[Review] Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

I originally read the Indonesian translation of this book but I’m providing the information of the US version because I’m writing my review in English.

Clockwork Angel
(The Infernal Devices #1)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication Date: August 31st, 2010
Pages: 478 (Hardcover)
Genre: YA – Fantasy, Historical, Paranormal

Orphan Tessa Gray, sixteen, crosses the ocean from New York to find her brother Nate in Victorian London, her only possession a clockwork angel necklace from her mother. She is ignorant of her power to transform; the Dark sisters are not. They kidnap her for the Magister, who wants to marry Tessa and claim her power.

Shadowhunters, warriors of angel blood, battle demons and keep the peace in the Downworld of vampires, warlocks and other supernaturals. Orphan teen Shadowhunters Jem, Will, and Jess rescue Tessa and agree to help save Nate. Vengeful vampire Lady Camille Belcourt and her current lover, warlock Magnus Bane provide entrée to the Magister’s secret Pandemonium Club.

I admit that I actually wanted to love this series before I started reading it. A lot of people said that TID is – in a way – better than TMI books which I thought were decent except for City of Glass and maybe this is a bit biased but I stopped reading at that book. I didn’t bother to read the rest of the series cause… well, I read the synopsis and I found it not really interesting… Okay, so what did I think of Clockwork Angel?

Luckily, I ended up liking this book. A lot.

“One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”

At first this book was a bit difficult for me to read because everything is intensely described and the pacing is slow in the beginning. Believe me, I had never read anything which is so descriptive other than Cassandra Clare’s books. But once I had adapted to her writing and third-person POV, this book was definitely engrossing for me. And the pacing does get faster in my opinion. I always prefer first-person POV because I can relate to the characters better. But in this case, third-person POV works perfectly fine cause Tessa’s perspective is limited and we get to know what happens to the other characters this way, making the book more interesting.

Tessa in the beginning wasn’t the type of heroine that I like. She’s weak and annoying. She makes stupid decisions. However, I liked watching her transform into a sharp-witted and braver girl. She has no combat skills but she eventually knows how to make use of her transforming gift and gain advantage from her enemy with it.

Will is the typical bad boy in YA books. He’s rude and moody and a bit unstable. He covers his dark past or emotion he doesn’t want anyone to see with humors. Will’s remarks did make me smile several times and he grew on me throughout the book! Though he seems to be less hilarious than he should be… (I read the Indonesian translation, btw. Cannot find the English version anywhere.) Anyway, I was a bit disappointed because his past or his reasons of acting like a jerk isn’t explained in details – I definitely want to know more! – but I think Clare is saving it for future installments. Other than his jerk-ish attitude, it’s good that he also shows some caring sides. His bromance with Jem is so sweet!!

“How rude. Many who have gazed upon me [Will] have compared the experience to gazing at the radiance of the sun.” 
Jem still had his eyes closed. “If they mean it gives you a headache, they aren’t wrong.”

Jem, the angel to Will’s devil. I love this guy so much! He’s very gentle and kind and considerate – basically Will’s opposite. Sometimes I wonder how come these two be best friends. But it does make sense that only super patient people like Jem can put up with Will’s attitude. What I like the most about him is that he doesn’t complain about his unfortunate condition. Speaking of that, I really really feel bad for him.

And the romance. There’s a love triangle, obviously and it’s between Will and Tessa and Jem. (Why in love triangles it has to be assholes vs angels?) Honestly, I really like both of them. I love Will’s interaction with Tessa. I love Jem’s interactions with Tessa. I don’t think I have to explain any further. They’re so asdfghjkl and the romance made me swoon. Like, seriously. But I think I’m leaning to Jem a bit. 😛

I like Charlotte, Henry, Thomas and Sophie. I think Jessamine is (mostly) irritating. I don’t have to explain any further too, do I? 😉

“It’s Will,” she [Jessamine] said. “He’s being absolutely ridiculous in the dining room.” 
Charlotte looked puzzled. “How is this different from him being totally ridiculous in the library or the weapons room or any of the other places he’s usually ridiculous?”

I had a few issues with Clockwork Angel and the thickness was kinda intimidating, but all in all, this book was fantastic! The twists were surprising and the most of the characters were great! I personally think this is better than City of Bones. I’m glad I gave it a chance. 🙂

4 Cakes!

  • Tessa reminds me too much of Clary – and not just her, but Will also reminds me of Jace, so Jem is most likely TID counterpart of Simon. But ignoring the fact that the main characters resemble TMI characters, I like TID characters more. And they’re believable and simply more likable. What do you think? Does this bother you?
  • I don’t really care with Cassandra Clare writing more books about Shadowhunter even though some people think that it’s so not original and creative. Milking the cash cow until it’s dead is never good, but hey, I heard Clare is writing a new series with Holly Black and it has nothing to do with her Shadowhunter stuff. It’s with HOLLY BLACK, people, so I need to read it too! xD

14 thoughts on “[Review] Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare”

  1. Great review! Yes, in the following books you will come to know more about Will, I won’t say anything else 🙂 I love Jem too, he’s just too sweet!
    I guess the characters do kind of resemble each other, but don’t they all in YA books?

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    1. I know right! Jem is such a sweetheart I was like melting haha xD

      Totally agree. So many similar characters but each of them has a unique side 🙂

  2. Great review! I read this before reading the other series ( which it was smart of you to stop at class the books just went down hill from there) and I felt that Tessa and Clary were so much a like. and same with Will and Jace were a lot a like. But I have to say I loved Jem from the start. And I agree with Eveline V all YA characters are pretty much the same at the end of the day.
    Thanks for the review!


    1. Now I’m glad I make my decision. My friend — who is a big fan of TMI — said that she didn’t like City of Fallen Angels.

      Haha yes, Jem is so likable. Okay I think I’m Team Jem now xD

  3. I also gave this one four stars. Jem is the best, I loved him from the start as well. I hated Will at first, he was rude and the typical YA “bad boy.” But ohmygosh, in the next book we discover why and it is heartbreaking. Everything makes sense after that. And Jem, poor Jem. Let’s just say you have a lot of heartbreak ahead of you 🙂 Great review, can’t wait to see your next ones of this series!

  4. Boy I can’t wait for your reaction once the other bits of the puzzle come into piece. This has got to be my favourite series and I’m really glad you liked it too. The Love Triangle in this novel is fab because both contenders are worthy and while I loved Jem, I gotta say I loved Will more. What can I say he is my husband!! Can’t wait for you to continue with this series and I agree the pacing can be a bit slow at first but in the end is worthwhile.

    1. AHH after Alise now you xD I’m really looking forward to my bookstore trip and buy C Prince!! Yeah the beginning was really slowww but the actions in the end was quite amazing.

  5. I totally agree, the pacing was sooooo sllloowwwwww at the beginning omg. I was bored to be honest. I gave this one 3.5/5 stars. I thought it was good but def. not one of my favorites. Will finish this trilogy though and start on the TMI series. I also loved Jem’s character although I don’t see him as a love interest for Tessa. I can’t wait to find out why Will acts like a jerk.. my friend said it will be revealed in Clockwork Prince.

    Little Book Star

    1. Yeah it was seriously slow — nothing exciting happens ._. Same here, can’t wait to read the rest of the series and I want to know more about Will’s past. 🙂

    1. LOL, funny cause my friend said the ending was terrible! I guess I have to read it myself to find out. I’m still not sure about Tessa but at least I like her better than Clary.

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