Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1)
Let me just preface this by saying I really really loved Clare’s The Mortal Instruments. I DEVOURED the entire series in a very short period of time. There was just no stopping me. Immediately after finishing that series, I bought The Infernal Devices, but I sort of forgot I had them until I was going through the large collection of new books I keep forgetting I have. I saw them sitting in their box and began wondering why I hadn’t started them. They looked so sad and forgotten. I still don’t have an answer for the not reading of the books, but short story long…I have started them and I am in love.
I guess it’s just that YA/supernatural/fantasy thing that always gets me…and I truly did love the Shadowhunter world, so it makes sense that a sort of prequel to The Mortal Instruments would make me equally happy. Actually, I may like The Infernal Devices even MORE because I LOVE books set in the past. Clockwork Angel is set in 1878 London and is about an American girl (Tessa) who travels to London after her aunt died at the request of her brother, who had moved and was working there. Of course, as tends to happen in the Shadowhunter universe, things go awry and battles with the supernatural begin. There’s also some of the love drama stuff, because OF COURSE THERE IS…but I REFUSE to give you details, so don’t even try to get it out of me! YOU’LL NEVER MAKE ME TALK!
I will, however, tell you that you should really look into this series. The characters are equal parts fun and infuriating, so you’ll not lack for eyerolls and awws. (and also if you choose to read these, you should know Henry is my favorite character. You’ll see why.) But if you hate it, I totally didn’t recommend it and you have me confused with someone else. I mean, we all know my tastes are a bit strange and maybe also a bit immature. DON’T JUDGE ME!
In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.
The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them…
Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2)
I’m still deeply in love with these books and these characters. Henry is still my favorite. I will still rave over the supernatural themes and the fictional history in these books. Clockwork Prince has made me so very happy. BUT THEN THERE ARE THE MOMENTS THAT MADE ME SO DESPERATELY SAD. There were moments that made me lose all interest in the third and final book, only because I was hoping for slightly different outcomes. But it’s fine. I’m fine. Ignore the sobbing you can no doubt hear no matter where you reside.
But in all seriousness, I will finish this trilogy and I’m sure I will love it. I had heard a few negative reviews from past readers. Many people were displeased with what seemed to be a greater focus on the characters relationships, as opposed to the wider story. I totally see how that could be a bad thing, but I think it was important to address the people as individuals and to explain their attachments (or lack thereof). I mean, this story would be nothing without the additional stories the players have created between them. You can’t very well have a decent story without developing the characters and their feelings for each other.
In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.
With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.
Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, but her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will—the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?
As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.
Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3)
Man…This trilogy…I’m really glad I read it. I mean…it’s been a while since I consumed a series so quickly. Then again, it’s been a while since I’ve actually sat down and relaxed with a book. Most of the time, I’m trying to do a zillion other things at once, and I can’t really focus on what I’m reading. But anyway…after finishing the series, I was automatically like “OH MY GOSH I NEED TO GO BACK AND READ THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS BECAUSE I REMEMBER HOW THIS TIES IN NOW!” So anyway…the final book wrapped things up pretty much how I anticipated it would. There’s a lot to be said for surprises, but I’m truly glad this one went the way it did. I would have been super disappointed if it didn’t. I’d have to give it a negative review and you all know how much I hate doing that.
As a series, I give this a very sincere two thumbs up. The characters MAY be a bit predictable, but I think it served the story well. Of course there WERE some surprises that cropped up, so don’t think the “predictable” characters make this a bad read. They totally don’t. And honestly, would you really want a set of heroes who don’t follow the stereotypes pretty closely? I’m going to answer that for you…no. You wouldn’t. I promise.
I also promise this rave isn’t just an attempt to make you do what I want, therefore brainwashing you. I would never ever do that. (or would I?) Geeze…why do you people still read anything I write? This is terrible.
Danger and betrayal, love and loss, secrets and enchantment are woven together in the breathtaking finale to the #1 New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices Trilogy, prequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series.
THE INFERNAL DEVICES WILL NEVER STOP COMING
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.