[Review] Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Princess
(The Infernal Devices #3)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Walker
Publication Date: March 19th, 2013
Pages: 568 (Paperback)
Genre: YA – Fantasy, Historical, Paranormal

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 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.

Review

Oh, where should I begin?? I was speechless when I finished this book. There was a happy feeling – satisfaction – when I closed it, but there was also sadness and frustration cause it finally ended. Clockwork Princess was the best of the series in my opinion. The pacing isn’t slow and I found myself enjoying this book as a whole – probably too much that although I was so curious about the ending, I did not want this book to end.

“The world is a wheel,” he said. “When we rise or fall, we do it together.”

The main reason I enjoyed this book is mostly because I grew so attached with the characters. I loved Jem. I loved Will. Their brotherly affection nearly KILLED me because even though they are caught in a love triangle with Tessa, that doesn’t change how much they love each other. Their relationship had me in tears a few times (well, that’s saying something cause I almost never cry when I read and I didn’t expect two boys who care so much about each other would make me cry.)

“I am grieved for your pain,” he said. “But I am glad that you love her.”

I think that’s what makes the love triangle even more painful and nearly unbearable – in a good way, of course! And speaking of the romance, I really really liked how the book ends and how Clare concludes the love triangle. I might be in the minority here, but I loved the boys so much that whenever Jem is with Tessa, I felt really bad for Will and whenever Will is with Tessa, I felt really bad for Jem. Maybe it was a tad too HEA, but it was truly satisfying and frustrating too at the same time (cause the book ends and there are no more pages after that).

The book starts well, the middle was really heartbreaking and I was touched the most in this part (mostly because of Jem). There were so many actions and although my friend annoyingly spoiled something for me, there were twists that still caught me off guard! I loved, not just the main characters, but also the secondary characters like Charlotte and Henry, Sophie, the Lightwood brothers and Cecily. And even Bridget, who admittedly sounds so gloomy, could make me laugh thanks to her depressing songs.

The other romances between the side characters are also sweet! Cecily and Gabriel, Gideon and Sophie, and Charlotte and Henry… oh my god they are FREAKING ADORABLE! And like I said before, I grew so attached to all of them. The POV shifts A LOT from Tessa to Will, Charlotte, Gabriel and Cecily, etc. Those shifts don’t seem random anymore. I was, in fact, waiting for the shifts and whenever it was Tessa’s turn and there hadn’t been any POV shifts for a long time, I was like, “When is Will’s turn? Or Charlotte’s and Gabriel’s?” Not that I dislike Tessa or anything, but those POVs provide an insight of those characters’ minds and we get to know what happen to the others.

I probably spent too much time talking about the characters but, really, I LOVED them so much I just couldn’t help it. Clare successfully stirred my emotions and tore my heart for the whole time and yet as I read the ending (including the epilogue) it was as if my heart was sewed again. But there will always be scars left and believe me, I think this series had been a pleasurable experience overall.

If you haven’t read this series yet, WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU WAITING FOR??!

Rating

5 Cakes!

12 comments

  1. I loved this book too! I cried so much in the middle, and then again at the end. This whole series was amazing. Great Review! 🙂

    ~Sydney@Pika Pages

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    1. I didn’t cry as much but still, I got tears on my face a few times so it was still a tear-jerker for me cause I don’t usually cry 😀

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    1. YES THE BROMANCE. Probably Will and Jem has the best male friendship in all the books I’ve read so far. Usually I read about girls’ friendships…but THIS…

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  2. Epp, I totally agree! Their brother-like relationship is really beautiful, maybe even the best friendship I’ve ever read so far. And yep, what are they all waiting for?!! 😀 😀
    Those epilogue is especially killing me! Now I really want to read CoHF ASAP to find out what happened to the you-know-who. Gahhh, 2014 0.o

    Nice review, Kezia! The characters were all so amazing, so it’s no wonder there’s so many things to say in your review 😀

    Neysa @ [B.O.O.K.L.I.F.E]

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    1. Lol I stopped reading TMI at CoG cause I think the extension of the series is just not that, ugh, important?? I kinda enjoyed the first three books but I’m too lazy to continue the series as I think TMI could just stop at book 3 with that ending…

      But now I’m really curious about you-know-who O_O Good luck with the waiting!!

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  3. This is the best book of 2013 for me so far!!! Will, Jem, Tessa make the perfect Trio! AND OMG THE ROMANCE.. AHHHHH.. IT MADE ME CRY AND I WAS JUST HYSTERICAL AND I WAS JUST LIKE OMG THERES WILL AND THEN THERES JEM AND I’M PROBABLY NOT MAKING SENSE AND MY GRAMMAR IS LIKE HORRIBLE RIGHT NOW BUT I DON’T GIVE A DAMN AND JUST AHHH THE FEELZ FOR THIS BOOK!!!

    -Ariella @ Secrets of Lost Words

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    1. I know right?!! WillJemWillJemWillJemWILLJEMWILLJEMWILLLLLJEEEEMMMMM asdfghjk I’m still feeling the emotions until now ><

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  4. Even though I loved this book with all my heart, the ending and epilogue frustrated me more than words can ever explain. But that’s because I am a serious Will fan!<3 My heart was literally crushed at that ‘certain part’ in the epilogue…

    I absolutely love Will and Jem’s relationship – almost to the point where I was like, “Why’d you have to make things so complicated, Tessa?!” haha. I also loved the side characters relationships! Especially Gabriel and Cicely’s! It was so cute! xD

    Great review! I’m glad you loved this book as much as I did!

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    1. Haha I guess I’m on Team Jem xD But I must admit that I really liked Will too. TID has the most amazing triangle I’ve ever read. I felt sooo conflicted reading CP2 :'(

      Yes yes Gabriel and Cecily!! 😀 They’re sooo adorable together 😛

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  5. I loved this book, it was just amazing! I don’t care that not everyone loved the ending, I thought it was perfect and I’m Team Will. Yes, it was a lot of HEA, but it was done well. I’m kind of hoping Tessa and Jem will pop up in another book. Great review! I’m glad you loved the book too!

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    1. Me too! We all have different opinion and I don’t care if people dislike the ending cause what matters to me most is I loved it. 🙂 and I can’t picture how the book ended in any other way O_O

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