Monday, August 12, 2013

Book Review: Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3)

Release Date: March 19, 2013
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Length: 570 pages

A net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. Mortmain plans to use his Infernal Devices, an army of pitiless automatons, to destroy the Shadowhunters. He needs only one last item to complete his plan: he needs Tessa Gray.

Charlotte Branwell, head of the London Institute, is desperate to find Mortmain before he strikes. But when Mortmain abducts Tessa, the boys who lay equal claim to her heart, Jem and Will, will do anything to save her. For though Tessa and Jem are now engaged, Will is as much in love with her as ever.

As those who love Tessa rally to rescue her from Mortmain’s clutches, Tessa realizes that the only person who can save her is herself. But can a single girl, even one who can command the power of angels, face down an entire army?

Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment, and the tangled threads of love and loss intertwine as the Shadowhunters are pushed to the very brink of destruction in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy.


Protagonist: What can I say? I freaking love Tessa! So, Tessa may not be a kick-ass heroine charging in and taking action, but she just as awesome in her own right. In this book we see Tessa discovers new things about herself and who she is, where she came from, and how she even exists. She grows stronger and begins to take action to help herself rather than wait for a Shadowhunter to swoop in and save her. I have to say that it's ironic that I consider Tessa a stronger heroine than Clary, even though Cary's the one who's a full-fledged Shadowhunter.

Romance: So, about a month or so ago, I was accidentally spoiled as to how this love triangle would resolve itself. Since the spoiler was so out of context it skewed my view as to how this settled for me. It made me a bit apprehensive to read this final installment, but now in the context it's completely different. I love how Cassandra Clare ended this love story. It's real and it's different and it completely made me rethink how that spoiler was presented. While I never really chose a team for this love triangle, since back when I began this I was still naive enough to think that I'd never choose a side in a YA love triangle, I did find myself drawn more towards one pairing rather than the other. This pairing seemed more natural and flowed better than the other, though we saw less of this other pairing so that's probably why the other one seemed so right...

World-Building: This final installment wrapped many things up perfectly and I loved that even though we have had seven other books in this world surrounding this mythology, the author is still able add to it and make things discussed in the sequel series seem fresh and new and tie together very well. This installment focuses more on Tessa and Mortmain's plans for her. We learn the secrets kept from Tessa and the revelations about her clockwork angel that no one but Mortmain ever knew. I have to say thoug, Mortmain reminds me of Valentine in many ways and it wasn't until this book that those parallels became clear.

Predictability: I'll say there are many things about this book that aren't predictable. I was shocked at all the appropriate parts and even though there was a bit of foreshadowing that made some moments more predictable was probably intended I still enjoyed following those clues and predicting what might happen. I have to say though that this one was great, Cassie Clare always knows how to give just enough so that we aren't completely blindsided, yet keep enough away so that we can be surprised by what she has in store.

Ending: This ending, which I had accidentally spoiled, was kind of weird to me, it shows something I don't think has ever been done in a YA novel before and it was an epilogue that really re defined how I looked at epilogues, while I already loved them I felt that after this one they are more or less required to make a series or even a stand alone novel seem finished. It's that constant wondering that I hate to have when I finish a series and this epilogue put everything to rest and made me love them even more.


This is no surprise right? I mean I love Cassie's books and it's hard for her to get less than five from me, though it's happened before, and this one was just the best one she's written so far and I can't wait to see what's to come next in this world she's created.

P.S. I know I've been gone for a while I recently put up a video explaining why, in a nutshell it's because I've been helping out on three different yet related moves, one being my own, and so it's been hard to make videos and reviews but it's starting to settle down now.



  1. I'm glad you liked it and that it wasn't so much spoiled for you! Did you cry towards the end? I was a baby in the epilogue. My heart just couldn't handle it. I agree with you on everything. I loved how Cassie ended this series. It was perfect :)

    P.S. Its totally understandable why you've been gone! I've been busy these last two weeks too! I'm behind on our read-a-long :/ I. FAIL. AT. LIFE.

    P.S.S. I also wrote a review for this if you....yano want to check it out :D

  2. I loved this book, but I hated the epilogue. I felt like it was a cop out, to be honest. Despite that, I still gave it a 5! LOL! I love Clare and her writing. I haven't read anything by her I haven't liked.

  3. I'm one of those people who loved the epilogue. I felt like it was consistent with Tessa as a character, and it didn't cheapen the love story she shared with Will and Tessa. Unlike Elena Gilbert from The Vampire Diaries, she didn't play with anyone's emotions and remained true to herself til the very end.

  4. Really great review, Zach. I'm with you. The conclusion of the romance may have seemed weird to some people, but I felt it actually made a lot of sense. And bravo for not spoiling it for anybody who still doesn't know. I don't understand all the hate that surrounds Cassie's writing because after reading TID, I will be her fan for life.

    Mary @ Mary Had a Little Book Blog

  5. Great Review and it was a tad weird but I was happy either way with it's ending.