Friday, December 9, 2011

Review: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

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  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Publication date: 12/6/2011
  • Edition description: Exclusive edition
  • Pages: 528
(I purchased the B&N exclusive edition with extra content, not all editions are the same)

( available as e-book too)

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The special Collector’s First Edition will include a never-before-seen letter from Will to his family!

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.

My Review

I will start by saying that I have been very highly anticipating the release of this book. I Absolutely loved Clockwork Angel (the first book in the Infernal Devices series) and was left needing to know what happens next. This book was just so amazing. It was full of unexpected plot twists, and heart-breaking emotions. I did not want to could not put this book down. This book brings us back into the wonderful Shadowhunter world set in London, and as with the first book in the Infernal Devices series, I was completely lost in it and didn't want to come back out.

This book really gets into the story that was developing in Clockwork Angel, and we really get to know the characters more. I loved getting to know Henry and Charlotte better, and seeing more of who Sophie truly is underneath. As always I loved reading about Jem, Will, and Tessa. Jem is really a lot more present in this book, and we really get to know Will. And for all of you Magnus fans, (I know there's millions of you out there) we get more Magnus in this one too. We also get introduced to some new characters. I really liked Woolsey Scott. The character interactions, as always are written so well, that you really can feel all of their emotions. I love reading from the different character perspectives because it really gives you the depth of them and you can really get into their head more, as well as all the different parts of the story you would otherwise miss. 

Of course we all know that there is confusion with how Tessa feels about Will and Jem. I can't really say much without being spoilery. I will just say that Cassie is so amazing in how she has written the whole thing. I have never felt so broken apart. I love both Jem and Will. This is truly a love triangle that absolutely ripped my heart into a million pieces, and I am still trying to pick them up and put them back together. It's really, really emotional to read. I will say I needed some tissues. I can only imagine that the next and final book is going to break my heart more, but hopefully restore it all to one piece by the end. I am very curious to see how it all ends up, but also nervous at the same time. I don't know if it is possible to not be broken at any outcome really.

This is one of my favorite books I have read. Cassie just gets better and better with each book. She knows just what to do to pull you in, keep you completely engaged, and leave you needing more. Clockwork Prince is a whole range of emotions. I laughed, cried, got angry, frustrated, swooned, even got embarrassed with the characters. I felt like I left parts of my heart behind on some pages, that I don't know if I can ever get back. I will be nursing the ache in my chest until the final book, Clockwork Princess comes out. Do yourself a favor and read this book. (read Clockwork Angel first) If I could give this book a million stars I would. I love it!


  1. Great review, I couldn't agree with you more! I feel so heartbroken still after finishing this book. I am dying for Clockwork Princess can it please just be next year already! :)

  2. I know, this book was so emotional. I got the B&N edition that has an extra letter to Tessa from Will in it too. That just made it so much more emotional. I am going to be dying until Clockwork Princess.

  3. So happy to see such a great review of this! I'm really excited to read it.

  4. @ Nicola Thank you. I am glad you liked my review. I hope you get to read it soon. :)

  5. This book was so amazing! Cassandra jumped you right into the plot and started all the twist right away. The love triangle between Tessa, Will, and Jem is one of the best I have ever had the pleasure of reading. You will laugh, you will cry (a lot!)... Oh I cannot wait for the Clockwork Princess (September 2013 is just way too far away, but be on the lookout for her next book in the Mortal Instrument series City of Lost Souls). Read this and you will not be disappointed!

  6. I totally agree! I went into this book wondering if I'd make it through the whole thing, but I could not put it down!


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