Review | Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2) by Cassandra Clare

cpTitle: Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy > Paranormal
Synopsis: 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.
Would I recommend? Yes! Better than the first one. Definitely continue on with the series.
Final Rating: ★★★★☆
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Aimal’s Review:

Actual Rating: 4.5

I finally understand all the hype about this series. I liked the first book, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. Perhaps that has less to do with the actual book and more to do with the fact that I was completely bogged down with midterms and what not. But there it is. But Cassandra Clare stepped up her game in this installment. The plot was richer, infinitely more complex. The characters were given more time to evolve and develop by the situations surrounding them. The writing style was just as addictive. I am beyond excited to get back into this series after reading City of Lost Souls from the Mortal Instruments series. I only wish I had been involved with this series as the books were being released, but hey, what can you do.

Plot:

The first book was spending much of its time constructing the world, building up the back-stories of the characters; hence, not much time was spent on the plot. I’m not complaining. I’m just saying that there’s a lot going on in this installment of the trilogy. Because the world has been set up, and because we are more familiar with the characters, we are more involved in what is actually going on.

It was interesting how Clare weaved the various parts into one big, coherent novel; I would not be able to do that. There’s a love triangle, there’s family dynamics, there’s betrayal, there’s the backbone of the entire premise of the series (clockwork machines, Tessa’s identity, Mortmaine), and then there’s my favorite part: the mystery of William Herondale. Despite there being so much going on, Clare manages to develop a well-done, cohesive book out of it.

Characters:

Now, even though I liked the characters in the first book, and even though I was invested in them, I didn’t understand the hype about the two boys. I see what they hype was about after reading the second book, though. They have such distinct, well-developed personalities that manifest in everything they are: their speech, their gestures, their very glances. They are so well-constructed that it’s sort of disorienting to think about the fact that these boys do not exist.

William Herondale gets most of the love, so I won’t talk about him much. He’s mysterious- the bad-boy figure with a soft, caramel core. We get to learn much more about his back-story than we did in the first book, and that offers a lot of insight into his character. Now, Jem Carstairs is one character that doesn’t get the love he deserves, mainly because he’s overshadowed by Will. He’s very different from Will. He’s the traditional “gentleman” figure, the kind of guy who would open doors for you, who would give up his seat for a girl. The entire premise of his ailment is something that fascinates me, and I’m really looking forward to knowing more about it in the upcoming books.

I may not ships Tessa and Jem, but I want the best for Jem- if that’s Tessa, so be it. And it’s amazing how much you can care for these characters just by ink marks on paper.

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