I loved loved loved this book no joke! When I say 5 stars I really mean it. The relationship between Tessa and Will, Will and Jem, and Jem and Tessa wI loved loved loved this book no joke! When I say 5 stars I really mean it. The relationship between Tessa and Will, Will and Jem, and Jem and Tessa was the first love triangle that I have not gagged and rolled my eyes at. Cassie Clare really outdid herself with this one! I am not joking when I say that this is her best book yet and that I love Infernal Devices more then The Mortal Instruments.
Clockwork Prince begins where Clockwork Angel left off, the clave no closer to finding Mortmain then when they found out about Nate’s betrayal and De Quincy was killed. The story focuses on finding Mortmain and learning more about his extensive web of clockwork creatures, and people doing his bidding.
Let me just start off my saying I LOVE JEM. There is pretty much nothing else that needs to be said. I enjoy reading about his struggles with his disease, how he is coming to terms with the fact that his addiction is killing him slowly. It is so real and powerful that I just want to jump through the pages and hug him! I’m excited that we get to see a different side of Jem in Clockwork Prince to, the side that actually takes what he wants, gets upset, and gets excited. Don’t get me wrong I like that Jem is a perfect gentlemen but occasionally I like to see a little rougher around the edges ^.~
Will in this book also make a drastic change from the person we knew. He is still the same snarky shadowhunter but we find out why he has been pushing everyone away. Why he is purposefully mean to everyone who tries to care about him and more importantly why he said the things he did to Tessa on the roof at the end of Clockwork Angel. In the first book I must admit, I hated Will. He got on my nerves, was a jerk, and I had no idea why anyone in there right mind would like a person like that. In Clockwork Prince I really began to like Will Herondale and my heart broke for him, there may have even been a small tear (I will not admit to any more then that!).
Now on to our other Clockwork Prince stars, Magnus is all his amazing magical glory makes enough appearances to keep me happy but not enough to leave me satisfied. To be fair the entire book could be only about Magnus and I would still not be satisfied! We get to see a little bit of Camille, Ragnor Fell, and a few new characters.
I must say this book left a lot of unanswered questions. I still want to know what Tessa is, what Mortmain is up to, what is going on with all those clockwork devices, and a whole host of other spoiler-y questions which I will leave to myself!
This is the first book in this series that I could not bring myself to give 5 stars to. I usually love these characters and can not get enough of readThis is the first book in this series that I could not bring myself to give 5 stars to. I usually love these characters and can not get enough of reading about them. Unfortunately, while this was a pretty good book I just didn’t love it the way I did the rest of the series.
City of Lost Souls begins with the hunt for Jace who after the defeat of Lillith mysteriously disappeared. After much searching Jace appears and it is discovered that he is now linked to Sebastian (or Jonathan whichever name he is going by these days) and Sebastian can not be killed without killing Jace. The story centers on finding a way to sever the ties between the boys and rescue Jace.
I think the main reason I did not enjoy this novel as much as the others was because for most of the book Jace is under some kind of Seabation mind control sort of thing. So While Jace is in the story he just is not the same. I missed his witty banter and fun self. The book really fell flat without him.
Without the real Jace to lighten up the story I had to find a new favorite character to read about. Maia and Jordan filled that void and I found myself liking them more in this novel then I had in any of the other books (in all honesty prior to this book I had kind of forgotten they existed). I also liked that Isabelle played a more pivotal role in this book and really got to do some soul searching about what she actually wants in life. It made her more of a real person to me.
Sebastian and his motives were more fleshed out in this book as well. I actually came to almost see things from his warped perspective. Don’t get me wrong he is still the bad guy, but I understand the reasons behind his bad guy ways and have a better understanding of his master plan.
I don’t want to give any spoilers but in this book Cassandra Clare really mucked up the lives of each of the characters. I am now excited for the next (I think Final?) book in the series to see how Clare fixes all of the problems created in this book and to see what happens with Sebastian.
Overall, this was a good book. It is the only Mortal Instruments book though that I had to push myself to keep reading. I found myself easily distracted and at times things felt repetitive. When the action in the second half revved up though I couldn’t put the novel down and it definitely left me excited for the next book in the series....more
This book gave me all the feels. I am not joking when I say that I cried three separate times during the course of reading this, and they weren’t alwaThis book gave me all the feels. I am not joking when I say that I cried three separate times during the course of reading this, and they weren’t always sad tears. They were happy tears. I was crying because Cassandra Clare ended the series in such a way that while my heart was breaking I was smiling, I wouldn’t have had it end any other way.
I have decided that in this review I will give absolutely nothing away so I will just tell you things you already know are going to happen, that do in fact happen. There is a showdown with Mortmain and his clockwork creatures, we find out what exactly Tessa is, Magnus makes appearances in all his Warlock glory, and Clare redefines the love triangle with how much she makes me love both Jem and Will.
Let’s talk a little bit about this love triangle. As you might remember from my Clockwork Prince review I am pretty much a die hard Team Jem kind of girl! I think that is why I went in to reading Clockwork Princess with so much worry and trepidation. Jem is sick and we have all known since the first book that Jem getting a happy ending seemed unlikely. I was afraid Clare was going to cop out and just have Tessa pick Will and leave Jem hanging. I should have known that this was wrong, the author that brought me my favorite love triangle of all time wouldn’t do something like that, and thankfully she doesn’t. Everyone gets their own ending and while it might not suit everyone’s fancy it is honestly the only way I could ever imagine the series ending.
What surprised me most about Clockwork Princess was actually how Jem and Will’s parabatai relationship is explained and even expanded. I knew they were close I guess I just never realized how close. It was actually these parts of the story that broke my heart the most. It was so refreshing to see how much one person could love another in a purely platonic sense. Jem and Will are more then just a friends, more then just brothers, they are parabatai and I now feel like I truly understand what that means. It wasn’t the love triangle that made me cry happy tears, it was Jem and Will and the love they have for each other that made me cry.
Overall, because I don’t want to give anything away it almost feels like I can’t say anything at all. You will just have to suffice to know that the Epilogue made all my tears worthwhile, and made me smile long after I had finished the novel. Cassandra Clare may actually have written the best Epilogue and ending to a series I have ever read. I was so unsure going in to this book, I was afraid that everything would fall apart and no one would get their happy ending. This book, while it takes you through and emotional roller coaster, is eventually happy and it left me feeling hopeful.
**I am more then happy to discuss spoilers in the comments so if you are worried about spoilers please refrain from reading the comments! ...more
Silence is the third book in the Hush Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick. Silence picks up where Crescendo leaves off. Nora has been kidnappe4.5/5 Stars
Silence is the third book in the Hush Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick. Silence picks up where Crescendo leaves off. Nora has been kidnapped by the Black Hand and has been missing for 11 weeks. She wakes up on a gravesite with no memory whatsoever.
I felt that this book was much better than Crescendo, which left a bad taste in my mouth. Even with Patch trying to explain that he was only hanging with Marcie because he was her guardian angel I was left disliking Patch which hurt because I like him so much! In Silence we see how much he loves Nora and he redeems himself in my eyes.
I really liked the relationship between Nora and Patch in Silence. There wasn’t so much of the lusty “ooohhh I can’t live with you!!” that is very popular in YA. In this one Nora seems more grown up about her relationship and for once I can tell how much Patch cares for her.
The one big thing that I disliked about Silence was that for a good half of the book Nora had no memory at all. The Black Hand had erased everything. Nora had no memory of the kidnapping, nephilim, or even Patch! It was horrific and I felt that Fitzpatrick only did this to repeat everything she had said in Hush Hush and Crescendo and stretch the series into 4 books. I was really disappointed in this point. This series has such an interesting idea and storyline that Nora losing her memory actually took away from the story not added to it.
Overall I really did enjoy Silence and would definitely encourage anyone who has read the other two books in the Hush Hush series to pick it up. As an added bonus there is a short story at the end (at least there was in the e-book) about Patch’s first meeting with Nora from Patch’s perspective which was really fun!