I'd only been somewhat looking forward to continuing this series. I only had luke warm feelings for the characters with the exception of Vex. He kept...moreI'd only been somewhat looking forward to continuing this series. I only had luke warm feelings for the characters with the exception of Vex. He kept me reading in the first novel because there was just something about him that was interesting. Xandra is still just as emotional and quick to act as she was in the first novel which tends to get her caught up in quite the mess.
In this book much like the first we have a family crisis and it seems only Xandra is the one who can save the day. At least now she has the backing of the Goblins now that she has discovered she is actually Goblin and not a Halvie as she was lead to believe her whole life. There are many things going on in her life that Xandra just can't and won't face because she just doesn't know which way to choose. Should she accept her place as the Goblin Queen and thereby not feel quite so guilty every time she asks for help from the prince, William, and his minions? Or does she attempt to distance herself from them and try to get her life back. When things turn on their head she realizes she must make a decision....and fast.
The novel was ok and left an ending open for the next book in the series. I'll likely read that one as well just because I'm a little curious now as to what will happen. This novel brought to light that the human league had begun slowly but surely to raise violence to the Aristocracy and it will be interesting to see all of this play out.
As far as steampunk goes once again not much here to really classify it as such, more paranormal than steampunk. Also there is still the annoying repetition of "Fang Me". Ugh find a new phrase and try changing it up once in a while!! Really cool cover though!(less)
In all honesty I had totally forgotten about this duo-logy. Not because the first one Once a Witch was bad, I actually really enjoyed the first book,...moreIn all honesty I had totally forgotten about this duo-logy. Not because the first one Once a Witch was bad, I actually really enjoyed the first book, but because I for some reason forgot to look up the next book after I finished the first one! The thing that struck me first as odd with this second book was the fact that the cover of this novel does not at all jive with the characterization of Tamsin the main character. The girl was described in the first book as having really curly un-tamable hair and the cover somewhat hints to that. This cover however depicts a young woman with straight black hair. A little different....um yeah a lot different. Silly to notice things like that I know BUT things like the cover are some of what draw my attention!!
Anyways the elements from the last book that I enjoyed are also found in this book as well. The time travel and the characters. I genuinely liked the characters the first time round so it was fun reading about them again.
In this book the struggle continues with the character Alistair and his quest to find the Domani and prevent the Greene family from creating it. His goal is to ensure the power is never taken from the Knight family and their days of torture and experiments are allowed to continue. So with this book the premise is for Tamsin to go back in time just before the Domani is created and help warn the Greene's, her ancestors, of the plot the Knight family has in the works. There were a lot of new characters introduced from the 1899 time period in particular the Knight family and some noteworthy characters in the Greene family. The glaring difference between the Greene family and the Knight family is that the powers that the Knights possess are much different than those in Tamsin's family. In addition the Knight family use their powers for darker purposes.
Although this book provides a satisfactory conclusion I'm a little disappointed that this is the end. As I said I really liked the characters and would like to see what happens to Tamsin in the future after her climactic ending.(less)
For starters, I knew nothing about this book. I was quite surprised to see that it was recently published and even more surprised to see I got it so q...moreFor starters, I knew nothing about this book. I was quite surprised to see that it was recently published and even more surprised to see I got it so quickly from the library. Made me wonder a little about whether there was any hype over wanting to read this book or not and if not then maybe it was not so good. Well after a little digging around I find out that Kate Locke is a pseudonym, one of a few apparently, of Kady Cross....aka Kathryn Smith oh yeah and also Kate Cross. Dang it! If I had known all this I wouldn't have read THIS book next. I just finished the book The Girl in the Steel Corset which is by Kady Cross. I thought that one was ok, but I like to get a break from the same author and switch things up a bit. I was a little mislead. I try not to read too much about a book before I start it because I don't like spoilers and I'm always afraid a review could sway my opinion and cause me to miss out on a book I would have otherwise enjoyed. They have before. So that aside I did start reading this one anyways. I was already 30+ pages when I discovered the pseudonym thing and for me I'd rather keep me going than to just drop it.
There are three things that I didn't particularly care for and I'll just get those out there and move on to what I liked and what kept me reading. The first thing that annoyed me to no end was the constant use of "bloody", "bollocks", and "fang me". I understand "fang me" was used rather than the F word which was creative BUT not as often as it was repeated. I understand also that the book is set in London and there are going to be other phrases they use that we here in America do not, but it is painfully clear that the author is not British in her overuse of the words. I also noticed early in the novel there are some spellings that are obviously intended to be British but they just fall away and you never see them again. That was strange and not consistent. The other thing that bothered me was more for understanding the plot. I had no clue what the heck was going on or how these classes of people came to be. We have Vampires, Werewolves, Goblins, and Humans. You also have these halvies running around that can be part Vampire and Human or part Werewolf part Human. Very odd. Humans are the minority in this society as somehow the Aristocracy is completely full of nothing but Werewolves and Vampires. Something to do with the plague causing these mutations, but why it is that only the Aristocracy are Vamps and Weres is beyond me. I did appreciate that Author Note at the beginning that gives you the run down on the time and place historically. That was helpful. I think though that the Author's Note should have mentioned the fact that there is a very handy little GLOSSARY and UNDERSTANDING THE ARISTOCRACY section in the back of the book!!! How do you NOT tell your reader?? I'm the reader who never reads the end first and I don't flip through so I'd never be looking at the end for something I need to know in the BEGINNING!! Lastly the other annoyance was that this book is billed as steampunk. This is not steampunk. This is urban fantasy on steroids. There are so many underworld creatures that it is a bit much to keep all of the goings on straight until you get really vested in the story. There are some gadgets that I guess the author was going for steampunk but the story is set in the 20th century and all the gadgets we see are common place just named something different and somehow they work slightly different. Not quite what I think or expect of steampunk. I expect some gadgets I really don't have an idea as to what they are or how they work! So once I resigned myself to the fact that I was not reading steampunk but in fact urban fantasy I was a little more on board. I was bummed as I was wanting to read steampunk but got urban fantasy.
All right that is all out there. Now this was not a terrible book. I did not hate the book. I did enjoy it honestly I did despite what I disliked. There is a fairly interesting story going on here. The main character can be a bit obnoxious at times she is only 21 or so and is a bit on the immature side. Very quick to respond emotionally especially where her family is concerned. If not for the family we honestly would not have a story. What kept me reading though was the introduction of the character Vexation "Vex" MacLaughlin aka Vex or the MacLaughlin. Now I've never been one to favor a wolf character; I've always preferred the Vampires. But THIS Alpha Were has something that I can't describe. He kinda won me over. HE was what kept me reading. I read this to the end, despite wanting to throw it across the room because of all the times I read "bloody", "bollocks, and "FANG ME", I continued to read to see how much Vex would appear and what his role was in this story. The name is weird I will say that....Vexation....yeah but Vex was a good way to shorten it. Almost seemed like Vex was picked first and then it was like oh crap I need a FULL NAME! How about Vexation cause that may sound mysterious. Whatever either way the name works for the character.
On the whole there is a lot going on so I can definitely see where this is going to be a series. IF I should read any further it would be to see if my favorite character Vex remains a part of the story. That's what kept me here, that would be what could draw me in again. Since this is the first in the series and was just released it may be awhile before I can expect another. At this point I'm undecided. I'm on the fence looking over thinking hmm would it be worth the jump or remain where I am.
I'd recommend the book to someone who enjoys urban fantasy with a kick ass, no wait kick arse according to the book, heroine with an interesting twist to how Vampires and Werewolves come to be and a dash of steamy romance, then by all means pick this up. OH and please read the back material! Trust me it will all make much more sense!(less)
When I started the book I'm not quite sure what I was expecting. Girl is given the option to either live with her Gran to stay in the same school OR m...moreWhen I started the book I'm not quite sure what I was expecting. Girl is given the option to either live with her Gran to stay in the same school OR move to NY and attend a boarding school. Hmm which option to choose? Obviously the boarding school. Once getting to said boarding school Violet meets a mysterious boy who later plays a big role in her new life. After meeting her roommate Violet is suddenly surrounded by an amazing group of friends which is unlike her past. She has always struggled to keep everyone at a distance because she has these visions or premonitions that tend to be about the people she loves. The kicker is they always come true, and they are never wrong. On the second day of school however Violet learns she is not the freak she has always thought she was. Turns out the boarding school is a school FOR teenagers with psychic "gifts". They are told to sign an agreement that they will not use their "gifts" to cheat or to expose themselves to outsiders. So having these magical abilities and attending a boarding school where they learn to use these abilities and where these abilities will be beneficial in life....I start thinking this sounds a bit to me like the whole Harry Potter deal. Not completely I agree, but the going to school away from home and finally feeling as though you fit in...yeah that whole vibe is here too.
Comparisons do not end there!
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I give up. Just not keeping my attention. I don't care for the characters enough to finish it. Glad it was free. Attempted to read for nearly a month....moreI give up. Just not keeping my attention. I don't care for the characters enough to finish it. Glad it was free. Attempted to read for nearly a month. Not a good sign.(less)
Wow, I have been waiting for this book for so long now! I finished Clockwork Prince back in November 2011....that's a long time to wait for a series,...moreWow, I have been waiting for this book for so long now! I finished Clockwork Prince back in November 2011....that's a long time to wait for a series, well for me anyways. I'm used to catching on after a series is pretty well established before I pick it up.
So was it worth the wait???
Sure I enjoyed the book.
Did things happen the way I wanted them???
No not entirely, but things were not unsatisfactory either. I liked how the ending worked out and the Epilogue worked as well for me since I got both endings I really wanted, maybe not necessarily in the order I had hoped, but things worked well.
There were a few points I felt were a little predictable, and a couple nice twists that I wasn't expecting. I sort of ruined the ending in a way for myself because I was looking on line trying to get an idea of these surnames and how they all link within this Shadowhunter world and discovered the ending or at least the romantic ties anyways which really ruined things for me as it made things pretty certain. But as I said the Epilogue worked to give me the endings I wanted. I'd still like to see the family tree for the Shadowhunters as I believe this copy was to have, but being a copy from the library if it was an extra part of their book they must have removed it. This copy being a Collector's First Edition makes me believe there surely should have been extra material.
Anyways if you are on the fence and worried about the characters....don't fear it. READ the book!! I don't think you will be disappointed!!(less)
Yet another WOW. I know I'm overusing that word, but at this moment I don't care. I really really really enjoyed this book and CAN NOT wait to get the...moreYet another WOW. I know I'm overusing that word, but at this moment I don't care. I really really really enjoyed this book and CAN NOT wait to get the book once it is released. I was incredibly happy to have won the book as part of the First Reads giveaway and thankful that after having read the first novel I was able to continue the story so quickly by diving right into Clockwork Prince.
Cassandra Clare has done it AGAIN! I couldn't but this book down much like the last two of hers I read. I have literally read them back to back and was not disappointed! It has been a GREAT November for GOODREADS!!
Aside from the expected mistakes being in the advanced reader copy that has yet to be completely edited for those types of mistakes, I was EXTREMELY happy with the story. Although Clockwork Angel felt lacking for me in terms of action, Clockwork Prince DID NOT DISAPPOINT! The series seems more revolving around the characters rather than strictly focusing on what they are set out to accomplish. Much less action I would say then the Mortal Instruments series, but this is not a downfall to this series. For me I'm loving this set up, and the characters are great. I was so ecstatic to see how things worked out for Jem!!!! I LOVE this character and was happy to see the side-kick win the girl! Best played move EVER and I'm so glad Clare did not break Jem into pieces and side with the expected Will. This for me made the novel the best read. I could not stop smiling when I read the section, and was so afraid waiting for that knock on the door that was going to inevitably prevent the triumph. Incredible moment. One of my top three favorite moments! I was sorry to see Will so broken after finding out about his personal demons, and hope to see him happy before the series comes to a close.
Once again a plot twist in the end, thanks for the cliffhanger! It is killing me too now to know this is an advanced reader, THIS novel has yet to be released meaning the NEXT novel is YET to be released as well. What? When? I don't want to wait. I want to know what this twist in the end means???!!!! And most importantly I want to see this triumph come to the conclusion it DESERVES!
I would recommend this book. I do recommend it highly to any fan of the series. If you were on the fence after having read Clockwork Angel.....DO NOT HESITATE TO READ CLOCKWORK PRINCE!!!(less)
This has been on my potenial to-read list for quite sometime. I remembering it being checked out a lot when I was working at the library. It always ma...moreThis has been on my potenial to-read list for quite sometime. I remembering it being checked out a lot when I was working at the library. It always made me wonder how good it was. The cover is attractive so that could be why some kids were picking it up. And it doesn't hurt that it is about some vampires. Wait let me correct my spelling its not "vampires" it is vampyres". Like changing the spelling makes THIS series different and somehow more special than the others out there right now.
I have to say if you read the Twilight series and were at all annoyed by how irritating Bella Swan was, well prepare yourself there is another character that makes Bella seem an interesting character. No joke. Bella is am improvement over this character. This book is following the thought process of 16 year old Zoey who has been Marked to be a vampyre fledgling. She is not a vampyre yet, but after this finishing school, and the education she isaquiring, provided she survives the change, she will be a vampyre. She honestly has the mental capacity of a little child. The use of the word "boobies" and "poopie" was too much for me. I couldn't take the character remotely serious when she mentioned the word "boobies" and then "laughed" to herself in her head with "hee hee". UGH. As if another example was needed of her lack of maturity, it was glaringly obvious with her comparison to her arch enemy Aphrodite, that she had boobies too so she too was not a child. Aside from the physical attributes that make a girl a woman is boobies, but sheesh this does not equal maturity. The novel reads like what it sounds like watching a movie with the commentary turned on. Yes like that only with a whiny, snarky teenage who laughs at words like "boobies".
While the name dropping of figures from popular culture may have impressed other readers, it reminded me of the Gossip Girl series with the constant references to designers. It didn't add to the story, but give it ten years and it will seriously date the book when the references made are no longer relevant.
I'm not fully versed in vampire lore and will not keep away from vampire books but some of the "lore" this book spouts is just ridiculous. A "physiological response to hormones"? THIS is apparently what signifies the change in teens to become potential vampyres. Hmm and scientists have been working to find the link that leads to the change.
There is an entire series that continues likely in this fashion by this mother/daughter writing team. I'm sorry to know this is the kind of junk that is being peddled to teens as "goodreads". I'm not sorry I read it because I was interested in what the hoopla was. I'm going to chalk it up to they just don't know any better. HIGHLY UNRECOMMENDED. Do not kill your brain cells unnecessarily. (less)
I'm not really going to bother with reviewing the book. All I will say is that it was typical and I hate when I can guess what is going to happen befo...moreI'm not really going to bother with reviewing the book. All I will say is that it was typical and I hate when I can guess what is going to happen before it happens in a book. That is just annoying. What annoyed me more though was how poorly edited and just poorly written the novel is. The reason I rushed to read it this weekend was because rather than getting this book first from my holds in the library I get book 2 Torment. So I start and finish this one thinking I'll get the other done quickly.....now though after SO many typos and just annoying mistakes I may not even bother with book 2. Let's just say I would not recommend this to anyone who values their time.(less)
I'm finding more and more that I really can't tolerate some of this Young Adult stuff that is out there. Some are decent reads and I am not at all put...moreI'm finding more and more that I really can't tolerate some of this Young Adult stuff that is out there. Some are decent reads and I am not at all put off by the fact that it is Young Adult. But THIS, this is the kind of stuff that annoys the crap out of me. I finished it. It was a terrible struggle, but I did finish it. I'm not the target audience sure, but then I know even if I were I wouldn't have enjoyed this. I mean jeez a guy who is completely mysterious who really does not share anything with you, who flirts with other girls and really isn't all that great to you, but somehow you fall madly in love with him?!?
What annoys me the most about these books is there is nothing remotely original to this story or this book. I found myself thinking of other books I've read that had similar concepts that I enjoyed much more! The idea of reincarnation is interesting, but I enjoyed the book series The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller MUCH more. And the falling for a mysterious boy has been done time and time again. He rarely eats, he drinks this strange red liquid....can we say hints of Twilight by Stephanie Meyer here?
At least now I'm done and I can mark the book off my list, AND the entire series for that matter. So I've cleaned up my reading list a bit just by reading one book! I guess I'd recommend this to the target audience, but even then I'd hope the girls could find something with a bit more substance to read. I really hate to think girls would model themselves after this character or even wish they could live a life like hers. I cringe at that thought.(less)
Wow. Well I hate that I put off reading this as long as I did because after all I was not disappointed. I was a bit worried after I had read a few rev...moreWow. Well I hate that I put off reading this as long as I did because after all I was not disappointed. I was a bit worried after I had read a few reviews. I hate that I read the reviews because sometimes they can sway my opinion without my meaning to let them. I was going into this a little frustrated with the author in the first place because she went ahead and signed on to write three more additional books to a series that was great as a trilogy and was only intended to be a trilogy. I remember reading the third book, City of Glass, thinking surely she could write more because Clary in the end is just getting exposed to this whole new world of the Shadowhunters and she really has no idea what it is all about or what it means to know she is a Shadwhunter. It would be perfect to explore that in additional books. Not to mention it would give the relationship between Clary and Jace the much deserved attention the trilogy could not give them. It drove me crazy the whole trilogy just waiting to see if the two would ever have their chance together or not.
Anyways, so it took me a while to start the book. Even as I sat down to read I couldn't really get into the book at first. I was still a bit standoffish about it really worried what would happen with the story. At first it felt that the new point of view, that now became the trio of Simon, Clary and Jace, was throwing things off because the trilogy was strictly Clary. The characters did not seem the same which given that things were from Clary's point of view originally the reader never really gets to know the other characters but in relation to her until this book. It opened things up a bit more now that we are actually in Simon's and Jace's head to where as before we really only saw them through Clary's eyes. After I commited one evening of hardcore reading to it and had gotten about 150 pages in THEN I was getting more interested. With another 50 pages I was HOOKED!! I did not want to put the book down much like I was with the first three books.
In the end the book did not disappoint me, it did intrigue me and I'm very curious to see where in the world the author is going to go now. I was worried that something might happen to one of the main characters and I honestly would have stopped with this series had that been the case. I really like these characters and had one been killed I'd have been upset with that. I won't give anything else away, I'll just say if you really enjoyed the first three and you really liked the characters then at least give this one a try. Hopefully you'll be nicely surprised as well. Unfortunately the fifth book will not be released until May 2012, and I am going to hate the wait!!(less)
Loved it! Can't wait for the next book in the series to come out. I think the way this ended was fine and really I could have been content to have the...moreLoved it! Can't wait for the next book in the series to come out. I think the way this ended was fine and really I could have been content to have the story end there but I do think there is so much that Clare can do with the story. I'm really hoping she delves into Cary learning about this new world she has become a part of and to explore Simon's new world as well. I think there is a lot of potential for the story to progress. (less)
Interesting perspective on werewolves strictly being female. Not a bad read; I'm considering reading the next book if and when it comes out so that sa...moreInteresting perspective on werewolves strictly being female. Not a bad read; I'm considering reading the next book if and when it comes out so that says a little bit. I think it is the characters that makes me want to know what happens after this book.(less)