Friday, October 1, 2010

Recommendation: 'Clockwork angel' by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork angel by Cassandra Clare

It’s rare to find a book that you can connect with from the very first sentence till the very last page, where you’re afraid to read the last sentence because you know the story has come to an end. This is what happens when you read books written by Cassandra Clare. (Well, it might not happen to everyone BUT it does for me lol).

Cassandra Clare is the author of the Mortal Instruments series: City of Bones, City of Ashes and City of Glass. I read this series last year and it has to be one of my favourite series so far. When I finished reading these books I wanted to read more of her work, but I had to wait 9 months for the next series to be released.

The new series was released 2 weeks ago, and I was one of the many *teens waiting in line to get my hands on Clockwork Angel, which is the first book to the Infernal Devices series. (*I am… 21 :))

The story focuses for the most part on Tessa Gray, an American who sails to England to live with her brother after her Aunt Harriet dies from a sudden fever. Upon arriving, she is abducted by two nefarious characters referred to as the Dark Sisters who give her a crash course in what it means to be a Downworlder. Tessa grew up believing that the most excitement to be had could only be found in the pages of her beloved novels. Tessa, however, is a powerful shape shifter with the ability to retain the thoughts and memories of those whose form she has replicated. She learns that her brother has been abducted and that she was lured to England because a mysterious creature often referred to as the Magister covets her abilities. Tessa must cooperate with the Dark Sisters or she is sure to lose the only living relative she has left. I honestly really enjoyed this book and was sad to see it end. This is the first in a trilogy of prequels, so many of the questions raised in this book have yet to be answered. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys fantasy in a Victorian England setting, or who doesn’t mind that romance isn’t the primary focus of this tale. Rather, this story explores the idea of what it means to be human and the importance of family, even if those you surround yourself with aren’t bound to you by blood. Clockwork Angel also shows how destructive secrets can be and the damage it can wreak on your relationships and mental health. This book may have its fair share of flaws, but I think the good outweighs the bad and I’m happy to have read it. So with that said, EVERYONE reading this should get a copy of Clockwork Angel and read it. (The guy on the cover is Hot! :)

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

Click here to check out all the Cassandra Clare books that we have in the library. :)

- Keez

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