.
Overall, this series is shaping up better than TMI. I’m reading City of Lost Souls now. So be on the look out for my review in a couple of days.
Audio Review

Ed Westwick and Heather Lind narrated this one. Let me just say that individually they did a great job. Ed’s voice is sexy as all hell and I couldn’t have been more pleased that he was reading this one. My problem was how the duo was mixed in this story. And unfortunately, I didn’t really like it. If guys were in a chapter more he would read. Otherwise Heather would. I would have much preferred it the way that it was done with the Fever series. When the guy read the guy narration and the girl read the girl parts. Because this book is third person there really isn’t a clear POV change, thus making it confusing when who was chosen to read what. Anyway, I still enjoyed.

My book boyfriend, WILL. (in shouty caps no less.)
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1 comment:

  1. Wow, it's sad. I've read several books since this one. Umm. I don't remember it being hard to get into. But it's possible it was a little slow in the beginning. All I know is that in the end, I liked this book better. WILL.