Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Synopsis (from
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.

Jillian’s Review:

I liked this novel but it had nowhere near the romance that I crave. Still, it's action packed and the characters are realistic. And thankfully, the main character isn't completely annoying all though there were times I wanted to strangle her for asking such dumb questions. Yes, there are such things as dumb questions!

Didn't like how it ended (or didn't end) and I will probably read the next in the series. I would recommend reading the City of Bones series first and RIGHT before this one, just like I would recommend reading all of the Chronicles of Narnia before reading The Magician's Nephew (which, BTW, is technically the last in the Chronicles, just sos ya know).

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