Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices Trilogy Book 1) by Cassandra Clare

Title: Clockwork Angel
Author: Cassandra Clare
Pages: 479
Published: August 31st, 2010
Genre: YA fantasy novel
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 Times bestselling 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.... 
** SPOILERS ARE INTENDED IN THIS REVIEW FOR THE MOST PART**

MY FIRST CASSANDRA CLARE BOOK EVER! I'm so glad that I'm finally apart of the Shadowhunter's club. You don't even know how long I've been wanting to get on that bandwagon. This has proved to be an evolutionary milestone in my life. I mean, this book practically changed my life. I'm totally obsessed with the world I've now been immersed into. For one thing, I really like how everything was set up in this book. Ordinary people are set apart from supernatural. There are mundanes (the majority of the ordinary people), the Shadowhunters (the super butt-kicking and sexy demon-slaying crew), and finally the Downworlders (a group that consists of vampires, demons, and other supernatural creatures). Now this is a really high fantasy YA so if you don't like fantasy YA, I suggest you step away from this review because things are about to get a bit supernatural in here! 

Tessa Gray is just an ordinary girl, or so she thinks! When she finds out that she can shift into other people (dead or alive), she is sought out by many to take control of her ability, Downworlders included. It's not until the smexy Will Herondale saves her from being trapped by the Dark Sisters, who have been keeping her hostage to train her and the ability she holds. She is brought to the institute, a place where Shadowhunters and other supernatural creatures find refuge. Her new story as a full-on Shadowhunter begins there with a miraculous tale of forbidden romance and excitement.

The romance, for one thing, is something I want to talk in depth about. The on-going love triangle between Will, Jem and Tessa was, in fact, an interesting one. The heat and chemistry between Will and Tessa brought me to my knees. I was all for the #Wessa,or #Till. Sorry I'm really bad at ship names. Jem was another story... No matter her feelings for Jem, she will always be in love with Will. That's just my interpretation on this tainted love story. I really hate how the ending didn't clearly justify if Will and Tess were together. It would shatter my heart to see him reject her, or vise versa. 

Let's just say I loved loved loved loved the characters in this story. You never really know who is evil and who isn't. Tessa Gray, one of the most amazing characters I'v ever read about, tries to carry this burden of having such an amazing superpower. The characters were rich, lively. This is why we (readers) wake up every morning, ecstatic to be reading these kinds of books. You authors are just so amazing!


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*does little fangirl giggle to self*
OMG the Epilogue though. I'm seriously crying over that... so if you didn't already read the book, Cassandra Clare leaves us off with a little cliffhanger of hers. The epilogue is basically all about Will's secret meeting with Magnus Bane. I NEED TO KNOW RIGHT NOW WHAT WILL ASKED OF MAGNUS!! Tell me now!!

Overall a phenomenal way to get jumping into a series. First books are always the best for me, but from many others I've heard that her books just keep getting better and better. Clare's world building skills are on point as she succeeds in shaping the world of the Shadowhunters.

Favorite Quote: "There was something forbidding about the intensity of Will's gaze, the tension of his stillness. Sophie had her hand at her throat, her fingers nervously fluttering at her collar." 



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6 comments

  1. Omigosh I am in love with this series! Great review but ahem I'm team Jem. Just saying. Haha but I'm glad you like it. Have fun reading the next books and I really wanna spoil the ending but I can't! Oh gosh just read. Also read the Mortal Instruments series. Wow. I wish I could reread Cassandra Clare all over again...

    -M
    The Life of Little Me

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    1. #Jessa (Oh god that was a bad attempt to ship Jem and Tessa). I'm still reading it and so far I think that Sophie and Jem look better together. I hope I find the time to get to the Mortal Instruments series. I've been hearing too many great things about that series...

      Thanks for dropping by :D

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  2. OMG OMG OMG YAYYYYY ALEX YOU JOINED THE FANDOM!!! WELCOME :D!!! SORRY MY EXTREME FANGIRL MODE TURNS ON WHEN SOMEONE MENTIONS TID AND MORE IMPORTANTLY WILL HERONDALLEE :)))))))

    OLIVIA @ FICTIONALLY OBSESSED

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    1. WILLLLLL HERONDALLLEEEE. Sorry all you Jem lovers out there D: I'm madly in love with Will <3

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