**spoiler alert** ***Contains spoilers for both Clockwork Angel and the Mortal Instruments series***
I just finished reading Clockwork Angel after borr...more**spoiler alert** ***Contains spoilers for both Clockwork Angel and the Mortal Instruments series***
I just finished reading Clockwork Angel after borrowing it from the library and…I really don’t want to give it back. Well, I guess I’d have to pay a fine anyway, so I might as well buy my own copy…
I was a little bit late on the uptake with Ms. Clare’s books. Every time I passed them at Barnes and Noble, I remembered I wanting to read them. I finally picked up City of Bones at the end of September and since then I’ve read all four Mortal Instruments books that have already been released (do I really have to wait until May for the next one?!?!) and Clockwork Angel.
As much as I love the Mortal Instruments books, I found Clockwork Angel to be on a whole other level. She was a great writer to begin with, but I enjoyed watching her writing improve as the series progressed. Tessa is as relatable a character as she is admirable. She’s both strong and persistent, unwilling to give up on finding her brother. Many teenage/young adult characters (particularly female) are not very well written - they end up being what the author thinks young people are not. This is not the case with Tessa. She jumps to life and doesn’t seem entirely foreign, despite being a character from another era. She has the spunk of a 16 year old, the propriety of a Victorian Era lady (or rather the propriety she believes she should have as a Victorian Era lady), and the awkwardly shy moments of sexual awakening.
Then there are Will Herondale and James Carstairs (who goes by Jem). I loved them very much for the same reason I love international footie and Korean dramas: bromance. It’s absolutely endearing to see two guys who care about each other so much, particularly when one of the guys is so clearly self-destructive and self-hating (this would be Will, of course).
The relationship between the Will and Tessa physically makes my heart flutter. That’s my measure of well-written chemistry in a book or well-acted chemistry onscreen (see Geek Charming). I’m as eager to know what it is that makes him this way as I am frustrated that he is this way. I can definitely see the resemblance between Will and his descendant Jace. In fact, although the dynamic between Jace and Alec is different from the Will-Jem dynamic, there are noticeable parallels.
Speaking of Jem, in many ways he is the Korean drama second lead. He’s the nice guy, sweet to the girl where the first lead (in this case, Will) is a cold (other than his moments of concern for her life when his true feelings bleed through). He’s the one you want to root for because he sees the girl for who she is from the very beginning. He’s also the one who doesn’t get the girl (usually).
The plot moves along at a good pace. It never stalls or drags, and it never moves too fast to provide a good foundation. I feel like I’ve gotten a good sense of all the characters over the course of the story (other than Jessamine. I still feel like I don’t know enough about her). There was a minor character, though, who was developed to the point that his death broke my heart.
I have a problem, now, though. I want to preorder Clockwork Prince but I don’t know whether to preorder it from Barnes and Noble or Walmart since their special early editions are different ;_________;
I think I want the Walmart one, even if I prefer Barnes and Noble in general. Just a random afterthought. (less)