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Clockwork Angel - Cassandra Clare
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Clockwork Angel - Cassandra Clare
Advantages: Storyline, Characters
Disadvantages: Ending until you know there is a follow on book!!
After a client had recommended Clockwork Angel to me I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. I had trouble finding it as she didn't tell me it was a young adults book!
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare is the first book in her The Infernal Devices series and is 496 pages long in the paperback copy.
After the death of sixteen year old Tessa Greys Aunt, she finds herself alone in New York with the only family she has left over in England. Before long a letter from her brother Nathaniel arrives from England inviting her over to stay with him.
Things do not go to plan on her journey to Victorian England, as soon as she arrives she is greeted not by her brother but by two elder looking ladies who say they have been sent to collect her for Nathaniel, but instead they take Tessa back to their living quarters and keep her imprisoned there. It soon becomes clear these are not two normal old ladies, but ladies who are really Warlocks. The sisters try to get Tessa to use her power to change which Tessa knew nothing about.
Tessa is saved from the power of the sisters by Will who is a shadow hunter who protect mundane from all the demons and vampires and other magical forms in the world. Trouble is how long can they protect Tessa when she seems to have a power someone wants very badly.
This is one of few books where I found that each character who is part of the main storyline, has been detailed enough that we actually feel as if it is a group we are familiar with. This helps you to embrace the story more, especially when it come to Tessa and the shadow hunters who are the good side in the book because you know how warm and kind their characters are you genuinely care about what happens to them. There were many characters in the book but each one we recognise from a quality about them which we are shown in the earlier part of the book so I did not find that any time during the book I was getting muddled trying to think which character was which, this I usually find is what happens when I read books that have had to many characters added to it.
This is the first book I have read by Cassandra Clare. I found it quite hard to get into at first which I was a little surprised at with it being a young adults book. I am glad I persevered with the book though as by the time it got to 3-4 chapters in the story started to flow alot better and I found myself slipping into the storyline and quite enjoying it.
Once I had got past the 3-4 chapter I didn't find there were any low parts of the book it seemed to keep an even pace through out although I was a bit put of with the ending of the book but I didn't realise until I looked it up that it was part of a new series so I can now understand how the story was just left as it was.
I didnt find the storyline to be predictive in anyway which I think was a big positive about the book as each time you came to the end of a chapter you couldnt help not putting the book down and reading the next chapter due to the suspense factor you just had to know what was going to happen next!
I have not read a book similar to this so it was refreshing to try something a little different I think the closest I could say the book comes to with previous books I have read is a younger version of the Dresden Files.
I would recommend this book but I would make sure I let them know that it is part of a series as I felt very disappointed and confused by the ending before I knew that it was to be continued............
Summary: An enjoyable Young Adults book