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Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, Book 1) (edition 2010)

by Cassandra Clare

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Title:Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, Book 1)
Authors:Cassandra Clare
Info:Margaret K. McElderry (2010), Hardcover, 496 pages
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Tags:YA, young adult, for review, BEA, read in 2010, historical fiction, steampunk, urban fantasy

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Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

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Definite improvement on the original series. entertaining enought but I don't love it. seems more of a borrow from the library if want to continue. 3.5
  sawcat | Jan 9, 2015 |
I read the Infernal Devices before starting on Mortal Instruments. I wanted to follow the timeline that seem to be depicted so I could have a better understanding of the natural order of events. In my honest opinion, the Infernal Devices was a far superior read compared to its contemporary counterpart. I didn't tire of the characters as I had in the other series. William, Tessa, and James for a better partnership and left me feeling more closure than the ending of the Mortal Instruments had. It was odd how the three seemed so much older and mature compared to the main characters in the other series even though they are relatively the same age. Plus they weren't all as melodramatic (except Will) as Isabel, Jace, Alec, and Clary often were. ( )
  AlphaHikar | Jan 7, 2015 |

I quite enjoyed this, though I remain partial to the contemporary Mortal Instruments series set in this same world. But it was fun to see Clare's take on Victorian era Shadowhunters and Downworlders, and I adore Jem! I'm interested to see where the story goes from here...
  devafagan | Jan 2, 2015 |
If you wanted The Mortal Instruments set in the Victorian Age, then this is the book for you! I would call it the new Mortal Instruments, but it's basically the same story repackaged in a different time period with different names and places. Basically, it's the same book set in a different era, so if you always wanted City of Bones to be set in the Victorian Age, well then do I have a book for you.
As you can tell, my major complaint about this book is that it's basically the same as City of Bones. You'd think, seeing as the books are set in different time periods, that you'd get a drastically different story, but really it was the same. You had the same cast of characters- Courageous, confused, not-normal-like-she-thought-she-was Tessa, witty, arrogant, damaged Will, his best friend Jem, and the pissy, misunderstood, but still lethal Jessamine who thinks about guys a lot, though in an admittedly different way. They all form "one big family". I felt like the plot, while different in some aspects, was mostly the same. Will saves Tessa, she learns that she isn't a normal person like she thought she was, has an on-again-off-again relationship with Will, who pushes her away. Each character had their own quirks about them, so they weren't exactly the same, but they were too similar for my liking. I found the ending very similar too, but won't talk about that right now for spoiler's sakes.
Other than that though, I didn't really have any other major problems with this book. It dragged in some places, but it was interesting in others. I liked the role that Jem played in the book, though I found Will more annoying than I did Jace, though I've been assured that I will come to like Will more as certain things that are unbeknownst to me at the moment come to light. I guess I'll just have to keep reading to find out.
All in all, it was a fair book, but it was just too similar to it's "sister series" of sorts for me to really enjoy. I feel like if I had read it before I had read The Mortal Instrument Series I would have liked the plot itself a little better, but wouldn't have enjoyed the smaller parts of the book in which references were made to the other series, which were really the best part of the book for me.
Three Point Five out of Five Stars
You can also see this review here: http://themessengerreviews.blogspot.com/2014/05/clockwork-angel-infernal-devices... ( )
  TheMessengerReviews | Nov 23, 2014 |
I've enjoyed all four of Cassandra Clare's Nephilim books, and I think her universe is both interesting and engaging. However, I am always disappointed by the expectations set up for me by the titles of her books--and this one is the worst. The clockwork angel of the title, while sentimentally valuable to Tessa and somehow animated in the battle at the Institute, really has little to no significance to the story! A good title should be that, even if it's not apparent until the close of the novel. Also, I feel like these trilogies are running parallel if not repeating storylines--girl with no supernatural knowledge encounters Shadowhunters, has unusual powers, discovers truths about her past, shelters at the Institute, a brother figures heavily in the story, etc. Maybe next go-round Clare will do something a little different to mix it up. ( )
  rwilliab | Nov 21, 2014 |
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The "Thames River Song," by Elka Cloke, is used in its entirety as the book's epigraph.
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The demon exploded in a shower of ichor and guts.
"But the books are behind bars!" she said. "Like a literary prison!"

Will grinned. "Some of these books bite," he said. "It's wise to be careful."

"One must always be careful of books," said Tessa, "and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us."

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From jacket: Magic is dangerous--but love is more dangerous still.

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.

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When sixteen-year-old orphan Tessa Fell's older brother suddenly vanishes, her search for him leads her into Victorian-era London's dangerous supernatural underworld, and when she discovers that she herself is a Downworlder, she must learn to trust the demon-killing Shadowhunters if she ever wants to learn to control her powers and find her brother.… (more)

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