Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare
Review Source: Purchased
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
Summary (from Goodreads): 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!
Rating: 3/5 Stars
Summary (from Goodreads): The demon Lilith has been destroyed and Jace has been freed from her captivity. But when the Shadowhunters arrive to rescue him, they find only blood and broken glass. Not only is the boy Clary loves missing–but so is the boy she hates, Sebastian, the son of her father Valentine: a son determined to succeed where their father failed, and bring the Shadowhunters to their knees.
No magic the Clave can summon can locate either boy, but Jace cannot stay away—not from Clary. When they meet again Clary discovers the horror Lilith’s dying magic has wrought—Jace is no longer the boy she loved. He and Sebastian are now bound to each other, and Jace has become what he most feared: a true servant of Valentine’s evil. The Clave is determined to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. Will the Shadowhunters hesitate to kill one of their own?
Only a small band of Clary and Jace’s friends and family believe that Jace can still be saved — and that the fate of the Shadowhunters’ future may hinge on that salvation. They must defy the Clave and strike out on their own. Alec, Magnus, Simon and Isabelle must work together to save Jace: bargaining with the sinister Faerie Queen, contemplating deals with demons, and turning at last to the Iron Sisters, the reclusive and merciless weapons makers for the Shadowhunters, who tell them that no weapon on this earth can sever the bond between Sebastian and Jace. Their only chance of cutting Jace free is to challenge Heaven and Hell — a risk that could claim any, or all, of their lives.
And they must do it without Clary. For Clary has gone into the heart of darkness, to play a dangerous game utterly alone. The price of losing the game is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she even still trust him? Or is he truly lost? What price is too high to pay, even for love?
Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.
I just finished reading City of Lost Souls last night and I have to say that I didn't love it as much as it seems everyone else did. And I think this time it was because I read City of Fallen Angels right before and didn't have any wait time between the two. I didn't have time to be excited about the book. I think if I had, I would have liked it more. Cassandra Clare certainly knows how to create suspense and intrigue, but this time I was just too annoyed by other things to fully enjoy the story.
My biggest problem with the book was the fact that the characters from the beginning of the series that I liked so much weren't there anymore. I've never been much of a Clary fan, she's too impulsive and selfish for me, but I do miss Jace. These last two books he was possessed and we've only gotten glimpses of the real Jace that we all fell for in the beginning. I also hated Alec in this book. I wasn't a huge fan of his in the first book, but he really started to grow on me through the series. But this last book made me want to smack him and tell him to grow up. I love Magnus, he's one of my very favorites and I am happy he has been pretty constant in the series, but Alec does not deserve him. I just wish the characters that we've known the entire series could be more likeable by this point.
There were a few things I liked about the book. My favorite part was getting to know the secondary characters more and see their relationships grow. I never thought Isabelle would be one of my favorite characters, but in this book she definitely was. I liked seeing her vulnerable and finally being able to depend on someone else. And I think her relationship with Simon could end up being one of my favorite as well. The Maia/Jordan relationship also gets a lot of attention in this book and I mostly liked it. I hope Clare treats it the way it should be treated and not just turn it into a physical relationship. I've already spoken a little about the Alec/Magnus relationship and I really just wish Alec weren't so stupid. I'm definitely interested to see where the two of them end up, if Alec changes at all in the next one. I'm glad we were able to get more from each of these relationships in this book.
The one part that I really liked in regards to Jace was the realization he had at the end of the book about the connection between him and Valentine and Sebastian. I won't give away what he said, but I was happy with his discovery. It felt that, at last, something good had come from this book for him.
I know this review is a little all over the place, but I just need to ask a question before I wrap it up. Is anyone else bothered at all by the weird brother/sister relationships in this series? Is Clare trying to punish Clary in some way by making her relationships with all of her "brothers" turn physical? I know Sebastian is really messed up and I know Clary and Jace aren't actually related, but I think I would like the series a lot more if the people she thinks are her brothers weren't always trying to kiss her.
Okay, I know it sounded from the review that I hated the book, but honestly I didn't. There were just things about it that annoyed me. If you are a fan of The Mortal Instruments series, you should definitely read it and I think you'll love it. If you want to see some more positive reviews, head over to its Goodreads page. I still liked the book, am glad I read it, and will pick up the next one when it comes out. I gave City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare 3 stars.
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted each week by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is: Top Ten Favorite Quotes from Books. I love this topic. I'd be able to choose way more than 10 if allowed. But 10 is the limit here, so these are the few that I chose.
1) "It is our choices, Harry, that show us what we truly are, far more than our abilities." Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
2) "If no one cars for you at all, do you even really exist?" The Clockwork Prince
3) "It's been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will." Anne of Green Gables
4) "A person's a person, no matter how small." Horton Hears a Who
5) "You love me. Real or not real?" I tell him, "Real." Mockingjay
6) “Happiness can be found in even the darkest of times, if only one remembers to turn on the light.” Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
7) "Without death,' he answered, 'life is meaningless. It is a story that can never be told. A song that can never be sung. For how would one finish it?" Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
8) "He held on to me like I was a rock, the only thing keeping him from drifting out with the tide of dark memories. It was the first time I realized he needed me too." Incarnate
9) “I'd rather die my way than live yours.” Delirium
10) “I just want to spend every possible minute of the rest of my life with you.” Catching Fire
Those are the quotes I chose, what do you think? Did you write your own list? Leave me a link so I can come and see which are your favorites!
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish and combines a love of lists with a love a books. Every week has a new top and this week's top is: Top Ten Books You'd Like To See Made Into A Movie. This one was surprisingly difficult for me. Every time I thought of a book I'd like to see as a movie, I remembered it had already been done. In the end I came up with ten books that I really would go see as a movie.
1) Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare - I really love The Infernal Devices series. I know everyone loves Jace from The Mortal Instruments, but I'm a much bigger fan of Will and Jem and Tessa. I'd definitely see a movie with the three of them set in Victorian London.
2) Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen - The book was great, had plenty of action, and some great characters. Who doesn't want to see a movie where the female lead kicks some ass?
3) Delirium by Lauren Oliver - This is a great love story set in a perfect dystopian world. YA doesn't get much better than this.
4) Matched by Ally Condie - I really liked the main trio and the uncovering of the society's secrets in this dystopian. I think the setting in this one could be beautiful.
5) Wonder by R.J. Palacio - The book was truly moving. And while the ending was unrealistic, in my opinion, it made for a great feel-good story. Plus the supporting characters are all wonderful. I'd love to see them come to life and teach us all a thing or two about being kinder than necessary.
6) Legend by Marie Lu - The book was not my favorite, but only because I wasn't a fan of the double POV. I felt the voices of June and Day were too similar. I don't think that would be a problem on-screen and, in fact, I think it could make a great movie.
7) Divergent by Veronica Roth - This is kind of a given. I wasn't nearly as enthralled with this book as most people seem to be but I still enjoyed it. I think given the right creative team, seeing this world on the big screen could be incredible. I'd love to see how they'd bring the Dauntless, and other factions, to life.
8) Hourglass by Myra McEntire - In all honesty, I've only read half of this so I could totally change my mind by the end. But so far I am intrigued. I'd love to see a good time travel movie.
9) The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan - I loved the first book in the Percy Jackson series. And then I saw the movie. It just wasn't good. I wish a movie could be made that could capture the awesomeness that was Percy and his world of Greek Mythology.
10) Incarnate by Jodi Meadows - While I'm not entirely sure this would make a great movie, I would love to see Heart come to life. And the dragons, Ana and Sam, and the Masquerade Ball are not far behind.
So those are the books I'd go see if they were made into movies, or better movies. What do you think? Did you make a Top Ten list this week? Leave your link so I can check it out!
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted every week by The Broke and The Bookish and combines a love a lists with a love of books. This week's topic is a really tough one: Top Ten All Time Favorite Characters In Books. It's difficult for me because I tend to fall easily for characters while reading a book and because I have such a terrible memory I can't recall them later. For these reasons, most of my picks are from books I've read within the last year. I already feel guilty for forgetting so many.
1) Harry Potter from the Harry Potter series. Could there be any other? He is truly my favorite. I enjoyed following Harry as he grew, made friends, feel in love, and defeated the greatest dark wizard of all time. What could be better than that?
2) I'm going to list of the rest of my favorite Harry Potter characters here so because otherwise my list would be only Harry Potter characters: Hermione, Hagrid, Ron, Professor McGonagall, Neville, Dumbledore, Mrs. Weasley, Mr. Weasley, Fred and George, Ginny, Lupin, Sirius, Snape, Luna, and everyone else. Has anyone created characters as great as J.K. Rowling did for Harry Potter? Or did we just love them so much because we were able to spend so much time with them and learn so much about them? Sometimes I wonder which is true.
The rest are listed in no particular order but I still love them all.
3) Haymitch from The Hunger Games. I just love Haymitch. He has far more depth to him than we were allowed to see in the beginning and I love that about him. He wasn't just a drunk. He had lived a hard life. Not just as a tribute, but as a mentor and a survivor. And as much as he hated Katniss in the beginning, he really just couldn't stand to lose her like he had everyone else.
4) Scarlet from Scarlet. Scarlet is truly a kick-butt character. She far outshines Robin Hood (which I'm not quite sure how I feel about yet) but I admire her ability to do anything she wants. She's flawed, for sure, but strong and loyal and just wants to take care of people.
5) Alex from Delirium. Alex taught Lena how to love and that love could be good. He saved her and loved her and showed her an entirely new world that she never knew existed. He made her happy.
6) Magnus from The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series. Magnus is a wonderful character. He's loyal, even to those he maybe shouldn't be, he knows how to love, and he's got much more depth than I originally thought. I enjoy the scenes in all of these books more when Magnus is in them.
7) Shogo from Battle Royale. He was calm and quiet throughout his story line but always strong and never willing to give in. He is a character that truly surprised me and that's pretty rare.
8) Abraham Lincoln from Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Not only is he one of our most beloved presidents who reunited our nation and freed the slaves, but he could kick some serious vampire ass. It doesn't get any better than that.
9) Ana from Incarnate. Ana's story is incredibly unique but what truly impressed me about Ana was that even though she had been through so much and even though some people didn't think she deserved to exist, she still believed in herself. She left behind a mother who hated and abused her to find out who she is, why she was born, and what her birth means for the rest of the souls. She is brave, strong, smart, and a great female lead.
10) Katniss and Peeta from The Hunger Games. I couldn't choose one over the other and I couldn't have a list of favorites without them being on it. I know some people are "Team Gale" but Katniss and Peeta belong together. They save each other over and over again and remind each other that there is some good in the world even after what they've been through.
Okay, that was seriously painful. Did anyone else have a hard time choosing ten favorites? I know I cheated here, but it was still hard. Here are a few of my runners-up: Cinna from The Hunger Games, Jem from The Infernal Devices, Sam from Incarnate, Jace and Isabelle from The Mortal Instruments, and Tris and Four from Divergent.