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CLOCKWORK ANGEL: Ashley’s Review

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Title: CLOCKWORK ANGEL

Author: CASSANDRA CLARE

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Genre: YA Fantasy

Pages: 512

Synopsis: Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still.

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What’s more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa’s power for his own.

Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by—and torn between—two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm’s length…everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world…and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.

Review:

I have read THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS SERIES (just the first three), and I have to say that I liked THE INFERNAL DEVICES more. I’m not sure why–maybe because it didn’t feel like urban fantasy, not that I dislike urban fantasy, but there was just a magic to this world I really enjoyed.

First, I’ll discuss Tessa. I liked Tessa alright, but I also wanted her to be more…modern for her time. She restricted herself to the social constructs of the period even when her circumstances were clearly extra-ordinary. I just wanted a little less ‘well, women aren’t supposed to do that.’ Other than that, I really liked Tessa. Any book-loving individual could relate to her.

Now, Will Herondale was just like Jace in my opinion and maybe *spoiler alert* you could argue that it’s because they’re related, but I don’t really think that’s fair. Will and Jace are the same person, they just have different accents (unless you’re using Jace from the movie). Anyways, I still liked Will even if he was a jerk. I always want to hate the jerks who can’t figure out what they want, but Will is a wounded kid. There’s *something* dark about him, and he’s really trying to hide his true self. You can call it cliche, but I still love it.

Then there’s Jem. Oh, Jem. You’re so sweet and beautiful and you’re so kind. I can sense a love triangle forming, and Tessa’s not the only one in the middle of it. Jem is dying and it’s really sad. He’s truly the only person Will cares for, and he’s very nice to Tessa. Tessa should love Jem, but I don’t really want her to love him…

I loved Charlotte. I felt like she was a very strong female character. Jessamine got on my nervous but she was supposed to, and Henry was very fun and whimsical.

The plot of the story was good–I enjoyed trying to figure out what Tessa was, and I liked the idea of the clockwork army that was neither of heaven or hell. That was another thing that I enjoyed about this book–I didn’t feel overpowered by the whole good and evil bit, or the angel and demon. None of them, the shadowhunters or downworlders were inherently good or evil, and the war bubbling between them was very much rooted in truth. The downworlders felt oppressed under the shadowhunters, but the downworlders were going against the accords.

I’m definitely ready to read CLOCKWORK PRINCE.

4 stars

4star

 

Fandom Post: Shadowhunters

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Photo Credit: @Shadowhunters

Because CITY OF BONES did not do well at the box office, they’ve decided to take a different route with the Cassandra Clare’s MORTAL INSTRUMENTS series and make it into a television show.

Now, let me just say that I didn’t dislike CITY OF BONES, but I felt like it didn’t capture the truth of the story. It was too lovey…Jace and Clary were not that lovey in the books. Basically, I felt like they wanted CITY OF BONES to be the next Twilight, and can I just say, the love story is not why I liked CITY OF BONES.

So, SHADOWHUNTERS has a whole new cast (which I’m really excited about) to include:

Katherine McNamara as Clary:

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Dominic Sherwood as Jace (from Vampire Academy…don’t get me started):

Alberto Rosende as Simon (though Robert Sheehan was pretty awesome):

Emeraude Toubia as Isabelle:

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Mathew Daddario as Alec (wayyyy better choice for Alec in my opinion, though I like Kevin Zegers well enough):

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Photo Credit: @shadowhunterstv

All in all, they are a handsome cast and I’m excited to see them in these roles. Now, from what I’ve read, they’ve made a few changes to the characters. They are all older, and Clary is in college at the Brooklyn Academy Of Art. Simon is also in college and is an accounting major. He has a band (I don’t remember the band from the books?) and Maureen who has a crush on Simon in later books, is actually apart of the band and is in her 20s.  Luke is now an NYPD officer. I will have to see how this factors into the plot. I’m not against it because I think it could be well done.

This is a series I will have to see, but I’m keeping positive that I will enjoy it. It will appear on ABC Family in early 2016. What do you guys think?! Are you read for more Mortal Instruments? Does anyone else wish they’d make the INFERAL DEVICES into movies/series?!