Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Release Date: August 31st 2010
Series: The Infernal Devices #1
Genres: Love & Romance, Paranormal, Steampunk, Young Adult
Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still.When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.
Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What’s more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa’s power for his own.
Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by—and torn between—two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm’s length . . . everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world. . . . and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.
Whether you like Cassandra Clare as a person or not, whether you think she is continuing to dish out Shadowhunter books to get as much cash as possible or not, or whether or not you think she is a plagiarizer , I think you can enjoy this book. If you go into the book with an open mind. Because I agree with all of those things I just mentioned in that long, run-on sentence, and yet I still fell in love with this book.
Tessa Gray is our heroine in CLOCKWORK ANGEL, and her story starts off with a ship. Tessa is traveling from New York to London, to meet up with her brother because their aunt recently died. Little does she know, her entire life is about to change. She realizes she fell for a trap, and ends up in the Dark Sister’s clutches, a pair a crazy warlocks who work for a mysterious man called The Magister.
I really liked Tessa, she seemed like a pretty strong heroine for the most part. She is powerless except for the fact that she can Change into any living or dead being, but I appreciated the fact she never stood back and let other people fight over her. I do wish she showed a little more resistance to Will, though-considering how modest the women in this time period are.
Speaking of this time period, I love historical fiction. I was hoping for so much more in regards to the world building because Clare has such a magnificent stage to paint this story upon. It’s Victorian London. Maybe we will see more of it in the next book?
Still, he is gorgeous and mysterious-and what girl can’t fall prey to that occasionally? I’m really curious to see what his motives are-see what drives him to do, act and say everything he does. Especially after that crazy cliffhanger with Magnus (and how he treated Tessa on the roof!) I was happy to see a softer, more protective side of him when it came to Jem.
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare,
Illustrated by HyeKyung Baek
Review By: Alise
Publisher: Yen Press
Pages: 240 (Paperback
Genre: Manga (Graphic Novel)
Series: The Infernal Devices Manga (#1)
Release Date: October 30th 2012
A manga-adaption to the prequel of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, The Infernal Devices is the story of Tessa Gray, a sixteen-year-old American girl traveling alone to Victorian London who runs afoul of the city’s sordid supernatural underworld. Rescued by the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, Tessa quickly finds herself caught up in an intrigue that may very well destroy her new friends – including the two enigmatic young men, Jem and Will, who have taken her under their wing..
I know what you are thinking, “How come the graphic novel got a higher rating than the actual novel?” Well, dear friends, this novel came first. The graphic novel is based on the book, therefore it’s job is only to make an illustrated version. It this aspect, it did so perfectly.
I usually have serious issues with graphic novel interpretations because they leave out my favorite parts, or sometimes even the important parts. It’s in the small details that sometimes the best information lies. This graphic novel adaption did not have that problem at all, I felt it was a fantastic manga adaption.
It even perfectly captured the character’s mannerisms and characteristics. Needless to say, I thought the artwork was absolutely gorgeous and it depicted the characters exactly how I had imagined them! Except Henry, although I must say I like the manga’s version as well! That cover just doesn’t do it justice.
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I highly recommend CLOCKWORK ANGEL fans check it out. It also provides an excellent recap for CLOCKWORK ANGEL if perhaps you do not have enough time to reread the entire book. I definitely wouldn’t substitute it though-you can’t beat the real thing!