Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Review: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Magic is dangerous--but love is more dangerous still.

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What's more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.

Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by--and torn between--two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length...everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world...and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.

My Review:


I'll start by saying that I had never planned on actually reading this book. I had tried to read City of Bones by Cassandra Clare two times and I couldn't get through it so I figured that this book would be as hard to read as it. Boy was I WRONG!

Tessa was selfless. All she wanted to do was help her brother, and I admired that. Her strength, and not to mention the mystery of her origin, made me love this book.

Oh! I guess I should talk about the guys CA as well. Jem is sweet. His story is heartbreaking and his demeanor cute. But Will is giggle-behind-his-back swoon-worthy. His secret is maddening!!! You want to know what happened to him soooooo badly!

Now that I've read Clockwork Angel I'm going to try and read City of Bones again. I think I'll like it more after reading CA, and yes this review is short but I figured that a lot of people have already read it.


  1. I didn't like the City of Bones series that much either! I'm glad I'm not the only one! (But I have to admit, they really get better by the end of the third one.) But I am excited to read Clockwork Angel and hopefully learn more about the story behind the Mortal Instruments.

  2. I really like TMI series, but I didn't care for Clockwork Angel...funny how everyone thinks differently!


  3. I loved The Mortal Instrument series and I'm almost finished reading Clockwork Angel. I'm not feeling it as much as her other series but it's still good. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

  4. This is one of my favorite books EVER. I was so nervous because I did NOT like what I read of The Moral Instruments series (just like you), but as soon as I got into it I was HOOKED. Have you read the rest of the series yet? I know this was an older review so I am curious. Great review and I'm glad you loved it!!!

    Sierra @ Yearning to Read


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