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“Dark, Victorian, Shadowhunter-y goodness! Cassandra Clare has a knack for writing delicious, character-driven stories that I can't put down, and Clockwork Angel is no exception! Tessa Gray is an intelligent, book-loving heroine with a coveted (and creepy) supernatural ability. Although she is...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Really Really cool!”Jess Hughes wrote this review 5 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book is a classic example of a love triangle at it's finest. It sucked me in from the first chapter with its strange elements. I thought it advanced a little too quickly and left a lot of details out as far as describing different creatures and magical items in the "Downworld". However, it was only the first book in the series so I'm sure a lot of the holes will be filled in along the way. Im very excited to start the next book in the series. ”Randi Heitman wrote this review 9 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It was good...not as good as Mortal Instruments however and I still don't feel like I have a clue what is going on!! I feel like some themes, like perhaps the relationships should be ongoing and ominous throughout, but one plot drama should be built up and solved in one book - give or rake a few technicalities - and it wasn't! Not sure I'll be reading the second one straight away, I will eventually, but there was no real cliffhanger to keep me enticed, only annoy me!”Eve G wrote this review 12 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Awesome. I am just about to start Book 2. ”Nikki wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The novel opens introducing the reader to Miss Tessa Gray, an American who travels to Victorian London to seek her missing brother. Shortly after her arrival, she is kidnapped by the Dark Sisters, a pair of warlocks, who have been hired by a mysterious man known as the Magister to develop Tessa’s special gift, the ability to transform to another person. Once this talent is realized, she will be wedded to the Magister.
However, before the marriage can occur she is rescued by a stranger, Will Herondale, who is a Shadowhunter, one of the Nephilim, a race comprised of the offspring of angels and humans. Suddenly, Tessa discovers another world which lies beneath the mundane world that she thought she knew. This world is one comprised of vampires, warlocks, werewolves, ghosts, demons and other “things that go bump in the night.” The Shadowhunters keep the order within this supernatural world which frequently bleeds over into the natural.
Tessa is taken to London’s Institute, a base of operations for the Shadowhunters run by Henry and Charlotte Branwell, who provide Tessa sanctuary until she can locate her brother. This proves difficult since the Magister is determined to regain Tessa for his nefarious purposes.
Clockwork Angel is the first YA novel in the Internal Devices trilogy, the second series of books in the Shadowshunter World. The first was the Mortal Instruments, which occur in contemporary times. Although I have enjoyed all of Cassandra Clare’s novels, I have been enjoying this series better than the first because it encompasses two literary interests of mine—fantasy and historical fiction.
“I would definitely recommend this book to someone. It is a very good read and highly entertaining. One of the main characters is Tessa Gray. She is very brave and a good fighter. She is also very kind to others. "She lunged forward, swinging the jug with all her strength..." Page 35. "....I promise you, I'll put this knife through my heart." Page 437. "You'll always be my brother." Page 421. Another main character is William Herondale. He likes reading, but is quite rude and pushes people away. "I prefer The Trail Of The Serpent. More adventure..." Page 94. "You can think what you like. It's not as if you know anything about me." Page 96. "I have lost everything....Everything." Page 451. The climax of the story is when The Magister and his automaton creatures break into the Institute to harm Tessa and the others. "The steps of the Institute were no longer empty. They were teeming, but not with people." Page 394. "....it was his idea that I lure young Carstairs and Herondale out of the place with a far-fetched tale." Page 404. "...as she drove the knife toward her chest." Page 446. "When the knife touched me, I Changed, just in that moment." Page 449. The theme of the story is that you don't have to be related to be family. "In a way, we are not here because we have nowhere else, we need nowhere else, we have the Institute, and those who are in it are our family." Page 470. "So do you consent Tessa? Will you stay?" Page 459. In conclusion, I would recommend this book because it is very good and is suspenseful and full of action.”Ava L wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Very similiar to the general plot in City of Bones where an unsuspecting girl finds out she has hidden powers. This is revealed to her after she meets a sarcastic guy who is trying not to let anyone into his life. They fall for each other but doesn't want to and tries to avoid it...
Despite all this, I'm a sucker for teen fiction and I love the way Clockwork Angel hints at some of its' ties to the City of Bones series (i.e. cute guy in this series is Will Herondale... last name ring a bell to anyone?). I feel like Clare is using Clockwork Angel to build something bigger and I'm anticipate great things with the rest of the series.”
“Overall Rating: 3 1/2 stars
The year is 1878 in Victorian London. Tessa Gray is meeting her brother, Nate, after the tragic death of her aunt and caretaker. Beside Nate, she has no family left. As she emerges from the boat that took her from New York to this strange new place, she is ushered into the Dark Sisters cab, completely oblivious to the shadow world and the forces that want to obtain her power. And so begins the story of Tessa Gray…
Starting with the introduction of out book-loving Tessa an psychotic Dark Sisters, who are holding Nate captive as leverage, young Miss. Gray is forced to use a power she knows nothing about. Her only company are the letters she writes to her brother—which he will never read and she can’t send—and the books the Sisters provide her with. And then she is rescued by the intriguing character of William Herondale. Anyone else recognize that name? Yeah, thought so. If you’ve read the City of Bones series then you should definitely give this one a shot. It’s shocking. If you haven’t, why not try both? I recommend The Mortal Instruments series first...
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“The first in the series that lands Tessa in London with the Dark Sisters that torture her until she becomes what they can get more money for this ability. Luckily she is rescued by the Institute and has a new life awaiting her.”Susan Sullivan wrote this review Tuesday, April 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No