Sunday, December 11, 2011

"Clockwork Prince" (The Infernal Devices Book 2) ~ Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Prince: Deleted Scene (The Infernal Devices Shorts, #2.1)

Let's take a moment to drool over, I mean, appreciate the pretty cover, shall we? *sighs*

Once again, Cassandra Clare has managed to suck me into her colorful story of adventure, intrigue, love, romance and excruciating heartbreak.  *clutches chest*  Normally, I blast through books in a few hours, but I purposely took my time with this one because I wanted to savor every minute with Will, Jem and Tessa but HOLY CUPCAKE!!  Could you find another way to rip my heart out, do a "stomp the yard" dance on it and throw it back at me with demon pox all over it?!  *clutches chest*  How anyone with a heart can NOT be "Team Will" after this book, I'll never understand but if they aren't, then I say, in the words of giddy Will, "A demonpox on all your houses!" OK, so that's a tad harsh but still.

"Clockwork Prince" picks up right where "Clockwork Angel" leaves off, with Tessa still trying to discover who she is and what Mortmain wants with her.  She's no longer the naive girl who first arrived in London but has grown into a strong, brave young woman whose learning to hold her own among the Shadowhunters.  She seeks solace from her broken heart in her friendship with Jem only to discover that her feelings for him may be developing into something stronger.  Will continues to battle his inner demons while struggling with his feelings for Tessa.  He's doing his best to push her away but he finds the more he does the more he feels drawn to her.  Jessamine is still as self centered as ever, Sophie, just as loyal and Charlotte and Henry are forced to deal with pressure from the Clave that brings Gideon and Gabriel Lightwood to their door.  (Hellew Gideon!) 

There were a lot less of those creepy metal automatons which was a good thing because they gave me nightmares while reading "Clock Angel" (no offense to Ms. Clare).  I'm sure they'll make their return and in full force in "Clockwork Princess" but for now, it's all about the humans. (so to speak)  Gabriel and Gideon add a spark to the mix as do the new servants who are assigned to take Agatha and Thomas' places while Sophie proves again that she's not your average housemaid.

I was not expecting this to be as gut wrenching as it was and I was following the Twitter threads which I thought would've prepared me some - #sillyme.  Will's story, his family and the letter he writes them will rip your heart out. *clutches chest*  When he realizes he's been misled and he attempts to undo all that's happened, you'll be shouting "TEAM WILL!" from the rooftops, or at least from wherever you're reading.  Don't get me wrong, I like Jem, I really, really like him but I *HEARTS* Will!  (There is just something about those tortured Herondale boys.)  There's still plenty of adventure and a lot of heart racing passion.  (A LOT!)  The end is a roller coaster ride of emotions (*CLUTCHES CHEST*) leaving you wishing it wasn't such a long wait for "Clockwork Princess" to be released. 
 

SPOILERS: DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THE BOOK

What I loved about the book:
*Will's vulnerability
*I LOVE giddy Will!
*Will & Tessa on the balcony
*Jem & Tessa in Jem's room
*Charlotte & Henry (Chapter 18)
*Sophie & Gideon (I *hearts* him too)
*Magnus' kindness towards Will

What I didn't love about the book:
*Still not knowing what Tessa is.

*I didn't love Jem & Tessa's engagement because I think Will and Tessa belong together.  Now the only way it seems possible for them to be together without Jem getting hurt is for him to die and that's no fun.  My question is if Jem and Will are so close, how could he not have a clue about Will's feelings for Tessa?  He's supposed to know Will so well but missed this?  Rubbish!  I can't put my finger on it but something just doesn't sit right with me about Jem and Tessa.  I know that Jem is the safe pick for her but she's "in love" with Will.  There's a difference between being "in love" with and "loving" someone. 


10 comments:

  1. -SPOILER-

    WILL FOREVER! **sigh of despair** Man, that proposal ripped my heart out of my chest, shattered it into bits, and drowned the pieces. **cries at only the memory of the pain**

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  2. I know! I was so torn! I thought it was a beautiful proposal but I LOVE WILL and my heart was breaking for all three of them. :(

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  3. I love this blog. Firstly, I must say, TEAM WILL FTW!!
    Secondly, I agree on the engagement - as much as I like Jem, I was so praying for WIll to get there first! (imo Jem's a bit of a flake)
    Thirdly - Sophie's badass!
    Fourthly (this could go on forever ya know!) - Giddy Will is THE BEST!!
    FIfthly - Magnus <3
    And last but not least - the steamy scenes between Jem/Tessa & Will/Tessa.... OH MY.... *blushes* lol

    I can't believe we have to wait SO GODAMN long for Clockwork Princess... but alas, not much we can do short of tying down Cassandra and tasering her until she gives us a copy (Is that too much?) so yeah... *whistles*

    Good job xD

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  4. Thanks for the kind words Katheryn!!! Btw, You are a stitch!

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  5. Mary-Sweet, I do too, I really do! I just don't want to see him get hurt (like Tessa) and I think he will. :'(

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  6. This review - hearts, flowers, all the awards. It's exactly what I felt when reading the book, and although I'm still recovering from the heartbreak, I'm glad that so many people are now on Will's side. 

    The engagement bothers me - the timing was odd, his mini guilt trip about how being with her will make him live longer wasn't really appropriate, and I kinda hate that she's settling out of a misplaced desire to protect him in his dying days. Right at the start, his fear was that she saw and treated him differently because of his illness, and right at the end that's exactly what she did. The three of them will be miserable and Jem is going to be heartbroken that the two people he loves best are sacrificing so much to keep him in the dark. Her decision was wrong, and both boys deserved better. 

    Will...he was wonderful and heartbreaking and I just want him to be happy. He deserves it more than anyone, but it's hard to see how it will happen. As we know, there is only ever one woman for Herondale men (Will's father, Will, Jace and even Stephen who always loved Amatis even after their forced separation) and we know Will won't make a move on Jem's girl, Tessa's gutless and if Jem's as oblivious as he was in this book, it's hard to see how it can be worked out for him. 

    You know - my favourite romantic scene wasn't any of the kisses, it was the scene with Will & Tessa in the infirmary, where she thinks she's dreaming and cuddles into him and wishes he was always like that. It said a lot about where her heart truly lay, and obviously gave Will hope before it was cruelly crushed. If only she had realised it was real!

    Great review, sorry for the length of reply - the book still gives me feelings. 

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  8. First, a big "Thank you!" to Cassie Clare for taking the time to read my review and retweet it. Second, thank you Natalie Fay for posing the question on twitter. (see link) There's been lots of curiosity about what Cassie meant when she commented on my review via twitter and I thought I'd share it below. She has a good point. :)

    https://twitter.com/cassieclare/statuses/146268184952057857

    Natalie Fay @NatalieFayBooks 12 Dec 11

    @cassieclare @cupcakegirly "http://jenuinecupcakes.blogspot.com "Spoilers!..Contains 1 thing I don't agree.." //What do you disagree with?
    Cassandra Clare @cassieclare

    @NatalieFayBooks That Jem should know Will's feelings and step back but Will has no responsibility to do the same.

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  9. Thanks so much Sunny for taking the time to comment! :D

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