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Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
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really liked it
bookshelves: angels-demons, historical-fiction, science-fiction, series, shifters, vampires, witches_magic, steampunk, international-setting
Recommended to Holly by: Stephanie
Read from July 30 to 31, 2011 , read count: 1

One of my friends spent a lot of time last semester trying to get me to read this book (Hi Stephanie!). And, since I was a fan of the first 3 TMI books, it was a no-brainer that I would get around to it at some point. Lucky it was sitting on the shelf at the library so I didn't have to put it on hold or anything.

Set in London, 1878, it chronicles the adventures of Tessa Gray, who goes to London in search of her missing brother. However, she ends up way over her head in trouble. Lucky for her, Shadowhunters are around to help her out. She meets Will and Jem, two best friends who vie for her heart.

I'm not sure who is more popular with the fans, Will or Jem, but I know that I liked Jem a lot. He was a sweetheart while Will tended to be rude and sarcastic to the point where it became biting snide. I thought at first he was going to be like Jace, sarcastic yet sweet, but he's not. I don't know what he's hiding, but there better be an amazing excuse as to why he acts this way because for now, I can't tolerate it.

As always, I'm a fan of England and historical fictions. I'm usually not about to turn one down, which helped make sure I read this one. (I currently have no plans to read the 4th TMI book because I feel it should have ended with the trilogy as it was originally planned to.)

Will I read the next book? Yes. Did I love this one? No. It was good (Tessa's power is pretty awesome), but I just couldn't stand Will's attitude.
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“You know," Gabriel said, "there was a time I thought we could be friends, Will."

"There was a time I thought I was a ferret," Will said, "but that turned out to be the opium haze. Did you know it had that effect? Because I didn't.”
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“Jem seemed to look through her then, as if he were seeing something beyond her, beyond the corridor, beyond the Institute itself. "Whatever you are physically," he said, "male or female, strong or weak, ill or healthy--all those things matter less than what your heart contains. If you have the soul of a warrior, you are a warrior. All those other things, they are the glass that contains the lamp, but you are the light inside." He smiled them, seeming to have come back to himself, slightly embarrassed. "That's what I believe.”
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“It is not the same thing to be good and to be kind.”
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“That was enterprising," Will sounded nearly impressed.
Nate smiled. Tess shot him a furious look. "Don't look pleased with yourself. When Will says 'enterprising' he means 'morally deficient.'"
"No, I mean enterprising," said Will. "When I mean morally deficient, I say, 'Now, that's something I would have done'.”
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“One must always be careful of books," said Tessa, "and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”
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“There's plenty of sense in nonsense sometimes, if you wish to look for it.”
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“Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.”
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“While the Clave disapproves of trespassers, oddly they take an even darker view of beheading and skinning people. They're peculiar that way.”
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“Goodness," Tessa said to the back of his head. "If you keep seeing Six-Fingered Nigel like this, he'll expect you to declare your intentions.”
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“Will rolled up his sleeves. "We'll probably have to knock down the door--"
"Or," said Jem, reaching out and giving the knob a twist, "not."
The door swung open onto a rectangle of darkness.
"Now, that's simply laziness," said Will.”
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“Well, she's not responding to my advances," he observed more brightly than he felt, "so she must be dead."
"Or she's a woman of good taste and sense.”
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“cleverness that comes too late is hardly cleverness at all?”
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“Inanimate objects are harmless indeed, Mr. Mortmain. But one cannot always say the same of the men who use them.”
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“Let me give you a piece of advice. The handsome young fellow who's trying to rescue you from a hideous fate is never wrong. Not even if he says the sky is purple and made of hedgehogs.”
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“If no one in the entire world cared about you, did you really exist at all?”
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“A little girl robbed you?" Tessa said.
"Actually, she wasn’t a little girl at all, as it turns out, but a midget in a dress with a penchant for violence, who goes by the name of Six-Fingered Nigel."
"Easy mistake to make," Jem said.”
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“Remember when you tried to convince me to feed a poultry pie to the mallards in the park to see if you could breed a race of cannibal ducks?"

"They ate it too," Will reminisced. "Bloodthirsty little beasts. Never trust a duck.”
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“Are you implying that shreds of my reputation remain intact?" Will demanded with mock horror. "Clearly I have been doing something wrong. Or not something wrong, as the case may be."

He banged on the side of the carriage. "Thomas! We must away at once to the nearest brothel. I seek scandal and low companionship.”
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“So you're a Shadowhunter,' Nate said. 'De Quincey told me that you lot were monsters.'
'Was that before or after he tried to eat you?' Will inquired.”
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“Must you go? I was rather hoping you'd stay and be a ministering angel, but if you must go, you must."

"I'll stay," Will said a bit crossly, and threw himself down in the armchair Tessa had just vacated. "I can minister angelically."

"None too convincingly. And you're not as pretty to look at as Tessa is," Jem said, closing his eyes as he leaned back against the pillow.

"How rude. Many who have gazed upon me have compared the experience to gazing at the radiance of the sun."

Jem still had his eyes closed. "If they mean it gives you a headache, they aren't wrong.”
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“When you find a man you wish to marry, Tessa, remember this: You will know what kind of man he is not by the things he says, but by the things he does.”
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“Sometimes," Jem said, "our lives can change so fast that the change outpaces our minds and hearts. It's those times, I think, when our lives have altered but we still long for the time before everything was altered-- that is when we feel the greatest pain. I can tell you, though, from experience, you grow accustomed to it. You learn to live your new life, and you can't imagine, or even really remember, how things were before.”
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“The demon bared its greenish fangs. "This is my true form. An ugly surprise for you, I suppose."
"I daresay it's an improvement," said Will. "You weren't much to look at before, and at least the horns are dramatic.”
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“It's all right to love someone who doesn't love you back, as long as they're worth you loving them. As long as they deserve it.”
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“You can keep it a secret.... But secrets have their own weight, and it can be a very heavy one.”
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“I believe in good and evil," said Jem. "And I believe the soul is eternal. But I don't believe in the fiery pit, the pitchforks, or endless torment. I do not believe you can threaten people into goodness.”
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