Sunday, October 9, 2011

A Review of Cassandra Clare's Clockwork Angel

A Review of Clockwork Angel
Jennifer Feuerstein


As always let’s go over a little background information. The book is the first in Cassandra Clare’s second series Infernal Devices. We’re still following Shadowhunters, but it’s a prequel to the Mortal Instruments series. Read on to find out what I thought of Cassandra Clare’s Clockwork Angel.

Well, if you’ve read City of Bones you pretty much know where Clockwork Angel will go. There aren’t many surprises in store as far as plot and the characters are pretty similar to those in the Mortal Instruments.

As you may have noticed in my last review, a lot of people will tell you this has to be read before City of Fallen Angels from Mortal Instruments. Not necessarily true. A few characters from Clockwork will be seen in Fallen Angels, but nothing in Clockwork Angel is important for enjoying or understanding Fallen Angels. Just wanted to dispel the notation it had to be read.

All in all, I was very disappointed with this installment. It’s interesting to learn about the past of the Shadowhunters, but it isn’t very well developed. The characters and plot mirroring City of Bones is redundant and boring. Taken by itself, it’s an interesting read but it just doesn’t work with her writings overall. I mean, most people will read it because they liked Mortal Instruments and they’re going to be disappointed by the lack of a new plot.

Clockwork Prince will be the next book in the Infernal Devices series and is due out December 6, 2011. I can only hope it won’t mirror City of Ashes, but I think I’ll check it out from the library instead of buying it… just in case. (The blurb from her website seems oddly reminiscent of City of Ashes –sigh-)

So, to sum up this little review, I give Clockwork Angel 2 out of 5 jester hats. It’s an okay read, but with a redundant plot and character development it feels like déjà vu. If you’re going to read this one, rent it or borrow it from a friend. I, personally, was disappointed. Hey, copy for sale anyone?

Up Next: the review of City of Fallen Angels… and it comes with a WARNING sticker. In November, I’ll review the adult Fever series by Karen Marie Moning and you won’t want to miss it!

As always, I welcome suggestions for books to review.

~Jennifer Feuerstein~

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