Monday, March 25, 2013

Review: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
The Infernal Devices #3
Release Date: March 19th, 2013
Number of Pages: 568
Publisher: Margareth K. McElderry Books
Source: Bought
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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.

I was terrified to read Clockwork Princess, as I knew I was bound to cry (I did.) I didn’t really want to leave these characters behind, leave this story behind, especially since I knew many characters would get their heart broken. Cassandra Clare can sure take her characters (and readers) on an emotional rollercoaster, and she is not afraid to break her readers heart. Be warned, you should probably keep a box of tissue at our side, especially as you approach the end. And you should probably finish it at home. I was happy I was, since I was crying like a baby by the epilogue.

One of the reasons I couldn’t help getting emotional while reading Clockwork Princess were the characters. Tessa, Jem and Will are three characters you can’t help but love, each to a different level. Will’s sense of humor charmed me form bok one, and his strong love for Jem made me love him even more. Jem was the synonym of kindness and strength, and you can’t help but feel for him as he is slowly dying because of the drug. And then there is Tessa. I think Clockwork Princess really shows the extremes she would be ready to go to for those she cares about, both Jem and Will. The love those three characters share is the reason why you can’t help but be heartbroken over what they have to face.

Clockwork Princess does have a few predictable moments, but there were many surprises to keep you on the edge of your seat, waiting to see what would happen next. As the final book in the series, I found it more than satisfying. Cassandra Clare ties the loose ends left from the main story, but leaves us an opening large enough to wonder if we will see Tessa again in Cassandra Clare’s other series. Overall, I was more than pleased with this ending. Clockwork Princess will leave you with your emotions all over the place, but it will give enough to leave both the Team Will and Team Jem satisfied to a certain extend. Now I simply need to find someone who has read it to talk about all the spoilery stuff I can’t really share here. I may be sad over seeing this series come to an end, but I’m happy with the way things ended for Tessa.

About the Author
From GoodReads

Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts.

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  1. Great review. Made me more interested in getting the series :)

  2. I'm glad you liked it. I hated being disappointed by it.

    I also posted my review on Clockword Princess today on my blog Challenging Reads

  3. I definitely really liked it as well. Some people thought the ending was too easy, but I think it was quite perfect.

  4. so jealous all of my blogger friends have already read the book but i haven't got it yet :( matter i'm just glossing over the reviews since i don't want to know what happens before i begin reading it.....

    ohhh i can't wait to start it......

    Le' Grande Codex

  5. I was a little bit underwhelmed by the ending, but still satisfied, if that makes sense? Like, I was so anxious going in because I had no idea how Clare was going to pull off a happy ending for everyone, and I think the way she worked it was the only way that could really make sense, and I love how we get to see how the Infernal Devices connects up with the Mortal Instruments with the characters - although honestly, I just have a bizarre fondness for family trees. I think she did such a good job with the relationship between Will and Jem and Tessa.
    All in all though, love this trilogy. :-)

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