Review: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

7171637Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare

Details: Hardcover, 479 pages
Published: August 31st 2010 by Simon & Schuster, Margaret K. McElderry
Source: I bought it
Buy it: The Book Depository
My Rating: 4 Stars

Summary: 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…

Review: I don’t think I’ve read anything by Cassandra Clare that I haven’t loved. The Mortal Instruments is one of my favorite series. So I was super excited when this book came out. I was even more excited when I started hearing these books were even better than TMI. That is probably why I only gave this one four stars. I think my expectations were just too high.

I really liked Clockwork Angel. I can’t think of one thing I didn’t like. It didn’t give me the same feelings as TMI, but maybe after I read the other two books, that will change. That is the only reason I didn’t give it five stars. I just didn’t get the omg I love this book, I need to run around freaking out and acting like a complete moron feeling that I got from TMI.

I will admit that I came close to that feeling when I started thinking about how this book was like TMI meets Doctor Who. There was just something about it that made me feel like I was watching an episode of Doctor Who. I loved that.

I bought all three book as soon as they came out, so I can’t wait to start Clockwork Prince. I’m not sure why it has taken me so long to read these books. I think I was worried I would hate them because I love TMI so much. That was just silly. Is it possible to hate something Cassandra Clare writes?

Note: This is an older review. So I don’t feel like I can get more into what I liked and disliked about it. Maybe someday I will re-read Clockwork Angel and do another review. Better reviews (hopefully) in the future. PLEASE DON’T SPOIL CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE OR THE BANE CHRONICLES FOR ME! I haven’t read them yet. Bought them both the day they came out, but I just can’t bring myself to read them. I will need to get on that soon.

Waiting on Wednesday: Rebel Mechanics

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. This week I picked: 

22718701Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson

Expected publication: July 14th 2015 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Details: Hardcover, 320 pages

Summary: A sixteen-year-old governess becomes a spy in this alternative U.S. history where the British control with magic and the colonists rebel by inventing.

It’s 1888, and sixteen-year-old Verity Newton lands a job in New York as a governess to a wealthy leading family—but she quickly learns that the family has big secrets. Magisters have always ruled the colonies, but now an underground society of mechanics and engineers are developing non-magical sources of power via steam engines that they hope will help them gain freedom from British rule. The family Verity works for is magister—but it seems like the children’s young guardian uncle is sympathetic to the rebel cause. As Verity falls for a charming rebel inventor and agrees to become a spy, she also becomes more and more enmeshed in the magister family’s life. She soon realizes she’s uniquely positioned to advance the cause—but to do so, she’ll have to reveal her own dangerous secret.