Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

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“Life is a book and there are a thousand pages I have not yet read.”

Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3)

Title: Clockwork Princess

Author: Cassandra Clare
Why you should read this book: The last of this trilogy is a must read, trust me!

Summary from Goodreads:

Danger and betrayal, love and loss, secrets and enchantment are woven together in the breathtaking finale to the #1 New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices Trilogy, prequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

THE INFERNAL DEVICES WILL NEVER STOP COMING

A net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. Mortmain plans to use his Infernal Devices, an army of pitiless automatons, to destroy the Shadowhunters. He needs only one last item to complete his plan: he needs Tessa Gray.

Charlotte Branwell, head of the London Institute, is desperate to find Mortmain before he strikes. But when Mortmain abducts Tessa, the boys who lay equal claim to her heart, Jem and Will, will do anything to save her. For though Tessa and Jem are now engaged, Will is as much in love with her as ever.

As those who love Tessa rally to rescue her from Mortmain’s clutches, Tessa realizes that the only person who can save her is herself. But can a single girl, even one who can command the power of angels, face down an entire army?

Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment, and the tangled threads of love and loss intertwine as the Shadowhunters are pushed to the very brink of destruction in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy.

“You endure what is unbearable, and you bear it. That is all.”

Great conclusion with a wonderful epilogue that, even if I wasn’t very sure about how I’d react, was perfect under every aspect.

This review contains spoilers!!

The second book ended in a very painful way, Will was heartbroken and only breathing was difficult for him, poor boy. Will confessed his love to Tessa soon after he found out he didn’t have a curse after all and that he could love and let people love him without any danger. It’s a pity that his bitchy behavior drove Tessa away and made her have doubts about Will’s real feelings so she developed other, stronger feelings, for Jem, with whom she spent a lot of time together. Our heart is big enough to contain not only one love, but multiple loved, without one being less strong than the other. That’s exactly what happened to Tessa. Well, I wouldn’t have made some of the decisions she made but she is much younger than me, living more than 130 years ago, she couldn’t know 100% what she was doing, right?

“Men may be stronger, but it is women who endure.”

Will is, as usual, melodramatic. He admits it and indeed he is that way. Will is doing his best to be happy for Jem and Tessa’s engagement, he has to pretend that his world hasn’t just turned upside down and that everything is okay. Unfortunately it isn’t so and every time he sees Tessa a little bit of him dies a little. Moreover there is Jem who seems to be getting worse every day and the hope of finding a cure is almost nonexistent.

“It has been the privilege and the honor of my life to know you.”

Jem  made a rushed decision for love with maybe one of the worst consequences one can imagine. Love makes us less smart a little too often and we only think of the present. If you stop to think a little you understand how that kind of decision can bring a happy present but the world around starts crumbling in pieces and there’s not way of going back. Jem didn’t understand that or maybe he didn’t want to think about it because that would’ve taken away from him happy moments with Tessa that otherwise he couldn’t have got. Jem is such a strong character, in this book more than in the ones before, he shows us that he can be less sweet but more determined in his choices. He thought more of himself than the others for once, leaving the others to think for themselves.

“And now I need you to do for me what I cannot do for myself. For you to be my eyes when I do not have them. For you to be my hands when I cannot use my own. For you to be my heart when mine is done beating.”

Another character I loved was Magnus Bane. You can see how his love (or tolerance) for shadowhunters starts. He finds them fascinating, they bring lots of trouble but has so many interesting layers. He was already in the world so many years before the first shadowhunter appeared and maybe he will be there when they’ll be gone, but for now he is starting to understand more about them. I find really interesting that he knew a lot of Alec’s ancestors. I wish he’d tell that story to Alec one day.

“A very magnanimous statement, Gideon,” said Magnus.
“I’m Gabriel.”
Magnus waved a hand. “All Lightwoods look the same to me.”

I will miss all the character in this series, not only Will, Tessa and Jem. I will miss Charlotte and her determination, young but with so many responsibilities; Henry and his genius inventions which sometimes work as they should. Luckily they work and shadowhunters from that age on will have easier lives because of him. Sophie who for once stopped being the girl with the scar but a warrior, honest and deserving of all the love that she receives. The Lightwood brothers, Gabriel and Gideon, very different from each other, with their strong character and willing to take risks to make amend for mistakes done. I will miss very much the new entry, Cecily Herondale, Will’s sister. Little but lethal, she shows from the very beginning all she could do, how strong she really was. She faces all the missions head high, she is not easily afraid and, differently from her brother, when she has feelings she shows them and do something about it. She takes what she wants, she doesn’t wait for anyone! Good for you, Cecy!

As I was saying, the epilogue was the perfect conclusion to the series. It takes place a lot of years after the ending of the book and it also takes place some time after the ending of City of Heavenly Fire (that I’m still reading). Things happen, good and sadly also bad, that’s life, future is never already written, you face what you have in front of you the best you can, you make mistakes on the way, but you don’t forget to love and to allow people to love you back. It’s never too late to open your own heart.

“Tessa touched his wrist lightly with her hand. “Be brave,” she said. “It’s not a duck, is it?”

Do I recommend it? Yes, love triangles are STILL tiring but not as much as before.
Rate: 5/5

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Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

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“If no one cares for you at all, do you even really exist?”

Title: Clockwork Prince
Author: Cassandra Clare
Why you should read this book: This is the 2nd book of the Infernal Devices series and it’s better than the first one so it’s a must read!

Summary from Goodreads:

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, but 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.

“We live and breathe words. It was books that kept me from taking my own life after I thought I could never love anyone, never be loved again. It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I with them.”

No no no no no no no no no no no no, why Tessa, why??

I’m a little mad at Tessa for the decisions she made but I can understand her a little because you can’t choose who you love…even if the results of that indecision can and will be terrible. My heart hurts and I can’t imagine how things are going to work out for the best!

This second book had a little less action that the first one, they are looking for the whereabouts of Mortmain and Tessa’s brother Nate. How many people are helping him and how many clockwork demons are there now? Will they be able to stop him before he succeeds in his plan of destroying all Nephilims?

The whole thing is really complex and our heroes of the London Institute are planning missions that will take them to understand many things of the Magister’s masterplan and what brought him to hate so much the shadowhunters.

Tessa, Tessa Tessa, dear. You go where your heart takes you and it seems it is taking you everywhere and that’s not good, for you and for the ones your heart desire. These poor boys are a little naive, they think everything is easier if you love someone. What to do when the person you love doesn’t know exactly who she loves? Unfortunately that is possible and it’s not good. I am not ready to see them suffer, their broken hearts are going to bring me heartaches.

“Being Jem, Tessa reflected, must be a great deal like being the owner of a thouroughbred dog that liked to bite your guests. You had to have a hand on his collar constantly.”

We finally know where Will goes every single night and why he seems like he hates the world and everyone in it. I wouldn’t have imagined the reason of his suffering, of course he is aggressive and makes fun of everyone. Not everyone, he loves his silver parabatai, Jem. Will is in pain, you feel and see it, he hates that he can’t find a way to have what he most want in the world. I am sure that if he’d told Jem, things would’ve been so much better. Talk, people!!

Jem, sweet and delicate James. You also needed to tell Will what were you feeling. Being honest is the key to a happy life, no misunderstandings and everything is brighter. Jem and his sickness are worrying me a lot, I can’t see a way to find a cure or to slow a lot its effects and the inevitable death. I don’t want him dead, ok? If it happens I am going to tear those pages from the book and pretend it didn’t happen, ok?? I will write myself a happy story for him where he can be healthy and beautiful and happy.

“God knows we’re all drawn to what’s beautiful and broken.”

The side characters were really important, in particular Sophie, the waitress with the scar (we get it, Tessa, she has a scar, you don’t have to tell us every single time yo see her), very forward and strong in taking hard decisions. She is brave like a shadowhunter!

After what happened in the last page I can’t wait to see what is going to become of our heroes. At least someone will be distracted by this new situation and maybe living in the Institute won’t be as awkward as I thought it’s be.

“Ah,” said a voice from the doorway, “having your annual ‘everyone thinks Will is a lunatic’ meeting, are you?
“It’s biannual,” said Jem. “And no, this is not that meeting.”

Do I recommend it? Yes, love triangles are tiring but the story is really good.
Rate: 5/5

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Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

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“Remember when you tried to convince me to feed a poultry pie to the mallards in the park to see if you could breed a race of cannibal ducks?”
“They ate it too,” Will reminisced. “Bloodthirsty little beasts. Never trust a duck.”

Title: Clockwork Angel
Author: Cassandra Clare
Why you should read this book: Prequel of the Mortal Instruments books, this trilogy is a must read if you love the Shadowhunters world!

Summary taken directly from Goodreads because I really didn’t know how to explain it better:
The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them.

“Look at him. The face of a bad angel and eyes like the night sky in Hell. He’s very pretty, and vampires like that. I can’t say I mind either.”

Took me ages but I did it, I finished reading it and it was totally worth it. Now I really understand why this book has such a high rating. The story, the ambience, the twists, the magic, the pretty boys….aww yeah, the pretty duo, Will and Jem, black and white, bitchy and sweet!

Tessa, our damsel in distress, is young and naive, it’s her first time in London, away from her home in New York City. She has been invited by her brother Nate. Well, it didn’t turn out the way she expected.
Kidnappings, monsters, vampires, mechanical enemies and this whole new world with Shadowhunters in it. Of course she fancies Will, come on, it’s so easy to fall for him, so damned handsome with his hair, his smile, his eyes, his I-don’t-care-about-you attitude!

“It’s okay to love someone who doesn’t love you back, as long as they’re worth loving.”

At first of course I was falling for Will and maybe I still have a crush on him. Dark messy hair, blue eyes, that dangerous look girls fall for. Then I got to meet Jem, a truly little gem (pun intended XD). He is so sweet, I think he is hiding some feelings but he doesn’t allow that to keep him from being polite with their guests! Yes, Will, I’m looking at you!

“Will looked horrified. “What kind of monster could possibly hate chocolate?”

Side characters were also very nice to know. Every inhabitant of the Institute have their part in the story and without them it would be empty. I just didn’t know how to picture them, I keep changing my mind. Then when I found out Charlotte and Henry’s real age I started laughing to hard. So young…why does everyone has to be so young? I felt old and useless. Charlotte runs the Institute and I haven’t run since 2005!

“One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”

The mysteries!! Magnus Bane!! I loved it all. The twist caught me off guard, I thought my theories were quite right but no, I really didn’t see that coming.

The ending! What kind of ending was that???? Come on, I want to know! Can’t wait to read more about all of them!

Do I recommend it? Yes, you will fall in love with the characters.
Rate: 5/5

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