Title: Clockwork Prince
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Infernal Devices
Publisher: McElderry Books
Published: December 6th 2011
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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.Okay, let me start off by saying I loved Clockwork Angel, It got a lot of bad reviews saying 'urgh this is just a copy of The Mortal Instruments in Historical England with Steampunk thrown in for good measure.' and I was it's biggest defendant, arguing that there is a ton of potential for Cassandra Clare to take the book in a different area... that Jem didn't seem to be infatuated with Tessa like Simon was with Clary and he would be a great friend, and yes he did seem to have feelings for her at the end of Clockwork Angel but he could clearly see that Will loved her and Jem wouldn't be the type to interfere.
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.
Then I read Clockwork Prince... (it took me a good while to plough through it too)
And thought, 'what the fuckity fuck? Are these the same characters from book one? Is this the same plot?'
I was so excited to read it also because of all the amazing reviews I've read. I have only seen one two star review and one three star, so I thought 'Holy Shit this is going to be good!' now I'm more like, 'seriously? Why!?' - But each to their own! (Plus I'm a bit weird anyways!)
So I will say that this review is my honest opinion and thoughts of Clockwork Prince, if I offend you in any way I apologise but everyone has a right to their own opinions and I respect yours so please respect mine! Also if you have not read this book, do not read any further as I will have spoilers and sorry... as you may have noticed already.. I have a potty mouth.
For me, Tessa was such a strong-willed and extremely intelligent character in book one who made me think 'yay we need more heroines like her in young adult literature' and while I was reading Clockwork Prince I couldn't believe how someone so smart could flip a switch and suddenly be so stupid! I just didn't get it.
I think that book two does not do justice to the character Tessa was previously and that her intelligence was severely hacked at with a blunt axe and the result wasn't pretty! I was thoroughly disappointed to a point were I went from raging mad to really sad... I still am pretty sad actually. I just thought that she was brought down to such a low, where all she worried about was boys this and boys that and everything else just didn't matter anymore, sure she wasn't always like this but her character was like a ghost of how strong she was in book one.
Now don't get me wrong I love romance, hell I tend not to read books without it present, but I think Miss Clare is going a bit too far with her love triangles, I mean she's been there and done that with The Mortal Instruments, I was expecting a love triangle - who wasn't? but I wasn't expecting it along the same lines as it was in The Mortal Instruments, I was expecting something different and not the same forbidden-tortured-soul-love-triangle.
Jem is another great character that I love who was brought down low, he's smart and I swear the hints were there with him knowing about Will's feelings for Tessa, I mean sure Will hides his true self, but Jem should have known him better and I thought he did! But who knows... maybe he does know and is being a little selfish and pretending not to so he can get Tessa (god knows the guy deserves to be a little selfish!), but if Clare goes with that angle she will be giving blatant injustice to Jem's character and honestly who knows what she'll do!
I love Clare's writing, her world and yes her characters, but after The Infernal Devices series is over, I doubt I'll be reading anymore of her books until I read reviews and see if she's using a different angle.
Anyways, I'll mention some positive things now!
Yes, I did like some parts in Clockwork Prince! Shocking I know! The side characters were the best part of the book for me! Magnus, Sophie, Gideon, Charlotte and Henry. Sophie is such a strong, lovable character and I was so happy that she found Gideon, I especially can't wait to see what happens with them in book three!
Also I loved how Clare finished off the book with Will's sister walking in, that was great and I can't wait to see how everything will turn out in book three with that as well.
Another thing I didn't like was how so much was going on and happened plot wise in Clockwork Angel, in Clockwork Prince however, although the plot did progress I thought it was mostly focused on the love-triangle and there wasn't enough action.
And honestly Tessa treated Will like shit (even before he confessed)... sure he was a bastard at times, and wishy washy, but I just thought she was a lot smarter and would be able to see through Will - sure everyone could say she has her reasons, but later when she confesses and breaks his heart she kind of contradicts herself with this line:
"you cannot hide what is good about yourself, however hard you try." I call BULLSHIT!! I would have actually believed this statement if she didn't go all throughout the book going 'oh Will doesn't care about me, he doesn't care about anyone because he's a heartless bastard' and goes all shocked when he shows emotion... and then she says this!
Also Jem deserves so much better than a woman that does not love him! Tessa pretty much said in her internal dialogue that although she loves them both she doesn't want to break them up and she doesn't think that Jem could cope or find someone else even though she swears she'll find a cure for his disease. I'm sorry but that is such an insult to Jem and belittling him which he totally doesn't deserve, sure I think he will be hurt, but he is just so much stronger than that, I'm just hoping that he himself will realise this in book three!
I've talked to a lot of people about the plot, everyone's terrified that the only way to solve the problem is for Jem to die and for Tessa and Will to end up together that way, but I have another theory.
In CA I had the strong feeling that Jem only felt about Tessa as a friend until the end of the book (which I found very refreshing) and thought because of something Jem said himself to Tessa about not loving her straight away and it slowly grew and later to Will about sensing their bonds and whatnot. I then thought, perhaps Jem's feelings for Tessa are actually Will's strong feelings for her felt through their bond.
But hey that's just a crazy theory that could resolve in not everyone hating each other in the end, but Casandra Clare likes to torture and to shock, so who knows what will really happen! At this point I wouldn't actually mind for Tessa to turn evil and die haha, and who knows after she burned herself she may turn to more drastic measures and I'll keep Will.. and Jem (hmm I'm so evil).
So yes i had a lot of issues with this book and I think I've covered them all. No I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either, I hope that I'll enjoy Clockwork Princess a lot more than I've enjoyed this one and that Tessa will grow some balls and redeem herself in my eyes!
by Cassandra Clare
by Cassandra Clare
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