Thursday, March 21, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: CLOCKWORK PRINCESS by Cassandra Clare... This left me speechless it was THAT good!



Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3)
by Cassandra Clare

Published March 19, 2013 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Taken from back cover:

Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy

Tessa Gray should be happy - aren't all brides happy?
Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute.


A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa's heart, will do anything to save her.

EXCLUSIVE COLLECTOR'S EDITION

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Please bow your head in a moment of silence for the end of The Infernal Devices.... **crickets chirping... children crying...women weeping softly** 

Words can not begin to express my overwhelming sadness that this precious and rare gem of a series has come to and end. I couldn't bring myself to devour it but had to take my time and savour each scene because I knew it was coming to an end. May I just say...OMG, Holy herd of cows, Mother of all that's holy.... this last installment was EVERYTHING you could hope for and then some. (Well, OK I wish we had more time with the characters but STILL.) Honestly, I think it probably was THE BEST book I have EVER read. **Bowing to the writing goddess that is Cassandra Clare**

It was riviting... to the point that at 3:00am, I was still huddled with the bed covers over my head with my cell phone light and pausing to be still as a church mouse when my husband turned over. My bum would have been SO busted.

It was heartbreaking... You all know I talk about running to the store for tissues as I sob like a newborn. This was so tragic I COULDN'T cry. It was so intense in so many scenes.
I can say not everyone makes it, and some do. But LORD do I want to spill the beans to you write now but I can't! So frustrating! Lord. Help. Me.

What I can tell you is that Clare has masterfully interwoven aspects and characters from both The Infernal Devices Series and The Mortal Instruments Series in a rich and substantial fabric of a novel. It is astonishing how she could piece it all together and plot out the ebbs and flows of these characters together in a total of nine books and two series. 

We learn some FASCINATING and JAW DROPPING news about characters and past history. 
My husband kept turning to look at me while I squealed like a dying pig over mind blowing news and actual thought about taking me to the doctor when I hugged the book and whispered soothing sounds of comfort to a favorite character, making promises that everything would be OK and that MAMA was here.

Yes, you may think I sound like a complete teen fan girl. Probably needing to discover the miracle of counseling with a therapist. You're probably right. Except for the whole teen thing. Add about 10 extra years. Sigh. But I digress. Back to the story. Some of you are Team WIll and others Team Jem. (I proudly wave my TEAM WILL foam finger as I write this.) The words that comes out of that boy's mouth in this book will make most Jem fans trade camps. Here are my three of my favorite lines from Will in the book:

"You remember what else I said to you that day in the drawing room," he said. "I want you to be happy, and him to be happy. And yet when you walk that aisle to meet him and join yourselves forever you will walk an invisible path of the shards of my heart, Tessa. I would give over my own life for either of yours. I would five over my own life for your
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happiness. I thought perhaps that when you told me you did not love me that my own feelings would fall away and atrophy, but that have not. They have grown every day. I love you now more desperately, this moment, than I have ever loved you before., and in an hour I will love you more than that. It is unfair to tell you this, I know, when you can do nothing about it." - WILL
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"A forty-foot worm?" Will muttered to Jem as they moved through the Italian Garden, their boot-thanks to a pair of Soundless runes- making no noise on the gravel. "Think of the size of the fish we could catch."
   Jem's lips twitched. "It's not funny, you know."
   "It is a bit."
   "You cannot reduce the situation to worm jokes, Will. This is [spoiler removed] we're 
   discussing."
   "We're not just discussing him; we're chasing him through an ornamental sculpture garden because he's tuned into a worm."
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"You said I am a good man," he said. "But I am not THAT good a man. And I am - I am catastrophically in love with you."

Throughout the book, the secondary characters were given their time to shine and stand front and center stage. Gideon, Gabriel, Cecily, Sophie and Magnus all were able to better define their character and get plenty of air time. I fell madly in love with Cecily, Will's sister. She is the female version to Will with his dry wit, courage and determination. 

The ending was bittersweet for me. Like I said before, I thought she could have easily pulled one or two more books from this series. However, Clare did a soothing job of covering the questions that were burning my soul. If she hadn't, I probably would have checked myself into the hospital, but thankfully, she knew what I just couldn't handle.
There are still some questions left for me and I am wondering if they will be answered in the final book of The Mortal Instruments Series. **Fingers crossed, rubbing rabbit's foot, praying with hands in the air**

There are some hard core philosophical issues from this series. My mind is still barraged with concepts and thoughts about the lives and personalities of these characters.
This series can be read several ways on many levels. It's part of why I am so passionate about it. You can make it an easy read or it can be a serious adult book club discussion.

If you have shied away from this series because of the historical time period I would urge you to reconsider. Beg actually. Personally, I feel it is better that The MI Series. This series rocked my universe and left me reeling. There are fewer than five series I could say that about and this one tops the list. A must read in my opinion. ENJOY!