Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Review: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Title: Clockwork Princess
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publish Date: March 13th, 2013

Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy.

Tessa Gray should be happy - aren't all brides happy?

Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute.

A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa's heart, will do anything to save her.

This is probably the hardest review I have ever tried to write. Not because I didn't love the book or don't have anything to say (because I do. Tons), but because it's too hard to form words through all the tears. There are very few books that make me cry. In all of the books I've ever read I think, maybe, three series have left me sobbing for the characters within their pages. The Infernal Devices, especially Clockwork Princess, left me all blurry eyed and snotty. And it's all Will Herondale's fault, I tell you!

That's not entirely true though. I cried for Will, but I also cried for Jem and for Tessa (though mostly because of Will's feelings for both of them). I cried for Henry and Charlotte and Jessamine and Gabriel. And I cheered for Sophie and for Gideon and laughed at Cecily.

Cecily was one of my favorite character's in CP2. She is very much like her brother in that she always has a snarky remark at the ready. But she's a sweet, wise girl who I adored reading about. Also Gabriel, though I wasn't a huge fan of his in the other two books, he sort of changed my whole view of the Lightwood's in this book. He is a young, naive boy who has been told what to do, what to believe, his whole life and now that he knows everything he was ever taught was wrong, he has no idea where to go from there. I really loved his character and character development as well.

Now, I have to admit before I get into the whole Will/Tessa/Jem debacle, that I am and always have been very Team Will in orientation. But Jem has always had a solid place in my heart. I just don't prefer him with Tessa in a romantic sense. As I was reading CP and CP2, in both books, I just couldn't get passed the fact that, to me, Tessa and Jem seem to have no chemistry between them. They share many romantic meetings and conversations, but the feeling just wasn't behind the words. It all seemed a little hollow to me. You can say I love you over and over and over again, but if the emotion isn't there, behind the words, than I just can't feel it. But that's something that's easily overlooked when compared to the feelings of love coming from the Will/Tessa and Will/Jem parts of the love triangle. And, I admit, as ton apart as the ending left me, I was very pleased with the outcome.

In so many love triangles the girl chooses the guy she wants and kicks the other guy to the curb with little to no remorse as she selfishly gets what she wants and everyone else be damned. It's something even some of the best heroines have done in other books. But for once the heroine had to feel the pain of her choices. While I didn't feel the love between Tessa and Jem as much as I was told about the love between them, it was still quite obvious that she was heartbroken about her options pertaining to the two boys. And I couldn't help but think "Good. That's what you get for messing with people's hearts." It wasn't like Tessa did anything wrong, but you don't get to make rash decisions concerning others feelings and then just walk away so lightly when you're done with them. Not if you are an honorable person, not if you care about them in the slightest. That decision, whatever it is, will haunt you and them for a long time, if not forever. And I was glad that Tessa's decisions weren't taken lightly.

If you're a fan of the series and have been patiently waiting for this finale ever since cracking open Clockwork Angel, this is the book you've been waiting for. If, by some chance, you haven't read this series yet, please do. And please make sure to have tissues next to you while reading. You don't want to get tear stains all over the book!

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  1. Looks like I need to break my money spending ban and buy this book...dont tell my boyfriend...

  2. I. Must. Read. This. Book!! It sounds so good!
    I'm really happy the last book doesn't disappoint. I've been hoping it wouldn't because I would just start crying. I know Tessa has gotten herself in a love mess, but I really really really hope it isn't Will she kicks to the curb. Sorry Jem.

  3. I'm glad you loved this one so much! I didn't love it as much as I REALLY wanted to, but I agree, that love triangle thing was so weird but so kind of sweet at the same time!

    Cecily is like the perfect reminder of Will. WHY ARE THEY SO WITTY?

    Great review!

  4. I'm almost done reading this book. It's great that you enjoyed it too :D Cecily and Magnus made this book much interesting.


  5. Ah... I loved Clockwork Princess! The end was fulfilling, but I felt so aggravated with the epilogue because it felt like Cassandra Clare just crammed whatever crap was in her mind in the really long aftermath. It was sweet and cute, but it was kind of awkward.

    Lovely review! Loved Cecily and started liking Gabriel as well!

    Angie @ YA Novelties

  6. OOHHH *sniff sniff* I love this series and pre-ordered Clockwork Princess, but still haven't gotten around to reading it yet, grrrr. I will definitely have the tissues handy and always love how an author can put such emotion into their books. Awesome review.

    Katie ~ Turner’s Antics


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