Friday, October 1, 2010

A Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare [Review]

3 out of 5 Robots!
A Clockwork Angel
The Infernal Devices, #1
Author: Cassandra Clare
Release Date: Aug 31, 2010
Genre: YA Steampunk
Hardcover: 496 pages
Publisher: Margaret McElderry
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1416975861
ISBN-13: 978-1416975861
My Copy: B&N
Reviewer: Rex
Review Type: IRBR

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos. 

Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What's more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own. 

Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by--and torn between--two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length...everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world...and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.

My Review:
A Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare is riddled with mysteries, misconceptions and characters with witty repartee. The book was slow to start and there were sections in the middle where the plot drug along significantly. The ending and mysterious nature of the characters is what kept me flipping the pages. I wanted to know more about Will and Jem and the rest of the orphans at the Institute.

I had an incredibly difficult time buying the love story between Tessa and Will. I felt that there was more of a connection between Jem and Tessa. Now, I don't particularly find this a huge flaw or anything - I still love Will. I want to know more about him. He is handsome and intriguing and I need to know all the secrets of his past. He isn't the only character I found endearing through his faults- Henry, a Shadowhunter Inventor... None of his inventions work much. It is cute.

The plot was enjoyable, as were the diverse characters. I had fun with them, was just hoping for a little less description and a little more action. (But I'm an action junkie!) This book should be read by those that love Steampunk, Young Adult and Cassandra's other work. I'll be sticking around to read the next installment- can't wait to see the tension rise between Tessa and Will. :)


  1. Great review, RR. Thanks for the honesty. This one's on my TBR list. :0)

  2. Thanks for sharing your review! :) I really liked Clockwork Angel & look forward to finding out what is torturing Will. I also hope we get to see Tessa & Jem's relationship explored a bit more in Clockwork Prince.

  3. I loved this one! I can see the whole Tessa and Will is kind of annoying because it just seems like Will is a jerk, so why would she like him? And Jem is a sweetie. But I like them all and I think once we learn more about Will it'll be a great mystery off our shoulders!

  4. @Violet.. I can't wait to see what is in store for Tessa either!

    @Candance I can't wait to see what Will's past entails... it was all I could think about when I finished!



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