Review: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Princess

Cassandra Clare

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.

My Thoughts: So in 2011, I was in a bit of a slump, addicted to video games and hadn’t really done much reading in six years. Well, then I found Goodreads and Clockwork Angel. I’ve read almost 200 books since. So of course I had to read Clockwork Princess. These are the books that got me back into reading. I have been waiting for what feels like forever for this book to come out. Well, the wait was definitely worth it. Don’t worry if you haven’t read it yet, I like to keep my review spoiler free if I can help it, nothing worse than coming across a spoiler before reading something you’ve been waiting forever for.

So in Clockwork Princess we are waiting basically for Jem and Tess to get married (I was pissed by the way! Team Will!) I felt so bad for Will, who thinks that Tessa doesn’t have any feelings for him and even worse for Tessa who won’t way anything to Will about her feelings, so as to not create false hope. I will tell you why I’m so Team Will. Jem is dying, and to me it seems somewhat selfish that he is asking her to marry him, knowing that he’s going to die soon. He could literally die any time. Some people might have been happy about this, with him getting some bit of happiness in his short life, but still.

I came into the book nervous about what was going to happen. To me if the series didn’t end a certain way, well I was going to be super upset. In case you’re wondering, it didn’t end like I had hoped. It was a better ending than I could have hoped! The ending was amazing and I’m pretty sure a lot of people were happy with it. It wraps everything up so nicely. But I’m not going to say what happens because that would be mean.

So Tessa is at the Institute, waiting to marry Jem, but never forgetting about the threat of Mortmain. He wants her and will stop at nothing to get her. She is safe at the Institute though. I really like Tessa as a character. She tries her best not to let people walk over her, a bit hard in the time period when no one will really let a woman do anything alone. She isn’t afraid to speak her mind to defend herself though. Sometimes she doesn’t think things through all the way, but she is brave and willing to do anything to keep her friends safe. Plus she is a big reader, so how can I not like her? I kind of want to read A Tale of Two Cities even more after reading this series, they talk about it so much.

I still love Will, poor tormented Will. He now knows that he wasn’t really cursed, but it’s too late and Tessa is engaged to Jem. His sister is at the Institute now as well and he is happy about it but not at the same time. He doesn’t want her to get hurt. I think I just always root for the bad boy/underdog really, but I can’t help but love Will and his snarkiness.

Jem, well, he’s still dying! I know, it’s mean to say. But really, he’s dying and he knows it. He’s on borrowed time and there’s nothing he can do about it. He does something really selfish too. He starts using more and more yin fen. Seriously, Will works his butt off to get him this stuff and he blows through his entire YEAR supply in TWO months!! I get that he doesn’t want to be sickly all the time, but he drastically just reduced his life expectancy to basically dying any day now. There is also no more yin fen to be found anywhere. So you see why I think he’s selfish?

All in all, I really loved this last book. Like I said, everything is wrapped up nicely. I wasn’t expecting the end at all. There are new characters to enjoy, Cecily and Gabriel for one. Lots of action and emotional bit. I was in tears for some points and stupid grinning at others. I get that way sometimes, so excited for what is happening in a book that I sit there with this giant grin on my face that literally hurts because I can’t stop smiling. There was one moment in particular that I got like this and started texting my friend to read faster because it was just too awesome.

So if you can’t tell, I loved this book and think everyone should read this series! Have any of you read it yet? Did you love it as much as me?


8 thoughts on “Review: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

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  2. Great review, Jenn! I’m happy you liked this one. I really enjoyed it, but thought it wrapped up just a little *too* nicely. Still, I’m sad this series ended … it really was great!

  3. I haven’t read this series yet, but my sister just finished Clockwork Princess and she has all kinds of feelings about Tessa and her love triangle. Needless to say, I have skimmed your review because I don’t want to be spoiled. At least I can tell you liked it. 😀

  4. I’ve bought it yet and actually have the jacket cover off waiting to be read, but have to read another YA book and a classic book for two English classes this month so I’m not sure when I’ll actually start getting into it. But I’m so excited because it sounds like everyone has really enjoyed it and the ending is something to look forward to.

    That being said, I love Jem. I don’t care if he’s dying or not. I understand why everyone loves Will but Jem is so sweet. I guess I usually go for the awkward underdogs who don’t really know what they’re doing compared to the cocky bad guy who may have a heart of gold but is still cruel. 😛

    • Jem is really sweet, and I do feel bad for him and all, but he does do things that make me mad at him. Like going through his yin fen too fast. Will isn’t perfect either, but I can see why he was an ass to everyone for so long. I hope when you read it you’ll enjoy it, it really is a good ending!

      I’m reading a classic right now, since I’m somewhat ahead in my reading. Well, listening to one. Generally classics make me fall asleep, regardless of how interesting they are, so I’m trying to listen to one for a change.

      I kind of wish I had of taken more English classes in uni. Maybe if I ever go back.

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