Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Book Review: Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) by: Cassandra Clare

Release Date: March 19, 2013
from McElderry Books
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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."

My Thoughts:

So there is no way I will be able to get through this review without spoilers for Clockwork Angel and Clockwork Prince. I will be spoiler free though for Clockwork Princess

I have never in my life read a book that made me cry as much as this book did. I literally began crying during the Preface and I did not stop until long after I finished the Epilogue. I stayed up until late in the night because of my inability to put this book down, I just could not do it. There was no way I was stopping until I had my conclusion and well it was perfect. Don't get me wrong, there was pain and it hurt... a lot... just thinking about it is making me cry again, but it was still perfect. I will never ever forget Will and Jem and Tessa's story.

This story is very much about love and the things you will do for it and because of it. Every single character in this book acts the way he or she does because of someone they love. Whether it is Will's love for Tessa or his love for Jem. Or Jem's love for Tessa or his love for Will. Or how Tessa loves them both equally... and yes she truly does love them both equally. How could she not? Jem and Will are pretty much a package deal, to love one you have to love the other. But the point is, that everything that transpires over the course of this book is due to the overwhelming amount of love between the three characters. 

Tessa is such an incredible heroine and I adore her. She is so strong and determined and she questions everything! She is funny and witty and just so many wonderful things. She perseveres through some very tough times and she is selfless in everything she does. Also, I feel as if I can relate to Tessa on some level, mostly through her love of books and the way she can get lost in one. Then there is Jem who is so incredibly kind and probably one of the best and understanding characters out there. The things he does are just... I don't even know. Then we have my favorite... Will Herondale. I love this boy to death. Here is another truly selfless character. I also truly love his wit and way with words and the way he can get lost in a book so easily. All I can say is that I would love to find my own personal Will Herondale one day. And I can't forget the secondary characters. Sophie.. love her. Gideon.. love him. Cecily... adore her. Henry... adorable. Charlotte... love her too.

Generally I am not a fan of love triangles, at least the ones that feel forced (which unfortunately so many do). But this book is a real and true love triangle and I adored it. There is no petty jealousy and fighting, it is truly a tangle of love between these three, where in the end unfortunately someone has to get hurt, if not all of them. I feel as if I am as torn as Tessa, even though I clearly prefer Will. It is because it is so abundantly clear that she loves them both and that they both love her with all that they are. It is no surprise that Will and Jem would fall for the same girl.

Then we have the relationship between Will and Jem... and honestly I think this is the most important relationship in the entire book. Their relationship is the definition of unconditional love. There is nothing one would not do for the other. I wish I could say I had a friend like Will or Jem, but I think a relationship like theirs is a truly rare and beautiful thing. Throughout the course of this book, the things that broke me the most were the things that happened between these two.

Speaking of breaking, this book broke me down. There has never been a book that made me cry the way this book did. It literally made my heart ache and twist in pain to the point where I had to stop and literally clutch at my chest. I would be crying (cause seriously, I didn't stop) but then through the tears I would find myself laughing over something silly Will said or did. Then there was the happy crying as well. To drive this point home, there was one point during the book, nothing major just one line, but I read it and it made my chest hurt so much that I had to stop grab my chest and I literally said to the empty room "Ow. That one hurt, that one really hurt." I realized there was no one who could hear me, but I wasn't really thinking coherently. 

There are so many other things I am dying to say about this book and I know this review is probably hard to follow if you didn't read it, but there is just so much about this book that can be spoiled and I could never do that to this book. So I will wrap it up here. Clockwork Princess is an incredible conclusion to an outstanding trilogy. This book resulted in the worst book hangover I have ever had, I can't move on and I don't know if I will ever really shake these characters. I feel as if Will and Jem and Tessa have taken a piece of my heart with them never to be seen again.


  1. I loved this book. Such a perfect end to the series - I'm just sad it's over! Awesome review. :)

  2. I'm only at 39%, but I already have all the feels! I'm so happy you mentioned the secondary characters - love them! And the most important relationship being Will and Jem's - YES! Sigh. I think your review is beautiful, and it got me all teary-eyed about the things to come. I will be your Jem, and you can be my Will. Deal? *snuggles you* <3

    1. You can be my Jem! And I shall be Will running around cursing ducks!

  3. Aw, your love for this story is apparent. I want to read it, but don't feel anywhere near ready yet. Thanks for not spoiling the story!

  4. Oh Teresa....where do I even begin with this one. God, reading your review brought back all those precious moments in the book and I have tears in my eyes. You know how I felt right after I finished reading CP, and my heart...every time I even try to forget about this book...I just can't. My heart wont let me.

    And everything you said, I agree with you completely. Everything about this book, from the plot to the characters, to the love triangle to the secondary characters....was handled beautifully. I couldn't have asked for a more perfect ending to a perfect series.

    Will, Tessa and Jem will forever be in my heart and I know the ending was something that should bring forth million dollar smiles, but I just can't help but cry and wish for something else. I loved every moment of this, and yes even the ending I loved, but I think I'm in a state of denial. :)

    All I can say is that like you, I have never in all my reading experience, cried so much for felt my heart rip into pieces over and over again until this book. I thought Pushing the Limits only did that to me, but Clockwork Princess has taken its place.

    I love it, I want more of it, I wish to go back to the beginning and just stay there with these beautiful characters and I just love it! I honestly can't say more, otherwise I might start to bawl...again.

    SUPERFANTABURIFFIC REVIEW, Teresa! :D You really captured the emotions and beauty of this story in your review without spoilers. And like I said before and like you, I don't think Will, Jem and Tessa could ever leave our hearts. I think, the word FOREVER, is the perfect word to describe how everything in this series tied together with the readers emotions. It truly is unforgettable.

    ~ Maida <3

    1. This comment is all sorts of awesome. You totally understand all the crazy feelings that happen because of Clockwork Princess. This is definitely a story that stays with you forever!

  5. This is, hands down, my favorite love triangle because it was so real, emotional, and you truly didn't know who to pick. I've never felt this way about a set of characters like I have with Tessa, Will, & Jem. I agree w/you, Will & Jem's relationship is by far the more important and significant. The love they have for each other is amazing and so heartfelt. Oh yes, this book broke me to pieces. Even though I can't cry, I was crying on the inside, especially at particular moments w/Jem. JEM!!! I love him so much!!! This was truly a perfect ending to an outstanding trilogy that is easily one of my faves. Great review!

    Confessions of a Vi3tBabe
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    1. There are so many love triangles in YA lit that I had started to hate them, but this love triangle is perfect! It was so hard to say goodbye to these three and I didnt want to. But that ending really is perfect, I dont know if I have ever been so happy with an outcome, even though I was sad

  6. Beautiful review! This is one of my all time favourite series and I enjoyed reminiscing while reading your review. i actually want to go and re-read this book right now *tee hee*

    Chanzie @ Mean Who You Are.


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