(The Infernal Devices #3)
Author: Cassandra Clare
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.
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??!