With an exceptionally high rating on Goodreads, I had high expectations for this book. And to learn that it was by an Australian author made me e...more4.5/5
With an exceptionally high rating on Goodreads, I had high expectations for this book. And to learn that it was by an Australian author made me even more excited to read it. Thankfully, I was not disappointed by this one bit. From the very first page, I knew I'd adore this book. The writing is fantastic and pulls you in right away, and the constant suspense and questions that you just need to know the answers to keeps you turning the pages. Many things set this apart from other books about Angels, but the main thing that totally sets it apart is wonderful Australian setting. It was a very refreshing change to see a paranormal novel set in Australia, and it definitely added to the story.
I loved the characters in this one, and the fact that they were quite older than normal characters in YA fiction was great. Gaby is an extremely likable, realistic main character. She's tough, smart, funny and also very relatable. You definitely feel for her situation. Rafe, who reminds me a lot of Raffe (Heh. Such similar names.) from Susan Ee's Angelfall, can be a major A-hole sometimes, but you know deep down that he's not so bad. I liked how Gaby's and Rafe's relationship developed throughout the novel, and I'm seriously so excited to read more about their past in the next installment. Also, their relationship didn't randomly become the centre of the novel, which seems to be a recurring thing in YA fiction lately. So, yay for that. The supporting characters were equally as fun, and I cared about them as much as I cared about the main characters. One thing I loved about the characters was that they weren't such stereotypical Aussie characters (Well, except the Butler Brothers, of course. Those boys are your typical rednecks.). There wasn't a "G'day" in sight. WOO.
The plot was extremely fast-paced, and I was able to devour this one in about one or two days. There was constant twists and turns and some things I definitely did not see coming. I liked all the different creatures shown in the novel, which was another thing that sets this book apart from other Angel novels. The 'hellions' sounded pretty damn frightening, to say the least.
The only thing that particularly annoyed me was the abrupt ending. (But maybe that was just me not wanting it to end at all...) Honestly, I could go on and on about how much I liked this book. I'm so glad I picked it up. Fantastic debut from Paula Weston!
In short: Read. This. Book. Seriously, you will not be disappointed! Eagerly anticipating the sequel!(less)
This book is an enjoyable read, but I think it could've been so much more. I liked the world the author created but I would've liked things to be expl...moreThis book is an enjoyable read, but I think it could've been so much more. I liked the world the author created but I would've liked things to be explained a bit more, and for the characters to be more, i don't know, exciting?
But I really did like the last quarter of the book - it picked up the pace and became more exciting, and the cliffhanger at the end of the book makes me want to know what'll happen next, so I'll probably reading the next book.(less)
OK, so I might have said in my short Clockwork Angel review, that I thought the Infernal Devices series was a let down compared to The Mortal Instrume...moreOK, so I might have said in my short Clockwork Angel review, that I thought the Infernal Devices series was a let down compared to The Mortal Instruments ... I totally take that back now.
This book was brilliant.
I cannot put it into words how much I love this book at the moment. So many twists and turns, so many surprises, so many moments where I laughed and cried and got frustrated and wanted to throw the book across the room. It was just that good. I think that this might be the best book Cassandra Clare has written so far. I loved the characters in this book, and the writing and the plot and just everything!
And Will. You learn a lot about him in this book - why he acts the way he does, his past, etc. And it's just heartbreaking. (view spoiler)[Also, even though I adored Jem in this book, I will always be rooting for Will. I killed me when, after all this time, he found out the curse thing was fake and then he was happy because that meant he could be with Tessa, and then found out she was engaged to his bestfriend, of all people. AADJSLAKJDLSKAJDLS. (hide spoiler)]
But anyways, excellent book. Anyone who hasn't read it, should go read it, and be prepared for the emotional state it will leave you in.