Vanessa's Reviews > Clockwork Prince
by Cassandra Clare (Goodreads Author)
bookshelves: reviewed, fiction
Another problem with this book was how utterly boring it was. I'm talking fall asleep whilst skim reading boring. The twists weren't clever, the subplots weren't interesting, and sometimes, characters go somewhere, discover something, and then... drop it for a bit. The revelation about Will's character didn't make me feel anything for him other than imagining some wangsty Victorian fellow trying to come across as a broody heartthrob, and falling flat on his skinny little derriere.
And you know, there's a final volume of this that's going to be released this year. Then Clare is free to work all she wants on Lady Midnight, the first volume in her new series. Set in the future. Which focuses on a girl brought into the world of the Shadowhunters and the two boys who she has to decide between. Oh joy. If Clare likes playing literary flavour of the month with her books, then let's just say that The Mortal Instruments was probably the well-worn, dark and musty yet spine-tingling flavour of the supernatural. Her Infernal Devices series has the rich, heady, and acrid, smoggy flavour of Victorian steampunk. And the pinch of spice that I bet will flavour this futuristic retelling of Clary, Jace and Alec/Tessa, Jem and Will, will be the bland, government-sanctioned taste of dystopia fresh off the trend from The Hunger Games. Blergh.
(This review is also available on my blog: http://nessaskybooks.com/2012/03/31/b...)
|03/29/2012||"Bring it on, betch."|
""Oh Lord, you're Irish," said Will. "Can you make things that don't have potatoes in them? We had an Irish cook once when I was a boy. Potato pie, potato custard, potatoes with potato sauce..."
Is this supposed to be funny?" 3 comments
""Do you miss Wales?" Tessa inquired.
Will shrugged lightly. "What's to miss? Sheep and singing," he said. "And the ridiculous language."
Ridiculous? Welsh is a beautiful language, Ms. Clare. And Wales ISN'T just sheep and singing. I live an hour away from the border and let me tell you, you're stereotyping the fucking north of the country." 4 comments
""Ah'm 'ere at t' bequest of Aloysius Starkweather. Art t'lads he wants or not? Ah've not got all night t' stand about."
This is supposed to be a Yorkshire accent.
FAIL." 10 comments
||21.0%||""Young Herondale, are you?" He barked, as Will stepped forward to introduce himself. "Half-mundane, half-Welsh, and the worst traits of both, I hear."" 2 comments|
""Your sister's alive. Oughtn't you be glad?"
Um... 'oughtn't you be'? Is this really supposed to be an American girl in Victorian Yorkshire?"
""Jem is my great sin," said Will. "Don't talk to me about Jem."
*snort*" 2 comments
""What did they do?" Will's voice rose. "What did they do? Nothing. It is me. I am poison. Poison to them. Poison to anyone who loves me."
WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANGST." 2 comments
""Pish and tosh," said Jessamine.
And knick knack jolly whack globbernaught boggity floggity bish bash bosh." 2 comments
||31.0%||"So, Tessa is some kind of supernatural being who can see through glamours and such, but she is not a warlock, as her superiors suspect. Clary is also a human bean who can see into the world of the supernatural, yet isn't a warlock either. So basically Clary just time-warped back into the Victorian times and changed her name. So did the other two boys."|
"Hand of death," supplied Jessamine, who was exceedingly proud of her French.
You mean main de la mort, Jessamine."
""It's a cruel part of the city we're going into. The East End. The slums."
Uh... I've been to the East End. Not all of it is slums, you know. There's some Victorian townhouses." 2 comments
""Say something in Mandarin," said Tessa with a smile.
Jem said something rapidly, that sounded like a lot of breathy vowels and consonants run together, his voice rising and falling methodically. "Ni hen piao liang."
"What did you say?"
"I said your hair is coming down."
No you didn't. You said Tessa was beautiful. Nǐ shìgè báichī, kǎ sāng dé lā kèlái'ěr." 2 comments
||42.0%||"Yay, I really wanted to read sexy times between Jem and Tessa..."|
""Alone?" Jem lowered his hands, but he was smiling now, crookedly. "And whose fault is that?" He leaned back against the seat, his eyes half-lidded with tiredness.
TIREDNESS!? FUCKING TIREDNESS!?" 3 comments
||53.0%||"And now we're off to a masked ball. Oy vey..."|
||63.0%||"Deus ex sword that makes Nephilim tell the truth!"|
||63.0%||"Oh good god, someone make Jessamine stop shrieking, PLEASE."|
||63.0%||"So Tessa's just been told by Jessamine (who learned this from Tessa's backstabbing brother Nathaniel) that her mother was a Shadowhunter and her father was a demon. A little bit earlier, Will told Tessa that Shadowhunter x demon always = a stillborn child. SPECIAL SNOWFLAKE STATUS ACTIVATED!" 2 comments|
""Ça m'est égal," said Camille, dropping into the French she used when she truly wanted to annoy him.
Il me serait égal si tous les personnages sont morts aux façons horribles. Je déteste ce livre."
||76.0%||"Yaaay Tessa's plan went to rack and ruin!"|
"I'm almost done!
||97.0%||"He smiled at Charlotte, a smile like a razor." 1 comment|
"...and [Tessa would] fight them all back as Boadicea had fought back the advancing Romans.
Oh, you mean Boudicca. Not Boadicea." 4 comments