Thursday, September 23, 2010

Clockwork Angel

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

I finished the novel Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Claire. This novel is a wonderful supernatural world. Likened to the Harry Potter world, the author creates a world that works with the "mundane" world. I fell in love with the character test and her insecurities. She is a wonderful 16 year old girl trying to save her brother who has disappeared and in the process is forced to become part of the supernatural world. She is rescued by several characters and they take her in. You have a wide range of characters, the female trying be the leader in a man's world, a husband who can only see his inventions, a prissy teenage girl who just wants to be married (the story takes place in London during the 1800's), the wild boy Will with hidden secrets and Jem who carries a hidden addiction.

I am part of Team Will... end of story.

The plot was well-developed and I was intrigued from the very beginning!!! Has anyone read this one? I think what I loved the most about the plot were the twists. Clare had me going, "No way!" a few times.

I loved the book and was very upset when I learned the sequel would not be coming out for awhile!!!

I also did some research on this author's other works and what she has done is written a series for the same world except it takes place in modern day. The Clockwork Angel is a prequel series to the Mortal Instrument series. A friend of mine, Nadine, has started this series and really enjoys it! It is a must for classroom shelf and also for the supernatural reader!


  1. Great review :D (Team Will FTW lol) If you haven't read the Mortal Instruments series yet, I highly recommend it! If you loved Clockwork Angel, I'm sure you'll love TMI :)

  2. I'm sold. I'll have to give it a try before book 2 is released! can't wait to meet Will :]

  3. Oooo, I have this one on my shelf after hearing all the rave about it. :) And well, reading The Mortal Instruments series and LLLOOOOOVing it so. :) So can't wait to get into this one soon. :)

  4. I loved this book! This book had me reading everything by Cassandra Clare and I branched out into paranormal at last. :)

    Will irritates me, but I am still on his team!

    Here is my review:

  5. Agreed, I am totally Team Will!
    It's interesting, I've never met someone who's read The Clockwork Angel before reading The Mortal Instruments series. In my opinion, City of Bones is better than CA, but I still love both of these series. They're alike, but different at the same time. Love, love, love Cassandra's work.

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  7. Read the Mortal Instruments nest, for sure. Yeah your right these books are a must read. Though I love Jem Carstairs since Will is like Jace and Jem is a fresh new guy.