Title: The Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices ~ Book 2)
Author: Cassandra Clare | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Website
Publication Date: December 6 2011
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Length: 502 Pages
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Source: Purchased (Kindle Edition)
Cover Love: Love it. Love Jem. Absolutely beautiful...
Point of View: 3rd person, following multiple characters
My Rating: 5 Stars
As much as I truly enjoyed The Clockwork Angel, I can easily say that I absolutely loved The Clockwork Prince. This book was amazing from start to finish and I managed to read it in one sitting, only pausing long enough to eat a quick dinner. I could not put it down and now I am so very much looking forward to The Clockwork Princess being released. The ending is on a bit of a cliffhanger [which Clare is quite known to do] and I am glad I waited to read this series closer to the final book's release date.
You may remember from my review of The Clockwork Angel that I was unsure as to who I wanted Tessa to end up with, Will or Jem. Nothing has changed in the fact that I have fallen more in love with both of them, each have something different about them that makes them both wonderful. However I have now made a choice. Will, I love you... but I love Jem so much more.
Unfortunately I have a feeling that my heart is going to be broken into a million little pieces. I know Tessa still loves Will, this is obvious so either she could break Jem's heart and go with Will still. Or, and this would shatter me completely, Jem could die. Even writing that makes my heart speed up faster and I feel sick to my stomach. I don't know if I will be able to recover if Cassandra Clare kills Jem. I will be broken.
But at the end of the day I know that either Will or Jem are going to be broken hearted and either way it is going to be so very sad. I do really love Will and I can see why Tessa still has feelings for him. Because in this book we have finally found out why Will always kept people at a distance and why outwardly he appeared to be so mean to them. Then when he was finally able to open his heart to Tessa, to tell her how he really feels, it all appears to be too late. The previous damage of being cruel and pushing her away has been done... Honestly in any other story he would be the most swoonworthy guy and please don't think I don't love him because I do. It is just for me, next to Jem, he is second best.
The story itself has continued on seamlessly from The Clockwork Angel. The shadowhunters are still trying to locate The Magister and to put a stop to the clockwork army they know he is creating. This book actually only covers a span of around two to three weeks which when you think about it, a lot happens in that short span of time. As mentioned above the ending is complete cliffhanger and I sat there for a minute just staring at the final page. I must say that it was difficult to refrain from starting this series earlier but I am so glad I did. It has been wonderful being able to go right into the next book once I am finished with the one prior. I am only having to wait a day before Clockwork Princess is due to be released.
Tessa continued to impress me, as she did in book one. There are of course a few times where I questioned her thought process but overall I find her to be a strong character. She is never one to back down from a challenge and she is always putting herself and her ability out there to help when needed, thinking very little of the dangers involved. She simply wants to help her new found family and however she can do that she does, no questions asked.
Thankfully we are able to see even more of Magnus Bane. He is such a dynamic character and has been and always will be one of my favorites. He cares so deeply and wholeheartedly for those he calls his friends. He puts up a good show of trying to act indifferent but we all know what a softy he is. He also keeps the laughs coming...
Now, back to Jem (James Carstairs). Of course you already know I love him but I feel I need to expand just a bit about why that love runs so deep. Jem is probably the most caring, kind hearted and sweet character I have ever read. I honestly do not believe there to be a bad bone in his body. He stands up for his new family, he is devoted, he loves with all his heart, he is a great friend and dear God I really am going to never forgive Cassandra Clare if he ends up with a broken heart or worse... *sigh*
Okay, you probably understand my feelings now. I love this series, I love this book, I love Tessa, I love Will and I LOVE LOVE LOVE Jem. Please if you haven’t read this series do not hesitate to start it. I am on countdown now to The Clockwork Princess and hopefully I will not need too many tissues to dry my tears. Please let there be a happy ending....