Saturday, 21 April 2012

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Prince
Infernal Devices book 2
by Cassandra Clare 

Summary: 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.

So I liked the first book in the series, but I had some issues with it. But this one? I really liked this book, maybe even loved it. Most of the issues I had with the first book were resolved; in the first book, it almost felt like we were just seeing the same characters from The Mortal Instruments only with name changes and put into a different time, the personalities felt the same or really close to the same...but in this book, the characters felt totally seperate from TMI characters, the character type similarities seemed to change and it made the book more enjoyable.

The plot...it doesn't hold my interest too much; it didn't bore me, but it wasn't amazing. I pretty much just kept reading for the characters and the romance. So I don't have much to say about the story itself - it might interest me more in the next book when some more unanswered questions get answers (it feels like they're all being saved up for a big reveal in the final book and until then, we keep getting a small answer that's not particularly interesting then end up with even more questions by the end of the book - kind of like taking one step forward and three steps back... which I understand, but it's frustrating).

The romance - I liked it in this. It felt like a genuine love triangle... well, for the majority of the book anyway. And that's pretty rare, usually there's one person I'm rooting for, one person that is blatantly obviously going to be the main love interest, one person the main character clearly loves while the other is just cared for/liked. I do think I know who is supposed to be endgame, and I hope it doesn't end either of the ways I think it's going to, but it does feel like the character genuinely loves both guys even if she seems to love one more than the other, and both guys really seem to love her and they're both awesome. In the first book, one of them pissed me off and the other was totally friendzoned so I didn't have much hope, but that changed in this book and they both were just - I don't know who to root for.

And this review seems to be more rambling than usual but it is 12:15pm and I have not slept yet so my brain feels kind of like it's made of cottonwool. But yeah, really enjoyed this book, it was way better than the first one (at least as far as the characters and romance goes).

Later.

1 comment:

  1. I LOVE the Mortal Instruments series, but haven't read the Infernal devices series because many reviewers said that the characters were more or less the same except with different names. However after your review, I think maybe I should give it a chance!

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