Sunday, June 23, 2013

Clockwork Princess

Book Title: Clockwork Princess
Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3)Author: Cassandra Clare
Number of Pages: 570
Genres: Romance, Fantasy, Supernatural
Books like it: Breaking Dawn, City of Fallen Angels
Favorite quote: “Life is a book, and there are a thousand pages I have not read. I would read them together with you, as many as I can, before I die -"
She put her hand against his chest, just over his heart, and felt its beat against her palm, a unique time signature that was all its own. "I only wish you would not speak of dying," she said. "But even for that, yes, I know how you are with your words, and, Will- I love all of them. Every word you say. The silly ones, the mad ones, the beautiful ones, and the ones that are only for me. I love them, and I love you.”  

Brief Synopsis from Goodreads:

The Infernal Devices will never stop coming.

Tessa Gray should be happy – aren't all brides happy? Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net shadows begins to tighten around the London Institute. A new demon appears, one linked to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. And he needs only one last item to complete his plan: Tessa.

The Shadowhunters are desperate to find Mortmain before he strikes. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa's heart, will do anything to save her. For though Tessa and Jem are now engaged, Will is as much in love with her as ever. But their small group cannot stand alone, and the powerful Consul doubts Mortmain's advance. The Shadowhunters find themselves trapped when Mortmain seizes the medicine that keeps Jem alive; now it is up to Will to risk everything to save the girl he and Jem both love. But Tessa is discovering her own powerful true nature. Can a lone girl, even one who can command the power of angels, face down an entire army?

The Shadowhunters are pushed to the very brink of destruction in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy.


My Summary:

While reading this book I was completely and utterly devastated. Sorry to all the Jem fans out there, but I was totally voting for Will and Tessa. After all, they are the exact same and perfect for each other, and it seems that Tessa agrees with me:

"Don't you see, Will? You are a person, like me." His eyes watched her face, mystified, she held his hand tighter, lacing her fingers with his. "Don't you see, Will? You are a person like me. You are like me. You say the things I think but never say out loud. You read the books I read. You love the poetry I love. You make me laugh with your ridiculous songs and the way you see the truth of everything. I feel like you can look inside me and see all the places I am odd or unusual and fit your heart around them, for you are odd and unusual in the same way."

Bawling. Just kidding. So anyway, off to the actual summary of the book, with brief interruptions of some of my favorite Will quotes. After Clockwork Prince left off with the cruel breaking of Will's heart and Jem's unexpected and fast proposal to Tessa, I was demanding justice! How dare she break my Will's heart. It seems that whenever I pick a side in a love triangle, I always loose, and that is why I do not like love triangles.

“I'm afraid to answer that. I've heard that when I speak, it makes American women wish to strike me with umbrellas.”  

In Clockwork Princess, Tessa is getting ready for her wedding with Jem when she comes to two very big problems. The first is that the drug that Jem's life is dependent on is now gone, and he is rapidly approaching the brink of death. (And I am not a sadistic person, although I don't want him with Tessa, I like Jem and do worry about him.) The second problem is this: One day at the Institute, Tessa is kidnapped by the Infernal Devices and taken to Mortmain, and with Jem laying on his sick bed and everyone else searching for a cure, Will is the only one who can save her. (I am getting very excited at this point in the story, here comes the wonderful knight in shining armor!) Anyway, Tessa discovers that she is the key in Mortmain's plan to destroy the Nephilim. Can one girl, however small and alone, defeat the Infernal Devices and save the ones she loves? Can Will reach her in time?

“Life is a book and there are a thousand pages I have not yet read.”

In conclusion, you will definitely get what is expected when you read this book, including love, sacrifice, action, forgiveness, loss, courage, and believing in yourself. I absolutely loved this book although the epilogue made me bawl for everyone's sake, and let me say this: I loved the Infernal Devices and am heartbroken that it is over, but glad that I read it.

“The world is a wheel...when we rise or fall, we do it together.”

 Pros: This book was the second best in the entire series. Clockwork Angel will always be my favorite, but this was a close second. It had just the right amounts of action, love, mystery, and suspenseful twists. Both Will and Jem lovers were given satisfaction, and Tessa discovered new things about herself. Although some parts in the story were slow, it picked up the pace after a while and it was well worth the patience. The epilogue was heartbreaking and beautiful and I loved it.

Cons: I can not believe that there is only three books in TID, and six in TMI, when the Infernal Devices, in my opinion, were so much better. Tessa is now on my list of favorite female heroines, probably landing second place after Tris from Divergent. I know that I really need to work on my cons, or maybe I should just get rid of them :) Some parts of the bok are slow and they do drag along, but be patient.

Cautions for Parents: Brief scenes of violence and mild language. Recommended age 12+.
Review: 4 stars

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