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Clockwork Princess

by Cassandra Clare

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Series: The Shadowhunter Chronicles (1878-3), The Infernal Devices (3)

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When seventeen-year-old orphaned shapechanger Tessa Gray is kidnapped by the villainous Mortmain in his final bid for power, the London Institute rallies to save her, but is beset by danger and betrayal at every turn.

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Clockwork Princess is a beautiful finish to one of YA's best series in recent years.

For years I waited anxiously for a book like Clockwork Princess - a story that ends beautifully, perfectly and without total heart break. With characters as strong as Jem, Will and Tessa, we needed a solid ending that would make all fans happy but also tie up the story just perfectly, and Cassandra Clare delivered.

This book will pull at your heartstrings and destroy you. It's such a beautiful ending it's hard to believe it's all over with. The ups and downs of this series is ended just perfectly that there are no loose ends and no destroyed fans (at least, from what I've seen). I dare say that this book is the best book Cassandra Clare has ever written - it rivals the base Mortal Instrument series, and has one step up. This book was even better than City of Heavenly Angels, in my opinion. With such a satisfying conclusion, I have to say it deserves more than five stars. Not many books can be finished so perfectly.

Would I recommend this series? Absolutely. While it's a YA, it definitely doesn't feel like your typical YA story. Adults can enjoy this - there isn't as much ooey, gooey silly teenage angst that is in most YA books. It's a grown up YA with the odd silly scene. So it's safe to say it's a good read. This series can also be used as a standalone - you don't need to read all the other series (Mortal Instruments, Dark Artifices) to understand this book at all. It is the prequel series to The Mortal Instruments, if you're interested in reading further (they can be read out of order via the series though. TMI came out first, then this series and now The Dark Artifices). I would suggest reading the three books of this series in order though - it's worthy.

It also has one of the most beautiful covers. I love the original cover - I saw a new one at my local book store recently and it wasn't as beautiful, but in terms of cover art - judging the book by it's cover it allowed for this book. With such a great cover comes such a great story.

Problems with this book/series:
Yes, there's a love triangle. Can they be annoying? Yes. Does it work in this book? Yeah, it's YA so it's kind of an expected plot twist these days.
Weak characters - yeah, there are some. But personally, I find having all characters be strong can make for a boring book.
Repeat characters - Cassandra Clare uses the same characters/developments with different names and faces. It's annoying, but as long as you aren't just reading her books and expand your library, you don't notice to much.
Rule Breakers - some of the "cannot be broken rules" are broken in this book. It's kind of annoying in my eyes, but what can you do? It created the happy ending most fans wanted, so I guess we can over look that...
Tessa - FINALLY we learn what Tessa is. I'm a little disappointed it took so long because it would have been cooler to flesh out all about her throughout the series, but whatever, it works, I guess.

So, overall, this book is really on the fence for most readers - people either love it passionately to no end (ugly cry, putting the book on a pedestal and praying to it sort of deal) or hated it (rip the pages out, burn the book, demand a refund, etc). I'm on the end that enjoyed it and I definitely kept the book (Look at that cover, how can you not love the book for the cover alone?).

So, I will give it five out of five stars. It had it's faults for sure, but it was a great read that kept me interested, was fast paced, and had an ending that I found to be good. ( )
  Briars_Reviews | Aug 4, 2023 |
Stunningly beautiful book that I could not put down. I found the first two books in the series to be painfully boring, but this ending was full of action, romance and everything I love about Cassandra Clare. This book was the first and only book to ever make me cry out of the pure beauty it had in its writing. Cassandra Clare made this book spectacular and I'd suggest anyone to read this book. Five stars! ( )
  Briars_Reviews | Aug 4, 2023 |
It has been a while since I have felt this bereft at ending a book. I spent the whole last part of the book shedding tears, some of happiness and some of sorrow. Since I ended it a few hours ago I have felt very moved to pick up pen and paper and try to express myself nearly half as eloquently as Ms. Clare does. Her writing makes me never want to utter another sentence unless it's beautiful. I want to adorn myself in quotes from this book, hang them all over my walls and shout them to the world. There aren't enough stars to express how much I enjoyed being lost in this world and in these characters. ( )
  jewelledfrog | Jul 26, 2023 |
awwwwwwwwwww ( )
  aeryn0 | Jul 23, 2023 |
this book brings the infernal devices series to an end but a reader can immediately connect to the mortal instruments. Now at the end of the book, a lot of things became so much more evident. Some storylines in the book were very predictable but one story line i did not see coming. The author brings all tidies up all loose ends, which i like at the end of a series.
With the first movie of the mortal instruments being released this year, i will most likely re-read the series and i am anxiously awaiting new writings by this author.
I will not give spoilers or synapses here, because i believe you want to know what i thought of the book. The author stays true to her writing and does not seem to be swayed by fan fiction,( like another author of a very popular series IMHO). I can only recommend this author and this series and the follow=up series. Yes, it is a young adult book, but dont we all want to be young at heart? ( )
  Ivy_Skye | Apr 5, 2023 |
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To one clear harp in divers tones,

That men may rise on stepping-stones

Of their dead selves to higher things.

--Alfred, Lord Tennyson, "In Memoriam A.H.H."
For the Lewis family:

Melanie, Jonathan, and Helen
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"I'm afraid," said the little girl sitting on the bed.
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Marry on Monday for health,

Tuesday for wealth

Wednesday the best day of all,

Thursday for crosses,

Friday for losses, and

Saturday for no luck at all.

--Folk rhyme
(p. 31)

And much of Madness, and more of Sin,

And Horror the soul of the plot.

--Edgar Allan Poe, "The Conqueror Worm"
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