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Monday, February 14, 2011
CLOCKWORK ANGEL by Cassandra Clare
Shadowhunters are the descendants of angels. They have tattoos, they have daggers, oh, and they're AWESOME!!
'Magic is dangerous--but love is more dangerous still.
When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.
Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What's more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.
Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by--and torn between--two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length...everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world...and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.'
Clockwork Angel by Cassie Clare was brilliant. Filled with great romantic tension and badass villains and the Victorian Stage, I loved it. The writing was awesome and though I was wary of it being too similar to its forefathers, the similarities were actually great and few and far between. The story was great and characters extremely real and mysterious.
Tessa was a great protagonist and didn't at all remind me of Clary which was sooo great. She struggled with herself and the boundaries set upon her because of the time period and dealt with all of them splendidly. I believed all of her qualms with dealing with her brother and loving both Will and James.
Will however was similar to Jayce, but that didn't make him any less original, just the usual kind of dark, battered and silent type of guy that everyone seems to fall for.
James was great and he just makes you feel sorry for him, but not in a bad way. He was a sincere and kind and amazing character, and if he dies in up coming books he will be missed.
Jessamine was also brilliant and very unique. Not your typical mean girl, but one with actual issues and problems that make you hate her, love her and cheer her on!
Also, Magnus Bane = AWESOME!! Can not wait for the sequels!
A Score of 4.4!
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