Review: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Title: Clockwork Princess
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Infernal Devices #3
Genres: Young Adult, Romance Novel
Release Date: March 19, 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Tessa Gray should be happy -- aren't all brides happy? Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begin 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.
Charlotte Branwell, head of the Institute, is desperate to find Mortmain before he strikes. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa's heart, will do anything to save her. For though Tessa and Jem are engaged, Will is still in love with her.
The last words of a dying Shadowhunter provide the clue that might lead Tessa and her friends to Mortmain. But their small group cannot stand alone, and the powerful Consul doubts that Mortmain is coming. Deserted by allies, the Shadowhunters find themselves trapped when Mortmain seizes the medicine that keeps Jem alive. With his best friend at death's door, Will must risk everything to save the girl they both love.
To buy Will time, the warlock Magnus Bane joins with Henry Branwell to create a device that could help defeat Mortmain. As they all work to save Tessa and the future of the Shadowhunters that resides with her, Tessa realizes that the only person who can save her is herself -- for in the discovery of her own nature, Tessa could become more powerful than she ever dreamed possible. But can a lone girl, even one who can command the power of angels, face down an entire army?
Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment, and the tangled thread of love and loss intertwine as the Shadowhunters are pushed to the very brink of destruction in the breathtaking conclusion of The Infernal Devices trilogy.

I feel the Infernal Devices just get better and better, because of the love triangle between Will, Jem, and Tessa, which is quite interesting to speculate, though I have to say it took away a bit too much of the plot, but never less, Clockwork Princess is an amazing book.

To me, all of Cassandra Clare's covers are breath-takingly beautiful. I don't really think I've ever seen such covers that are so appealing and captivating. Just by looking at the amazing cover, you can just feel like the book is going to be an amazing read and I mean it. I love all of Cassandra Clare's covers, and I think the covers of the Infernal Devices are the best covers of all her books because they cast this majestical feeling and they speak to me. I would love to meet who designed all these great covers one day.

I also love how Cassandra Clare creates so many twists in the story. She creates the main plot of the story while creating another set of mini problems and such that makes you feel like there's so much going on in the story that it doesn't bore you to death since the story takes action right away because of it. Also, though I mentioned this before earlier, the love triangle also created an effect and it was half the reason why I wanted to read on. You really could not predict the ending of the story. Plus, I feel like the plots Cassandra Clare creates is always very original and creative as well.

The plot is basically a continuation of what happened in the first two books of the series: destroying Mortmain, the antagonist in the story who wants to destroy all the Shadowhunters, and how Tessa and her group of Shadowhunter friends are the only ones who can stop him. The plot does sound a bit cheesy and predictable, but trust me, the series is definitely worth reading. Despite the predictability of the main plot of the story, there are so many things happening in the book that it seems like you almost forgot the whole point of it, things like Tessa's parents, arguments with the Enclave (yes, this sounds a bit boring, but they're actually arguing about situations regarding Charlotte, the head of the London Institute, becoming Consul through reading sent letters from Consul to the Enclave which was really cool), Jem's health, and it made the book so addicting, like yin fen (the addicting drug that is the cause of Jem's bad health) and it's also what made me want more and more. Really, I can't describe the greatness of how the story's written and the skillfully written plot.

Characters. Oh my god, I loved the characters so much. Each one of them had distinguishing characteristics and Cassandra Clare has made me fallen in love with almost every male character that she writes about. There were so many times where I felt the character's feelings, and I could so easily imagine and relate myself as one of the characters. It was amazing how I could truly put my shoes in a character and feel and see the world they see and feel it. Wow. The Infernal Devices has also made me like Tessa a whole lot more than Clary in The Mortal Instruments. Clary just kind of seems...annoying, and you get that kind of feel when reading The Infernal Devices that Tessa has that kind of sophistication and knowledge of her. Clary just kind of seems reckless and childish to me.

Lastly, the feels. I'm not kidding you, I cried when I read the epilogue.I hate the ending so much, it kind of ruined the whole effect of the series. I wish I hadn't read the ending. I mean its clear that Tessa loves Will more, but then she agrees to spend a lifetime with Jem too? That is just so messed up. So basically Will dies and Tessa decides to love Jem. I mean like WTF? I have completely lost faith in Tees and I'm just so disappointed. I was sobbing uncontrollability when I read the epilogue.

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Olivia is a fangirl from Canada with too many book boyfriends who also adores sweets, drawing, and watching anime. She started off trying to write a full length novel, but some things are just easier said than done, so Olivia spends her days writing blog posts instead. That is, when she's not spending her free nights playing League.

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  1. Awesome review!! I loved this series sooo much <3 I do wish there were more books in this series as well. Apparently Cassie Clare is writing another series that falls between TID & TMI about Tessa & Will's children.

    Great post Olivia :)

    Chanzie @ Mean Who You Are.

    1. Thanks so much Chene! Cassie said that the new series was called something like TLH. I can't believe she's given herself so many books to work on! But I'm so excited on reading the new series based on Will & Tessa's children.


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