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Clockwork Prince

First Line: The fog was thick, muffling sound and sight.

About: In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.

With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.

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

As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart. (Goodreads)

Author: Cassandra Clare

Pages: 528

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Review: I don't know how many series I'm in the middle of reading right now! It has to be more than five. 

(I regret nothing!)

I was actually planning on saving this lovely book for later, but after having an intense conversation with my friend Sarah on Team Will or Team Jem, I finally couldn't take it any more and got the book from the library. 

I read the first book (Clockwork Angel) last year and really loved it. Except for the whole demon thing. Now that I look back on it, I think I overreacted a little to the fact that there were demons in the book... oh well, my first book with demonic things, cut me some slack.

I kind of forgot what happened at the end of the last one (the downfall of reading too many series, you forget everything!) but I eventually pieced it all back together while reading this one. (Looks like someone [Me] has  a bit of re-reading to do :P) 

Ahhhh..... I kind of, sort of, loved this book... just a little...

Okay, a lot! 

Maybe even more than the first one, But I don't know, I still have to reread the first one. (Dear authors of series, maybe your readers would like it better if you try a little harder to fit your story into a stand alone... just a thought. [jk {But seriously}]) 

This book has those fangirl "feels" oozing out of the pages! 

Tessa, I don't blame you for being completely torn between Will and Jem. Quite frankly, I, myself, am too, ripping my hair out over what team I should be on. When I finished Clockwork Angel I was just barely on team Jem, but now that I know more about Will... Gah! I can't decide. I'm glad I'm not in Tessa's place. I was absolutely crying with every kiss...

Speaking of kisses... there are a lot of them in this book. There was also one giant awkward scene between two people (by awkward I mean slightly inappropriate) but I just skipped those couple pages. :P

But that ^ way probably the only bad part in the whole book. (And that strange thing with Magnus... but I won't get into that.)

I loved the plot, and the sub plots, and pretty much everything.

I totally guessed a couple of the surprises at the end... but of course, Cassandra Clare outsmarted my ability to guess endings with a total cliffhanger! Ugh. I might have to start Clockwork Princess before I was planning to...

Anyway. There are so many twisties, and since I can't give them away, I must leave you with this;

If you've read Clockwork Angel, but aren't quite sure if you should read Clockwork Price, READ IT!

Romance: Way more than the first book. I cried... several times. I just... I can't.... THE FEELS!

Violence: Oh yes... bunches! Blood simply everywhere! (mwahahaha)

Other fun stuff:

“We live and breathe words. .... It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I with them. Reading your words, what you wrote, how you were lonely sometimes and afraid, but always brave; the way you saw the world, its colors and textures and sounds, I felt--I felt the way you thought, hoped, felt, dreamt. I felt I was dreaming and thinking and feeling with you. I dreamed what you dreamed, wanted what you wanted--and then I realized that truly I just wanted you.” 
― Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Prince

“Ah,” said a voice from the doorway, “having your annual ‘everyone thinks Will is a lunatic’ meeting, are you? 
“It’s biannual,” said Jem. “And no, this is not that meeting.” 
― Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Prince

“They’re not hideous,” said Tessa.
Will blinked at her. “What?”
“Gideon and Gabriel,” said Tessa. “They’re really quite good-looking, not hideous at all.”
“I spoke,” said Will, in sepulchral tones, “of the pitch-black inner depths of their souls.”
Tessa snorted. “And what color do you suppose the inner depths of your soul are, Will Herondale?”
“Mauve,” said Will.” 
― Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Prince

“I could not tell you if I loved you the first moment I saw you, or if it was the second or third or fourth. But I remember the first moment I looked at you walking toward me and realized that somehow the rest of the world seemed to vanish when I was with you.” 
― Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Prince

“Jem is nothing but goodness. That he struck you last night only shows how capable you are of driving even saints to madness.” 
― Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Prince

(I'm fangirling here, reading these quotes! :D)

Recommended Age: 14+

A giant five apples!

1 comment

  1. Some of those quotes are great. (Looking at you, lunatic meeting for he of the mauve soul.) Darn it, I may have to make an addition to my "to read" list, now...