(The Infernal Devices #2)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publication Date: May 1st, 2012
Pages: 496 (UK Paperback)
Genre: YA – Fantasy, Historical, Paranormal
In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, while 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 to who she is and what she was born to do? As their search for the truth leads the three friends into peril, Tessa’s heart is increasingly torn, especially when one of their own betrays them…
I didn’t know where to begin when I first started writing this review… My thoughts were all over the place and I thought I temporarily lost my ability to form coherent paragraphs so I was about to write this review in bullet points instead. Luckily, I already recover from THAT ending and thank God I already have a copy of Clockwork Princess. *phew*
After my incident with Linked, I admit Clare’s ability to add the right amount of description at the right time without being too distracting and unnecessary is great. I mean, a well-written book doesn’t mean it has flowery descriptions and needless words or sentences. I think Clare knows when to elaborate and when not to.
As expected, this book is told from third person POV. The first book primarily focuses on Tessa with a few switches to other characters. In Clockwork Prince, however, the POV switches more — to Tessa, Will, Magnus, Sophie and Charlotte. While the switches seem random occasionally, they do give us more understanding of what happens to the other characters.
Although the pacing isn’t as slow as the first book, I still got bored a few times when I reached middle of the book. The pace does pick up later and I found the second half much more interesting and unputdownable. I stayed up till midnight to finish this book, mind you!!
And as usual, secrets are revealed one by one, bits by bits. The plot intensifies with betrayal(s), family issues, new discoveries, and we are introduced to a few new characters. The mystery isn’t unraveled in this book yet, but we are starting to see the direction it will go in the third book. There are new clues and shocking discoveries, but I’m sure Clare will piece them together in the third book with an epic (and possibly painful as I was told) conclusion.
Okay now let’s talk about the characters, shall we? Finally we get to know Will’s past, making him a more understandable character. It was so sad and oh my gosh when he finds out the truth it was even more painful. His relationship with Magnus develops and his brotherly affection toward Jem is still as sweet as ever. I know most ladies will easily fall for bad boys with tragic past and sarcastic humors (in this case Will). Wait, don’t get me wrong – I liked his character and Jem’s too!
Now speaking of Jem Jem Jem JEM JEEEEMMMM (oh I’m sorry for losing control xD) we always knew him as a patient and considerate and kind character despite his weaknesses. But in this installment, Clare adds another layer to his angelic personality, something un-Jem-like.
Oh my gosh and the romance. Tessa finds herself drawn to Jem even more and things start to go swoony and steamy and then there’s her relationship with Will whom she can’t avoid any longer and oh my gosh oh god asdfghjkl I can’t even. I’m rooting for Jem but I felt really REALLY sad for Will too… Holy crap, and when Will finds out the truth… it was so so SAD! 🙁
On a side note, I found it hilarious and somewhat ironic that there’s a werewolf named Woolsey Scott. Yes, a werewolf named Woolsey Scott. (Wool=sheep; just ignore my unusual sense of humor xD)
Overall, Clockwork Prince was a fantastic sequel, it was slightly better than its predecessor. The only good thing about my tardiness of starting this series is I could dive into Clockwork Princess immediately!