Monday, August 29, 2011

Book Review- Clockwork Angel

(From Goodreads) 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.

This book was pretty cool. I've been kinda hesitant to read her books because they've gotten so much attention, but the other day I picked this book up at the library and decided to read it. 

I was surprised by how much I liked it. Lately I've been reading more and more paranormal books, but that's okay. As long as they aren't ridiculous, like Twilight, I'll be okay reading them. This book had good characters, although I didn't really like Will. One moment I liked him, and the next I didn't. It was mostly because he came off as an arrogant idiot to me. I love Jem though, he's cool. Although I rather there wasn't a love triangle going on around here.

I thought that the world was very developed and not only did I love learning about the Shadowhunters and their world, but I loved learning about the characters and what made them to be who they are. I thought that Jessamine had a cool name and I basically thought that the whole book was nicely well done. The other characters were cool too, I loved Henry and Charlotte
. Henry was funny, Charlotte was cool, and together I thought that they made a cute couple. Although I didn't like her brother one bit. Especially after what he confessed to do. I kinda forgave him in the end, but I still didn't like him. 

As for the plot, it was interesting as was the ending. I feel bad for Tessa (love that name) and I'm curious as to what she really is and what her parents were. I love the word choices, because there were words that I had to look up. It made me so happy, because sometimes I feel that a lot of books don't try to use challenging words anymore. 

I thought that Classandra Clare has a very beautiful style of writing. I love her descriptions of everything, although sometime they got to be a little much. Her writing drew me in as did the humor in the story. 

Another thing that I thought that cool was that how the Shadowhunters are Nephilim. And the cool thing about that, is that the Nephilim actually existed. They are found in Genesis. Where it mentions that the angels thought that the human women were beautiful and had offspring together. Well then God saw that we, humans, were wicked and so He sent this giant flood to kill the humans, but He saved Noah and his family so that they could repopulate the earth...but I'm sure you already knew that. Did you also know that in pretty much every culture there's a story about a world wide flood or a giant flood and a couple people live through it? 

Another part I really thought that cool was the Marks and how they gave the Shadowhunters special abilities. I love their angel swords and how they give them names. Plus the names that were used for the special swords were really cool. 

Another fun thing was that this book is steampunk. And I really like steampunk as of now. It's cool. Anyways, I'm rambling now! So, I'll come and say that I really enjoyed this book and I can't wait for the next one, Clockwork Prince, to come out. 

On Goodreads: Clockwork Angel
Her Website: Classandra Clare

So, what are some of your favorite steampunk novels? Have you read any of Classandra Clare's books? If you have, what did you think of them? 


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