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Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1)

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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
Hardcover, First Edition, 479 pages
Published August 31st 2010 by Simon & Schuster, Margaret K. McElderry
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Sanne I'd recommend reading those books in the order they were released:
City of Bones
City of Ashes
City of Glass
Clockwork Angel
City of Fallen Angels
I'd recommend reading those books in the order they were released:
City of Bones
City of Ashes
City of Glass
Clockwork Angel
City of Fallen Angels
Clockwork Prince
City of Lost Souls
Clockwork Princess
City of Heavenly Fire

From Clockwork Angel on, both series kind of intertwine and some things are foreshadowed in one series that is going to happen in the other. This way you're reading it as Cassandra Clare intended the story to unfold, and you won't be accidentally "spoiled" for one series. :)(less)
Julie I actually preferred to read Mortal Instruments before... It gave me a better sense of the shadowhunter world when I got to read the Infernal Devices.…moreI actually preferred to read Mortal Instruments before... It gave me a better sense of the shadowhunter world when I got to read the Infernal Devices. However, I read the Infernal Devices after I read City of Glass. That was actually a good idea because if you read the Infernal Devices series after City of Glass, you can catch some references to the Infernal Devices in City of Fallen Angels, Lost Souls, and Heavenly Fire. At least some of the most prominent references to Infernal Devices came after City of Glass. Also, by the time you read up to City of Glass in the other series, you're already pretty well developed in the shadowhunter world in knowing what's going on. So, when you get to Infernal Devices, you would not have to learn the basics of everything.(less)
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Kat Kennedy
Jan 20, 2016 Kat Kennedy rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Don't ask. I'll only start swearing.
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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
Mar 23, 2015 Jesse (JesseTheReader) rated it really liked it
THIS WAS SO GREAT. I'm so glad that I finally picked it up! I'm going to be doing video review/discussion for this so be on the look out for that soon on :)
Lola  Reviewer

When people ask me ''Who is your favorite author?'' I never know exactly what answer to offer. I very much enjoy reading L.J. Smith’s books. But C.S. Pacat is my favorite M/M author! And let’s not forget how amazing J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series is. Oh, and have you heard of Kiera Cass? She wrote such a swoon-worthy love story! And Eliza Crewe, Leigh Bardugo, Laini Taylor and Marissa Meyer are all new favorite authors of mine.

Nonsense. No need to be torned ever again.


Mountain View

“One must always be careful of books," said Tessa, "and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”


Mountain View


You can find the full review and more about this book on my blog!

I never thought this could be that good.I had started "City of Bones" (the first book of The Mortal Instruments by the same author) but it didn't work for me so I thought this could be the same but I was totally wr

Wendy Darling
A fan of Will Herondale, are you? Prepare to swoon.

The Dirty Sexy Attic Scene, from Will's point of view:

Yeah, yeah, it's a little over the top in parts, but who cares? :D Yum

Merged review:

I don't give many 5 star reviews, but this one is definitely a 5 star book for me. While I liked Mortal Instruments, I wasn't as rabid a fan as I know many people are, so I read Clockwork Angel out of curiosity more than anything else...and I'm so glad I did!

This book is
Kat O'Keeffe
Dec 04, 2013 Kat O'Keeffe rated it it was amazing
This book was SO GOOD! I will admit I'm not the biggest fan of 3rd person past tense, so it did take me a little while to get into it, but once I did WOW! The world building and the characters and the story are all fantastic and woven together SO well, and the ending was brilliant, full of action and surprises! I've already grown attached to these characters and have become invested in their story and their secrets--I'm especially dying to know what's going on with Will!

Overall, an EXCELLENT fir
This book got 1.5 stars from me simply because I was also reading Tiger's Quest by Colleen Houck, and comparing with Tiger's Quest, Clockwork Angel looks like it deserves 1.5 stars...

In order to save you some precious time, I will tell you my honest reaction to Clockwork Angel right here, right now:

Thank you, Shou.

Also, when I first opened the book, I was faced by this description as well:

Magic is dangerous-but love is more dangerous still.

*sighs* What kind of soap-operatic shit is that!? I hat
To be honest, I’m not quite sure how to rate this book. It wasn’t all bad, but I wouldn’t say it was good either. It was rather boring at times and the story dragged heavily, especially in the middle and towards the end. None of the characters has become particularly dear to me. I didn’t buy the love story.
However, I think I would have liked it much better if I hadn’t read the Mortal Instruments series before. But the books are so similar (which was to be expected, I know, as they are set in th
Jul 14, 2014 Cara rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: A must for TMI fans
Oh you guessed it I read this to up my book count! So, granted it's not an entire book but I really needed to catch up.

For those of you that didn't know about it here is the link. It's the attic scene from the Will's perspective.

This just made me more excited for Clockwork Prince to come out. Goodness I am not patient these days!

Merged review:

Seriously blown away doesn't even cover it. I have to admit I had my doubts and reservations about how this book was going to turn out. We have the eve
Mikee Andrea (ReadWithMikee)
Clockwork Angel was AMAZING. If you love The Mortal Instruments, then you will surely love this book, maybe even more than the original series itself. And if you didn't, well I honestly believe The Infernal Devices will succeed in what The Mortal Instruments failed to do.

The characters were one hundred times more better than that of The Mortal Instruments! Everybody was so much more likable and mature. I really thought for a second that Tessa Gray was older than sixteen years old because she
What a load of bloody melodrama. This book ought to be sung in operatic fashion by a cast of three in a slightly seedy theatre in Brooklyn. It's the sort of book that's dreadfully self-important but really, when you think about it, nothing happens: a few people appear, some technology gets destroyed, two things kiss and stuff, and between all that is a metric ton of filler.

Listen, I'm not going to lie and say I didn't kind of enjoy it. This was my third attempt at reading this, and I guess thir
Jan 26, 2016 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, owned
I now understand the Will Herondale hype.
"It was books that made me feel that perhaps I wasn't completely alone."--Will Herondale

So, this is it. My very first book by the incredibly popular writer, Cassandra Clare, and she didn't disappoint me at all. I've always wanted to give her books a try and see what the hypes are about but was taken aback by such a HUGE chronicle. I mean, there are other series more or less related to The Infernal Devices or The Mortal Instruments and I have the habit of readathoning all of them. Fortunately
Most people are constantly raving on about Clockwork Angel and the whole TID trilogy being better than TMI, and i'm like 'I ain't gonna believe that shit til i see it'. So, i brought the book. Was it better from TMI? Big, fat NO.

The beginning (1-100 pg)
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The beginning till the middle was horrible. I had to force myself to keep on reading. It was so tedious i had to fight the urge to fall asleep. Most of the stuff was not even relevant and important! There was so much small, annoy
Apr 02, 2016 Maureen rated it really liked it
I originally read this....not sure when? Probably around release date or soon after Clockwork Prince was released...but I reread by listening to the audiobook and it was fantastic!

I definitely didn't love this as much as I did when I read it the first time but I still really enjoyed it!


I love this world and I love the steampunk elements so much. My only qualm with the audiobook is Gabriel Lightwood's voice because it
Oct 02, 2013 Reader-ramble rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Absolutely no one.
Cassie Clare. We meet again.

I apparently have gained a following because of these reviews, and they have convinced me to use my analytical powers on The Infernal Devices series. You could say I'm easily swayed because I lack dignity. But this is really just too much fun. It's so much fun, I need to be stroking a cat.

First, the usual disclaimer. This review contains spoilers, griping, whining, over thinking, and general ranting. Trolls need not apply.

Let's get started.

Ladies and gents. Gather 'ro
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
GUUUHHHHHHH. Jem Carstairs, you slay me.
Melissa Martin
May 12, 2016 Melissa Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, fantasy-all

I can't believe it took me so long to read this book! I loved the world it is set in and all of the characters accept the evil ones. Although, the evil ones were done very nicely indeed!

I'm sure about a million thousand people know the story by now, but I guess I will tell it some more

Tessa Grey comes to London to be with her brother Nate after their Aunt dies. But she is captured by the evil Dark Sisters. They torture her into using a magic she didn't know she had. And then she is saved by Wi
Jul 30, 2015 Chloe rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
My favourite book of the year so far! Can't wait to carry on with the rest of the series!
Mar 13, 2016 Maxwell rated it liked it
Shelves: i-own-it, ya, kindle, 2016
I don't really have a lot of complex thoughts or feelings about this book other than it was an enjoyable read. It played out exactly how I expected it to after having read The Mortal Instruments series and understanding how Cassandra Clare plots her stories and writes her characters. At times it was a bit predictable and the characters fit into their tropes. I liked Jem because he felt a bit more fresh; I don't understand the love for Will at all. He and Jessamine are basically 1800's versions o ...more
Mar 03, 2016 grace rated it it was amazing
(Reread) JEM JEM JEM...also love Will, but JEM
Andie (_HalfBl00dPrincess)
Beautiful no matter how many times I've read it.
Mar 07, 2016 Hionia rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-books
description Whatever you are physically,..., male or female, strong or weak, ill or healthy-all those things matter less than what your heart contains. If you have the soul of a warrior, you are a warrior. Whatever the color, the shape, the design of the shade that conceals it, the flame inside the lamp remains the same. You are that flame.


After reading "City of Glass", the third book in "The Mortal Instruments" series, I decided to take a break and return to the Shadowhunter world whenever I was in the r
Lindsey Rey
Feb 22, 2015 Lindsey Rey rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, 2015
Enjoyed this one and found it very intriguing! I will be continuing this series.
Apr 06, 2016 Ayesha rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Ayesha by: Aeron Trahaearn

DISCLAIMER:A fangirl rant in short a non-review.

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Mar 04, 2016 Amy rated it really liked it
Having read Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series beforehand and having only found them to be entertaining but certainly not amazing, I began Clockwork Angel with fairly modest expectations, anticipating at the most, unique characters and humor abound. Wow. Be forewarned: this book is no literary great. There is no literary aspiration here, no groundbreaking prose, no food for thought. Put very plain and simple, this is the best kind of guilty pleasure book there is.

In Clockwork Angel ther
Dec 04, 2013 Heather rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, urban-fantasy, 2010
As my fellow readers well know, I adore Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments Series with unrivaled passion. After all, Jace Wayland is my fictional husband, it’s only natural I would want to devour anything written by the woman who thought him into existence. But…when I read the synopsis of ClockworkAngel, I was a bit reluctant to begin another journey that existed in the same world as my beloved Jace, Clary, and Co., even it is set 100 some odd years prior. I intuitively felt that the only way ...more
Dec 26, 2010 Joyzi rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of TMI trilogy
Recommended to Joyzi by: Cassandra Clare
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Joel (Throne of books)
*3.5 stars*

Dare I say, this wasn't horrible? It wasn't AMAZING nor did it in any way blow me away -because let's face it more than a few of the events that happened were literally the same things that happened in the mortal instruments.- but it wasn't HORRIBLE. *cough cough* TMI.

If you've been following my reviews for awhile, you probably know that I absolutely hate The Mortal Instruments. My strong disliking was to the point where when I heard Cassandra Clare would be writing more than one
Aug 29, 2015 Twila rated it really liked it
"Beware the hand of man. Beware."
"Good God,"

I can't remember all the details from this book's predecessor, City of Bones, but the plot between these two were pretty similar.
The MC doesn't know it, but she turns out to be special and different than she thought. A family member goes missing and she has to enlist the help of the Shadowhunters to try to get them back. Her life soon gets caught up in magic and the supernatural.

Even the characters were simila
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"Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilo
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