Monday, May 20, 2013

Epic Ending to a Beautiful Series

I read for a lot of reasons. I read because it's an escape. I read because when all else fails, a book can pull me out of the worst moods. I read because it keeps me believing in magic and fairytales, true love and hope. I read because I need to; because, even at my weakest moments, it brings me a sense of contentment that I've been sorely missing.

The books that break my heart, pull me along like a rollercoaster ride, and open the floodgates of my emotions are the ones that will stay in my heart forever. They are the reason why I read; they challenge me, make me question life, and after I'm finished, it feels like I've lost a best friend. 

One series in particular, a series that I just finished reading, is giving me the first book hangover that I've had in a long time. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare is explosive, action-packed, and thrilling--a series that leaves you emotionally breathless and completely spent after you're done. A series that is incredibly addicting, where Clare weaves a wonderful tale of hope, love, and courage. 


I'm not going to promise that this review will be comprehensible, or even make sense. I'm not going to promise you that there won't be any spoilers (because there are a lot of spoilers!). I can only promise that whatever I write about this book is not going to be enough to cover all the feelings I had while reading this story. 

Okay, firstly: That cover is freaking gorgeous! Seriously, all three of them are, but this one is my favorite. 

Secondly: I can't even begin to describe how much I loved this book, how truly amazing it was, and how I wish it never had to end.

Lastly: I decided to add in some gifs to help me describe this book, because I'm going to need the help. 

When I found this book at the library (which was the first time I had been to the library in months), my reaction went sorta like this:

I can't believe it took me this long to get Clockwork Princess. I seriously don't know what was wrong with me, as I should've just bought it the moment it was released. It would've been worth the high price, but I dislike hardcovers a lot. I like to wait until the book is in paperback, but that makes me miss out on so many amazing books until I either get over it and just buy the damn book, or I find it at the library.

Before starting, I flipped back through Clockwork Prince to make sure I remembered what had happened. I hadn't read that one in awhile, and I didn't want to go into this one with questions. 

As always, Clare's writing is addictive, pulling me in from the very first page. I love her world-building, the way she creates the scenery and builds me a slideshow of what Victorian London looks like. Some of the people who read her Mortal Instruments series first didn't like that Infernal Devices was set in the past. But seriously, who doesn't love Victorian freaking London? I, for one, love that era and time period. It was such a pleasure to read about these Shadowhunters' lives at the London Institute during a time when women were the lower race and propriety was of the utmost importance. 

It being set in the past was one of the reasons why I decided to read Infernal Devices first, so these were the first books I read by Cassandra Clare. It seems like whatever series everyone read first dictates their opinion of Clare. I personally loved her series, and I can't wait to start reading City of Bones AND see the movie! I'm also not entirely hating on her ideas for two new series featuring the Shadowhunters and Downworlders. I love this fantasy element. Who knows? Maybe my opinion will change when I read The Mortal Instruments series. But I doubt it.

I guess I should start talking about Clockwork Princess now? I don't even know how to start.. 

*Mentally preparing myself for a heavily emotional review* 



In the second book, we find out more about Mortmain's past and a little more about Tessa's powers and that clockwork angel she has around her neck. She's far more powerful than anyone realizes, and Mortmain doesn't just want to use her powers and marry her. He wants to use her to wipe out the Nephilim, the Shadowhunters, for good. 

Will and Tessa are still fighting their feelings for each other. Although she told him that she didn't love him when he confessed how much he cares about her, it's very clear that she was lying. Yet she is engaged to Jem, and she loves him too.


I am Team Jem, forever. <3 It was hilarious, to me, because I always, always go for the bad boys. Until this series. Until Jem, with his beautiful soul and amazing heart, kindness, and strength. He's the rock of the Institute and the reason Will made it through these five years. 

"I would rather insult you than lose you."

"Our hearts, they need a mirror, Tessa. We see our better selves in the eyes of those who love us. And there is a beauty that brevity alone provides."

"Faith, that you were better than you thought you were. Forgiveness, that you need not always punish yourself. I always loved you, Will, whatever you did. And now I need you to do for me what I cannot do for myself. For you to be my eyes when I do not have them. For you to be my hands when I cannot use my own. For you to be my heart when mine is done with beating." 

"Wherever we are, we are as one."

When the rug was pulled out from under me, I was not prepared for the onslaught of emotions that assaulted me. I literally had to stop reading to calm my heart and try to stop crying. I spent a couple hours tending to my wounded soul before returning to the story that had just broken my heart into a tiny million pieces.

Oh Jem... And then about three quarters of the way through, I learned something that had me in complete and total shock! I couldn't even breathe! Holy shit!

But damn Cassandra Clare for making me stop reading because I couldn't handle what had happened to Jem! I thought Jem was lost forever, and then there he was, fighting side by side with Will once again. Talk about a heart attack! Seriously, Cassandra, why did you have to make me think he was dead?!?!

Okay. I should stop talking about Jem before someone yells at me for "spoiling" things. But, really, you probably shouldn't read an entire review if you haven't read the book.

Let's talk about the plot now. In the beginning, Gabriel Lightwood comes to the Institute seeking help. He thinks his father's case of the demon pox has changed him completely and that he's now a giant worm. They all go after it, but they do not learn much more useful information than before about Mortmain's whereabouts. It's not until a skirmish at the Institute following Jessamine's release from the Silent Brothers' care, and Will hears her dying words. Mortmain is hiding in Wales. After the skirmish at the Institute, Tessa is kidnapped. Gideon is injured, and Jem is losing strength and slowly dying. He promises Will that he can look for a cure now, and everyone tries their hardest, even using Magnus Bane, the warlock, as a resource. As a dying wish, Will goes after Tessa alone, leaving the rest of the Institute locked in a political battle against Consul Wayland. The Shadowhunters are left wondering what matters most: saving their friend or losing the only home they've ever had. 

Will finds Tessa, only to be discouraged when he finds that there's no way out of this prison that she is in. That scene between him and Tessa was absolutely beautiful and heartbreaking all at the same time, for they are both doomed. At that time, I had thought Jem to be dead, as they had. Although I was Team Jem, I still loved Tessa and Will's relationship. And maybe I am quite pleased with how the love triangle ended, although at the time, I wasn't sure of my feelings on the epilogue. 


The scenes between Mortmain and Tessa were awesome to read. She's a strong heroine, and she won't go down without a fight. When Mortmain has the final piece to the puzzle that will unleash hell on the Nephilim, it's time to step up to the plate. Although there's only nine of them left at the Institute, they won't give up until they are dead. 


He underestimates the power of friendship and love. He underestimates the very emotions and qualities that make the Shadowhunters human.


When everyone rescues Tessa and Will, they are attacked by more automatons, this time with demons controlling them, demons that Mortmain had used from the stolen Pyxis. Tessa uses her clockwork angel and Ithuriel to bring down Mortmain once and for all. But after what she did, she needed weeks to recover, as the fires of Heaven almost killed her. 


I love the way Clare wove the tale throughout the story, giving us explosive action-packed scenes to soft, romantic scenes that were a nice change of pace. Nothing was jumbled up, and I loved seeing what happens even when the characters aren't together. Although Tessa, Will, and Jem take point, the other characters are just as important. Charlotte and Henry, Sophie and Gideon, Cecily and Gabriel, even Bridget, the cook. Oh, and I can't forget Magnus Bane! I've come to love all of them just as much as the main three, and I loved having more of them and their stories. It was nice seeing friendships forming, relationships strengthening, and love blooming for all at the London Institute. They are a family; they disagree sometimes, they forgive, and they fight for each other till the very end. That bond between them was beautiful.

What an emotional rollercaoster ride! 
It had so many ups and downs, twists and turns. It was a thrilling ride, riveting and tumultuous, and so incredibly exhilarating, leaving me breathless and weak-kneed and utterly speechless. It never stopped until I read the epilogue!

And boy, that epilogue! 

I still have some mixed feelings about the epilogue. I don't know if I should be happy, because I love Tessa and Jem so much, or mad because it sort of felt like a cop-out to please both Will and Jem fans. But in either case, it was wonderfully and beautifully written, and I loved everything about this story. 

Between the characters, the scenery, and the plot, this was hands-down, one of my favorite books of all time. And it's one of my favorite series of all time. These books will stay in my heart forever. <3

If you haven't read this series yet: DO. IT. NOW. 

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7 comments:

  1. this review was hilarious!

    I'm a new follower(via bloglovin and GFC) who found you on a goodreads thread. Look forward to your future posts and i hope you're able to grab loooots of readers.

    Hopefully i can see you back on my blog, if your interested a follow back via bloglovin or gfc would be much appreciated!
    Guinevere

    http://twinjabookreviews.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and commenting! I truly appreciate it, as it's hard to determine if anyone is actually reading what you post.

      Also, thanks for following! I've followed back via GFC and Blovlovin. I look forward to seeing more posts of yours.

      :)

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  2. I can't believe I haven't read this series yet. I will get to it eventually. Wonderful review!

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    1. Oh, I hope I didn't spoil anything for you! I'd hate for you to know exactly what happens if you haven't read the books.

      And this series is amazing! So, so worth it. <3

      Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the follow! :)

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  3. Niceeeeee....

    those gifs really had me rolling.....

    and got to say i'm with you on that one i too took a bit too much time to get this book and then reviewing it......i just couldn't form my words.....great review

    thanks for visiting mine here
    Le' Grande Codex

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  4. I really need to read this series! (Don't worry, I just skimmed your post so it didn't spoil anything. Love your gif's though!)

    I saw your post about your blog on the YA Book Club on Goodreads and thought I'd check it out. I'm now following you on BlogLovin'.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. You really need to; this series is amazing! Oh good, I would hate to ruin things for you. And I needed the gifs' help to express how I felt about the book.

      Thanks for checking out my blog and for following me. I'm returning the favor via GFC.

      :)

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