Review: Clockwork Princess

March 29, 2013 Review 17 ★★★★★

Review: Clockwork Princess
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
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Publisher: Walker
Source: Purchased
Pages: 568
Release Date: March 19 2013
Series: The Infernal Devices #3
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Historical
Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy
Tessa Gray should be happy – aren’t all brides happy? Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa’s heart, will do anything to save her.
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I have gone to start this review about three times to but have failed every single time I try to string coherent words together. How do I explain the effect this last book in one of my favourite series had on me? I loved it. I cried. I felt immense pain. Yet also happiness. It was such an emotional rollercoaster and how do you words?

I guess I should start of with this:


Thank you, Cassandra Clare, for this series. Thank you for amazing characters, frustrating romance, one of the few love triangles I actually like and am conflicted over, and immense heartbreak. I am sad to see these characters go, but look forward to mentions of them in the future. I will reread these and treasure them forever.

CLOCKWORK PRINCESS tore me apart, just like I was expecting. People you love die, they get hurt and, well, it’s hard to read at times. But you just have to keep reading to experience more, to see what happens next, to see how it will all end. I stayed up to 4am to finish it because I just had to know the ending. And I wasn’t disappointed.

Romance was a large focus of this novel, but it didn’t override the important things going on. It just added to the pain. Hilarity from Will was not lacking, and there were some fabulous moments between characters. Action scenes were frequent, and the big action scene at the conclusion did not disappoint. I want to go into more detail on the things I loved, but I don’t want to spoil anything. Can I just say cave scene (though I do have a few issues with that) and the epilogue. My gosh, the epilogue.

The epilogue was very, very bittersweet but it also ends things happily. No one can be disappointed. Well, you can be. I sort of am because it seemed like a cop out, but I have to admit I still like it. It is a plausible solution to things. The epilogue was just… it made me cry and then it made me grin like an idiot then cry then grin… Basically the whole book all over again but concentrated into a few pages. I now have a few theories about TMI and TDA because of it.

One other issue I had was kind of predictability. I predicted some of the events–from clues in the other series and general guessing, really–but that did not affect my experience of reading at all. In fact, learning my predictions were right was really exciting! Other plot points also took my completely by surprise. And then there were some things I feel weren’t wrapped up very well but it’s too spoilery too mention.

Sometimes I think I should be giving CLOCKWORK PRINCESS 4 stars because of a couple of things–the romantic solution and main plot wrap up. But then I think of how the effect it had on me. How many emotions I experienced reading it, the responses I had to plot points, my connection to the characters and world, and the few beautiful lines of writing and I just can’t drop it. I experienced too much pain and joy for it to be anything less than 5 stars.

To end this I just want to say a few things:
– I really loved Cecily
– So many of my ships became cannon. It was great. SOME OF THE SCENE WERE SO HOT (again: cave scene), OMG
And, best for last:

Rating Report
Overall: 5

17 Responses to “Review: Clockwork Princess”

  1. rivie bleu

    I still have to read the first one, everyone says great things about this series. I’m very curious about the whole clockwork books, I really don’t know what to expect about them. I have never read a book like that but I’m excited. I hope I get to read the first one soon

    • Bec

      I love them! They are great books to read just for the sake of reading, despite all the painful feels it gives you. Not knowing what to expect it the best way to go into a book! You get to experience so much without preconceived notions. Good luck finding CLOCKWORK ANGEL!

    • Andrea C.

      I haven’t started them either – though I did have them on my TBR list. However, once I started seeing all these reviews, postings, etc, I knew I had to get them right away. I do have a few books I need to read beforehand, but they’ve definitely been promoted.

      ~Andrea @ Beauty but a Funny Girl

    • Bec

      Yay! That makes me happy :D TID are definitely one of my favourite series. I hope you enjoy them.

    • rivie bleu

      I want to read them but I don’t know when I’ll get to them. This is so true, “You get to experience so much without preconceived notions.” I’m just so curious about this series

  2. Sara @ Forever 17 Books

    I can see the cop out thing about the end. I did have that thought briefly when I finished. I think hearing things the author has said since about it have made it make more sense to me and not mind it much at all. I’m clad you enjoyed it! And the cave scene. lol :)

    ~Sara @ Forever 17 Books

    • Bec

      YES! Cassandra Clare’s explanations really did help clear it up, and it does make sense. I’ve come around to it:)

  3. Esty Nestea

    Oh my gosh, it is so great to find someone who understands that. I also felt like the ending was a total cop- out. And yes, the cave scene *fans myself*. And Cecily was my favorite character (well, after Will. It’s hard to put anyone before Will). I also wrote a review of CP2 on my blog- and you can comment your spoilery thoughts:))
    Esty @ Boarding with Books

    • Bec

      Yep, I agree with every single thing you just said. The more I think about the ending, the more I warm up to it…

    • Bec

      I was at uni when it came out and had no way of getting to the shops. So I made Mum go and buy it >:D I hope you get your hands on a copy soon! You’ll love it.


    There has been immense buzz about this book! I remember when the cover came out a few months ago, everyone was excited!
    I’m glad you enjoyed the novel. Would you suggest the Mortal Instruments series to anyone? One of my friends keeps bugging me about it!

    • Bec

      The Mortal Instruments is good, I don’t mind them. The latest novels are slowly getting better. But I prefer The Infernal Devices series to TMI and would recommend these first.

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