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Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
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bookshelves: angels, demons, fae, fantasy, historical, paranormal, vampires, young-adult, romance, shifters, read-in-2018, buddy-reads, ghosts

1.) City of Bones ★★★
2.) City of Ashes ★★
3.) City of Glass ★★★
1.) Clockwork Angel ★★★
4.) City of Fallen Angels

“You are a Shadowhunter. You serve a greater cause. Your life is not yours to throw away.”

Friends, this is the highest four star rating. Like, I almost want to give this book five stars because I enjoyed the last 25% so damn much. This is easily my favorite Cassie Clare book yet, and I truly had such a wonderful time reading.

This is the second installment in this history prequel series that stars a young girl named Tessa, who has traveled to London from America, who was trying to find her brother in Clockwork Angel! Well, she found him, and this book is dealing with the ramifications of what she found out. Yet, this book is also about Tessa trying to carve out a place for herself in a world that is unfamiliar to her in so many ways, while also trying to learn about her true past and who she wants to be in the future.

Okay, my review is going to touch on a couple key things that happened in this book and things that have happened in previous books, so please use caution reading the rest of this review if you have not read this book and its predecessors! And as always, I’m going to do a little mini character breakdown on my thoughts and feelings on all the main characters in this book.

Tessa Gray - Poor Tessa got so many big puzzle pieces about her life handed to her in this book. And she is truly believing that her father was a demon, which could completely be true and really intrigues me. I mean, I would personally be upset that he wasn’t from fae lineage, but what can you do?

“I was born into this world to love you, and I will love you in the next life, and the one after that.”

Jem Carstairs - Jem is my favorite character in this series. He's biracial, Chinese and British, living with a terminal illness, and just the sweetest character in all of literature! And I know without question he would be the one that I pick, even if he’s not the one that I’d pick for Tessa. Also, I’ve dated enough rude and brooding boys to last me (and Tessa) a lifetime.

“I have wanted to do this,” he said, “every moment of every hour of every day that I have been with you since the day I met you. But you know that. You must know. Don’t you?”

Will Herondale - Even though Jem is on the cover of this book, I feel like this was Will’s book. We learned so much about him and we finally get to see what happened to him five years ago. Honestly, I love Will, and even though I won’t completely excuse the gross things he said at the end of Clockwork Angel, I understand him and appreciate him. (If only I could feel the same about Jace! Lord, help me!)

Charlotte Branwell - So happy for her! I honestly love how determined she is for herself, but also how proud and supportive she is of her found family. I love this house mom, forever.

Henry Branwell - So happy for him! He’s alright, but I like him because Charlotte loves him!

Sophie Collins - Again, Sophie is an MVP for me in this book too. I really loved her in Clockwork Angel, and that love only grew in this one. I really hope she keeps remembering her worth, regardless of what happens with boys in higher stations. And I really hope she gets to become a Shadowhunter or something, because she’s just lovely, and brave, and I feel so much joy every time I read a scene with her!

Benedict Lightwood - Please don’t be a dick, don’t be a dick, don’t be a dick.

Magnus Bane - Magnus, my Asian and bi baby, legit had me rereading paragraphs from laughing in this book. Seriously, such a fantastic character. And such a caring character, who just makes this world so much brighter. I’m looking so very forward to his novellas.

Camille Belcourt - So thankful that I read City of Fallen Angels, only because it made me appreciate everything that happened between Magnus and Will that made Camille tell Alec the things she believes. Like, friends, I was laughing out loud.

Jessamine Lovelace - This bitch. You all, I knew she was trouble, I just didn’t know how much. But I wouldn’t be surprised in the slightest if she gets a redemption arc.

Nate Gray - Like, what a lame and pointless character. Seriously. But like, now I want to know everything about Tessa’s necklace.

Axel Mortmain - Where the fuck is this man? For real?

Like I said above, this is my favorite Cassie Clare to date! I just feel like this book took on a much darker and more mature theme, while also blending in some amazing adventure and all that good angst! I truly feel like the romance in this is one of my all-time favorites, and that’s really saying something. I just never wanted to put this book down, and I was always smiling (or crying) while reading it. This was nothing short of a treat to read.

The romance in this book was actually incredible. I kept complaining on bookstagram at 10%, 20%, 30%, 40%, that this isn’t a love triangle and that its so obvious that Tessa only feels platonically for Jem. Then after that 40% mark, my world completely shifted. Friends, this is one of my favorite love triangles of all time.

I will say that I can completely understand how people can see issue with Tessa maybe feeling obligated to start something with Jem because he is dying. And obviously that’s a really terrible position to be in and I wouldn’t wish that on anyone, but I truly believed by the end of this book that Tessa does have genuine feelings for Jem. Even if I also believe with my entire heart that those feelings are stronger for Will.

“When she closed her eyes, she saw Jem’s face, and then Will’s, his hand to his bloody mouth. Thoughts of the two of them swirled together in her head until she fell asleep finally, not sure if she was dreaming of kissing one of them, or the other.”

You all are going to read this paragraph and you’re all going to be like “it’s not that deep, Melanie!” But I really do think that Clockwork Prince is a love letter to all the different types of love that we will have in our lives. From just friendships and wanting to support and love them unconditionally, and how magical it is when we find our own found family. To romantic love, which is that gut wrenching, pure bliss, that we don’t even have words to express, but how we don’t feel truly whole without those people/that person. And to all that messy love in-between. Even though I don’t feel the romantic love between Tess and Jem as much as I do between Tessa and Will, that doesn’t make the love lesser and it definitely doesn’t make it any less real.

“Could you really love two different people at once? Could you split your heart in half?”

And I believe with my whole heart that these three main characters should start a polyamorous relationship. These three individuals love each other so much that it just feels right, maybe even obvious, that they should be a triad or a vee. Because being in a polyamorous relationship doesn’t mean it has to be about sex. I mean, it could be, but it also means being there emotionally for your two partners, too. And even though I do believe that they should all be in a relationship with each other, they could also just both be in a relationship with Tessa and it would still be valid and pure and everything I’ve ever wanted. Cassie Clare, hear my prayers.

“I cannot explain love,” he said. “I could not tell you if I loved you the first moment I saw you, or if it was the second or third or fourth. But I remember the first moment I looked at you walking toward me and realized that somehow the rest of the world seemed to vanish when I was with you. That you were the center of everything I did and felt and thought.”

Okay, so something else I want to talk about is Tessa being a warlock! Like, Magnus is immortal, and we are seeing him constantly throughout The Mortal Instruments, but I’d just like to point out that I haven’t seen Tessa. So, friends, I’m scared. I’m real scared. I also know everyone talks about how heartbreaking the final book is, but I think it’s going to be even more heartbreaking than I’m anticipating.

Overall, I loved this book. Easily my favorite Cassie Clare book, yet! Again, I just want to say a big thank you to all for motivating me to pick this up, and for not spoiling me for anything. I can’t believe I’ve made it this long without being spoiled to anything, but it’s truly making my reading experience so much greater! And I can’t wait until I finally uncover every secret and can gush with you all forever over this world! I can’t wait to read Clockwork Princess, I just wish I didn’t have to read City of Lost Souls first!

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Content and trigger warnings for death, murder, loss of a loved one, talk of past torture, abandonment, talk of chronic illness, grey area consent of a kiss, grey area cheating, drug use, talk of suicide, and self-harm.

Buddy read with Amy at A Court of Crowns and Quills! ❤
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Reading Progress

September 4, 2018 – Shelved
September 4, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
September 4, 2018 – Shelved as: angels
September 4, 2018 – Shelved as: demons
September 4, 2018 – Shelved as: fae
September 4, 2018 – Shelved as: fantasy
September 4, 2018 – Shelved as: historical
September 4, 2018 – Shelved as: paranormal
September 4, 2018 – Shelved as: vampires
September 4, 2018 – Shelved as: young-adult
September 4, 2018 – Shelved as: romance
September 4, 2018 – Shelved as: shifters
September 4, 2018 – Shelved as: read-in-2018
September 8, 2018 – Started Reading
September 8, 2018 – Shelved as: buddy-reads
September 9, 2018 –
33.0% "I never though I’d see the day! Friends, I’m starting to really like Will Herondale. 🙈❤"
September 10, 2018 –
80.0% ""Could you really love two different people at once? Could you split your heart in half?"

P O L Y A M O R Y

Cassie Clare, hear my prayers."
September 10, 2018 – Shelved as: ghosts
September 10, 2018 – Finished Reading

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The Story Girl Yesss, can't wait for you to read it! Hoping that you enjoy it more than the last one! And I hope you post your reactions to this book like you did the first one! I loved those insta stories.


Melanie The Story Girl wrote: "Yesss, can't wait for you to read it! Hoping that you enjoy it more than the last one! And I hope you post your reactions to this book like you did the first one! I loved those insta stories."

I am 80% in and loving this so much, love! I can't even believe it! This is, without question, getting four or five stars! I never want it to end! 💖xx


Melanie AMY ♥(pronounced AH-MEI)♥ wrote: "#TeamWill"

I never thought I'd say it... But... I get it, Amy, I GET IT! My heart... ahhhhh! I love them all so much! 💖xx


message 5: by Ana (new) - rated it 5 stars

Ana Isabel Guerra - Loer 🙌🏼☺️ I am really happy you do!!! This is the best serie of CC for sure ❤️


Sol ~ TheBookishKing Clockwork Princess is the Ultimate Soul Destroyer. I wisheth you all the luck but YES FOUR STARS TO THIS ! It's a glorious day.


Melanie Ana wrote: "🙌🏼☺️ I am really happy you do!!! This is the best serie of CC for sure ❤️"

I loved it so much, Ana! Ahhh... I want to jump right into Clockwork Princess! 💖xx


Melanie Solomon ~ TheBookishKing wrote: "Clockwork Princess is the Ultimate Soul Destroyer. I wisheth you all the luck but YES FOUR STARS TO THIS ! It's a glorious day."

I AM SO SCARED, BUT SO READY! 💖xx


Lea (drumsofautumn) THESE DEVELOPMENTS this is soooo interesting, Melanie, aaaah!!!!! Lovely review <3


Melanie Oh my God! As soon as I saw that you gave this book 4 stars I was so happy. I'm so happy you liked it this much. And now you are caught up with me xD You will definitely finish both series first but I'm not even mad xD


Melanie Lea (drumsofautumn) wrote: "THESE DEVELOPMENTS this is soooo interesting, Melanie, aaaah!!!!! Lovely review <3"

Thank you, Lea love! I am so scared to read that final book! 💖xx


Melanie Melanie wrote: "Oh my God! As soon as I saw that you gave this book 4 stars I was so happy. I'm so happy you liked it this much. And now you are caught up with me xD You will definitely finish both series first bu..."

Oh my gosh, Melanie!! We should buddy read Clockwork Princess together at the end of the month! I have a LOT of ARC reads and buddy reads now through the 24th! But... I hope to be able to squeeze Lost Souls in there somewhere! 💖xx


message 13: by Melanie (last edited Sep 11, 2018 12:26PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Melanie Melanie wrote: "Oh my gosh, Melanie!! We should buddy read Clockwork Princess together at the end of the month! I have a LOT..."

I'm literally in the middle of a book right now ("Daughter Of The Burning City" by Amanda Foody) which I've been reading in what it feels like forever, months really. And it's not the book's fault because I'm actually really enjoying it, it's because I'm in a book reading slump that doesn't seem to want to go away. And I know that either a paranormal fantasy or a middle grade book would bring me out of it (because those two are my "go to" books in a slump) but I really don't want to start another book before I finish this one.
I also still need to read CoLS before Clockwork Princess and since the book is big I don't know if that would happen in time (specially because I'm more in the mood for middle grade than anything.
I also never buddy read anything with anyone so I don't really know how it works xD


Melanie Melanie wrote: "Melanie wrote: "Oh my gosh, Melanie!! We should buddy read Clockwork Princess together at the end of the month! I have a LOT..."

I'm literally in the middle of a book right now ("Daughter Of The B..."


No pressure at all, love! I just thought I'd ask! And I feel you - I'm dreading picking up CoLS, because I just want to read Clockwork Princess! 💛xx


Melanie Melanie wrote: "Melanie wrote: "No pressure at all, love! I just thought I'd ask! And I feel you - I'm dreading picking up CoLS, because I just want..."

Thank you. It's really a bummer tho. But maybe another time. Also, I'll let you know when I do read those books.


Melanie Melanie wrote: "Melanie wrote: "Melanie wrote: "No pressure at all, love! I just thought I'd ask! And I feel you - I'm dreading picking up CoLS, because I just want..."

Thank you. It's really a bummer tho. But ma..."


Happy reading, love! 💖xx


message 17: by Christy (new)

Christy Wonderful review, lovely! xo


Aimie Awesome review Melanie!


Melissa ~ Missy (FrayedBooks) All I'm going to say is, have a box of tissues ready when you finish Clockwork Princess.

I am so impressed you haven't been spoiled by anything but I'm also SO HAPPY you get to read this not knowing what happens! There's so many things I want to CAPSLOCK about but I can't remember when chronologically we learn "this is the reason for THAT thing" so I'm trying to be VAGUE. All I'll say is I agree about Tessa/Jem/Willy poly relationship and always thought so when reading TID as well! They all clearly love each other deeply! And Cassie isn't afraid to touch on LGBTQ+ characters/relationships so. SO. That's all I'll say. ;)

Enjoy City of Lost Souls, I hope you enjoy it more than City of Fallen Angels! And I really can't wait until you get to Lady Midnight/Lord of Shadows because I swear Cassie's writing just keeps getting SO much better I don't know how she does itttttt!


Melanie Christy wrote: "Wonderful review, lovely! xo"

Thank you so very much, Christy love! 💕xx


Melanie Aimie wrote: "Awesome review Melanie!"

Thank you, Aimie love! 💕xx


Melanie Melissa ~ Missy (FrayedBooks) wrote: "All I'm going to say is, have a box of tissues ready when you finish Clockwork Princess.

I am so impressed you haven't been spoiled by anything but I'm also SO HAPPY you get to read this not know..."


This comment made me smile so dang big, Melissa! Ahhh! I can't wait to get to Clockwork Princess AND Lady Midnight! Seriously! I bet I end up loving both! I actually just started City of Lost Souls and I'm already loving it so much! (view spoiler) But I hope you're having happy reading, love! And I can't wait to gush with you soon! 💕xx


~ Althea ~  ☾ this review 🙌🏼


Stacy Great review!!


Melanie ~ Althea ~ (themoonwholistens) wrote: "this review 🙌🏼"

Hehehe, you are too kind, Althea! I hope you're having happy reading, love! 💕xx


Melanie Stacy wrote: "Great review!!"

Thank you, Stacy love! I hope you're having happy reading, babe! 💕xx


Sarah  Loves Books and tea I'm glad you enjoyed Clockwork Prince, Clockwork Princess is even better and I have read the whole series twice now and the manga version too!


Melanie Sarah wrote: "I'm glad you enjoyed Clockwork Prince, Clockwork Princess is even better and I have read the whole series twice now and the manga version too!"

Awh, thank you so much, Sarah! I cannot wait to start Princess! Seriously! Ahhhh! And now I have to look into these mangas! I hope you're having happy reading, love! 💖xx


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