Book Review: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Posted April 1, 2013 by Lori in Books, Reviews / 5 Comments Tags: , ,

Book Review: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra ClareClockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
Series: The Infernal Devices #3
Published by Simon and Schuster on 2014-11-11
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Historical, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 608
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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four-half-stars

Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy.

Tessa Gray should be happy - aren't all brides happy?
Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute.
A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa's heart, will do anything to save her.

I’m not really sure how to write this review. I finished the book last night and was exhausted afterwards. In a good way. This book was epic. The perfect end to The Infernal Devices trilogy. I loved it.

I’m not going to do a run down of events in the book because I want to keep this as spoiler free as possible. I know everyone who is a fan of The Infernal Devices has been waiting for this finale for a long time and I would hate to take away from their experience of reading it. I will say that this book was full of emotions, even the prologue gave me goosebumps! There’s something about the way Clare uses her words, especially in this series, that just gets to me. The bond between Jem and Will. The emotions between Will and Jem and Tessa. The love that Henry and Charlotte have for each other. The danger their lives are in. And yes, the loss. The words just cut straight to my heart.

I generally don’t cry during books. In fact, I hate doing that. But I couldn’t help it with this one. I tried looking through the quotes on Goodreads to include one as an example of the emotions held within this book, but I started tearing up again. So I’ve decided not to include any. And if you don’t want to be spoiled, don’t read the quotes from the book on Goodreads. They hide nothing.

I can promise that, if you are a fan of The Infernal Devices, you will love this book. If you are a fan of The Mortal Instruments series and haven’t read this one, do it now. This series is so much better than the other. It is still pretty soap-opera-y, overly emotional, and very dramatic, but the characters are way better and the drama is much less eye-roll inducing. At least for me. I couldn’t put any of the books in this series down, most of all this last one. There is a battle. There is loss. But there is also lots of love and hope and answers to all the questions we’ve been waiting for. It was epic. I gave Clockwork Princess 4.5 stars (docking half a point for just a couple really, really minor annoyances.)

A note about the sticker on the book: I couldn’t find anywhere that sold this book without the movie sticker right in the middle of the front cover but I was able to peel it off pretty easily just by going nice and slowly. I can’t even say how annoyed I am by the sticker, I know many other people are as well. I hope in the future publishers will remember that we buy the pretty hardcover books because of the pretty hardcovers. We don’t want anything to mess them up.

And now, just a few questions for people who have read Clockwork Princess: Is this a love triangle that you feel actually works? Or does the Will-Jem-Tessa relationship bother you like other love triangles? How did you feel about the epilogue? I, personally, thought this was one that finally worked and I’m glad it was there. But did you feel cheated at all by the end? Has anyone been upset by the epilogue? What did you all feel at the end of this book? I’m still having so many emotions!

5 Responses to “Book Review: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare”

  1. Nyx

    I usually hate love triangles. I will not pick up a book if I know it has a love triangle and might not finish a series if a love triangle gets introduced. Depends how invested I am in it. But With this love triangle I didn’t mind. However I never truly saw it as one. She could repeat that she loved them both equally 5000x more and I still wouldn’t believe it cause the way it was presented in the book and Tessa’s actions make it pretty obvious to me that it was always Will for her. While I didn’t mind the ending cause she got to be with both boys, her love for Will will never be the same nor equal to her love for Jem. (btw I do love Jem too ,nothing against him, just the way I see it xD)

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    • Lori

      That’s one of the things that I think is so interesting about this book, that I didn’t mind the love triangle. I could honestly see that she loved them both and I could have seen her with either, though I do agree that the love she had for each was different. But it wasn’t like with Bella and Jacob where she was just using one of them. I’m happy with the ending as well, but it did feel a little like a cop-out to me. But I still really liked it and can’t imagine it any other way.

  2. Ashley Rogers

    I am currently reading this book. I was not as happy with the last two books, but this book had def gripped me so far. I am so eager to see how everything unfolds. I do think I liked TMI more than this series though. Thank you for sharing your review. Although it sounds bad I had hoped that Tessa would end up with Will… I think she is just with Jem becuz she pities his situation.

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