Tough Book Challenge: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

So this isn’t an actual book challenge going around this year, but please feel free to join me as I try to read one book each month that I’ve been avoiding for some reason or another.

This could be for any reason: over hyped, intimidating, unsure about it, anything at all. This month, I’ll be reading Clockwork Angel. I’ve been avoiding this book because I really couldn’t get into the hype of the Mortal Instruments series. I read the first book years ago and was not impressed at all. Some people have been recommending I give this one a try. So let’s do it.

In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Timesbestselling Mortal Instruments series.

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…



I had absolutely no idea that I was actually going to enjoy this series. I spent so long being completely convinced that I would hate everything about this series that I was very pleasantly surprised when I actually liked it.

A couple things of note that I didn’t enjoy: I hated the fact that it was written in third person. For some reason, I feel like it would have pushed this from a 4 star to a 5 star if it was written in first person. Maybe it’s just the way I prefer to read novels.

Anything else that I disliked was more of the same. Clare’s writing style just isn’t what I enjoy reading. Way too many similes that make no sense and a lot of the same repetition of sentences that just became aggravating after a while.

The story itself was very well thought out and captivating. I didn’t exactly see the plot twists coming, so that was especially enjoyable. The descriptions were very interesting, although over done at some points, they still made the story fascinating to read.

I think the characters were my favorite part of the entire book. Tessa was great. I loved how sarcastic and snarky Will was. Jem was kind of adorable through most of the novel. Every other supporting character had their own voice, so I really felt that they were people and not just names on a page. Whenever there’s a large cast of characters, you always run into the problem of everyone starting to sound the same after a while.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised that I actually enjoyed this. I did already purchase Clockwork Prince and I look forward to reading it sometime soon.

4 Stars

until next time,

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