Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Are you a fan of teen fantasy, but find yourself a little fatigued by all the Twilightesque paranormal romances that have been filling the YA shelves?  I understand. I’ve been there. It’ll pass. The best cure is to pick up some Sarah Dessen or E. Lockhart and immerse yourself in contemporary chick lit. Then when you feel ready to enter the world of demons and vampires again, pick up Cassandra Clare’s Clockwork Angel.

Set at some point during Queen Victoria’s reign, Clockwork Angel is the prequel story to Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series (City of Bones, etc.). You don’t need to read Mortal Instruments to understand and enjoy Clockwork Angel, but you will want to pick the series up after you’ve finished. The story begins with our heroine, Tessa Gray, journeying from New York to London to meet her brother. Upon arrival, she is kidnapped and held hostage by the Dark Sisters. The Dark Sisters know something that Tessa doesn’t – she’s a Downworlder and has the power to transform into other human beings at will. The Dark Sisters torture Tessa until she is able to perform the magic herself, then prepare to marry her off to their boss, the evil Magister.

Luckily for Tessa, she is rescued by the Shadowhunters, a group of warriors fated to fight the darkness and keep the demons in check. Tessa is taken to the Shadowhunter headquarters and introduced to the world of demons, werewolves, vampires, and warlocks that she never knew existed. She finds herself befriending the super-hot Will, a dark and brooding Shadowhunter, and his partner-in-crime-fighting, Jem, who’s less dark and brooding, but still really hot.

Tessa enlists the Shadowhunters to help find her missing brother and the book becomes one action-packed scene after another as Tessa becomes entangled in the Shadowhunter lifestyle and they discover a plot to bring the Shadowhunters to an end.

Describing the plot of paranormal books always sounds a bit ridiculous. Vampire hunters? Really? But you’ll have to take my word for it that this is a rollicking good read, full of action, hilarity, a little bit of melodrama, and a lot of spine-tingling romance. Just try it.

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One Response to “Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare”

  1. theoncominghope Says:

    I wrote a review of the book here! Let me know what you think:

    http://theoncominghope.blogspot.com/2011/02/review-cassandra-clare-angel.html

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