Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Review of Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Author: Cassandra Clare
Published by: Margaret K. McElderry
From Goodreads: 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.
I loved Clare's The Mortal Instruments series so I was excited to read another series by her. I like novels set in past time periods and the thought of Shadowhunters in Victorian times was thrilling, especially when they were relatives of Jace.
This novel was fast paced, and full of action. There were twists, turns, and surprises in every chapter. The action was thrilling,and nail-bitingly good with battles that left you cheering and gasping with shock on the same page. The dialogue was witty and laugh-out-loud funny. It has all the elements to make a great book.
That being said, I did like this book. However, I wasn't in love with it. I can't pinpoint exactly what it was about this book, like I said it had everything to be a great book, but it just didn't do it for me.
The one thing I really didn't like about this book was Tessa. I feel as if Clare has a thing for writing whiny, self-absorbed female characters. Tessa had a one track mind about helping her brother and didn't care at what cost it was to others. I found myself often frustrated and exasperated by her character.
I did really like the rest of the characters though. They were unique and interesting in their own ways. Jem was sweet and kind while Will was dark and broody. They both have secrets that this novel hints at but it's evident we will need to wait until the next book to figure out their secrets along with Tessa's.
Again as the new trend in series happens to be, this book ends with a bit of a cliffhanger. Good thing the next book comes out this August.
Overall I'd give this book ★★★