Title: Clockwork Prince
Series: The Infernal Devices #2
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Date Published: March 19, 2013
Genre: YA fiction, fantasy, action, historical fiction, thriller, paranormal
Pages: 528 (paperback)
Age Range: 13+
In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when it becomes clear that the mysterious Magister will stop at nothing to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.
With the help of the handsome, tortured Will and the devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal and fueled by revenge. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.
Tessa is drawn more and more to Jem, though her longing for Will continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa answers about who she really is? As their search leads to deadly peril, Tessa learns that secrets and lies can corrupt even the purest heart.
JEM CANNOT DIE!! HE CAN'T! I will have a meltdown if he dies...
The writing was fantastic, as always! It's Cassandra Clare so it's pretty impossible for the writing to be okay, or fine, or just good. You definitely grow closer with the characters in this book, especially Jem. We come to understand how his addiction affects him, and his true feelings about dying and how much the addiction is a struggle for him. It's awful, but he gets through it day by day.
Jem and Tessa grow really close in this book. Things even get a little steamy....okay, a lot steamy. It's great. While Tessa was describing how her heart was pounding; mine was probably beating 10x faster than hers lol! I love the relationship they have; it's sweet and bashful. I'm excited to see how it progresses in the next book, though I will silently praying: Don't die. Please don't die, Jem. UGH, I don't know what I'm doing to do if he does! I'm going to seriously be depressed...
Anyway, on with the review!
I loved how Henry and Charlotte finally came together and talked about their marriage. They both love each other and never talked about it! Henry thought that Charlotte married him because she needed a man in order to run the Institute, and Charlotte thought that Henry married her so his family wouldn't owe hers any money! They were so blindsided!
Speaking of blindsided; Jessie. I was not upset about her betraying them at all. I kind of expected it and wasn't distraught about it because I didn't like her in the first place (who did?). So, yeah, that's all I have to say about that.
Now, let's talk about Will. The reason why Will keeps everybody at a distance is revealed; it's heartbreaking. For five years he has believed that no one loved him and that no one will ever be able to love him because of a curse a demon put on him. It turned out not to be true--the demon had lied. When he found out, it was like Will's heart had shattered, but also opened up. When he started singing about demon pox, I was cracking up! It was just so un-Will-like.
Towards the end, he lets down the wall he's held up around himself for the last 5 years. It freaks everybody in the Institute out because it's so unnatural lol. But then, just when he goes to finally confess to Tessa, he finds out he has no chance because his best friend/parabatai has already won the girl. (GO JEM!). It'll be impossible for Will to go back to the way he was, now. Which makes me happy because I'm ready to see the real Will, not the Will he's been for the last five years.
I believe Tessa loves Jem--she does--but since she still has some feelings for Will, and now that he's finally showing his true, un-cruel self, she's not going to be able to fully walk away from him because she can't help but wonder what she could have had with him! Cassandra...all I have to say is that this is cruel. You are being cruel to your fans. This is just too much for us to handle....yet we continue reading.
Soooo many other things happened in this book, but if I added it to the review, it would just be too darn long. So I kept it short and about the characters. You'll just have to find out about what happened to Nate yourself. Go read the book! You won't regret it.
It's impossible not to love these characters. It really is, because they're all so great!