Hi friends! I’m back with another review of the beautiful, wonderful, heartbreaking, THERE AREN’T ENOUGH ADJECTIVES book. Anyway, this is a spoiler-free review for the second book in a series, so if you haven’t read Clockwork Angel yet, GO MAKE YOUR LIFE BETTER. And then come back!
Note: This is a scheduled post, as I will be gone from Monday to Friday. Please comment, and I will reply as soon as I am a able to! As well as blog-hop!
In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.
With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.
Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, but her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will—the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?
As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.
Okay well this may or may not be my favorite book of ALL TIME?!?! I cried, I screamed, I laughed, I had to stop every paragraph to die, (don’t worry Sam and Dean Winchester raised me from the grave – don’t judge my fangirling) and I just love it so much. Cassie’s writing has drastically changed from City of Bones and I’m not complaining. TID has a subtle, classy style that isn’t in TMI.
My only complaint actually comes plot-wise. I wasn’t a huge fan of City of Fallen Angels because it bored me. This kinda followed a similar vein, in that the main plot took a backseat to the hi-jinks of the characters (I didn’t even know I knew that word) and focused on their relationships and arcs.
However, the freaking characters though. I can’t count how many times I cried for Will, for Jem, for Tessa, for Henry and Charlotte and UGH. While there could have been a better balance of plot, the character development and reveals are irreplaceable. BUT BUT BUT THOSE FLIPPING ROMANCES. I ship everyone to the point where if a random rat walked in I’d start shipping it with Church. I’m crazy torn and I love everyone so much. Will over Jace, all day every day. Jem over Simon, no question. Obviously Tessa over Clary.
Also, the world just keeps expanding! We learn so much about the inner-workings of the Shadowhunter world and how it evolves into the modern-day.
While I could rant all day about how much I love this book, I will say that it has a touch of second-book syndrome. I very much enjoyed it though, and my emotions were so badly torn apart that I had to immediately start City of Lost Souls (why brain, why). Tell me down below whether you’ve read this, or are planning on reading it! Catch ya later, au revoir!