March 31, 2013

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare Review

Clockwork Princess
The Infernal Devices #3
by Cassandra Clare
Published on March 19th 2013
Margaret K. McElderry Books, 568 pages
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Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy.

Tessa Gray should be happy - aren't all brides happy?

Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute.

A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa's heart, will do anything to save her.

- description

It was Tuesday, March 19th. And I was working at 6AM till 2PM. God, I was so pissed off, I wanted to be the first one at the door of Waterstones when they open. Well, I went straight after work. I was complaining to my friend how tired I was. And I was. Until I arrived at Waterstones. I started walking faster toward the 2nd floor. Went straight to the Young Adult section and started looking and searching like crazy. I couldn't find it. I ran to the guy that worked there and eagerly asked "Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare!!" And he thought a little and then said "I think it's sold out." O_o WHAT?! And then "Check downstairs, maybe there are some copies left". When I say, I was like running for my life, would be an understatement. I started running so fast, jumping the stairs that, believe me, it's a wonder I didn't fall. And then I saw her*. She was there. And I ran and took her in my hands and I hugged her and started jumping and saying "mine, mine, mine" <3. People were staring and I didn't care.

Clockwork Princess was everything that I ever hoped for and so much more. I've said it before and I meant it, Cassandra Clare is a genius. With this book, she made me love her and her book even more, if that's actually possible. <3 I loved every second of Clockwork Princess. She was perfect.

This review, well, it won't be a proper review. I don't want to spoil anything for the readers. God knows, I was avoiding Twitter and Goodreads for a week for fear of spoilers. But I will state exactly why this book is one of the best books ever written. 

I wanted to read it in one sitting. Ofcourse, I mean, it's Cassandra Clare we are talking about! But I was working everyday at 6AM and God, I just couldn't. Clockwork Princess deserved my whole attention. So I waited. A week. A freaking week to read it. First day I've been reading till 6AM. Then I've fallen asleep. And when I woke up I started reading again. A guy called me that he lost his train and if he could stay at my place. Uh huh. REALLY?! And I said ok. He arrived around 11PM and I was like "Are you tired?" And he was like "I don't know, but I can go to sleep." And I was all "Ok awesome. I'm gonna read." I took my book and my stuff and he looked at me all puzzled and asked "Where are you going?" And I answered "To the living room. To read." You should have seen the look of disbelieve on his face!! And he said "You've got to be kidding me". And I looked at him in the eyes "Sorry, it's William" and I left.  I finished reading at 4AM. PRICELESS <3

This book was written is such a beautiful way. There were moments where my heart was aching so badly. Whether for Will, or for Jem, for Tessa or for all of them together. But, it was written so beautifully that I couldn't blame or hate either of them. All I could do was stare and having my heart broken. And it was absolutely amazing. 

Gideon and Gabriel. OMG who would have ever thought that these two would be so hilarious?! They were so funny that I was laughing so much that tears stared sparkling in my eyes. 

And Magnus!! Oh. My. God. Magnus Bane is the most wonderful and amazing and incredible and hilarious and heart-breaking character ever. I love him from the deep of my heart and I wish I had a friend like that. There is something about him that.. you just need to love him.

When I finished the book, I was absolutely speechless. All I could think was "This is magic in its purest form. This is better than any poetry. This is what unconditional love looks like. This is one of the best bookish moments in my entire life."

And I finally understood what once Cassandra Clare said. She said "For me it's not whether Tessa will end up with Will or whether she will end up with Jem. It's more than just a love triangle." Did I ever get it! And for me it was true. Through the book, all the feelings that surfaced through my body, yes, in a way, it didn't matter. It was just so beautiful and believe me, I couldn't in the furtherest imagine such a perfect ending. I will keep this book close to my heart for eternity.

Clockwork Princess was more than just a good story, or a complicated romance. It was about exsistencial questions. Questions about doing what is right or doing what is easy. The relation between being selfless or being selfish. And everything put together made this book so much more powerful. 

*This book is too important to me to call it - it. It's a she <3 And if it wasn't so huge I would actually have her in my purse all the time, just to keep it close to me. 


Nikki-ann said...

Is Clockwork Princess the 3rd book in the series? I raelly need to get caught up as I've only read the first one and I loved it! :)

nea barabea said...

Yes, Clockwork Princess is the 3rd and last book in the serie. Clockwork Prince is the second and believe me, it's one of the best books ever written. ;)

Sam said...

It really is more than just a love triangle. I think that's the main reason why Clare's love triangle is the only one I will ever accept. I loved this book, Nea! Reading your review is brining that all back, and I completely agree with all your points. I haven't had my heart broken so much in such a long time, but it was a truly beautiful book. So thrilled you loved it, too. <3

Carina Olsen said...

Sigh, great review sweetie. <3 I am so glad that you loved this one as well. It was just so damn perfect. :) Thank you for sharing your amazing review. <3
Thank you for commenting on my mailbox. <3 Uhm, psst, you commented this on my post, and it sort of broke my heart. "The years of Shadow? Is it an actual book or a children book?"
MIDDLE GRADE BOOKS ARE ACTUAL BOOKS!!!! They are even more perfect than YA books most of the time. <3 Hih :) And middle grade isn't children's book. Well, not really, anyway (A) There are so many MG books I have loved more than I loved an YA book. But anyway. Yes. The Year of Shadows is a middle grade book. One of the best one there is :) The cover is gorgeous, yes. <3 Anyway. Thank you for commenting, sweetie :)
Love, Carina @ Carina's Books

Joie said...

Oh my goodness, I can't believe you made yourself wait a whole week to read it! Now that is what I call willpower! This book was definitely so much more than I expected and SO much more than just a love triangle.

I just loved reading your review, Nea! Reading it made me nostalgic for all the happy and hilarious moments of CP2.

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