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On altı yaşındaki Tessa Gray, ağabeyini bulmak için okyanusu aşıp Kraliçe Viktorya’nın hükmü altındaki İngiltere’ye geldiğinde, onu korkunç bir sır bekliyordu. Londra’nın Aşağıdünya’sının ıssız sokaklarını vampirler, büyücüler ve diğer doğaüstü yaratıklar ele geçirmişti. Kaosun yerine düzen getirmekse yalnızca Gölgeavcıları’na, kendilerini dünyayı iblislerden kurtarmaya adOn altı yaşındaki Tessa Gray, ağabeyini bulmak için okyanusu aşıp Kraliçe Viktorya’nın hükmü altındaki İngiltere’ye geldiğinde, onu korkunç bir sır bekliyordu. Londra’nın Aşağıdünya’sının ıssız sokaklarını vampirler, büyücüler ve diğer doğaüstü yaratıklar ele geçirmişti. Kaosun yerine düzen getirmekse yalnızca Gölgeavcıları’na, kendilerini dünyayı iblislerden kurtarmaya adamış savaşçılara düşüyordu.Pandemonium Kulübü’nde çalışan Kara Kardeşler tarafından kaçırılan Tessa, sonunda kendisinin de bir Aşağıdünyalı olduğunu öğrenecekti. Üstelik ender bulunan bir yeteneğe sahipti. İstediği zaman bir başkasına dönüşebiliyordu. Kulübün kendini sır gibi saklayan yöneticisi Magister’ın niyeti ise, Tessa’yı ve gücünü ele geçirmekti. Kapana kısılan Tessa, çareyi Londra Enstitüsü’ndeki Gölgeavcıları’na sığınmakta bulacak ve kısa zaman içinde, Enstitü’deki iki genç, Tessa’yı büyüleyecekti. Genç kız, kırılgan güzelliğinin arkasında ölümcül bir sır saklı olan James’le, kırıcı sözleri ve havai tavırları nedeniyle herkesi -Tessa dışında herkesi- kendinden uzaklaştıran mavi gözlü Will arasında kalacaktı.Tessa ve arkadaşları, araştırmalarını derinleştirdikçe kendilerini, Gölgeavcıları’nı yok etmek üzere planlanmış hain bir komplonun ortasında buldu. Tessa bir seçim yapmak zorunda olduğunu biliyordu. Ya ağabeyini kurtaracaktı, ya da yeni arkadaşlarının büyülü dünyasını...Ama bilmediği bir şey vardı. Büyülerin en tehlikelisi aşktı!...

Title : Mekanik Melek
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ISBN : 9786054377770
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 536 Pages
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Mekanik Melek Reviews

  • Kat Kennedy
    2019-05-21 17:54

    A lot of Goodreads friends that I have, people I deeply respect and whose opinions I actually hold in great value gave this book lots of stars and glowing reviews. Friends of mine, you know I adore you, so please don't take offense at this review. If you enjoyed this book then I’m really glad you did. It makes me happy when people enjoy literature. So you probably shouldn't read this review if you love this book. It's nice to know that even though Cassandra Clare's Draco Trilogy ended years ago, I can pick up ANY SINGLE ONE of her books that she has published and see not only Draco’s character, but all my old friends from the Harry Potter Fanon Universe with different names and physical descriptions but otherwise pretty much intact. Because seven really long books just wasn’t enough for them apparently.It's nice to know that the snappy little one-liners and cheap hijinks are being recycled because they worked so well the first AND second time she used them.I don't think I've made it any great secret that I despise the writings of Cassandra Clare - so let me get the, few, good points out of the way so I can go back to imagining a world where authors like this are forcibly chained to their desks and made to read their own stories over and over again until they’re sorry.-She stopped using so many damn similes. I no longer feel like gouging out my own eyes every single time she tries to describe something. -There is no creepy incest in this book so my husband was spared walking in on me trying to choke the life out of a paperback novel.And… that about it. I mean, let’s face it, if the only good things I can say about this book are that she’s made slight improvements so that I no longer feel the urge to commit seppuku by diving head first into a meat grinder, then it’s not high praise.So what was wrong with this novel? Well, other than the fact that the characters were almost CARBON COPIES of ones that I’d read in City of Bones, Draco Dormiens, Draco Sinister and Draco Veritas, there was just so much to hate. The character building that they actually DO have only exists because she did the work years ago (on top of another author's pre-existing characters) – otherwise they’d be little more animated than the clockwork automatons that appear in this story.Don’t get me started on how she wiki’d “Victorian Society”, copy and pasted the information into word and then randomly injected it into the story via the characters parroting the cans and can’ts of the time period. Not even going there. It’ll take too long to complain about that. How about her inability to write a storyline that is in anyway surprising? Reading one of her novels is like watching a dumbed down version of Scooby Doo. I actually liked Scooby Doo (before Scrappy-Doo came along. Whoever made that character needed to be shot, hung, kheelhauled and quartered – the whole works) but you know how they’d go somewhere and they’d be like, “Hey guys, I think something’s going to happen! Hey, look gang, a perfectly inconspicuous diving mask… I WONDER IF THIS COULD BE A CLUE *WINK**WINK**NUDGE**NUDGE* FOR ALL THE FIVE YEAR OLD KIDS PLAYING AT HOME!”In Clockwork Angel, Clare practically flags you down, makes you come look VERY hard at her clue that is painted bright, bright red and poorly hidden behind her back while she insists that it’s not actually there and giggles every time she tries to make you not look at her ENORMOUS FLIPPIN' CLUE. She insists on this behaviour until finally you pat her on the head, tell her that she ALMOST managed to colour inside all the lines. The whole concept of this book wasn’t original! It was her looking at the Internet culture going, “Huh… so people are really getting into steampunk, eh? Hmmmm… how can I cash in on this with as little effort on my behalf as possible?”She is recycling characters that she built on from the Harry Potter universe years ago. She's recycling storylines, conversations, personalities, plot-points, ideas and concepts from all around her and she recycles her own stuff (what little there is of it) just as frequently. When she was accused of plagiarism for lifting entire paragraphs of text from other authors without referencing it, she made a comment that it didn't really matter because - hey, isn't fanfiction just pastiche anyway?Well, fine. It was just fanfiction, who really cares? But I'd think after all these years she would have moved on past her pastiche style of writing to something that she could actually claim as her own.But you know what? She can't. I feel no guilt in saying that she doesn’t deserve to be published or to be earning the money that she is. I will proudly complain about her books until she actually starts to care about the fudge that she’s packing.

  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)
    2019-05-20 13:01

    THIS WAS SO GREAT. I'm so glad that I finally picked it up! I'm going to be doing video review/discussion for this so be on the look out for that soon on youtube.com/jessethereader :)

  • LolaReviewer
    2019-05-16 17:09

    When people ask me ''Who is your favorite author?'' I never know exactly what answer to offer. I very much enjoy reading L.J. Smith’s books. But C.S. Pacat is my favorite M/M author! And let’s not forget how amazing J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series is. Oh, and have you heard of Kiera Cass? She wrote such a swoon-worthy love story! And Eliza Crewe, Leigh Bardugo, Laini Taylor and Marissa Meyer are all new favorite authors of mine.Nonsense. No need to be torned ever again.Cassandra Clare...is, to me, an incredible and worth knowing author. She seems to be possessing such an overflowing with imagination and ideas and originality mind. And she simply knows how to create endearing and filled with chemistry relationships, romantic or not. Plus, you know how sometimes you read scenes in a book and you feel like they aren’t clear or so poorly contextualized that the author’s words are sadly hard to follow? Well that never happens with this author. And, hell! she switched from urban fantasy to historical fiction + fantasy + steampunk with perfection! It's crazy, so to speak, how interesting I find her characters to read about. They’re not just fantastically created and developped beings. They’re always more than that and, often, they will reach out to the deepest parts inside you...and make you realize some things you never have before and open your eyes on others. I don’t know how she does it. What I do know though is that she has a great talent and that is something I very strongly believe and will not let someone convince me on thinking otherwhise. It's how it should always go, anyway. You appreciate, admire, love or even crave something? Don't let anyone destroy that feeling. Because it is true and powerful.I fervently and judiciously thought about it and...I did not quite prefer this impressive series to The Mortal Instruments one. You see, I simply think that they’re both very different stories. This one, for instance, contains a variety of new original characters and elements that we do not see featured in the other series…and that’s great. I mean, I LOVED this book. But, I still am deeply smitten with Alec & Magnus as a couple and this beautiful couple in question is (unfortunately yet understandably) not present in Clockwork Angel. Magnus Bane is in fact my all-time favorite book character (which one is yours?) Certainly, this book gave me some background story on him and made me learn new things about his character, but he still is more present in The Mortal Instruments nonetheless which is something that I cannot forget. (Very awe moment from this book: Remember when Magnus says ''Black hair and blue eyes are my favorite combination.'' That...drives you right to Alec Lightwood. It earnestly made me sigh with love and contentment.)Oh Jem, Jem, Jem...isn't he a lovely, swoon-worthy character?All beautiful art works were taken here.

  • Etnik
    2019-04-28 12:55

    ____________________________________________“One must always be careful of books," said Tessa, "and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.” ____________________________________________☆☆☆☆☆5 FULLY STARS!☆☆☆☆☆You can find the full review and more about this book on my blog!I never thought this could be that good.I had started "City of Bones" (the first book of The Mortal Instruments by the same author) but it didn't work for me so I thought this could be the same but I was totally wrong.This was an art,a fine peace of art.I read it in one day.Literally couldn't put the book down for a second.Everything is perfect and matches , and I really dig the lifestyle of the time before two hundred years,the classy outfits and the funny teasing.____________________________________________“Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.” ____________________________________________The plot is beyond goodness,and it has every paranormal creature.The book is written in third person and who knows me knows that I don't like books in third person but in this one I didn't mind at all.It was perfectly build and the story fits well with characters,their personality with their actions,the style of talking with the time book is written in.Everything is in the right place.____________________________________________“Remember when you tried to convince me to feed a poultry pie to the mallards in the park to see if you could breed a race of cannibal ducks?" "They ate it too," Will reminisced. "Bloodthirsty little beasts. Never trust a duck.” ____________________________________________I also liked the romance in this book,because the book needed it and I'm so glad that the author didn't make it a big deal,like the reason of things happening because I'm tired with books where only true love and stuff like this triumph.The bonding between characters was so natural and seemed quite real.And so you know there is a love triangle.____________________________________________“Will looked horrified. "What kind of monster could possibly hate chocolate?” ____________________________________________The only thing that I didn't like much was the vampires.This is my personal opinion and there is not a single problem in this book with vampires,they are well described and everything ,but I don't like these creatures so much.And I would liked more if vampires were replaced with any other creature.Beside that everything is perfect.____________________________________________“It's all right to love someone who doesn't love you back, as long as they're worth you loving them. As long as they deserve it.” ____________________________________________I usually talk in my reviews which part of the book was good,better and bad.But I can't part this one.From the first page till the last one,moments never got boring and there were always thrilling and exciting ones.____________________________________________“There's plenty of sense in nonsense sometimes, if you wish to look for it.” ____________________________________________The ending was phenomenal.And there was also a cliff in the epilogue.So I can't wait to read the next book.____________________________________________“If no one in the entire world cared about you, did you really exist at all?”____________________________________________The story:This book is about a girl who travels to London to meet her brother,but when she arrived there someone else takes her and keeps her as prisoner.There she discovers her special abilities and grows a lot of questions about herself.One day she is saved from the Dark house from a boy named Will and he sent her to the institute.There she finds more about the Downworld,shadowhunters,and other mysterious paranormal things.Also she is caught up in a love triangle between two bestfriends.The characters:TessaI rarely build feeling for characters,any feelings,but this time Tessa got me hard.I really dig her.She is so fine,smart and beautiful and the way she does things it's just admirable. WillI liked this character for his sense of humor.And I must say he has a dark past and doesn't want to involve anyone in it,even the people he really cares about.JemJem is one of those characters you feel sorry about.I mean he at least deserved his addiction.Otherwise he is a person you should look after.Quite a role model.____________________________________________“Sometimes, when I have to do something I don't want to do, I pretend I'm a character from a book. It's easier to know what they would do.” ____________________________________________I highly recommend this book to everyone.Even if you loved or hated The mortal instruments you should read this one.It's awesome.And I really want to see this on screen.

  • Wendy Darling
    2019-04-24 13:14

    A fan of Will Herondale, are you? Prepare to swoon.The Dirty Sexy Attic Scene, from Will's point of view: http://www.cassandraclare.com/cms/loss1Yeah, yeah, it's a little over the top in parts, but who cares? :D YumMerged review:I don't give many 5 star reviews, but this one is definitely a 5 star book for me. While I liked Mortal Instruments, I wasn't as rabid a fan as I know many people are, so I read Clockwork Angel out of curiosity more than anything else...and I'm so glad I did!This book is spectacular, with everything I'd wanted in the TMI series and more. The magic and mysteries are compelling and Victorian London is a fantastic backdrop to this steampunk tale about a girl who discovers she has incredible powers...and an incredible past. Tessa is a vibrant, fascinating heroine and all the secondary characters, including Will and Jem and Charlotte, are engaging and sympathetic. I thought this book was much more mature than the TMI series, so I'm very much looking forward to reading the next two Infernal Devices installments. I *loved* the clockwork army and the clever way Tessa learns to use her powers to overcome her enemies. Jem is really great, but I LOVE Will. I have theories about his deep, dark secret...and I think he's being cruel to Tessa for a very good reason. Can't wait for Clockwork Prince!

  • Mizuki
    2019-04-30 13:03

    This book got 1.5 stars from me simply because I was also reading Tiger's Quest by Colleen Houck, and comparing with Tiger's Quest, Clockwork Angel looks like it deserves 1.5 stars...In order to save you some precious time, I will tell you my honest reaction to Clockwork Angel right here, right now:Thank you, Shou.Also, when I first opened the book, I was faced by this description as well:Magic is dangerous-but love is more dangerous still. *sighs* What kind of soap-operatic shit is that!? I hate this line instantly.I don't think Clockwork Angel is the most horrible book which I have ever read--it isn't, the action scenes and part of the plots are enjoyable to an extent. But oh boy, Clare's writing and her characters annoy me, the book as a whole annoys the freaking hell out of me, here're the reasons:(1) The recycling of characters:The main characters in The Infernal Devices series are the photocopy versions of the main characters in The Mortal Instruments series, plain and simple.  Tessa is Clary, Will is Jace, Jem is Simon and Jessamine is a bitchier version of Isabelle. Only that in TID series those recycled characters got different colors of eyes and hair, they were dressed in 19th century British outfits and they were living in a supposed Victorian era.First we got the main girl, who is called Theresa Gray---Theresa Gray---Clarissa Fray---Do you see the similarity here? Why can't Ms. Clare come up with some other slightly more original names for her 'heroines'?Tessa's similarity with Clary doesn't just end here. Clary was looking for  her mother, who was kidnapped by the villain, and Clary soon realized her mother had hidden a secret from her. On the other hand, Tessa was also looking for her brother in London, said brother was also kidnapped by the villain, later Tessa also found out her brother had hidden a secret from her.Not only this, Tessa's attitude is just as annoying as Clary's. Clary's bitchy remark about how "fat, ugly people don't get to become vampires because ugly people probably don't want to live long" bugs the hell out of me when I read City of Bones. In Clockwork Angel, I found Tessa making a very similar remark on Brother Enoch's strange, frightening appearance: "It hardly seems worth living a long time if you're going to look like that."Wow, Tessa was badmouthing Brother Enoch behind his back when Brother Enoch was trying to save Tessa's own brother Nate's life. How ungrateful.Of course Tessa thought if you weren't beautiful, then living a long life, devoting yourself to gain knowledge and help people still don't worth it. The most important thing for her is to be beautiful, I got the message perfectly!Simply put, not only Tessa is an recycled version of Clary, she is also as judgmental, ungrateful and rude as Clary is. AND THAT'S OUR MAIN CHARACTER.And of course, the same like Clary, Tessa had to possess a special ability which no one else but her can wield. One big fat sign for Mary Sue, right?Then we meet William Herondale, who's supposed to be a great warrior but who's also extremely handsome, cocky and filled with smartass remarks up his sleeves, who is rude to everyone else for no good reason. He's a copy of Jace Lightwood/Wayland/Herondale/Morgenstern/whatever. That's it.The gentle, 'good boy' Jem is Simon in disguise, Jem is being designed to be the weaker part of the love triangle, I like him just as I like Simon, but I have nothing more to say about him. As to the beautiful girl Jessamine, she's a slightly more interesting, but 100% more bitchy version of Isabelle Lightwood. I will get back to her later.(2) Troubling behaviors/attitude from main characters:When we first meet Will and Jem, they were both tracing a demon. Then they found out a young girl was slayed by the demon, but they hardly gave any reaction to her death. Isn't it just bad for Ms. Clare to spend more time to describe what Will and Jem look like, what clothes they wore then she spends time on describing how her two male leads reacted to the death of this innocent girl?And I had talked about Tessa's bitchy attitude toward bad looking/strange looking people before. I also noticed that whenever Tessa met someone, the first and foremost thing she would notice about them is their appearance and she always judged them on how they looked. Here's one of the most outrageous example:Tessa was trapped in the den of the evil doers(Dark Sisters), and a stranger had just broken into her prison cell. AND ALL SHE HAD NOTICED IS THAT THE STRANGER HAS "THE MOST BEAUTIFUL FACE SHE HAD EVER SEEN, EVEN THE LINE OF HIS THROAT IS PERFECT"!???WHAT'S WRONG WITH HER!?Also,  Tessa was secretly jealous of the pretty women/girls (e.g. Jessamine, Lady Belcourt, etc), and looks down at ugly, strange looking people. That kind of attitude is just hateful. Jem had once commented that he thought Tessa was pretty, but I don't think there's enough amount of prettiness, which would be enough to cover up Tessa's mean-spirited, judgmental, ugly little heart.There's also one things about Clare's supposedly Victorian characters that bugs me a lot. It's that for the life in me, I can't believe the ladies and gentlemen in the high society would be talking so rudely and directly to one another. I mean, even the rudest characters in Jane Austen's novels wouldn't talk in the same way like Clare's characters.Remember Jessamine? I had said that she is a bitch, she's unbelievably rude to everyone when we first meet her, especially to Tessa and Henry. But oh god, shouldn't a lady be taught not to directly make rude remarks? And why would no one ever called her out for being unladylike? Guess what's the worst part? The worst part is that when Jessamine was openly insulting a guest (Tessa), NO ONE--not Will, not Charlotte, not Henry, even bothered to stop her. Where's these people manner!?Oh, now I can see that all these Shadowhunters are a bunch of wimps, they can't even stop a rude girl from insulting their own guest, and we're supposed to believe they are the fierce protectors who stood between humans and demons? The same with Jessamine, whenever Will was saying rude things---even to a point he directly told Charlotte her husband was a useless piece of trash, still Charlotte, who was the head of the Institute, did nothing to shut him up. CAN THIS BE SERIOUS!?(3) Failed attempt at making the characters strong, brave and likableAfter reading 5 Mortal Instruments books and Clockwork Angel, I began to realize Ms. Clare seems to be unable to write likable characters (with the rare exclusions of Simon, Jem, Magnus and maybe Alec). When she tries to write brave, strong girls but they always turn out rude, judging, self-righteous and unlikable. When she tries to write complicated male leads with a haunting past, she only manages to make them into cocky, rude dickheads.Just like with Clary, Ms. Clare tried to paint Tessa as the tough girl, here's one of her attempts: Tessa shouted. "I won't let you give me to the Magister! I'd rather die!"Well, then what about your brother Nate? Remember that supposedly the Dark Sisters still have him, Tessa?That "I'd rather die" part, makes me almost want to laugh. Hadn't the Dark Sisters made it quite clear that the Magister wants to use Tessa instead of killing her?"Not only this, after Tessa was taken under the Shadowhunters' wings, she began to doubt their motivation for helping her. I fully understand Tessa would be suspicious of the Shadowhunters' intention. After all the girl had just been kidnapped. But it bothers the hell out of me when Tessa never bothered to say one single, simple "Thank you" to those who had saved her. Is saying "Thank you" so difficult?"Then Tessa complained in her mind how she hated having to be grateful when Charlotte borrowed her a dress to wear. That little bitch! You know what, it isn't like Charlotte was obliged to be nice to her at the first place!And then Tessa and Will went undercover and sneaked into a vampire party, but when the two of them were surrounded by a roomful a vampires, Tessa just had to lose all control and screamed her head off when she first caught sight of her brother Nate being held captive by the vampires. I, for the life in me, can't think of any worst action to draw attention and endanger Tessa herself, Will and even Nate. Can she possibly do any worse to draw attention upon herself and Will by screaming and being impulsive and ACTING LIKE A FIVE YEARS OLD KID IN GENERAL!?Will on the other hand, is as horrible a person as Tessa. The more I read the book the more I realize they deserve each other. For example, when Will discovered Tessa was in Jem's room at night, he came up with the following remark:"Do you normally turn up in gentlemen's bedrooms in the middle of the night? If I'd known that, I would have campaigned harder to make sure Charlotte let you stay."(p.108)Screw you! Will, you asshole!I understand it isn't proper for Tessa to show up in Jem's room in the middle of the night, but what're you hinting at with your damn remark? Are you hinting that Tessa is a whore or she's a loosed woman!?Not only this, in the middle of the story, Will thought about Thomas, the servant boy who once was his best friend BEFORE JEM CAME ALONG AND WILL TOTALLY FORGOT ABOUT THOMAS! Will totally forgot about the servant boy who was once his friend right after he found a new friend. He was still in good term with Thomas only because the latter happened to have the big enough heart to forgive him.Don't tell me Will isn't a horrible person. Just don't.(4) Failure in research:Since Clare had decided that her character Jem as a half British, half Chinese who had spent his childhood in Shanghai, there're a few reference on Chinese culture. And I, just happen to be a Chinese; which means I found Clare's twisting the little details of Chinese myth around a little bit difficult for me to stomach.First, when Tessa first encountered Jem, he told her that Westerners like her and Will would be referred to as 'Yang quizi' in Chinese, which meant 'Foreign Devils'. Oh yes, Westerners were, and sometime still are, being referred to as 'ghosts' in Chinese because in Chinese myth, only dead people/ghosts have pale white skin and yellow/red hair! It's ghost, not Devil! There's hardly any concept of Devil in Chinese traditional culture! GET YOUR CHINESE WORDS AND THE TRANSLATION STRAIGHT WHEN YOU WRITE THEM!And the reference of 'Westerners=ghosts' fact is not some rarely known, difficult to access information, it's quite widely known that Westerners were/are being referred to as 'ghosts' by the Chinese. There're even a few English novels mentioning this fact, I recall one is called "White Ghost Girls" (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/76...), the ghost girls in here mean young, underage Western girls. Then the next thing I know, Jem revealed that that his parents were murdered by a demon called Yanluo. OMG!!!! Yanluo is the name of the king of underworld in Chinese myth, not a freaking demon!There're many demons, ghosts and fox spirits etc in the Chinese myth, but King Yanluo isn't a freaking demon, he's an underworld deity, you hear me!?(5.)The annoying love triangleDon't even get me started with the love triangle! I know that it's a LAW for YA girls to have feelings for the total jerks instead of the good boys who at least can have a normal conversation with her without insulting her in every way possible!(6.) The endingThe ending of Clockwork Angel, what a mess!People have been swearing up and down that the ending part of Clockwork Angel is where things finally getting good. But all I can see is the Shadowhunters falling into the bad guy's trap foolishly and conveniently so Will can rush in for the rescue at the last minute. What a poorly designed plot twist!Everyone: Will, Jem, Charlotte, Henry, all of these supposedly seasoned Shadowhunters, turned out to be complete FOOLS, who are ill informed, who can also be easily tricked and manipulated.  It looks like Clare had dumb-ed them all down in order to create tension and threat.My goodness, these people are supposed to be warriors who protect humans from the evil demon race, but judging from the way how those Shadowhunters ran business, I wouldn't even trust them to guide me to cross the freaking street!The ending...to be frank is almost a photocopy of City of Bones. People are arguing whether Ms. Clare is able to write something original for her series instead of copying her old creation. And my answer to this question is: No, she can't.*major plot spoiler warning* (view spoiler)[First, is there anyone really feeling surprised that Nate turned out to be a traitor?Secondly, is anyone out there really feeling surprised that de Quincey isn't the Magister?Also, I would have respected Tessa more if she really carried out her plan to sacrifice herself so she wouldn't be used by the Magister!But no, Tessa tricked her way out instead of carrying out her plan for real, and I can't believe for a second the Magister would be fooled by her stunt! I don't believe it the same like I can't believe that You-Know-Who wouldn't personally check Harry Potter is dead for real with his own eyes and hands!As to the Magister himself, he is so underwhelming as the arch villain.Plus, why it's never explained that what kind of importance did Tessa's clockwork angel hold? (hide spoiler)]*end of plot spoiler*At the end Will became even more obnoxious than Jace to a point that I was furious when I read what he had said at the end to insult Tessa. For crying out loud, Jace never suggested Clary to become his whore. Goodness, having a painful past isn't an excuse to treat everyone like crap! Look at Jem, the boy had been tortured and forced to witness the horrible death of his own parents, but unlike Will,  Jem was still able to choose to be a decent human being instead of what he had experienced!Now, I want to make two prediction before I read the sequels:*plot spoiler warning*(a) I dare say Will was cursed that if he cared for/loved someone else, then his loved ones would be put in harms way ever since he was a kid. I'm confident that my guessing wouldn't miss the mark by far. And Clare had wanted this to be the explanation of why Will was treating everyone like crap.(b) I dare say the Magister's great evil plan is to have Tessa Changing into Queen Victoria or a member of the Royal Family so he could take over British, it's just pretty obvious.*end of plot spoiler*The Final Words: If you can tolerate annoying, sometime hateful characters, people acting like fools for most of the time and poorly delivered plot twists and 'surprises', then you might go ahead and read this book.Clockwork Prince Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Samantha
    2019-05-05 13:00

    1. Yes, I'll be doing a review for this on my channel. 2. Yes, I'll be continuing the series. 3. No, I won't tell you who's "team" I'm on yet 🙃

  • Kat O'Keeffe
    2019-05-11 10:09

    This book was SO GOOD! I will admit I'm not the biggest fan of 3rd person past tense, so it did take me a little while to get into it, but once I did WOW! The world building and the characters and the story are all fantastic and woven together SO well, and the ending was brilliant, full of action and surprises! I've already grown attached to these characters and have become invested in their story and their secrets--I'm especially dying to know what's going on with Will!Overall, an EXCELLENT first book in a trilogy and I'm so excited to continue it immediately! Clockwork Prince, here I come!

  • Mikee Andrea (ReadWithMikee)
    2019-04-25 10:11

    Find me on Instagram & Twitter!Clockwork Angel was AMAZING. If you love The Mortal Instruments, then you will surely love this book, maybe even more than the original series itself. And if you didn't, well I honestly believe The Infernal Devices will succeed in what The Mortal Instruments failed to do.The characters were one hundred times more better than that of The Mortal Instruments! Everybody was so much more likable and mature. I really thought for a second that Tessa Gray was older than sixteen years old because she carried herself more maturely than Clary. I always thought Clary was selfish and bratty, but Tessa is the complete opposite.And Will. Oh my William Herondale. I thought Jace was swoonworthy. PLEASE. Jace doesn't even come close to how Will swiftly steals the heart of all the ladies! And maybe even a few boys. (; He's that damaged bad boy Shadowhunter that we just can't stay away from. Sorry Jem, but I think I'm 100 PERCENT TEAM WESSA! <3I never knew there would be a love triangle in this book. So if you're like me, I'm extremely wary of love triangles. I DESPISE love triangles. It's old and overdone. And my couple never ends up together that's why I get all salty and bitter over them. :'( But I honestly didn't mind the love triangle between Tessa, Will, and Jem. I don't want to start assuming, but I think it's pretty evident who she'll end up with in the end. But whoever she ends up choosing, I won't complain about at all. Both guys are just so lovable in their own way. <3I absolutely fell in love with Clockwork Angel and I do believe that it's even better than The Mortal Instruments so far (I just finished City of Glass). Cassandra Clare's writing has improved immensely since City of Bones! And thank goodness, Cassandra decided to cut down the length of the chapters because I can never find a good place to stop while in the middle of one since some of her chapters can even go up to 50-70 pages or something that feels like it. xD I can't wait to devour and binge read The Infernal Devices because Cassandra Clare got me completely hooked! I'm looking forward to seeing how these events will ripple and affect the events that occur in The Mortal Instruments.

  • Dorreh
    2019-05-15 10:52

    Shivered with excitement all throughout the book!“One must always be careful of books, and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”I would cry, but I still haven't read the clockwork princess, so I feel my time would be wasted. This book was so so so good. I can easily say this is one of the best books I've read in a while. It's been a stressful couple of months, but this book was a place I went to where all the stress, the unhappiness, and depression of the past couple of months didn't reach me. It was such a welcome reprieve. I could babble about how great this book made me feel for hours on hours, but I think I've made my point. This book revolves around the prehistoric setting of the mortal instruments. The mortal instrument was my first experience with Cassandra Clare, and I remember I was in love with the first 3 books. I admit there was a large gap between the 5 and 6th book, so I didn't read the 6th installment. So I had a good background with Cassandra Clare's work. That being said, I honestly don't think the two series are comparable. While the mortal instruments was a enjoyable series, this book was an incredible work of art. Tessa, the books main character, while a soft hearted and innocent young women of old time New York upbringing, is of a literature loving and poetic nature. Tessa is so relatable, perhaps that's what attracted me to her most. At some point in the book I realized she may be my favorite character in fictional novels yet. Then there's Will, the perfect love hate pretty boy who would steal your heart no matter how badly he behaves. Cassandra creates characters that are witty, lovable, and have quite the perfect dynamic. When Will says 'enterprising', he means 'morally deficient.'" "No, I mean enterprising," said Will. "When I mean morally deficient, I say, 'Now, that's something I would have done."And that ladies and gentleman is will hero fake for you! The world and settings are relatively similar to the mortal instruments with the difference of the timeline. Needless to say there is something quite alluring about a secret world right under the noses of the 'mundane'. While I read the mortal instruments first, I recommend reading the infernal devices prior to picking up TMI, it acts as a prologue. A very entertaining, well written, heart wrenching prologue. While I could rant on and on, since I had read the mortal instruments, the world of shadow hunters was familiar to me. So it was like a sense of de javu, the good kind!

  • Janina
    2019-05-18 13:06

    To be honest, I’m not quite sure how to rate this book. It wasn’t all bad, but I wouldn’t say it was good either. It was rather boring at times and the story dragged heavily, especially in the middle and towards the end. None of the characters has become particularly dear to me. I didn’t buy the love story. However, I think I would have liked it much better if I hadn’t read the Mortal Instruments series before. But the books are so similar (which was to be expected, I know, as they are set in the same world) that I couldn’t help compare them to each other, and Clockwork Angel pales in comparison. The character constellation is almost the same: We have the girl who has never heard of the Shadow World before, but plays a bigger role in it than she believes. We have the boy with the dark past who refuses to let anyone come close to him. We have his best friend, seemingly the only one he cares about, who hides a secret of his own. We have the slightly bitchy girl who acts like she doesn’t care about anything at all but who can fight extremely well if she has to. But Tessa doesn’t have Clary’s wit and strength, and her obsession with what is proper and right might be realistic for the girl of the 19th century, but it annoyed me a lot. Will doesn’t hold Jace’s attraction, and whereas his lines sometimes caused me to smile a little, they never made me laugh out loud. Jem is nice, but almost too nice sometimes. It seems like besides his mysterious disease, he doesn’t have any faults. Still, he is my favourite character of those four. Jessamine has it in her, but I didn’t particularly like her and she didn’t show any signs of love for her fellow Shadowhunters as Isabelle did despite her attitude.The love story revolving around Tessa and Will didn’t really capture me. Will might be snarky and mysterious, but he can also be very mean without a real reason. I’m sure the motives behind his attitude are going to be revealed in future books, though. All in all, I didn’t find him particularly appealing. The plot itself is fortunately different from the Mortal instruments series, but rather slow at times. Despite the 400 something pages this book has, not much happens. And what does happen is also somehow boring because, if possible, Tessa is mostly kept out of the fighting scenes or doesn't participate much in them. Deaths occur, but I didn’t really feel shocked or sad about them. All things considered, the only people I really liked were a) Jem, b) Magnus Bane, who is from the TMI series and unfortunately only made a very short appearance and c) the cat (I know that is not a person, but I’m a huge cat fan) they found towards the end and decided to keep. I didn’t really have that high expectations for this book, but was a little disappointed nevertheless. I wish Cassandra Clare would have had the guts to write something completely new instead of hanging onto the success of her first three books. In the end, the only thing this book did for me was make me look forward to meeting the characters from TMI again, and I really hope that wasn’t the author’s intention. 2 stars after all, because I can’t really say I liked it and struggled quite a bit to finish it. Not sure yet if I will be curious enough to read the sequel, but probably not.

  • Cara
    2019-05-17 16:06

    Oh you guessed it I read this to up my book count! So, granted it's not an entire book but I really needed to catch up. For those of you that didn't know about it here is the link. It's the attic scene from the Will's perspective. This just made me more excited for Clockwork Prince to come out. Goodness I am not patient these days!Merged review:Seriouslyblown awaydoesn't even cover it. I have to admit I had my doubts and reservations about how this book was going to turn out. We have the ever present love triangle, a girl that doesn't know her powers, and some other similar plot lines. I was thinking "Oh no not a rehash of The Mortal Instruments!" My worries were stupid really. I should have trusted Clare's remarkable way of telling a story. To be sure I won't make the same mistake twice and never doubt again.Tessa is an American girl coming from New York to London in search of her brother. Things apparently go wrong from the onset. Her brother, Nathaniel, isn't there and she is taken by the Dark sisters. She learns fairly quickly that there is a whole new world she didn't know about. Where terms like Downworlders, Nephilim and Shadowhunters are commonly used. Her path will cross with that of the Shadowhunters and with them she will figure what happened to her brother, but like always there is something lurking behind the scenes. Something that will change the foundation of both the mundane and magical world. When I first read the City of Bones I had thought the author could have set this in the past, and wondered why she didn't try that. Obviously she was just holding out on us! The cast of characters like always are utterly compelling and you get attached to them almost right away. I want to refrain from making too many comparisons with this series to TMI, but I'd like to point out that I admired Tessa more readily than Clary. They both are strong female characters but I just clicked with Tessa better. The action certainly did not disappoint, and is one of the reasons why I just can't get enough of these books. I'm so ready for more guts to spill. There is of course the question of love interests: the unpredictable Will and the caring Jem. Both equally gripping characters and at the moment I'm just Team Tessa cause I want things to work out well for her. The wait will be most agonizing for Clockwork Prince. Actually the word agonizing doesn't quite show the gravity how much I want to read the next book right now.

  • Kiki
    2019-04-26 09:53

    What a load of bloody melodrama. This book ought to be sung in operatic fashion by a cast of three in a slightly seedy theatre in Brooklyn. It's the sort of book that's dreadfully self-important but really, when you think about it, nothing happens: a few people appear, some technology gets destroyed, two things kiss and stuff, and between all that is a metric ton of filler. Listen, I'm not going to lie and say I didn't kind of enjoy it. This was my third attempt at reading this, and I guess third time's a charm. I got through it in two and a half days, and two of those days were spent mostly at work and doing other things. It's not something you need to funnel a lot of time into and it's not something that requires a great deal of thought. All of the deep talk about humanity and love and family and quoting from books I never intend to read is just a smokescreen to disguise that this book is thin, its characters are thin, its mythology is particularly thin, and even some obvious fanservice in the form of Magnus Bane couldn't spice it up.It's not a bad book; it's not a good book, either. The problem with Cassandra Clare is that she creates great side characters and shite main characters. Tessa and Will are straight-up shite. They're bad people and absolutely tone deaf to what's going on around them, even when it's endangering the lives of the people they "care about". Those air quotes are for real. Neither of them are particularly interested anything other than each other's smell. They're like dogs at the park; the leaves and the trees and the brisk wind is cool and everything but when there's another dog in a ten-foot radius, oh-ho. Forget comfortable lead walking. Actually, just say goodbye to that dog. Nothing else matters.I love Jem, but that's the problem, isn't it? He's a side character and yet he's so much more more worthy of being a protagonist than Tessa. I want to follow Jem. I want to know Jem. But instead we're trailing along on Tessa's skirts, watching her waffle from room to room of this unnecessarily massive Institute, ruin plans, beg for Will's attention, and generally oscillate around the library while everyone else does the work. I don't expect Tessa to be Xena, because she's not been trained in combat, but if she isn't trained, don't take her on a mission into a vampire nest. Jesus Christ, how have these Shadowhunters survived so long if they're so dense? There's something almost creepy about this fad of asshole love interests; I know it started long ago, with Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy, experiencing a Renaissance with Bedward, and soaring to unprecedented heights in anything written by Cassandra Clare. I mean it - anything. There's probably an asshole love interest on her shopping list. There's probably one written into the alphabet magnets on her fridge. Will is a nasty piece of shit, and he's rewarded for that by having so many people around him who love him. Someone like Will, who victim-blames, who taunts women, who throws Tessa's confidence and her affection back in her face, doesn't deserve to be surrounded by people who are constantly forgiving him. I know Clare well enough to be certain that there's some sort of "I push people away to protect them" backstory buried under all of this, but that's not enough. Will is simply a nasty bastard with a piss-poor attitude.I think my biggest problem with this book is that it's just sort of limp. The setting felt sort of half-hearted, a kind of par-boiled vision of stereotyped London. At one point Jem says to Tessa, "You're thinking, If they call this damp nastiness summer, what must winter be like? You'd be surprised. Winter's actually much the same." I live on the east coast of Scotland. This summer I got sunburnt three times and lay out in a tank top in the park, sunbathing with the dogs. I am much farther north than London, which is in the south of England, and experiences a warm temperate summer and mild springs and autumns. The rainiest months in the UK are the winter months, and April and July. Every few years the dryness in southern England causes a hosepipe ban. So fine, set your book outside of America. That's cool. I'm sick of books about New York. But for god's sake, ask. Read a few blogs. Ask the people who live there what's it's like. "It rains in Britain". Yeah, it rains in the desert too. Your setting is a sad shoehorn for mean boys and bland girls. This whole Shadowhunter thread just rubs me up the wrong way. I don't like Shadowhunter culture, politics, or mythology. I don't like the way the Shadowhunters mock the Silent Brothers, who are also Shadowhunters but apparently undeserving of respect because they're ugly; I don't like the way the Shadowhunters profess to protect humans but treat them like animals and slap them with a label as demeaning as "mundanes"; I don't like the way they use Downworlders, but how this is excused by the narrative, which tells us that the relationship is edgy between the Clave and Downworlders, but it's fine because the Shadowhunters only hunt the Downworlders whom the narrative dubs "evil" and stroke the ego of those it proclaims "good". No grey area there, then! As long as we only kill the "bad guys" and have sex with the "good guys" (in secret), then it's not about power and control and it's not a privileged few creating a dichotomy out of those they deem less worthy than them. Right? RIGHT?I'm assuming that this is to swiftly avoid the Shadowhunters being labelled problematic, but it's not the way they use Downworlders that makes them so fucked up. It's the small things, like Jessamine being demonized for not wanting to hunt monsters, the othering of the Silent Brothers, the amount of money that is poured into maintaining the absolutely massive Institutes that house about five Shadowhunters each. The Shadowhunters wonder why demons and warlocks and vampires hate them, and maybe it's not because they hunt them, but because they're so corrupt. Even things we're supposed to think of as charitable, like Sophie and Thomas and Agatha being employed at the Institute, is fucked up. The Shadowhunters employing those people is as good as signing their death warrants. How can they possibly justify swanning around and calling humans "mundanes", then inviting them into their home to work for them, then leaving them to die in the name of an exclusive creed that they're not allowed membership of. How dare the Shadowhunters drag human Sophie, Agatha and Thomas into their war? And of course, after the clockwork (fucking steampunk. Ugh) creatures attack the Institute, all of our precious Shadowhunters are alive without a scratch, and only the humans who they looked down upon died. The Shadowhunters have no connection to the outside world - they exist inside a glass case of superiority, supposedly protecting humans that they attack with slurs and have no interactions with. Even in the Mortal Instruments, it was said that Jace, Alec and Isabelle had only met a handful of people their own age, and they never ever mixed with humans. What sort of protectors are they, if the thing they're protecting is looked at with such disgust? Why are the Shadowhunters even doing this job? For their own satisfaction? It's got nothing to do with protecting the world. It's about bloodlust, because they don't care a whit about the everyday "mundane" on the street, unless it's to laugh about their deaths or have sex with them. God, fuck the Shadowhunters. What dicks.

  • maggie
    2019-05-12 16:08

    It's not a long life, killing demons; one tends to die young, and then they burn your body—dust to dust, in the literal sense. And then we vanish into the shadows of history, nary a mark on the page of a mundane book to remind the world that once we existed at all.It's really hard for me to review a book everyone loved and have high expectations but then end up not even liking it because maybe your expectations were too high, not met, or you were just bored. In my case, it was all. Expectations were too high and not met and I was bored throughout the whole novel. I have heard so much of this series, Cassandra Clare herself, and about her Mortal Instruments series. Like, I have a friend who is literally Malec trash and always brings up the show and the new season and everything TMI and I can't relate. I'm quite worried because this is the first book and most people love it from here and continue on loving it only to be torn apart because the third book is an emotional and tear jerker one? Well, if the 2nd book is better and the 3rd even better and is really emotional, I sure hope I at least shed one tear because if I don't I will feel like an emotionless bitch for the rest of my life.There's not much to say about this that hasn't been said. Do I really have to explain what this is about? I mean, I always do so why not... Clockwork Angel, book number one in Cassandra Clare's trilogy that is supposed to make girls fangirl over the male protagonist and love him and this girl because they're pretty together. Also, a book that involves demon killers and supernatural creatures like vampires and warlocks. I hate myself too don't worry.Clockwork Angel is the prequel to Cassie's The Mortal Instruments series but I have heard it doesn't matter what order you read them in. I hear this one is much more enjoyable in many ways and the characters are a lot better, and I also am aware that this book was published after 3?4? books of the TMI series so it shouldn't matter. We have our female protagonist but there's also a male protagonist, shifting perspectives in the same page. Tessa Gray is descended into London's dark supernatural world which she is not familiar with, especially because she is an American lost in London looking for her missing brother that was supposed to meet up with her. Tessa didn't get lost, but instead, she was captured and told she was gonna be married to someone she doesn't even know. Then she meets a mysterious and oh so good looking Will Herondale who ends up saving her and taking her to the Institute, where she meets others like Will and end up helping her. Tessa later learns a little more about her allies, Shadowhunters, who basically hunt and kill demons because of the special abilities they carry with them. Not only does Tessa meet Will but she also meets people that she grows close to, including Will's best friend who is almost like a brother, Jem, who ends up being another attraction for Tessa. As they all learn about each other and Tessa learns more about the Underworld she is in, she finds out that she herself is similar to them but different in a way. Up against the Pandemonium Club, Tessa and her friends can do nothing but work together to stop the plan of the Club.First thing's first: I was bored reading this. I also didn't even know what the hell the book really was about until 200 pages or something which is pretty sad because normally a reader knows what she or he is reading when they're stating the book up until page 50 or something. No, but really, even when the description isn't read. Being one of those people that ended up not even liking the first book in a trilogy that is much much better than the spin-off series, I can already tell I will not be the biggest fan of Cassie and the rest of her books. I really want to read her series even if I don't like them, I just want to get them over with the move on to Lady Midnight and her other upcoming books. Also, when is Cassandra gonna write a book that does not involve the Shadowhunters world? I know she wrote a middle-grade book (actually she co-wrote is) like I promise I'm not hating on her. I actually don't hate on any authors and don't hate on their writing or anything, but I was just wondering. If someone knows please let me know, I would be very interested. I'm not even the biggest fan of Paranormal books, even if it's paranormal and fantasy together.I was really hoping I was gonna enjoy this. I literally expected to love it and dive into the next book but I really am not. I own the trilogy which was dumb of me to do because now I gotta find something else to read (which is hard for me for some stupid reason) or read book 2 and then 3. I really want to get something out of the way. I ship Jem and Tessa and I just wanna cry because I already know what happens in the end. Let me clarify that: I don't know what happens actually, I didn't spoil myself, but I did spoil myself (thanks to those people who added them in their updates and reviews without marking spoilers or warnings :) I appreciate you) with who Tessa ends up with and what happens to Will and Jem and I just wanna cry. I still think Jem will own my heart a little more than Will because currently, I don't hate Will, but I don't like him, at all. I didn't find him swoon-worthy or attractive in any way and he didn't steal my heart like he has stolen others. I don't ship him and Tessa like I said and even though I know there will be some character development in all characters in the next book, I can't help but have hope in Jem. Not Jessa, but just Jem. Please do not spoil it for me. This book got an extra star just because of Jem and some other characters like Charlotte, Henry, Magnus, and Sophie. They were all understanding characters and their personalities were acceptable, unlike the others. The reason for the low rating is because I was bored and got tired of the whole plot and point of the book. I didn't even understand it until I got to the second half and again, like I said, I was just so fucking bored. I have a friend named Amber and this one time we started talking and she told me she loves TMI series and I was happy for her because she loves it while others didn't like it as much but she didn't care and she ended up loving this one as well so I thought I was gonna love it as well (especially because Amber and I don't share many similar opinions about books but that's okay because we're all a community and think differently) and if she loved it, I figured I would love it. I was obviously wrong, sorry Amber. I didn't feel any emotion towards any characters and I just wanted to punch all the characters I found annoying which included Tessa, Will, Jessie (wtf is her name I forgot already), Mrs. Black and Mrs. Dark, Nathaniel, and the dude at the end who was killed by Will (I forgot his name sorry).So, there was nothing I liked about this expect for like 4 characters and that's why this is getting 2 stars. 4 characters I loved. That's all. There was nothing else. I haven't read TMI, but I know that Clary tries finding out stuff about the Shadowhunters and I know she is annoying but hear me out: She tries. Tessa, on the other hand, didn't try anything. I felt like she was an interruption and distraction to everyone, including Will, who I found confused and rude, and I just didn't care about Tessa and what she did. I was quite glad about the ending but then I wasn't. The book does end on a cliffhanger and I want to know what happens next, but I'm not so eager to find out. I don't want to go into the book and expect many things again and just, try to care about Tessa and feel something for Will.Another complaint I have is how Cassie wrote this. It's in 3rd person and although I'm not the biggest fan of it, I don't mind it. It usually depends on how the author writes it and how the reader reads it, but I didn't enjoy reading it and I didn't enjoy her writing either. We start off with Will and Jem and then we have Tessa and then Will again and then Charlotte and Henry and then Will and Jem and it just changed over and over again. Not to mention how long the chapters were, or they felt so long, was also another thing that bugged me. What I wish she did instead make the perspectives longer and when it was time to switch, it would be another chapter. Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if the book had 50+ chapters because there are many books out there that are fantasy, paranormal, and even contemporary that have more than 50 chapters and are shorter than this book. No one's chapters were interesting except for Charlotte's. Her chapters were the most enjoyable out of all because she knew some things no one else knew and I enjoyed finding those things out only to later find out the ones who didn't know found out. Wow I make so much sense.I know this series has some similarities to TMI. An example is Clary and Tessa: there the special snowflakes who know nothing about the Underworld and Shadowhunters and don't know about their special abilities until later and fall the boy they meet and blah blah blah. Will and Jace are both assholes to the girls in the beginning (Will was sarcastic and an asshole to Tessa at times when the next thing you know he's kissing her lol what) and I've read some of City of Bones and, forgive me, but I watched the movie and he was an asshole to her at first and was like "who do you think you are" and then was "I love you" and I'm like "tf you doing?" and I don't know man I hate those couples/guys. They're assholes to the girl and then they're over here thinking about them because they're the one good thing in their life and tend to change their lives in the best and worst way and I'm just left pissed because they had such a shitty attitude in the beginning. UNLIKE WILL, Jem was sweet and nice to Tessa right when he saw her and even offered to answer any questions she had because as we learn a little about Tessa, she's curious about a lot of things and asks a lot of questions and Will does not have the time or patience to answer them because he's the mysterious and bad English boy.I'm gonna TRY and finish this trilogy soon, as soon as I can, and start TMI and see how different and similar they are because I really want to read this and even if I don't enjoy it, I want to find out a little more about the Shadowhunter world and all the creatures like the vampires, werewolves, warlocks, mundane, and even the humans in this world. I skimmed a lot reading this because the story was still boring and nothing cool or interesting or amazing or shocking was happening or even happened, and it got the point where I wanted to give up on it but didn't. It was dragging a lot and giving a lot of info dumps and the history of it was got to the point where I was tired of holding this big book in my small hands and I just turned a lot of pages, looking for quotes and names of people I actually liked just to read about them.

  • Emma
    2019-04-29 16:14

    I think y’all know at this point that I am absolute trash for all of the shadowhunters books so if you missed my livetweet reread here are the collected highlights and my definitive list of Opinions:▪️the automatons are creepy as FUCK and I’m honestly surprised I didn’t have nightmares about them▪️Will is overdramatic as HELL but I relate▪️“do you often sleep tied to the bed?” this is some serious kink exposure Will▪️Tessa and Will nerd out over books together sdfjdsaldfj▪️CHARLOTTE BRANWELL IS MY NEW FAVORITE CHARACTER AND I CAN’T BELIEVE THERE WAS A TIME WHEN I DIDN’T STAN HER THIS MUCH▪️“one must always be careful of books and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us” I know this quote is cheesy but it’s some good fucking cheese▪️me thinking about Jem fucking Carstairs serenading me on his violin:▪️“there’s always demon pox”▪️I am the first to admit that I am the most uncoordinated person I know and I would never have the skills to fight anyone BUT if I had to kill a demon I would absolutely want to do it using Jessamine’s parasol▪️“You are as terrifying as you are wonderful, my dear.” HENRY AND CHARLOTTE ARE THE PUREST SHIP▪️MAGNUS BANE WAS THE FIRST BISEXUAL CHARACTER I EVER READ ABOUT AND I LOVE HIM▪️I will forever be bitter that CC didn’t resolve the love triangle by making herongraystairs canonthat is all.---------------edit: I am utter trash for this series so I'm tweeting updates on my reread here if y'all are interestedtime to find out if will herondale is still as hot as I remember him being

  • Ashley Brooks
    2019-05-07 16:45

    I now understand the Will Herondale hype.

  • Reader-ramble
    2019-05-14 09:51

    Cassie Clare. We meet again.I apparently have gained a following because of these reviews, and they have convinced me to use my analytical powers on The Infernal Devices series. You could say I'm easily swayed because I lack dignity. But this is really just too much fun. It's so much fun, I need to be stroking a cat.First, the usual disclaimer. This review contains spoilers, griping, whining, over thinking, and general ranting. Trolls need not apply.Let's get started.Ladies and gents. Gather 'round. I'm about to tear into Cassandra Clare's 19th century version of The Mortal Instruments. I present to you:The Mary Sue, Tessa Gray! (Rhymes with Clary Fray.) Tessa is a magical orphan girl from across the sea. She can shape shift you see, which isn't really a stretch for a character with almost no personality. Sure, Tessa is a really watered down version of Clary. She's just self-absorbed and judgmental enough to allow me to draw the comparison, but otherwise I could insert just about anyone in her position. She doesn't think she's pretty. Check. She likes books. Check. All the boys fall in wuve with her. Check. She's supposed to be smart, but really isn't. Check.How hard was it for Clare to round out this girl. I mean, it's only the fourth book she's written. Tessa couldn't be a Georgia peach who's family lost everything during the Civil War when she was just a babe? She couldn't be a textiles factory worker who used to prop her book up on the loom while she worked? (This was actually pretty common at the time.) She couldn't be the daughter of an insightful inventor who used to dream of flying? Come on! If you're going for Steampunk, Clare, go for it! Tessa should have been a goggle clad shape shifting, grease monkey. Her and Henry could have gotten their nerd on. But no. Her writer lacks the creativity to make anything remotely cool and fun.Speaking of shape shifting. Tessa's special shape shifting ability allows her to change into anyone she wants as long as she has an object they owned. She gains their memories and thoughts, and if they died, she sees how and feels it. If the person is a Down-worlder, she gains their abilities and attributes. At one point, she turns into Camille - a vampire - at one point, and her heart stops beating. Sounds pretty cool and useful, right? Well, here is the thing with Clare's books if you aren't already familiar. If it makes sense, she doesn't use it. Nope. To easy and not romantic enough. Tessa's ability would be really useful in combat, but instead it's a deus ex machina. Clare only has Tessa use her shape shifting to move the story forward. The rest of the time it sits on the side.Oh, now the fun part. Do you remember the whole Boadicea thing? How Tessa thought she couldn't be a fighter because she was a woman, but she could fight back because it's in her heart? I know, right! I'm laughing to keep from crying. Will tells Tessa there was this badass warrior chick who gave the Romans hell named Boadicea. (Usually spelled Boudica. I know about her because I saw a documentary on her. She was badass. And so were her daughters.) So, Tessa tries to emulate Boadicea by "killing" herself so the baddie can't have her. She fakes it using her shape shifting because apparently, when someone dies nice and bloody, she gets covered in it. Whatever. There was lots of blood, but the bad guy didn't check for a wound. The baddie invents robots and he falls for a trick from a girl who was stupid enough to scream in a room full of vampires. Yes, this girl, who trusted her philandering older brother. Oy vey.Next up, William "the Scoundrel" Herondale! Will, as everyone calls him, is really just Jackass Jace with the dial cranked to 11. He's the kind of guy who will be dead in a ditch at 19. You know, reckless, rude, and utterly inappropriate. It's supposed to be the Victorian era, and he's making open sexual advances toward Tessa. These are the kind of advances that even a modern woman would have kneed him in the balls over. He doesn't wear a hat or waistcoat or cravat, so he's basically running around half naked. He treats everyone like crap. Do I really need to go on?Oh, and all the fan girls get hot and horny over him. He's an insensitive, self centered asshole and girls think that's hot. Let me guess, that means he's damaged and only needs love to make him a better person. If that wasn't one of the most popular myths these books portray. Feh. He needs thumped, plain and simple. I can't believe Tessa is even thinking about hooking up with the guy.Now for James/Jian/Jem Carstairs. This half-Chinese sweetie is just a gentleman. I'm seriously shocked that Clare can even write a character like him. He's so nice. He even saves a cat. Literally. When Tessa is feeling down, he just talks to her. He's the kind of boy you bring home to your mom.And then there's the venom addiction. Yeah, Clare totally ruined Jem. She couldn't have him be some nice kid. It's like that Simon/Vampire thing all over again. In a nutshell, Jem was tortured by a demon and his parents were forced to watch. By the time he was saved, his body was addicted to the venom. If they try to wean him off it, the withdrawal is bad enough to kill him. So he has to continue to take it or he dies. Flip side, the stuff is killing him. It also keeps his hair and eyes silver. Even then, he's still a way better person than Will. Hands down. There isn't even a contest.But there is something that Clare uses Jem for that I don't like; to make excuses for Will. Jem is Will's battle buddy. They're buds and watch each other's back. Jem tries to explain Will's appalling behavior to Tessa, saying that there is more to him than she thinks. The problem with this is that it ends up being hot air to make Will look deeper than he is. When Will enters a scene, all this "oh, but he's damaged" talk flies out the window on a fart. Jem was tortured and he's dying, and he's an absolute doll. Will has no excuses.Now it's time for the parasol twirlin' Jassamine Lovelace. She's the biggest waste of a strong female character. She had the potential to go from opinionated Lady full of spunk, to Tessa's awesome-sauce gal pal. But that isn't how Clare works. Once she thought that Jess would turn out to be "better" than Tessa, she turned her into someone so selfish she would leave a comrade behind. I was shocked because it didn't fit with the characterization that Clare had set up for her.There's this dollhouse scene where Jess shows Tessa her dollhouse replica of the house she grew up in. She even had dolls of her mother, father, little brother, and her. She tells Tessa that her house burned down with them in it, and it's the only thing left of them and her old life. She tells Tessa that sometimes she imagines that they wake up, go about their day, and then go to bed all safe. Nothing bad ever happens to them. No Shadow-hunter business and no fire. They're perfectly normal. I imagined this very sad teenage girl running her fingers over everything in that house as she tried to explain why she didn't want to be a Shadow-hunter. Why she didn't want a life of fear that you or the ones you love won't come back. Why she didn't want to deal with death and blood.But here is why I hate Clare's writing. She turned Jessamine into such a bitch that her desire to be married and a mother without being a "warrior" is unacceptable in her world. I mean, Jess is part angel. Why should she want anything else? Why would she want to be mundane? They're worse than Down-worlders. Clare writes her Nephilim like they're perfect, but I can't blame Jess for wanting out. It would be a horrible life to live.There's more characters: Charlotte, who is 23 and not a very good leader; Henry, who can't get any of his inventions to work right; Sophie, the poor maid who can't catch a break; Agatha, the cook; Thomas, Will's cast-aside childhood pal; but they aren't really worth speaking about. And the villain, I'll get to him when I get into world-building.Which I'm starting, now.There is nothing like trying to make sense of Cassandra Clare's world. There are so many gaping holes, that I've mostly given up. Mostly.First, I'm going to start with the gun thing. Yes. Shadow-hunters don't use guns because supposedly the runes they tried to scratch into the weapon and bullets keeps it from firing, and no one knows why.I would believe it if she wasn't the queen of convenient. From what I know, not all the weapons are inscribed with runes. I mean, she'll describe the curve of Will's neck, but not every weapon. We know some of them are made of electrum. Why not electrum bullets?Now, I'd understand if they didn't like using them because guns are loud and they would be afraid to hit an innocent bystander. When they strive for secrecy, there's no glamour in the world that would cover up an accidental bullet wound to the head. But wouldn't they want to keep a couple around. Maybe a Colt Peacemaker and a lever action Springfield. I mean, those would come in pretty handy when they bad guy is a mundane. And he's packing his own heat.Oh, and what about the automatons? Those wanna-be Steampunk cyborgs. I would have at least tried a shotgun loaded with a slug on one. From some of the appendages those things were given, why would anyone want to get close? But Clare has to have all her Shadow-hunters carry weapons on the archaic side of the scale. And she doesn't even describe them right. She says Will has straps crossing his chest. That is called a bandolier. Clare will describe the parts of a dress (and not even accurately), but she doesn't get into the finer points of melee weapons even though all her characters are warriors. Look at Jem's cane-sword-thing. She describes it like a blade shoots out of the end, but cane swords were really popular in the 19th century, so that seems more likely. He could use the cane part to block and then attack with the blade.Damn it. I started thinking with logic again. Give me a moment.Then there is her version of Victorian London.First, let's start with the fact that the fog was so thick and toxic that you could chew it and it killed hundreds. New York was no picnic at at time, but Tessa probably would have choked on it. Clare describes it like it's some coal dust and mist.Second, the characters act like it's the 21st century and not the 19th. They were way too informal and ran around without hats all the time.In fact, most of what Clare puts about "her" London is like she was writing a book report. It doesn't flow well at all. She lacks in the social politics of the time. Tessa is American in 19th century Britain, and a Down-worlder no less. She would constantly be regarded as a sub-human by British Shadow-hunters. They acknowledge she's a Down-worlder, but not the fact that she's a barbaric American.And I'm not even going to get started on Will kissing Tessa and implying that she should give him her virtue because she probably can't have kids since she's a warlock. (I mean, seriously. How do girls think that's hot?)Then there's Clare's writing. It never fails in giving me entertainment. She's laid off the similes a bit, but not enough to matter. There are still zingers, but this time I wrote down all the ones I cared to involving glass. Yes, glass. I swear she has a fetish for it."... eyes like glass." (p.37)"... a noise like cracking glass." (p. 39)"... a gaze as sharp as glass." (p. 72)"... like snow sticking to a dark glass pane of a window." (p. 172)"... as if through a pane of glass." (p. 212)"... it sounded like shattering glass." (p. 248)"Will's eyes were slivers of blue glass." (p. 304)"... like thin stems of glass against her skin." (p. 359)Remember, those are the ones I wrote down. There are a lot more.Clare's similes really are the one of the true weaknesses in her writing. Even when she uses a strong active verb, she tacks on a simile at the end like no one will understand what she's talking about. But that's when she uses a strong active verb that she hasn't abused. Everything still "gleams, "glints," "glimmers," "shines," and "shimmers" when it isn't "blue," "silver," "white," "black," "pale," "icy," or "gold."All these weaknesses are apparent in Clare's obsession with appearance. In scenes where emotional description should take precedence, Tessa physically looks at people instead of trying to understand the conversation on an emotional level. Take these lines from when she's talking with Jem on Blackfriar Bridge:"Tessa let herself stare at him, marveling a little at his strange beauty in the moonlight. He was all silver and ashes, not like Will's strong colors of blue and black and gold." (p.315)Jem is trying to have an intimate moment with her, and all Tessa can think about is his coloring in the moonlight versus Will's. Not about how much of nice person he is because he was willing to share his favorite place with her. Yeah, I really wanted to smack Tessa.Clare's heroines are so superficial I don't know how these girls could be considered strong female characters. Whenever she gets remotely close to writing a female character that is worth something (Izzy, Jess), she ruins them. She pushes their heroic actions to the background or covers it up with abhorrent and stereotypical behavior so that her intended "strong" female character can remain the Mary Sue. She doesn't treat her characters like people. She manipulates them to fit her needs first.Well, my word count is almost up. I can't go into a tireless rant about how this book is unintentionally ironic most of the time with all these profound things Jem or another character floating in the background says that Clare can't apply or covers up. But what I can do is leave you with my favorite one. This is from when the Shadow-hunters surrounded the vampire Axel DeQuincy and the rest of his ilk that survived. I now give you his tirade in response to the Shadow-hunters bringing up the Accords:"Equal? You don't know what the word means. You cannot let go of your own conviction, let go of your belief in your inherent superiority, for long enough to even consider what it would mean. (p. 254)So true, and he was a bad guy.Till next time!Liked this and want more?The Original Mortal Instruments TrilogyCity of BonesCity of AshesCity of GlassThe Infernal DevicesClockwork Prince

  • Beth
    2019-04-29 14:49

    I literally cannot give anything less than 5 stars for this book, this is my all time favourite series and I'm SO happy to be re-reading it."It is as great a thing to love as it is to be loved. Love is not something that can be wasted.So, as we all know this was a re-read for me. I've never wrote a review for this, so this is all fresh and new. I'm so excited to write this and have been wanting to do so for a long long time! I can finally do so now. I was so scared to re-read this, I thought maybe I'd hyped this up and it was all an illusion. It wasn't! It was even better than what I remembered. It was also so good, because I had forgot SO much about this series. In particular the characters I had previously become attached to previously.Tessa will always remain one of my favourite female role characters. I love her references and that she wants to do something to help. I love her references and that she is forever quoting books. Her relationships with the whole "family" and how she just becomes so brave and isn't afraid to say how she feels. At the beginning she was so timid and couldn't believe that women were capable to do things men are able to do. That she was so offended that Camille spoke of her relationship with Magnus so casually had me howling! Over time she began to understand and wanted to become a strong and powerful woman like Boudicca. I fell in love all over again with Will, I swooned far too much once again! His sarcasm was on point! "Did you? I must of forgotten, how dreadful." I just can't cope with everything that he does, I know why he does it, but still it really does break my heart. It feels as though he doesn't seem worthy of Tessa and to be loved. I WILL LOVE YOU! I love how dedicated he is to his Shadowhunting world, and that he will do anything for Jem. His moment with Thomas in the end chapters really struck a nerve and it was so upsetting! I can't wait to see him progress in the next books!Now I can freely admit that when I first read Clockwork Angel I just cast Jem aside, when I re-read this, I honestly fell so hard for him. He was so loving, and always knew what to do and how to act in certain situations. I never thought I'd swoon over Jem, but here I am. "This is your true self, Tessa. This power is who you are. Whoever loves you now - and you must love yourself - will love the truth of you." I feel like in this book Jem is the goodness that Tessa needs, he is so gentle and so kind.I hate to say this, but I admit how much I forgot about Sophie. I know I know! I can't believe it! I adored her in this book. I think that Sophie is someone you would love to have as a friend, she may only be a "mundane" but she will do anything for anyone, I enjoyed her relationship with Tessa. She takes no nonsense from Will, however when Gabriel tries to do so, she has none of it! So sassy! I love her!Jessamine is honestly such a bitch. I like her don't get me wrong... but I do feel sorry for her! I love how she just doesn't give a shit, however sometimes I felt a bit angry towards her and how she spoke to others.Oh my god. Charlotte and Henry I cannot cope. How adorable are they?! I love how mothering Charlotte is and how awkward Henry is. They're both so lovely! I can't wait to see more of them!I'm going to clutter all of these together: Nate, Mortmain and De Quincy the people you love to hate. When I say hate, I honestly hated Nate so much. Just everything about him makes my skin crawl, this is what I want in a book. I love it when a book can make me feel so much emotion to characters. So what did I love?EVERYTHING But in particular...- Will of course...- Sophies sass- Jems quotes- Wills Sarcasm- All of the action- How clever things came together!What I didn't like?- The only thing I wanted was more Magnus, buuuuuuuuuuuut I can wait!If you can't already tell, I'm so happy I re-read the first book! I love this series and I'm so excited to move onto Clockwork Prince. Until then, I will just swoon away!All Reviews:Clockwork Angel - 5 StarsClockwork Prince - 5 Stars!Clockwork Princess- 5 Stars!The Infernal Devices (Manga) Reviews:Clockwork Angel - 5 StarsClockwork Prince - 5 StarsClockwork Princess - 5 Stars

  • ✨jamieson ✨
    2019-05-07 13:00

    god i'm so fucking emo about will herondale i got it fucking bad for that boy“Whatever you are physically...male or female, strong or weak, ill or healthy--all those things matter less than what your heart contains. If you have the soul of a warrior, you are a warrior. All those other things, they are the glass that contains the lamp, but you are the light inside.”It was interesting to read this back now in 2017 as someone much older. When I first read this in 2012, I was not even in highschool and I think alot of things have changed for me in terms of taste when it comes to books. I was expecting to find some of this annoying or uncomfortable but surprisingly I actually still really enjoyed this bookI don't think it's as GOOD as I remember it being then, but it was still really fun, adventorous, mysterious and has some great characters. I liked Tessa and Jem much more now then I did when I read it in 2012, and even though I've always been fucking emo about Will Herondale I think I'm actually more so. CHARACTERSOne reason I always liked TID over TMI is that I just prefer the characters so much more. Starting with Tessa, she's not really the badass heroine who fights the good fight like Clary or Isabella, but I still really like her. Her strength as a character comes from other aspects from her personality - her incredible loyalty and ability to love. In her kindness. But Tessa knows herself, she respects herself and she doesn't let people push her around. That takes strength. Maybe she doesn't fight (in this book at least) but that doesn't make her weak. I don't know why people think it does. Tessa is a great character, because she's not this amazing warrior badass, she's just a regular girl who treats herself and those around her with so much love and dignity I LOVE MY BABY GIRLOn the other hand is Charlotte, who's more the warrior type. Charlotte is an incredible character and 12 year old me did not appreciate her. She is so loving and kind and protective of those kids and her family, whilst also being such a strong warrior and fighter. She struggles to be heard and assert her agency, but that struggle makes her strong and I just ??? admire her so much ??? NEVER HYPE DOWN CHARLOTTE BRANWELL SHE'S INCREDIBLEJem is so soft and lovely I love him. I wish he was in this more bc like ??? I love him and appreciate him. I'm excited to read Clockwork Prince for more of him. But he's just so nice and good all the time? And the way he treats everyone around him is so nice fjghfj I just wish he didn't take so much shit from people because HE'S AN ANGEL PROTECT JEM CARSTAIRSand ,,, if u think of Jem. You gotta ... think of WillWILL IS SUCH A SAD LITTLE SOUL AND HE TALKS ALOT OF SHIT BUT HE'S BASICALLY A GOOD HE JUST DOESN'T KNOW IT. Listen, I do think hating Will in this book if you don't know his #TragicBackstory is understandable but EVEN SO I don't think he does anything that's a deal breaker until the last couple of chapters. Overrall, he's actually not so bad. He can definitely be stupid but he's not really cruel until the end. But considering his backstory, he's coping with everything pretty well. I know alot of people say it's dumb he thinks his (view spoiler)[curse (hide spoiler)] is real but considering how young he was its not that crazy to me he'd believe it. I think he's a very sad character, but he does want to be good and kind and he highkey hates himself BUT he doesn't think he can do anything about it and jfghjf I'M HERE FOR HIS GLOW UP AFTER CLOCKWORK PRINCESSAnyway idk I just find him so funny? Like, I don't laugh out loud in books much but Will and Tessa make me laugh. GOD DON'T LOOK AT ME I HAVE IT SO BAD FOR THEM. But yo seriously I fucking LOVE Will Herondale don't fucking @ meJessamine, Sophie, the Lightwoods and CECILY MY GF were in this entirely too little. I know I really liked Jessamine as a kid but honestly I didnt like her much rereading it. I need to keep going with the series and decide I think. PLOTI did remember the main aspects of the plot, like who the Magister was and all that so it made it less fun. I do think bits of this book are kinda bogged down in worldbuilding and character introduction. Thats good if its a first time but not good if it's a second, third, fourth time. There are some good scenes though, and the concluding chapters with the fight at the institute are high stakes and exciting. I HAD ACTUAL ANXIETY WORRYING IF JEM AND WILL WOULD MAKE IT BACK IN TIME AND I KNEW WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN. THINGS I DIDN'T LIKEI've always liked that Jem is canonically Chinese, but reading this back it's interesting even though he's Chinese he doesn't look like it because of his condition. Tessa notes he has "angular eyes" but he's so pale he doesn't 'look' poc even though he is. It's hard because I understand it's his condition, but at the same time aaaahhh why must you whiten pocI also just didn't like some of the ways Magnus was described, but I guess that's supposed to be ""the time period"". The way that they talk is definitely not Victorian. I know that the Shadowhunters are more liberal but its just not talk fitting the period. I kinda don't mind, because I'd rather not be bogged down in the Victorian era English but I can see why people have a problem with it. The Clockwork Angel saving Tessa at the last minute is so Deus ex Machina but it's fineCONSIDERING this is one of CC's earlier works I think it's quite well written and good. I always love her characters and honestly I really enjoyed rereading this, I'll definitely keep reading the others. For me, TID is much more enjoyable then TMI and it was fun to reread this after so many years since the last time. ALSO, I LOVE THE POETRY CHAPTER HEADERS GOOD SHIT“That was enterprising," Will sounded nearly impressed.Nate smiled. Tess shot him a furious look. "Don't look pleased with yourself. When Will says 'enterprising' he means 'morally deficient.'""No, I mean enterprising," said Will. 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  • sana°¤°
    2019-04-30 10:06

    Please read Maggie's amazing review. She sums up whatever I have to say about this book, perfectly. Listen guys, I tried. I seriously tried!!!! But this was so slow and boring for me, I just couldn't get into it no matter how hard I tried to make myself like it. I was originally going to give this one star, but at times it was a little fast paced and action packed. Since I already read TMI before this series, the whole info. about Shadowhunters and stuff bored me and I really couldn't find myself caring about any of it. P.S I really hate Will *runs away before y'all come after me with dem pitchforks and knives*---guys please pray i hate this bc i want to make this hoe crybut seriously tho, i hope i love this

  • Sandra
    2019-05-05 12:47

    Most people are constantly raving on about Clockwork Angel and the whole TID trilogy being better than TMI, and i'm like 'I ain't gonna believe that shit til i see it'. So, i brought the book. Was it better from TMI? Big, fat NO.The beginning (1-100 pg) 100-200 pagesThe beginning till the middle was horrible. I had to force myself to keep on reading. It was so tedious i had to fight the urge to fall asleep. Most of the stuff was not even relevant and important! There was so much small, annoying talk and description that was not needed at all, and i couldn't help buy skip some of the words/paragraphs. Too much is never good. The middle'This is finally getting better!'Bigger half of the book (300-400 pg) The ending My Tessa. I didn't really like Tessa. She was ok. What was most irritating about her was that she couldn't protect herself. She was always counting on someone else to do that, but i must give her the credit for trying. I guess i also found her too...girly? And i know it's the 18th century and most women were like that, but it was kinda annoying. She was all like "Women don't fight. They don't have it in them. They can't wear anything except dresses, especially not the fighting gears. That is just wrong".Will: Will is all like... He is so full of himself it's actually nerve racking for me! And don't even get me started on what a total jerk he is! I hate the way he pretends not to care about anything, especially the way he treats Tessa. He is so mean i want to slap him in the face! BUT.. there are sometimes glimpses of a guy that actually has a heart. And i think that's the reason why i like him. I also kinda love his sarcasm.WHO DO YOU THINK IS THE BIGGER JERK? WILL OR JACE? TELL ME DOWN BELOW!Jem: I really like Jem. He is so nice, understanding and caring. Couldn't say the same thing for Will! (view spoiler)[I feel so sorry that he is dying. But they will find a cure, right? If they won't, my heart will break. (hide spoiler)] I find Jem really interesting, and i would love to learn more about him!I loved that clockwork angel necklace that Tessa wears, it's so intriguing and fascinating! (view spoiler)[And you know when the angel suddenly came to life to protect her? That.Was.Epic. (hide spoiler)]I was really annoyed with Tessa's and Will's relationship. They only had one kiss, and afterwards Will just pushed her away and acted all weird. Why can't they have a normal, romantic scene for once in a lifetime?!Overall Clockwork Angel was not as good as book 1 in TMI series. But i will definitely continue with the trilogy, i still have lot's of questions and i really want to find out how Jem's 'condition' will be solved. Cool beginning to what is sure to be a great trilogy! :)["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Jasmine
    2019-05-17 14:00

    "It was books that made me feel that perhaps I wasn't completely alone."--Will HerondaleSo, this is it. My very first book by the incredibly popular writer, Cassandra Clare, and she didn't disappoint me at all. I've always wanted to give her books a try and see what the hypes are about but was taken aback by such a HUGE chronicle. I mean, there are other series more or less related to The Infernal Devices or The Mortal Instruments and I have the habit of readathoning all of them. Fortunately, I don't think it's a problem now because wow, the story is far more interesting than I expect. For starters, the beginning is really, really captivating because we'll meet the notoriously handsome Mr. Herondale very soon, like, only a few chapters later Tessa started her journey to the entire Shadowhunters' world with much uncertainty in the first chapter, which excited me a lot. She headed for London on a steamboat(the transportation in this book intrigued me because they brought me back to the 19th century perfectly, as if I was born and lived there) and was greeted by the Dark Sisters. Honestly, I was super fascinated by her ability--shape-shifting--and she was far from ordinary. What makes her different from any other paranormal characters is that she described her transformation when practicing her newly-discovered skill, including her emotional and physical change thoroughly and heartfelt. Moreover, the magic those Nephilims wielded was pure awesomeness. Instead of the control of basic elements as we usually see, using magic spells and drawing ancient symbols were comparatively more enthralling.Although I've been told the romance in Cassandra's books isn't all sunshine and rainbows, there's no denying I still hold on to a thin thread of hope that perhaps, just perhaps, Tessa and Will would develop something slightly more than friends. Well, it's not impossible, right? They were probably the cutest OTP ever and both of them were total bookworms, like us. In my opinion, the best kind of romantic development is the slower, the better. And occasional bickerings is just a cherry on top! “Do you normally turn up in gentlemen’s bedrooms in the middle of the night? If I’d known that, I would have campaigned harder to make sure Charlotte let you stay.”“I don’t see how what I do is your concern,” Tessa replied. “Especially since you abandoned me in the corridor and left me to find my own way back to my room.”“And you found your way to Jem’s room instead?”However, as much as I expected Will to make the first move toward her, he disappointed me eventually. I know that he had some unspeakable issues in private so that's why he lied and cruelly told the truth regardless of her feelings, but maybe he could be less straightforward. It's called "etiquette", dude. Thus, I honestly didn't like him as much as I thought I would. And it saddened me that how desperately Tessa needed the affection that she knew wouldn't get from him. No. She could not have imagined that. Will cared for her, she was sure of it. Yes, he had been rude to her almost since he had met her, but then, that happened in novels all the time. Look how rude Darcy had been to Elizabeth Bennet before he’d proposed, and really, quite rude during as well. And Heathcliff was never anything but rude to Cathy. Though she had to admit that in A Tale of Two Cities, both Sydney Carton and Charles Darnay had been very kind to Lucie Manette. And yet I have had the weakness, and have still the weakness, to wish you to know with what a sudden mastery you kindled me, heap of ashes that I am, into fire… .On the other hand, Jem began to grow on me because I didn't feel anything for him at first, but the way he talked and acted warmed my heart. He was such a nice guy compared to Will, but nobody's perfect, he suffered from a sort of disease like drug addicts. **Ugh, why does Cassandra try to complicate every character here and make almost everything look impossible?** Well, I wasn't seeing the development of "Jamessa" coming, but by the end of the story, they seemed more likely to be together. I mean, when a guy genuinely says something so conforting and heartwarming to a girl, how can she resist him? “Perhaps you are here because you are otherwise alone, but so am I. So is Will. So is Jessamine. And even, to an extent, Charlotte and Henry. Where else could Henry have his laboratory? Where else would Charlotte be allowed to put her brilliant mind to work the way she can here? And though Jessamine pretends to hate everything, and Will would never admit to needing anything, they have both made homes for themselves here. In a way, we are not here just because we have nowhere else; we need nowhere else, because we have the Institute, and those who are in it are our family.”Whether she'll really be with either Jem or Will remains unknown in the end of this book and I'm not sure which one she truly loves. The former always opens up to her and tells her the truth in a better way than just spills it, while the latter seems to conceal his feelings and secrets in front of others and pushes all those who deem him as family away, but deep down, I believe there's a soft spot under the hard exterior. They both turned toward the door; as they went out, Jem looked at Tessa and gave her a little shrug. I wish you were a Shadowhunter, she thought his eyes were saying, but maybe it was simply what she hoped they were saying. Perhaps he was merely smiling at her kindly and there was no meaning in it.I still can't get enough of Jem's wise words and god knows where his cleverness came from. He's a perfect role model of a best friend forever, a considerate boyfriend, a loyal partner, a faithful warrior, and a formidable Shadowhunter. Whenever he spoke, his words never failed being profound and meaningful. They stated the facts but at the same time, pointed out the bright sides of them. “I know the truth about Nate, now, and painful as it is, it is better than being lied to. It is better than going on loving someone who cannot love me back. Better than wasting all that feeling.” Her voice shook.“I think he did,” said Jem, “and does love you, in his way, but you cannot concern yourself with that. It is as great a thing to love as it is to be loved. Love is not something that can be wasted.”Next, the reason I didn't give it a 5-star partly because the middle of the story slacks a bit for me, and I couldn't feel the connection among those characters the same way I did as the beginning AND the end, and partly because I really, really, really didn't get it why Tessa cared for her brother, Nate, so much. He was obviously addicted to gambling and lost a tremendous amount of money and even (view spoiler)[sold her out to the Magister in exchange for silvers (hide spoiler)] and then lied to all of them the whole time. However, she still defended him until some severe destruction was caused and then good people died, bad ones fled. Frankly speaking, she had to embrace the truth, no matter how ugly it was, and moved forward. Lastly, despite the minor flaw I disliked, I still recommend this book/trilogy to all of you because there are lots of twists and turns that'll leave you wanting more. Btw, there are also many quotes from the characters that're so suitable for all the book lovers like you. "One must always be careful of books," said Tessa, "and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us."["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Maureen
    2019-05-14 11:02

    I originally read this....not sure when? Probably around release date or soon after Clockwork Prince was released...but I reread by listening to the audiobook and it was fantastic!I definitely didn't love this as much as I did when I read it the first time but I still really enjoyed it!JEM IS A PRECIOUS CINNAMON ROLL. WILL IS A TORTURED SOUL. TESSA I JUST THE BEST.I love this world and I love the steampunk elements so much. My only qualm with the audiobook is Gabriel Lightwood's voice because it was literally the worst.Can't wait to listen to the rest of the series on audio.

  • Felicity Jackson (gowithflick)
    2019-05-10 13:44

    Utterly brilliant.

  • Nadhira Satria
    2019-04-24 16:00

    So uh this is my first Cassandra Clare book and I actually liked it!I read this because a shit ton of my friends recommended it to me and I finally succumb to it lmao ✨RTC

  • grace
    2019-05-16 12:56

    (Reread) JEM JEM JEM...also love Will, but JEM

  • Ashley Nuckles
    2019-05-09 12:11

    Reread in 2017 and it almost took me an entire month to read it which is crazy. Also I think I'm turning into more of a Jem fan this time around! Though honestly if she'd ended up with either Jem or Will I'd have been happy either way because they're both so amazing.

  • Andie
    2019-05-17 10:02

    Beautiful no matter how many times I've read it.

  • Maxwell
    2019-05-12 10:08

    I don't really have a lot of complex thoughts or feelings about this book other than it was an enjoyable read. It played out exactly how I expected it to after having read The Mortal Instruments series and understanding how Cassandra Clare plots her stories and writes her characters. At times it was a bit predictable and the characters fit into their tropes. I liked Jem because he felt a bit more fresh; I don't understand the love for Will at all. He and Jessamine are basically 1800's versions of Jace & Isabelle from TMI, which was a bit annoying. I'm intrigued to find out Tessa's deal, but I don't have an urgency to read the rest of the series immediately. At the end of the day, it's a fun read that introduces you to a new time & place in the Shadowhunter world. 3 stars

  • P
    2019-05-05 10:10

    “If no one in the entire world cared about you, did you really exist at all?” I read this book for the second time. First time ? Not my impressive experience. Clockwork Angel is fun to read but not spectacular. I don't know why something always pulled me back when I really wanted to enjoy this one. Although the characters are outstanding, it's not captivated enough to neutralize the disastrous pace of this book. Will, James and Tessa are a perfect triad I'm very fond of, they give and recieve because Will and James are Parabatai to each other. This made me want to scream when Will does something and considers about James very often. How sweet he is !“Sometimes, when I have to do something I don't want to do, I pretend I'm a character from a book. It's easier to know what they would do.” I won't talk much about Tessa because her character is bleak and pallid. And this is the reason why I gave the first book of TID just three stars. I know the next ones will be better, and I have to put up with this one because the best is yet to come.If you love London in victorian era, you have to read this book. CC narrated her story very well with details someone may enjoy it more than I did. Now I've finished this trilogy, I can see this book is the worst and the third book is the best.More at http://goo.gl/HrmhFu