I honestly will never understand, how someone could not Will *-*
This book is epic, by far Cassie’s best work so far. It is like an emoti...moreI honestly will never understand, how someone could not Will *-*
This book is epic, by far Cassie’s best work so far. It is like an emotional rollercoaster. Cassie makes you laugh so hard and in the next moment she rips your heart out and stomps on it. There are a lot of plot twists, and half of them I didn’t even see coming. Where the end of Clockwork Angel left us hanging clueless, a lot of things are explained in Clockwork Prince, though of cause there are still loose endings for CP2. Cassie manages to write the book that you feel everything the characters feel. I fell in love with Jem and Will all over again. I was swooning over them like a little girl and for the first time ever I could understand why the heroine in a love triangle just can’t choose only one boy. Both have their times with Tessa and you just want to crawl into the book, kick her away and take her place. I didn’t mind that Tessa kissed both of them – for the most part of the book I liked her a far greater deal than in CA and could even see why the boys are in love with her – but that only made worse what she did in the end. I didn’t think it would be possible to love Magnus more than I already did. He is my favorite character overall from Cassie and this book proved me again why – though there was one moment where I really wanted to hurt him (that’s a first^^). But every scene with him and Will is just funny and heart wrenching all at once. But the best of all is the relationship between Jem and Will. Cassie describes it with so much love, I could really feel how much they mean to each other and how much they need each other. I love the banter between them and how they are able to communicate without words. They really seem to be each other soul mates. And that is, what makes the end so unbearable. CP has no cliff like CA, where we are left hanging, but it is truly heartbreaking. I’m not one to cry easily – in fact most of the time I ask myself why people cry at all while reading – but this ending left even me a bawling mess. I’m really afraid what’ll happen in CP2, how Cassie will top this drama and what it’ll do to me.(less)
**spoiler alert** I am kind of disappointed with this book. I didn’t even have high expectations but this book was annoying on so many levels. I guess...more**spoiler alert** I am kind of disappointed with this book. I didn’t even have high expectations but this book was annoying on so many levels. I guess it’s not a smart move to start a review with the parts I didn’t like, but I have to get this out.
First of all, the characters. I was never a big fan of Clary, but she was so much more annoying here than before. There is a fine difference between a heroine who is strong, has her own opinions and makes the right moves to save her friends, and someone who is a selfish brat, only does what SHE thinks is right for everyone else and annoys the shit out of me. Yeah, Clary is the second one. There were so many times when I just wanted to punch her or knock my head against a wall… repeatedly.
Jocelyn is the next I just can’t grasp. What she’s doing is wrong on so many levels. I am not a mom, but I just can’t believe that a mom would act like that. I mean, she grew up as a Shadowhunter herself, therefore she must KNOW that she just can’t hide her daughter from that world… even less, when she lives in fucking New York. And after all that has happened one w2uld think that she has learned something from the past. Like, you can’t run away from your problems. But no, she does exactly the same again. What I also don’t get is how she reacts to Sebastian/Jonathan. No mother would hate her child from the day he’s born. Even with what Valentine does to his child, every mother would believe in the good part in her child and would not abandon him, but take him with her, when she runs away. Jocelyn reacts like someone who was thrown into the Shadowhunter world as a human and not as if she’s grown up with it.
The next are Magnus and Alec, and I am so, so sad to have to say this. Magnus and Alec have been my favorite characters from the beginning, but even their parts felt just wrong to me in this book. I was, as if they were completely different persons all of a sudden, but maybe I just got them wrong before. I don’t get, why Alec went to Camille again and again and again. Yeah, he has his insecurities and has a problem with Magnus’ immortality. I do get that, I guess nearly everyone would feel like that in his position. I also understand why he went to Camille the first and second time. But to go to her after he knew, that there is no way to make him immortal, but only to make Magnus mortal? And then again after he knew he had to kill Raphael to get that wish? And not to say, that he did that even after the battle where he thought he lost Magnus? Sorry, but that is not the Alec I have come to know in the first books. That is such a huge betrayal of trust, if a boy would do that to me, he would never see me again.
But Magnus too was just not how he has been the last books. Magnus was always a very observant person. In CP he was nearly the only one who realized what was going on with Will and he didn’t even see him that often. And now, he doesn’t get what’s going on with his boyfriend? Who practically lives with him? Has he gone blind? Or does he just not care? Yeah, I get that he is a very secretive person who doesn’t talk about himself much. But after everything he has done to get together with Alec he just does nothing to hold him? Well… okay. That breakup was made up and unnecessary. There had to be some drama at the end – obvious, there always has to be some new drama at the end of every of Cassie’s books – but that was just the wrong way.
What unnerved me the most was that this book was foreseeable as hell. From the part where Izzy and Jocelyn visited the Iron Sisters, I knew exactly what was going to happen. It was obvious that Sebastian was still the bad guy and Cassie didn’t even try to make everyone believe that he could’ve really changed. I would have loved to read what would happen, if he could’ve convinced Clary and the three wanted to “save” the world. That would’ve been fun – and something new!
Because there have been so many reiterations. We already had summoning the angel Raziel. We already had Jace half dying but then not. We already had – repeatedly – something happening with Jace at the end of the book. Has Cassie no new ideas? That would be bad, because she just announced that she will write a third Shadowhunter series… There have been much too many making out scenes and too many POV changes. The whole plot of Maya and Jordan was redundant because all they ever did was getting on each other.
But alas, there were some parts that I really enjoyed. I loved Simon and Izzy and every small part with both of them. Ad I really want a Simon for myself who will tell me Star Wars stories *-* I loved the Jace-Sebastian-alliance, but like I said, it was too short for my liking. I adored the summoning of the demon and I would’ve loved if Team Good would’ve gone with his plan. That would’ve been fun and something new. But yeah… The fight in the end was really good. Cassie is really good with that sort of thing, so I don’t get why she gets caught up in all those small little annoying scenes that are dispensable for the plot. (less)
I’m not a fan of novellas before or in-between books of a series, but after being blown away by Deity I thought I would give this a try. And it was no...moreI’m not a fan of novellas before or in-between books of a series, but after being blown away by Deity I thought I would give this a try. And it was not bad, but I’m kind of disappointed nonetheless. Deity was very fast paced and after reading the blurb I thought this would be the same. A lot of action, Aiden going against the gods. Stuff like that. Well, I wasn’t prepared for a novella full of conversations.
And parts of this were really nice. It’s nice to see that Aiden has a mind of his own and is willing to go against every law and whatnot for Alex. But it would have been enough to read this once. It felt like he had the same conversation with Apollo for about four times with no difference in outcome. Also, the situation at the end of this novella is like… exactly the same as it was at the beginning. And I didn’t even like the parts with Aiden and Alex here, because that girl was everything but Alex. That fury at the beginning was much more Alex.
This comes over as if it was all bad. It wasn’t! J. L. Armentrout is a helluva writer and that was shown here as well. Also, I really loved the parts with Deacon *coughs* But compared to her books this was just kinda lame. (less)