09 April 2012

Review: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Book: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pages: 528 (for the Collector's edition)
Source: Present from friend
Links: Goodreads | Amazon
Spoilers: Yes, in the summary / No, in the review
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, though 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.

Clockwork Prince was an awesome follow-up to Clockwork Angel, as things only get more exciting and intense in the book!

1. The plot was so...crazy!

For a lack of better words, the plot was indeed crazy. It's full of surprises, shocks, twists, all those things which make your eyes go like this (O____O) and your jaw dropping all the way to the floor! It's hard to not reveal anything about this book, so you're just going to have to see for yourself.

2. Warning --- An agonizing love triangle lies ahead!

Cassie Clare knows how to write a damn good love triangle. It's the kind where even though I was rooting from another guy ever since the beginning (*AHEM* TEAM WILL), I can't help but writhe in anguish for the other guy! There's so many scenes in here where it's just, in a lack of better words, heartbreaking because I knew that this love story is not going to end pretty. Will and Jem each get their own time in here, so if you're worried about this book being only just about Will or something of the sort, worry not!

3. Gah, the characters!

I love the characters! The characters are fantastically written, each of them (good and bad) having a side I thought I would never see.  I love the exchanges between our famous trio as the flow between them seems so easy-going as if they were real. Even when everyone is gathered up around dinner, Charlotte, Henry, and the rest seems so much like a family, the conversation felt so natural and I just loved it.

4. The ending...dammit, Cassie...

As usual, the ending is another cliffhanger, and a magnificently written one at that! I was screaming inside of myself, only because I won't be able to find out more until 2013...

In all, Clockwork Prince does not disappoint and you'll be in for a ride of awesomeness when you delve into this book! ♥

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