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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2)
by Cassandra Clare
Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 978-1-4424-3353-3
Suggested Ages: 14 + (Due to mild violence)
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Release Date: December 6, 2011

Description: 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.

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.

The Good Stuff
  • Can see what the fuss is all about now - Clare is a brilliant storyteller and I cannot wait to read the Mortal Instruments series
  • Fascinating characters - love each and everyone of them --even the bad guys because they are so richly drawn
  • Good continuation of Clockwork Angel
  • Plenty of twists and turns that will keep you enthralled with the story and not want to put it down
  • The Steampunk Victorian England she has created feels so very real
  • Lots of fun snarky dialogue mixed with beautiful heartbreaking moments
  • Love the scenes between Will -- and -- well pretty much everyone -- such a wonderful character
  • Totally in love with Magnus, what an intriguing character, need to know more about him
  • The scene between Tessa and Will near the end of the book is so beautifully done and so achingly sad -- I was tearing up
  • Jem is so sweet and wonderful -- but I would still choose Will -- like the naughtier boys myself - but Tessa would work with either choice - I say let her have both
  • Strong witty female characters
  • Good cliffhanger ending - that doesn't frustrate, but intrigues -- damn how long am I going to have to wait for that
  • Relationships are very realistic and not typical of much of the YA stuff -- nice character development too
  • Love the covers of Clare's books, they look oh so pretty on my book shelf
The  Not So Good Stuff
  • Drags a wee bit about  half way through -- but does pick up
  • A little bit too much of the choosing between two hot boys for this jaded 41 yr old mom -- but the teens will definitely swoon
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"There was something about the smell of books, the ink-and-paper-and-leather scent, the way dust in a library seemed to behave differently from the dust in any other room - it was golden in the light of the witchlight tapers, settling like pollen across the  polished surfaces of the long tables."

"He was really going to have to do something about this annoying softhearted impulse to assist the desperate, Magnus thought."

"Oh, I'd say a friend." said Tessa.  "One doesn't usually let one's business associates lick one's face. Although I could be wrong. What do I know about these  things? I'm only a silly woman."

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • Pretty much everyone will enjoy (would recommend reading Clockwork Angel first though)
  • Fans of Cassandra Clare -- obviously will enjoy
  • Will definitely be introducing this series to my niece
4.5 Dewey's

I received this from Simon and Schuster in Exchange for an Honest Review

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