Monday, January 14, 2013

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Title: Clockwork Prince
Author: Cassandra Clare
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Release Date: December 6th, 2011
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Pages: 502
Format: NookBook
Acquired: Bought
Interest: Series
Others in the Series: Clockwork Angel
Age Group: Young Adult

In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.

With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.

Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, though her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will—the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?

As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.

Cassandra Clare does not disappoint. I don't know how she does it but every time I read a novel from her I feel like I'm swept away into another world and I never want to leave.

The characters come to life in such a way that one can never forget them. The story is pure magic.

Clockwork Prince lives up to the name of its predecessors by being just as captivating and just as amazingly written.

Tessa, William, Jem, Charlotte, Henry, and the others are back and still on the hunt for the Magister. But now they are on the clock as the Lightwoods plan to take away the Institute from Charlotte and Henry, and Tessa is not willing for that to happen. But as they get deeper they discover that traitors are among them and obstacles that will prove harder to move.

I just got goose bumps reading this novel. I felt like the stakes became much higher and the closer they got to one thing the further away their true destination became.

And the romance. Oh my goodness. I didn't actually believe the Second Book Hatred - this idea that everyone hates the second book in a trilogy because they always tear the two leading couples away from each other. But as it turns out, there was some truth to it.

I'm a little afraid how book three will turn out (though I have my suspicions) but Clare has proved time and time again that not all is written in black and white.

I loved this book the most, I feel, because we finally get a bigger picture of William. I am so glad that I didn't have to wait until the last book in order to find out who William is on the inside, and I felt so bad for him.

I was a little upset with Tessa, because I felt like she was toying with two hearts and not even realizing it. I know she probably never meant to do it on purpose but it also seemed like she had this difficult time putting her foot down and setting boundaries.

Overall, this novel was great. I loved every second and I was upset that it ended so soon. I was even more upset with myself when I realized that the third book wouldn't be out until March, especially since I always avoid reading the book until the last one comes out (reason why my break from TMI) but I just couldn't wait any longer.

And now I have to suffer even more.

There were a lot of "OMG's" and being a little over-dramatic during the reading. I think there was even a moment I cried out, "This book is ruining my life!"

If you have yet to read Cassie Clare and the wonderful world she created, get on it! You cannot miss another moment of this wonderful world and the wonderful characters and the wonderful plot-line and the wonderful everything!

You have no idea what you are missing out on.

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