I purchased this book back in September 2010, right after it was released, and I only recently got around to reading it. It was worth the wait. This i...moreI purchased this book back in September 2010, right after it was released, and I only recently got around to reading it. It was worth the wait. This is a really great story with well-conceived characters. Compared to City of Bones, which I recently read before this book, Clockwork Angel is far superior in every way, especially the technical writing. Gone are the clunky, lazily placed adverbs, which were making my eyes roll every two minutes during City of Bones.
The characters really sold me on this book, in that, Tessa, the main character, is a likeable protagonist. She's not some heroine kicking butt every other minute, but I don't need my heroines like that, anyway. She's smart and uses her cleverness to get herself out of difficult situations. She does require some help from others, but she doesn't seem like a damsel-in-distress, at all.
There are pretty boys, of course, like Will and Jem, and both are interesting and charming in their own respective ways. Will is strong and dashing, very sarcastic and witty (making me laugh out loud A LOT), although he tries to make people hate him for some unknown reason. Jem is a polite, nonjudgmental silver-haired sweetheart, and honestly won me completely over. I'm a huge Jem fan now! I don't even know why Tessa fancies Will more than him. James, honey, you know where you can find me when she refuses you!
What's funny about this novel is that, while reading it, I felt like it followed a sort of set pattern I was already familiar with, so I expected the plot to unfold in a certain way. But, once I got about three-quarters of the way finished, it pulled a very unpredictable plot twist on me. I never saw it coming, and it was shocking! When I discovered who the real villain characters actually were, I was appalled by them. Horrible people, just as villains ought to be. I was immensely impressed.
Obviously, I rate this newer Cassandra Clare series higher than the original for which it is based on. City of Bones is good, but Clockwork Angel has a more clever plot and far more intriguing characters. The indelible Magnus Bane appears in this series, and he's hilarious, even if not integral to the plot. A certain clever gray cat also makes a cameo that existing Clare fans will be delighted to see.
If you didn't like City of Bones, or anything from The Mortal Instruments, I bet you'll actually enjoy this one….
At first, I wasn't liking this book all that much, despite the fact that I'd been wanting to read it for about a year before I finally did. I wasn't m...moreAt first, I wasn't liking this book all that much, despite the fact that I'd been wanting to read it for about a year before I finally did. I wasn't much liking Ty, the lead male character but, I realized later that it made sense that I didn't. He becomes a character much easier to sympathize with as the story goes along. And, like the beautiful and terrifying Outback of the Australian desert, Ty, too, is beautiful and terrifying.
I would have given this book 5 stars, but I really didn't like the ending. That sort of ruined it a bit for me. We never get any closure on what happens to Ty in the end and how that would affect Gemma, the main character. Everything is suddenly written in future tense, making it hard to follow when it could have easily been past tense, like the rest of the book. It stops before we know anything that could give the reader a sense of a true ending to this really good story.
Still, it's a great read and very realistic and deeply psychological.(less)