Clockwork Prince: Book Review

It’s been a day or two since I’ve finished Book 2 in Cassandra Clare’s prequel series: The Infernal Devices. I haven’t had the time to sit and write this, let alone take some decent photos. But, finally, here I am.

As expected, Book 2 introduces Will in more detail, and we begin to (slowly) realise he’s rude and blunt for a reason. When his reason is finally revealed (I’m not going to spoil anything for those who haven’t read it, don’t worry!), I wasn’t surprised. Nonetheless, it did make me love him. It also works to heighten the angst nicely – not that Book 2 is filled with as much angst as Book 1. I really enjoyed the split Point of View, Tessa is not a tiresome heroine, far from it, but I enjoyed delving into Will’s mind and understanding how he clicks more.

Although I enjoyed Book 2, it hasn’t the pace of Book 1. (As a writer, the Beats just don’t quite work). In many ways, you could say not much happens, but it doesn’t feel like that as the character development is excellent, the characters lovable and they’re exchanges addictive: Particularly Magnus Bane, who is now a firm favourite. (Not to mention Woolsey Scott!) Many intriguing subplots come to light, adding new depth and dimension to this rich world.

Talking of richness, I love Cassandra Clare’s writing style! It’s rich and colourful and addictive. The world she has created, the characters, their voices, everything has depth. Though, I did find Jessamine’s character arc lacking, which surprised me.

Now, I am not a fan of love triangles. I don’t like how they are portrayed, especially in YA fantasy, let alone handled. Why is it always two boys fighting over a girl? And why is it always over a girl who never acts deserving of such devotion and love? (Yes, I’m looking at you Bella Swan and Katniss Everdeen). I’m not good at taking sides and doing the whole ‘team Edward’ thing. I know the emotional angst is supposed to heighten your enjoyment of the book, but it has the opposite effect on me.

However, I don’t mind the love triangle between Tessa, Will and Jem. It’s handled differently by Cassandra Clare, more sensitively, more maturely. There’s less taking sides, which I prefer. Though, whether you can love two people as wholeheartedly as Tessa appears, I’m not convinced; life has turned me into a bit of a cynic! Nonetheless, I look forward to being convinced otherwise as their love triangle develops in the final book of the series.

Angst-wise, there is a lot less than Book 1. As an older soul, I prefer this, but there still remains enough to keep young hearts happy. As well as enough romance! (Oh là là!)

4 out of 5. I diving straight into Book 3 with equal mixtures of excitement and sorrow. I really don’t want it to end…

Clockwork Angel: Book review

I’ve just finished reading Book 1 in The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Angel, written by Cassandra Clare.

What did I think?

As a reader, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it! It’s been a long time since I lost myself to a book and longer still that I enjoyed reading it. I love the characters, the world, the magic, the blend of paranormal and supernatural, it’s been a delight. Though, at my age, I find Will’s rudeness just that, rude. He isn’t worth Tessa’s time. Though I know there’s more to it. So, I look forward to Book 2.

From a writer’s point of view, I found myself checking off the Beats, noting mechanisms, turns of phrase and descriptions. I was shocked at how much info-dumping there was, but it didn’t distract (too much!) Although, I did feel sorry for Jem when Tessa spent virtually a whole chapter quizzing him about Will. I know it helps fill in gaps and increase angst (which there is a lot of!) But, it happened more than I would’ve liked. Especially, as writers are advised to avoid it.

Overall? 4.5 out of 5. Can’t wait for Clockwork Prince. Bring on the angst!