Book: Clockwork Angel

Cassandra Clare
Young Adult
Walker / 2010
Hard back / 476 Pages
Series Infernal Devices #1

Magic is dangerous--but love is more dangerous still.

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What's more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.

Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by--and torn between--two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length...everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world...and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.

I picked this book up because Cover looked interesting

What I liked the Most? The character building

What I liked the Least? The flatness of a lot of the "jokes"

Review: This is my warning: this book is not one of the literary greats - there is no lofty aspiration, no groundbreaking prose, no food for thought - to put it plain and simple, this is the best kind of guilty pleasure book there is. It was a sweet read with really well developed characters.

Recommended to: Shadowhunter fans

Best Quote: “One must always be careful of books," said Tessa, "and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”

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