Clockwork Angel Book + Graphic Novel Review

May 29, 2013 Review 26 ★★★★½

Clockwork Angel Book + Graphic Novel Review
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
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Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Source: Purchased
Pages: 476
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.


What have I gotten myself into? It took serious willpower to put this down at six in the morning and finally get some sleep. I can already tell this series is going to be life-ruining. I’m going to enjoy every bit of it. To make matters even worse, Bec is blackmailing making me wait to read CLOCKWORK PRINCE because it is what we are reading in June for the YABBC.

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.

Tessa: “But…”

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?

Will Herondale is the main love interest here, and I say main because he is the only one Tessa really shows romantic feelings for CLOCKWORK ANGEL. Gosh, did I hate Will at first. In fact, this sums up my reactions of him from a good part of the story:
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.
Oh, Jem. Poor Jem.
How do I feel about Jem? Jem is just perfection. I honestly couldn’t think of a fault in Jem even if my life depended on it. His relationship with Will is just… gah. His interactions with Tessa are also gah, if not more so.There was just no words to describe him.
All of the characters are just so amazing, I wish I could give each of them their own paragraphs. Thomas, Jessamine, Sophie, Nate, Mortmain, de Quincey, Camille, Henry, Charlotte-everyone. Everyone was written so amazingly, I loved each and every character. All of them have flaws and secrets, and I can’t wait to read even more about them!
This book ended up giving more questions than it gave answers, but that only makes me even more excited to read the sequel! If you haven’t read this yet, go. Go. Like now.

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare,
Illustrated by HyeKyung Baek

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices: Manga, #1)
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Review By: Alise
Publisher: Yen Press
Source: Borrowed
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.
Not my image!

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!

Please leave CLOCKWORK PRINCE and PRINCESS spoilers out of the comments :)
Rating Report
Overall: 4.2

26 Responses to “Clockwork Angel Book + Graphic Novel Review”

  1. Kezia D

    Ooh I still need to get my hands on this! Do you think I should read the Indonesian translation of CA or the manga adaptation? I cannot find the English version anywhere and I’m not allowed to order it online by my parents… :(

    Great review! I like the new rating system! :)
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    • Alise

      Hmm, I think I would probably give the translation a go. The manga just leaves so many things out! Thanks!

  2. Bec

    Your review is making me tear up thinking of all that happens to the characters. BUT you cannot say I was blackmailing you anymore because you defied my orders and read the ENTIRE series!! Still, fabulous review. Lovely gifs (Except the one for Will. Will was fabulous from the beginning. I will hear nothing against him :P )

    • Alise

      Bahaha! I don’t know, you still blackmail me with everything else-Siege and Storm, especially. Psst, Jem is better.

  3. Stephanie @ The Novlist

    I totally preferred Jem over Will too! I didn’t like him much at first either but I’ve definitely warmed up to him over the course of the series, especially in the last book – boy did I come to love him in CP2, but I still have always preferred Jem. I totally agree with everything you said about Clare as a person – I don’t necessarily agree with her actions but I can’t help but fall in love with this series.
    Awesome review! :)

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    • Alise

      Yes, another Jem fan! I always liked him better too but always felt bad for Will. Yeah it’s hard not to love! Thank you! :)

  4. Aman

    I’ve read CA twice already and love it both times! Though I still haven’t read CP & CPs (I don’t know why!) I didn’t like Will in the beginning either and what he did in the end made me want to smack him, but after reading his scene with Magnus, I did started to love him. I’m so glad you loved this one, Alise! Great review :)
    I’m not a fan of graphic because, like you said, it cuts special scenes and I don’t like that.
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    • Alise

      I can understand why you would want to read it again and again but you MUST read CP! Clockwork Princess is the best out of all of them. Thanks! :)

  5. Jessylyn

    Lovely review! I think I have very similar feelings the first time I read Clockwork Angel, especially Jem. I absolutely adore Jem!

    I also liked how you mentioned the manga adaptation in your review as well. Most reviews I find never mention it, but I’m glad you did.

    I hope you and your friend enjoy the rest of the series, but let me forewarn you in having tissue paper ready and available ;)
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    • Alise

      Thank you! I agree about the tissue thing-a must have! Ah, I love Jem as well. Yeah, I really like manga adaption mainly for the artwork and was glad to see it covered most of the book.

  6. Eve

    I, too, think that if people put aside the negativity about Clare’s plagiarism or whatnot (I’m not really paying attention to these things), they might actually enjoy the book. When I picked it up, I knew nothing about the author but I had already read her first three books in the Mortal Instruments. Although I liked Clockwork Angel and the Infernal Devices in general much more. And I agree that Will was pretty much an ass in this book and Tessa was a bit too starstruck by him, but I think you’re gonna like the second book even more! Things are explained and Tessa puts boundaries. But Jem stays as he is <3 (which is for the best, because can he be any more perfect?).
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    • Alise

      I don’t pay too much attention either, but I completely 100% agree. They are already going into the book hating it-they are going to hate it. I am loving all these Jem fans :) The books just keep better and better as the series progresses.

  7. Rivie

    Ooh, I like the rating report. Apparently I’ve been missing for quite a while, yours is not the first blog that changed while I was away lol
    I still haven’t finished reading it, so I skipped the review for now. But I have a question, I saw you started reading Clockwork Princess right? lol But does that mean you already read Clockwork Prince? Isn’t princess the third book?

    • Alise

      Lol really? Yeah, we moved to WordPress.
      Yeah, Princess is the third book, I had already read Clockwork Prince. They are just that good :)

  8. Melissa (i swim for oceans)

    I’ll be entirely honest. I loved the first installment of the Shadowhunter series, but I got a bit lost on the second part, simply because I felt it followed too closely along the lines of the previous books. However, I can definitely understand why people enjoy this, and it’s cool that there’s a graphic novel, as well! Great review :)

    • Alise

      Ah, no worries! I can kind of understand that. The characters are what made the Infernal Devices so great for me. Thank you!

    • Alise

      Same! :) They have an amazing dynamic. I was pleasantly surprised with this graphic novel and am definitely looking forward to the next two. Thank you!

    • Alise

      I was surprised as well, it really lowered my opinion of her.
      They are pretty enjoyable, but I much prefer the Infernal Devices over the Mortal Instruments series.

    • Alise

      I KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN. Sara, I finished both Prince and Princess already LOL. Princess had me in tears, I had already decided that I couldn’t write a review for it. Loved that epilogue, though.

  9. Tory

    I haven’t read TMI nor TID series but THAT MANGA HAS OFFICIALLY CAUGHT ME! Man, I love my YA novels but when they get such a pretty graphic novel, my walls just collapse. I need to read this ASAP! :’D
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