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Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3)

*Note: there may be spoilers for the first two books in the trilogy in the Goodreads Synopsis portion of this review. However, there will not be any in the My Thoughts section.*

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Author: Cassandra Clare

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Release Date: 1/1/2013

Rating:

5 star kiss

Goodreads Synopsis:

Danger and betrayal, love and loss, secrets and enchantment are woven together in the breathtaking finale to the #1 New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices Trilogy, prequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

THE INFERNAL DEVICES WILL NEVER STOP COMING

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:

I was extremely hesitant when I began this book. I had absolutely no idea as to what to expect. I really enjoyed the first book in the series, but really didn’t care for the second one (should I hide now?)! I found it to have waaaaaaaaay too much detail and I blame it for my reading slump that lasted the ENTIRE summer! Needless to say, I was nervous this book would do the same. I was, however, very pleasantly surprised! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am really glad I read it!

I thought the character development was excellent. I found myself as conflicted as Tessa was and could truly imagine myself into this world. At one point, a character reminisces upon memories and I found myself reacting to them as if they were my memories. The book also was very good about fitting into the time period. I thought it was fascinating to see the voice change from 21st century (in The Mortal Instruments) to the 1800s in this novel. Clare was precise in her language and ensuring that in aligned with the setting. The authoress is an amazing writer. She paints beautiful portraits of characters, settings, etc. and the beauty of her writing never fails to amaze me!

UGH there was SO much detail! In every Cassandra Clare book, the reader is bombarded with paragraphs upon paragraphs of detail. Now, do not get me wrong, I think that some of this detail was necessary and all of it was wonderfully written, but I feel like a HUGE amount of it could have been taken out with no repercussions in the storyline. That is pretty much my only complaint about this book to be honest…I would recommend this trilogy to ages 15 and up.

Wishing you all a lovely week!

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Valentine’s Day Book Tag

Hi Friends!

So I LOVE Valentine’s Day! It’s one of my favorite holidays (and no, I’m not in a relationship, so don’t tell me it’s a holiday for people that are, because it’s totally not!). Everything is pink, which is my absolute favorite color, and everyone eats candy, not that I have a sweet tooth or anything (total lie, yes I do). Best of all though, it’s a day where people are reminded to tell others that they love and care about them. I’ve been told that the thought process is ridiculous because people should say that to their loved ones everyday. Unfortunately, however, not everyone does. They, myself included, get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. We forget to thank our parents for everything that have done for us. We lose sight of our siblings who have known us longer than the majority of people we surround ourselves with. I know that I definitely don’t always tell my friends how much they mean to me. Valentine’s Day for me is a reminder of that. It reminds me to take a step back from getting caught up in the rush of school, activities, and just life in general. It shows that all people deserved to be told they are loved and I think we need to keep the spirit of Valentine’s Day alive among the consumerism that floods it today.

My buddy Cassandra at CC’s books created a Valentine’s Day book tag! I thought it was super cute, so I decided to give it a whirl!

1. Stand Alone Book you love

Going along with the spirit of Valentine’s day, I decided to chose A Little Something Different by: Sandy Hall. This would be the perfect Valentine’s read if you’re looking for one!

A Little Something Different
2. Dystopian Book you Love

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Delirium was a fantastic, heart-wrenching, and beautiful book.
3. A book that you love but no one else talks about.

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While this book is popular in some circles, I think everyone needs to read it. It is such a moving and inspiring read!
4. Favorite Book Couple

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Another book I would highly recommend as a Valentine’s Day read, Pride and Prejudice centers around my most favorite literary couple of all time: Elizabeth and Darcy.
5. Book that other people love but you haven’t gotten around to read

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I borrowed this from the library and I’m hoping to read it over Valentine’s Day weekend, as it seems like a Valentine-sy kind of book!
6. A book with Red on the cover

The Scarlet Pimpernel (The Scarlet Pimpernel, #1)
7. A book with Pink on the Cover

All Fall Down (Embassy Row, #1)
8. You were given a book of chocolate what fictional boyfriend/ or girlfriend would given them to you.

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Jace….’nuff said *swoon*
9. you are Single on Valentines Day. What Book would you read? What Tv show would you watch? What Movie would you watch?

I’m planning on reading To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by: Jenny Han and watching (hopefully!) Vampire Diaries!
10. You are in the Book Store. All of a Sudden you get shot with an arrow by Cupid. What New Release will you love.

The Heir (The Selection, #4)

I’m psyched for this release! Let’s take a quiet moment to reflect upon the perfection that is this cover shall we?
11. Spread the Love Who do you tag?

Anyone who wants to do it!!

That’s all folks! Check out the original video here:

Have a love-ly Valentine’s Day! (See what I did there? heehee, I should clearly be a comedian)

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