It only took me two days to read this book. That’s how badly I wanted to know what was going to happen next. The pacing was absolutely perfect and at the best possible times (i.e. the most suspenseful) Clare would switch the POV to another character. For the most part, we stay in Tessa’s POV, but I rather enjoyed the occasional jump to another character’s perspective to get a look at how they were seeing things and to view how the plot unfolded from their end. Honestly, I just can’t get enough of this book and am so glad it’s part of a series because I need more right this second!
Something I want to address that I’ve seen in some reviews of the series is the criticism of Tessa’s character, that she has some sort of tendency to cower in a corner and cry. If that happens in the series then it certainly doesn’t happen in this book, because I did not see her being weak at all. She is a complex character with emotions, yes, but ultimately she is an incredibly strong-willed character and very selfless. She is also a total bookworm, which instantly made me love her from the get go.
“One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us….Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry,” said Tessa, determined not to let him run wildly off with the conversation. (86-87)
I also loved the characterization of Will and Jem, even though right now I’d love to strangle Will. They’re essentially polar opposites of each other and being best friends they play off of each other in the best ways. I love seeing that type of dynamic already built between characters, it makes the world that Clare built so much more real for me and the characters that much more endearing. Plus, Jem is simply amazing and is so wonderfully wise beyond his years. Love him!
“Whatever you are physically,” [Jem] said, “male or female, strong or weak, ill or healthy–all those things matter less than what your heart contains. If you have the soul of a warrior, you are a warrior. Whatever the color, the shape, the design of the shade that conceals it, the flame inside the lamp remains the same. You are that flame.” (283)
The pacing of this book is fast, probably why I just couldn’t bear to put it down. To add to that, I really didn’t expect the twist in the plot, which I love because who doesn’t love to be surprised in the end. To top it all off, the writing is so well done, simplistic in nature without paying too much attention to nitty gritty details about surroundings but perfectly capturing what everything looks like in succinct and beautiful imagery. Clare knows her world and the places in it so well! Here is a little teaser that I think perfectly exemplifies Clare’s masterful skills of description.
“Tess,” he said, his voice thick and soft with desire, and she leaned toward him, swaying like a tree whose branches were weighted by snow. Her whole body ached; she ached, as if there were a terrible hollow emptiness inside her. She was more conscious of [him] than she had ever been of anything or anyone else in her life, of the faint shine of blue beneath his half-closed lids, of the shadow of light stubble across his jaw where he hadn’t shaved, of faint white scars that dotted the skin of his shoulders and throat–and more than anything else of his mouth, the crescent shape of it, the slight dent in the center of his bottom lip. When he leaned toward her and brushed his lips across hers, she reached for him as if she would otherwise drown. (291)
Wrapping it Up
I loved it. It’s as simple as that and I am currently kicking myself in the head because I wish I had checked out the sequel and the one after that. I didn’t because I foolishly thought it would be best if I didn’t get engrossed in a single series at once. Such a horrible horrible mistake because I just cannot stop thinking about this book, the characters, the romance and I am literally dying to know what will happen next!
“Clockwork Angel” has me To-the-Moon-and-Back Obsessed! I give it my absolute highest recommendation for the reader who enjoys high-velocity urban fantasy!
Title: Clockwork Angel
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Infernal Devices #1
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster
Genre(s): Urban Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult, Paranormal