Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Review: Clockwork Prince

Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2)Clockwork Prince

Series: The Infernal Devices, #2
Author: Cassandra Clare
Reading Level and Genre(s): YA PNR, Steampunk
Features: Angels, demons, magic
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication Date: December 6, 2011
Source: Purchased
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.
After reading The City of Fallen Angels, I was slightly wary of picking up this book. I loved the first three novels in The Mortal Instruments series, but with the fourth, I was slightly disappointed. This book dissipated any doubts I had about Clare's writing ability. It was brilliant. Or, as the Brits simply say, "brill." (I found myself reading this book with a British accent in my head. It made it all the more entertaining.) The whole thing takes you on a journey of a whirlwind of emotions. And in the end, I was brokenhearted. Devastated. And yearning for the final book, because I just didn't want the story to stop. It pulled at my heart, my mind, and twisted and twisted them. It also gave me a few punches to the stomach. Thanks for making me want to crawl into a corner and cry for days on end, Cassie.

As always, Clare builds up fantastic characters. The relationship between Jem and Will is just so... powerful. And the love triangle. I hate and love love triangles at the same time. Team Will, all the way. And Tessa again showed herself to be a compassionate, intelligent, even witty, girl that defied society's rules with her independence and resilience. Who knew she could be funny? Sophie played a larger part in this novel, and I really sympathized with her character. And Gideon. Sigh... he just... sigh... I loved his part in the story. I wished there was more about him.

Will. Will, Will, Will. He owns my heart. There's a little side story throughout the book concerning Will that reveals to us everything about him and why he is the way he is. Broken and cruel. In the end I just felt like he got trolled. But anyways, if you didn't love him before, you can't help but feel for him in this novel. When I picture him, I see light. He's such a beautiful character.

And Jem! He needs his own paragraph, too. He owns a lot of this book anyways. He's so much happier, and it's all because he loves Tessa. She makes him happy, he makes her happy. It's so sweet.

I hate it. Team Will.

Like in all her novels, Clare writes hilarious dialogue (my most favorite part of her books) and employs a writing style that one can really get into and enjoy. There's danger and adventure every step of the way. I was hoping to see more battles and more of the training sessions that Tessa and Sophie had. Most importantly, Clare has the ability to rip out your heart and stomp on it, multiple times. You gotta love and hate her at the same time. So, so cruel. I need to know what happens next... November can't get here any sooner!

This is probably my most favorite of Cassandra Clare's novels so far. I can't wait for Clockwork Princess, although I'm a little scared of how it will turn out. Oh, the suspense!

And one last thing: I think we can all agree that Charlotte and Henry make the cutest couple ever, yes?

First Line:
The fog was thick, muffling sound and sight.

(This is one of my most favorite scenes in the book. I tried to cut out spoilery parts. As those of you that have read Clockwork Angel know, Will has an unhealthy obsession with demon pox. And he's the only one that believes in it. Until...)

"Demon pox," said Sophie. "***'s got it, has had for years, and it'll kill him in a right couple of months if he doesn't get the cure. And Mortmain said he can get it for him."
The room exploded in a hubbub. Charlotte raced over to Sophie; Henry called after her; Will leaped from his chair and was dancing in a circle. Tessa stayed where she was, stunned, and Jem remained beside her. Meanwhile, Will appeared to be singing a song about how he had been right about demon pox all along.

"Demon pox, oh, demon pox,
Just how is it acquired?
One must go down to the bad part of town
Until one is very tired.
Demon pox, oh demon pox
I had it all along—
No, not the pox, you foolish blocks,
I mean this very song—
For I was right, and you were wrong!"

"Will!" Charlotte shouted over the noise. "Have you LOST YOUR MIND? CEASE THAT INFERNAL RACKET! Jem—"
Jem, rising to his feet, clapped his hands over Will's mouth. "Do you promise to be quiet?" he hissed into his friend's ear.
Will nodded, blue eyes blazing. Tessa was staring at him in amazement; they all were. She had seen Will many things—amused, bitter, condescending, angry, pitying—but never giddy before.
Jem let him go. "All right, then."
Will slid to the floor, his back against the armchair, and threw his arms up. "A demon pox on all your houses!" he announced, and yawned.
"Oh God, weeks of pox jokes," said Jem. "We're for it now."
"Astriola," [Will] said. "That is demon pox. You had evidence that demon pox existed and you didn't mention it to me! Et tu, Brute!" He rolled up the paper and hit Jem over the head with it.
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