Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Published by Simon and Schuster on August 31, 2010
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal
Tessa blinked away the tears in her eyes — and stared.
There was a boy standing in front of her. He couldn’t have been much more than a few years older than she was — seventeen or possibly eighteen. He was dressed in what looked like workman’s clothes: a frayed black jacket and trousers, and tough-looking boots. He wore no waistcoat, but a a thick leather belt with a number of weapons hanging off it circled his waist — daggers and folding knives and things that looked
like blades of ice.
In his right hand, he held what looked like a sort of stone — it was shining, providing the light in the room that had nearly blinded Tessa. His other hand — narrow and long-fingered — was bleeding where she had gashed the back of it with her pitcher.
But that wasn’t what had made her stare. He had the most beautiful face she had ever seen. Tangled black hair and eyes like blue glass. A scar across his right cheek that somehow didn’t mar his looks but only enhanced them. He looked like every fictional hero she’d ever imagined in her head. Except she’d never imagined one of them cursing at her while shaking their bleeding hand in an accusing fashion.
He seemed to realize she was staring at him, because the cursing stopped.
“You cut me,” he said. His voice was pleasant. British. Very ordinary. He looked at his hand with critical interest. “Now, is that any way to treat someone who’s just trying to rescue you?”
“Rescue me?” Tessa echoed. She blinked at him. “Who are you?”
“Will,” he said, and held out his bleeding hand. “Will Herondale.”
This one was a little hard to find a cute, short excerpt so I just went with one of my favorites. When Tessa meets Will.
Clockwork Angel is one of those books that is pretty popular because of City of Bones. When I first picked it up many people stopped me in the halls saying: “Oh that book is so good!” or “How far are you? That’s my favorite book.” There was also the big smiling faces of people who didn’t say much but were excited I was reading it.
The general consensus was that Angel is better than Bones. I agree to a point. I loved Tessa and Jem and Will but Will was way to close to Jace from City. Will was more of a Jace 2.0 and so I wasn’t as in love with his arrogant remarks, lack of caring for others, hiding his feelings from everyone. With Jace I was like oh my god I love you. Will I was like yeah okay can you stop being an ass?
Don’t get me wrong, Will is great but I fell in love with Jace’s character first and so Will was so incredibly close to the same quirks and faults that I was like okay Clare. There’s some actions of his that I was annoyed with but I think I understand him. But I won’t know for sure until I read Clockwork Prince. Or maybe Princess.
Unlike Bones, Tessa has a bit of a love triangle. I’m not sure if it will become a true love triangle but the foundation for one was laid. And like most triangles, James (Jem) is Will’s polar opposite.
Jem and Will have been friends since they were young and Jem showed up at the Institute. They were quick friends and Jem is probably one of the only people that can keep Will from being a total ass at all times. He seems to understand Will pretty well but sometimes I think it will be Tessa who will be the one to figure him out.
Jem isn’t my favorite of the two but he can be quite sweet. He has an illness that keeps him from achieving full potential and it wasn’t something that I would’ve guessed. I tried many times as he had his spells and I was definitely wrong. I talked to a friend and she agreed that he is sort of boring. Jem is the face of Clockwork Prince so maybe there’ll be a better chance of an affinity for him.
One of the most annoying characters was Jessamine. She is a whiny Shadowhunter who doesn’t want to be a Shadowhunter. She spends her days fantasizing over pretty dresses and marrying a man who isn’t a Shadowhunter so she can get out of the Institute. She’s snobbish and just sort of looks down upon the whole Shadowhunter part. She’s friends with them but she finagles her way out of things when it comes to a need. Maybe it’s just me and my ways but she’s definitely a product of her time period. Women can’t do anything like own a house or live on her own without a man and so she needs a man for that. I think she’s capable of being independent but anytime a suitable mundane man comes along she pants after him and obeys his every will in hope that he will take her out of the world she loathes to be stuck in. After the ending, though, she might change her mind as the series progresses.
The book as a whole was good. It was slow in some parts and riveting in others. Clare’s writing style is long winded and detail oriented so some parts can be boring. But once you tough through those you get to great scenes.
I’m looking forward to Clockwork Prince and the rest of the series. The Magister and his clockwork army. I’m very curious on how it will turn out. So sooooooon I will be starting that and then on May 5 I will be getting The Heir so a review and update for that will be happening!