24 September 2013

Clockwork Princess - Cassandra Clare Reading Review

A beautiful book-reading heroine that kicks butt, and gets her pick of the guys? Every readers dream.

I couldn't resist going to Blackfriars Bridge as it features in the books.
It's such a beautiful bridge, especially in the setting sun.

I warned you, didn't I, whilst reviewing the first two books in the Infernal Devices series that I find myself getting stuck into a series? Much like a greedy child not wanting stop at just one Lolly Sweet, I can't resist tucking into the whole bag, then feeling guilty before crashing out from a sugar high.

I highly, highly recommend these books to any Fantasy/SciFi/YA reading fans out there. Tessa, the main character finds out throughout the first two books (the Clockwork Angel & the Clockwork Prince respectively) that there is a supernatural world overlaid on her own Victorian one, and that she has an unexpected gift - the ability to turn herself into any other person, alive or not, just by touching an object they owned. She is kidnapped by Mortmain, an evil man bent on marrying her and stealing her gift, then rescued by the Nephilim, a class of protecting beings, descended from Angels, who befriend her. They fight demons and all sorts of weird and wonderful creatures who are out to hurt mundanes (muggles).


So that's up to date. In Clockwork Princess, Mortmain, is suceeding at creating an army of unstoppable, unbeatable clockwork robots, and furthermore involving demons. Young Tessa is also discovering who she is whilst of course there  is the archetypal love triangle; Tessa is engaged to Jem, dying of a drug habit and best of friends with Will, whom she is also in love with.

Between the love interests, fighting, steampunk-esque clockwork robots, otherworld creatures, beautiful Victorian dresses and London background I was hooked. I laughed, I cried, I gasped in shock (much to my hubby's confused amusement). The only problem is, there aren't any more to read.

"You know that feeling," she said, "when you are reading a book, and you know that it is going to be a tragedy; you can feel the cold and darkness coming, see the net drawing close around the characters who live and breathe on the pages. But you are tied to the story as if bring dragged behind a carriage, and you cannot let go or turn the course aside."

I did struggle in a few places, but the secondary characters were fabulous - Sophie the maid learning to fight, Gideon and Gabriel learning so very much and Magnus Bain who is fabulous. I'm not going to give away any spoilers though, and felt the epilogue was too tidy. #justsaying.

There is definitely a huge bonus coming late to a brilliant series - you can read one then immediately download/order the next one!

Are you a Will fan - troubled, gorgeous, mischief and unusually bookish or a Jem fan - calm, eerily beautiful, exotic and musical?

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4 comments :

  1. I am so jealous you went to Blackfriars Bridge!! I am so glad you loved the series now I am going to have to think up some others to recommend you!

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    1. Yes please! Actually, scratch that I have a huge list from your A - Z post & I'm going to begin work on her Mortal Instruments series. I'm going to have to sneak them past the hubby which is the only problem! :D

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  2. Ooo these sound good! Thanks for giving me a new series. I like coming late to the party with series too so that I can greedily read them one after the other.

    Dannielle | Chic-a-DeeDee

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    1. Blame Bailie ^ hehehe. Isn't it the best? Sometimes I don't read books simply because of the hype around them (such a rebel!)

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