Girls*Heart* Books: 'Clockwork Princess' by Cassandra Clare- Mel's Review

Thursday, April 2, 2015

'Clockwork Princess' by Cassandra Clare- Mel's Review

Danger and betrayal, love and loss, secrets and enchantment are woven together in the breathtaking finale to the #1 New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices Trilogy, prequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series.


A net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. Mortmain plans to use his Infernal Devices, an army of pitiless automatons, to destroy the Shadowhunters. He needs only one last item to complete his plan: he needs Tessa Gray.

Charlotte Branwell, head of the London Institute, is desperate to find Mortmain before he strikes. But when Mortmain abducts Tessa, the boys who lay equal claim to her heart, Jem and Will, will do anything to save her. For though Tessa and Jem are now engaged, Will is as much in love with her as ever.

As those who love Tessa rally to rescue her from Mortmain’s clutches, Tessa realizes that the only person who can save her is herself. But can a single girl, even one who can command the power of angels, face down an entire army?

Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment, and the tangled threads of love and loss intertwine as the Shadowhunters are pushed to the very brink of destruction in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy.
 Mel's Review- 

Clockwork Princess is the third and final installment in The Infernal Devices trilogy by the incomparable Cassandra Clare. I was terrified to read this book, I won't lie. I bought it the moment it released and then started it and put it down, so very afraid of what was going to happen to my beloved Tessa, Will and Jem. I wanted to know what happened- yes- but I didn't want it to be over. I did not want to say goodbye. So I shelved it. I'm a wimp, I own it. However, after my recent visit to Oblong Books & Music where I got to hear Cassie speak & get a picture with her and Holly Black  (yay!), I found I was unable to put it off any longer. I put on my big girl panties and started the book again. 

The story picks up not long after Clockwork Prince ended and dives right back into the action. I have to say, I was so happy that this book was so long. My hardcover copy was over 500 pages-I LOVE big books. Love them. And I felt Clare really tied all the necessary threads off to satisfactorily wind up her trilogy.  I honestly don't know how to review this book without gushing and screaming in both happiness and heartbreak. There is just so much to scream about. And we don't do spoilers here and I would never want to be responsible for ruining someone else's reading experience.

I will say this-all of you authors attempting to write love triangles, you should all be taking notes from Cassandra Clare. Here, finally, we have a TRUE triangle. Three people who all truly love one another-not in a weird, kinky way- but real, deep, abiding, lasting, timeless love. Both romantic love and the love between friends and/or brothers, it leaps off the pages. Who should Tessa choose? No matter what happens, someone's heart will be broken,  they could all potentially wind up alone and shattered inside.

Reading this book was a bit of a traumatic experience if I'm being honest. I couldn't stop once I'd started again. I had to know what would happen and how things would fall in the end. It was beautiful and brilliant and I know I'm gushing, I'm sorry but I am sincere in saying that I don't think I will ever love a series or the characters therein as much as I have these ones. They have left their marks on my soul and I see many re-reads in my future.

My Rating

Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts. 

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