Sunday, March 5, 2017

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publication Date: August 31, 2010

I just finished Clockwork Angel and I really enjoyed it. I've seen the 'Shadowhunter' series all over booktube and GRs for a long time now and have been meaning to jump on the bandwagon to see if all the hype is justified. So far it lives up to its reputation as far as I'm concerned. I believe there's even a TV show adaptation of the Mortal Instruments series. If I understand correctly, The Infernal Devices, The Mortal Instruments, The Dark Artifices, several Shadowhunter Academy novellas as well as The Bane Chronicles are all connected and meant to be read in a very specific order which I've been told begins with Clockwork Angel. So altogether that adds up to...well, A LOT of books and it's a pretty big commitment to tackle but when I find a good series that I really enjoy I never want it to end so the more books, the better, in my opinion.

I find that for me, personally, it's a lot easier to keep up and follow a long fantasy series such as this,
 with many different characters, if I invest in the audio format. My preference for that format is Audible of which I am a member and therefore receive monthly credits that allows me to purchase any book they have in stock (which is basically everything) and if I wish to return it in exchange for a different title before I've received the next months credit I can do so, hassle free with no questions asked, which is what sets the Audible subscription service above the competition, in my opinion. I was very impressed with the narration of Clockwork Angel, it had multiple narrators who did a phenomenal job of bringing the characters to life and enhancing my overall reading experience. I also like the freedom that audiobooks allow me, giving me the opportunity to 'read' during times when I wouldn't be able to in the literal sense, for example- when I'm walking my dogs, working out, driving, doing dishes, or laying in bed at night and don't want to disturb my boyfriend with the light, so I'm able to get a lot more reading hours in with the audio option. I know it's not for everyone but I'm a huge fan and highly recommend other readers at least give the format a try. I believe Audible has a 30 day free trial but if you don't want to go with a subscription service another option would be to go to your local library. I get a ton of audiobooks from my library in a couple different formats including CDs - which I listen to in my car whenever I'm driving, or they also have digital files that can be signed out as well. I find it's a great way to enjoy more of the many books I want to read, more efficiently.

Anyway, I know I've veered off track with the audiobook plug but I just want everyone to be aware of the opportunities for that option but now ask to Clockwork Angel. This story takes place in the late 1800's when Tessa Gray travels from America back to her homeland of London to be reunited with her brother, Nick, after the unexpected death of their aunt in America left Tessa without any family or reason to stay. Upon her arrival she is kidnapped by two warlocks, called the Strange sisters, who hold her captive and force her to use an ability she didn't know she had, under threats that if she doesn't cooperate and do as they say they will kill her brother who they also hold captive in another location. The new ability is that Tessa can touch an article belonging to another person and fully transform into that person. Tessa soon learns that she is being held by order of the sisters boss who is called The Magister who intends to come for Tessa and marry her so that he can posses and control her unique ability. Tessa is then rescued by Will who is from an organization of Shadowhunters, angelic beings who vow to protect the world from demons and other evil forces. Will takes Tessa back to the Shadowhunters headquarters and they set out to uncover who The Magister is, the mysteries behind Tessa's past - who or what she is, why she has this ability and what The Magister plans to do with her, and where her brother is being held and how to rescue him.

This book has a little bit of everything in it, from angels and demons to warlocks and vampires, kidnappings and murders, betrayals and plot twists as well as a couple of love connections and plenty of action and suspense that I found to be very engaging to the very end. I thought the character development was fantastic and I feel very invested in their lives and can't wait to learn more about them as the series progresses. I've already begun reading Clockwork Prince and plan to binge through this series as well as all the other related works by Cassandra Clare. So far I've found the storyline to be very compelling and addictive, the book was very well written, and overall it was an entertaining book that I enjoyed very much and I love the fact that there are so many books that relate to this series. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading series, YA fantasy, historical fiction, or just a well written, entertaining book. Again, I enjoyed the audiobook and highly recommend that format but if that's not your thing I have no doubt that the regular book is equally amazing.

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