Friday, October 31, 2014

Clockwork Princess--Cassandra Clare

Title: Clockwork Princess
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry, 2013.
Pages: 576 p.
Source: Library
Compensation: None


I read this book in one day, which is not so common for me anymore, particularly when it's over 500 pages!

The Magister has wreaked havoc with his Infernal Devices automatons but he still needs Tessa to complete his horrible plan. When The Magister finds a vulnerability and exploits it, Tessa is ready to sacrifice herself to save the people she loves, but Will and Jem will do anything to save her.

This was a great conclusion to The Infernal Devices trilogy. We learn about the origins of Tessa's power and her true identity, the cruel side of the Shadowhunters and why it's easy for Downworlders not to trust them. We see the invention of tools The Mortal Instruments' Shadowhunters take for granted. There are so many little links to TMI characters and plots. If it's possible to have a "best of both world's" ending, this book has it. Fans of the series will not be disappointed.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Clockwork Prince--Cassandra Clare

Title: Clockwork Prince
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry, 2011.
Pages: 528.
Source: Library
Compensation: None


Tessa is relatively safe at the London Shadowhunter institute, but when the Clave seems intent on removing Charlotte as head of the institute, all bets are off. The Magister is still out there waiting to use Tessa's gifts for his own nefarious purposes and rogue Shadowhunters within the Clave are helping him. Frightened for her safety, Tessa is also caught between her feelings for the dark broody Will Herondale and the sweet but dying Jem Carstairs. Will is finally able to destroy his demons and open up to Tessa but it may be too late.

This is another good installment in the Shadowhunter universe. I didn't think I would like Tessa's story and I didn't want to be caught in a love triangle book, but Tessa grew on me and I enjoyed learning more about her "gift." The love triangle is not so much an "either or" as an "all of the above"… Will, Tessa and Jem all love each other and are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for each other.

Fans of the Shadowhunter world will eagerly look forward to the conclusion of this trilogy.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Clockwork Angel--Cassandra Clare

Title: Clockwork Angel
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry, 2009
Pages: 512 p.
Source: Library
Compensation: None


Tessa is a 16 year old American girl traveling to England to be with her brother after her aunt suddenly dies. She arrives in England and is greeted not by her brother but by two strange women who kidnap her and force her to "change." Not knowing what they are talking about, but afraid for her brother's life, Tessa learns she has a magical ability to change her appearance to another person if she has touched an object of importance to that person. The strange women are demons who intend on exploiting that ability for their master, The Magister. Luckily for Tessa, the Shadowhunters are on the case and she is rescued by the brash and brooding Will Herondale.

Clockwork Angel is the first in Clare's second Shadowhunter trilogy, The Infernal Devices. Although Tessa and Will are not quite as swoon-worthy as Clary and Jace, fans of The Mortal Instruments will still enjoy reading their story as well as meeting their favorite characters' ancestors. Magnus Bane, the immortal warlock, plays a prominent role as well. Readers who can't get enough of the Shadowhunters will appreciate this one.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

City of Heavenly Fire--Cassandra Clare

Title: City of Heavenly Fire
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry, 2014
Pages: 725 p.
Source: Library
Compensation: None


This should be pretty obvious and it's been 7 years since this series started but I'll spell it out anyway: Although I try pretty hard to avoid spoilers in my reviews, there will be spoilers for the previous books. So if you're like me and lived under a rock for the last 7 years, start with the first one. 

Clary has managed to separate Sebastian and Jace but not without a price. Jace is consumed with heavenly fire making it nearly impossible for him to touch or get close to anyone, least of all Clary. Sebastian is stronger than ever and commands an army of dark Shadowhunters with his Infernal Cup. When the Shadowhunters are betrayed by supposed allies, Clary, Jace, Simon, Isabelle, and Alec must travel to the demon realms for the final showdown between good and evil.

This was a satisfying conclusion to The Mortal Instruments series. Overall, the series was exciting and engaging. Fantasy fans, particularly those who like stories of good and evil, will appreciate this series. Reminiscent of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, this series is entertaining and worth the time to read it. Although Clary and Jace's story is "done," there are more Shadowhunter tales to come.

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