Friday, April 6, 2012

The Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Title: Clockwork Angel
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication Date: August 2010
Reviewer: Bethany (14)
Rating: 4 ½ cheeseburgers.

Clockwork Angel is the first book in the Infernal Devices series, my favorite book series to date. It’s set in 1878 London, and centers on sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray, a New Yorker who’s been taken captive by two women called the “Dark Sisters”. She came to London to find her brother after the death of their Aunt Harriet, but she fears she never will, because the Dark Sisters are bent on keeping her, and using her “power”— Tessa is a shape-changer, a kind of magical creature no one’s ever seen before— and preparing her for the Magister, a man she’s never met.

On the day Tessa is set to meet the Magister, she gets rescued by William Herondale, a special kind of demon-killer called a Shadowhunter. He takes Tessa back to the Institute, where he and his fellow Shadowhunters let Tessa stay. They think she’s the key to their latest mission— to uncover the source of all the disappearances over London. They need Tessa to solve the mystery, and Tessa needs them to help her find her brother, the Magister, and to figure out what she is.

Clockwork Angel is a fun mystery, and once I started it, I couldn’t put the book down. It’s got an interesting, but not overly dramatic love triangle, and lots of action, humor, and fantasy. It’s got something for everyone— I give it 4 ½ cheeseburgers.

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