Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare - Book Review #81

Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Clockwork Angel
by Cassandra Clare
Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still.

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What’s more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.

Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by—and torn between—two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length . . . everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world. . . . and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.
From goodreads.com

I have a confession to make – I like Cassandra Clare’s books. They are my cozy escapes, brain candies. I’ve read a lot of bad things about Cassandra Clare herself, about her writing, her characters, her plots, you name it. Usually I see the point of the people who are writing these bad things, sometimes I agree with what they are saying, but nevertheless I still like her books.

I’m not insisting that her books are something phenomenal or they are my favorites, because they are not. They are not even my favorites from all the books I read this year. Clockwork Angel is not my favorite from all the books I read this month. Despite that, I like her work and I will be reading next book she publish.

I was trying for some time to nail down why I like her books, if in agree with and see most of the flaws that others is pointing out. The first thing I thought, when I started reading Clockwork Angel, characters were almost a complete copy from The Mortal Instruments characters. Her plot is predictable; nothing that happened in Clockwork Angel didn’t even remotely take me by surprise. Her writing is far from being superb. I know that I usually don’t forgive these flaws to other writers or to other books and I’m writing about them in my reviews, but somehow I forgive them to Cassandra Clare. What makes her or her books so special? What gives her this immunity status?

I came to conclusion that it is the world she created that make me oversee and forgive everything else. Her world is not original. It seems like she put it together from different elements out of classic sci-fi, fantasy, TV shows, moves, etc. However, she created a perfect combination, at least for me, from these elements. It seems like she didn’t left out anything that I like from sci-fi and fantasy; and didn’t include parts that I wasn’t really fond of. Her world is the one that I would love to visit; her world is the one I would love for it to be real.


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