Review: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

September 3, 2013 Review 13

Clockwork PrincessPages: 592
Published: March 19 2013 by Margaret K. McElderry Books 
Series: The Infernal Devices #3
Source: Purchased from Coles

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A net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. Mortmain plans to use his Infernal Devices, an army of pitiless automatons, to destroy the Shadowhunters. He needs only one last item to complete his plan: he needs Tessa Gray.

Charlotte Branwell, head of the London Institute, is desperate to find Mortmain before he strikes. But when Mortmain abducts Tessa, the boys who lay equal claim to her heart, Jem and Will, will do anything to save her. For though Tessa and Jem are now engaged, Will is as much in love with her as ever.

As those who love Tessa rally to rescue her from Mortmain’s clutches, Tessa realizes that the only person who can save her is herself. But can a single girl, even one who can command the power of angels, face down an entire army?

Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment, and the tangled threads of love and loss intertwine as the Shadowhunters are pushed to the very brink of destruction in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy.

My Thoughts & Review
*This review will contain spoilers for both Clockwork Angel & Clockwork Prince*

I was terrified to go into Clockwork Princess. As much as I tried not to read reviews of it beforehand, I couldn’t help it, which in turn made me even more nervous to read it. I absolutely adored Clockwork Angel and Clockwork Prince and I was so scared that the final book wouldn’t give this series the ending it deserved. When Racquel said she was reading it, Cass & I joined in and it turned into an impromptu read along!

The characters were still everything and more to me. The Infernal Devices will long go down for having some of favorite characters as a whole, I do believe. I feel like you can connect so well with the characters in this series and it leaves you raw and emotional. Tessa is amazing, I adore her in every aspect. Will… well jeez, do I have to really go into that? I love this guy, LOVE. I also realized that I loved Jem far more than I ever thought while reading Clockwork Princess. Charlotte, Sophie, Gideon, Gabriel… MAGNUS BANE! Honestly, I could go on and on about how much I love them all so we will just leave it at that and say that the development of the characters definitely did not stop in this final installment.

The story was phenomenal and heart wrenching. I could not put it down, once I got about 150 pages in that was It, I was invested and I was not stopping until finishing. There were several parts that tore my soul apart, I sobbed so hard at times that I thought my heart would stop beating. I’m not even sure that I can give it any justice in words because the emotions that I felt when I read this were unbelievable.

I cannot wait to continue the Mortal Instruments now, because it makes so much more sense to me now that I know the family lines and their ancestors.

I know the ending holds a lot of mixed feelings with people, but honestly I really liked it. It made me cry and my heart hurt but I still really enjoyed it. I obviously can’t go into it very much without ruining the grand finale but it was a great finish for me. Clockwork Princess is one of the first books in a very long time that has given me a complete and total book hangover. I feel like nothing as of late has given me the types of feels that it did.

If you are hesitant in reading Clockwork Princess because it’s the final book I would suggest taken the plunge and doing it. I found it to be very satisfying as an ending and secured The Infernal Devices as one of my all-time favorite series.

My Rating 5 Stars Lauren

13 Responses to “Review: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare”

  1. Alicia

    I’m new to this whole Shadowhunters world, having just finished City of Bones 2 days ago (AND I LOVE IT SO SO MUCH). So yeah, it’s probably inappropriate for me to be reading your review because I haven’t even sniffed at the pages of Clockwork Angel! xD Really excited to start on the Infernal Devices though, people say it’s even better than TMI! *HOWISTHATHUMANLYPOSSIBLEWOW*

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    • Lauren

      TID is SOOOO much better than TMI and I love that series also! It is so much more emotional and ARGH I love it 🙂 I only have read up until book 3 in TMI but it’s so cool to see how the families began in TID! Definitely recommend picking it up !!! Thanks for stopping by Alicia 🙂

    • Lauren

      Thanks Jaime! As much as I wanted to have SO MANY SPOILERS I tried hard not to put any because I hate reading reviews with spoilers 🙁

    • Lauren

      Thanks so much Aylee!! I know a lot of people don’t like when endings are wrapped up so tightly and perfectly but I love them <3

  2. Hannah @ So Obsessed With

    I didn’t love Clockwork Angel, but Cass convinced me to keep going. Needless to say, I spent last weekend binge reading these books and am absolutely so glad I continued on. I think the books just got stronger and stronger! I have mixed feelings with you on the ending, but I’ll totally agree on having a book hangover after finishing it!
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    • Lauren

      I’m so glad Cass convinced you to keep going, she’s really good at forcing the reading on us 🙂 It was definitely a book hangover type book… I couldn’t find anything for awhile that even came close to this 🙂

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