Clockwork Princess (Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Princess (Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3)

Goodreads Summary: THE INFERNAL DEVICES WILL NEVER STOP COMING
A net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. Mortmain plans to use his Infernal Devices, an army of pitiless automatons, to destroy the Shadowhunters. He needs only one last item to complete his plan: he needs Tessa Gray.
Charlotte Branwell, head of the London Institute, is desperate to find Mortmain before he strikes. But when Mortmain abducts Tessa, the boys who lay equal claim to her heart, Jem and Will, will do anything to save her. For though Tessa and Jem are now engaged, Will is as much in love with her as ever.
As those who love Tessa rally to rescue her from Mortmain’s clutches, Tessa realizes that the only person who can save her is herself. But can a single girl, even one who can command the power of angels, face down an entire army?
Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment, and the tangled threads of love and loss intertwine as the Shadowhunters are pushed to the very brink of destruction in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy.

My Review: I am greatly disappointed in this book because I had hoped that this would be the best book in the series and that I would not want to put it down until I read the final page but alas, that did not happen. In fact, I felt it quite a struggle to push myself through those last 100 pages.

The book was pretty good up until the end. The plot was fast paced for the first half and there was this army being created and everything was being done to try to stop it and there were multiple subplots that I won’t even bother talking about except to say that I did enjoy reading them and I’m glad Clare spent so much time developing them. The minor characters were really interesting  and I don’t usually find myself caring about them so I’m glad that carried throughout the series. More romance was involved in this book with the minor characters and I liked reading about it.

I decided I love Will. I also love Jem but I choose Will. Will is my attractive badass with a hidden vulnerability and that is my type of book crush. That is all I have to say about them because I will share spoilers otherwise.

Tessa is a good main character and I was really interested in finding out what she was and I would definitely read more about her even though the series is over. She was a girl who learned to be a strong fighter and who would sacrifice herself for those she loved but she wasn’t a stupid martyr like some book characters.

There was a battle scene but there was an entire series leading up to this one huge event and I feel like it ended far too quickly, it was almost anticlimactic how everything ended. It was very disappointing. It would have been less upsetting if the book then ended because the story was essentially over, but she continued on for another 100 pages of endless useless epilogue type story with no plot and it bored me. I forced myself to get through it because I wanted to see how the story ended for the characters but it was completely unnecessary and kind of annoyed me that this epic series ended with me wishing it could be over. I am not sure whether or not I am happy with the ending, I’m content I guess.

I was hoping for a better review of the conclusion to a good series, but there you have it. I would definitely still recommend it, though you could probably skim the end.

You can buy Clockwork Princess here.

Clockwork Prince (Infernal Devices #2) by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Prince (Infernal Devices #2) by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2)

Goodreads Summary: 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.

My Review: I have been put through an emotional rollercoaster with this book and it is extremely frustrating but I still love it. I know after the last book I said I liked Jem more but I don’t even know what to think at this point. I love them both but I switched over to Will in this book after spending time in his head. Let’s just say that I am not happy with the current situation concerning Tessa’s love life…

Moving on to the plot, I guess. So basically there is one really bad guy trying to destroy all Shadowhunters and we know who it is but we don’t REALLY know who it is. Makes sense, right? No, it doesn’t and I am confused as well even though I have read the first two books. Hopefully the next book will clear up some things. Regardless, I still love this book and I was completely addicted, I could not stop reading it and when I had to stop reading it, I was thinking about it. Truly an amazing series and I am a lot happier with it than I was with the mortal instruments so far.

The fighting scenes are pretty epic as well and you know me, I’m a sucker for a good battle scene. There were just enough of them to keep the book exciting but not too many to the point where it took over the story. I also really liked how the point of view changed every chapter or so. It can be annoying in some books but there are so many characters that I care about in his series, I enjoyed it and it helped me understand most of what was going on.

I still think the choice of time period was interesting and it still plays a small part in the story. I liked it and how it affected the characters, mostly Tessa and Sophie (the human/mundane). The way they act is just not how modern girls act and I kind of like it though I would probably hate myself if I acted like that now…as would everyone else in the world.

Honestly, I am really enjoying this series and I am starting the third and final book as soon as possible because the book is sitting in my room waiting for me. I would like to recommend this series but I want to wait until I finish it to be certain in case things go awry like in the mortal instruments. That’s all for now folks.

You can buy Clockwork Prince here.

Clockwork Angel (Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel (Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)

Goodreads Summary: In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.
The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them…

My Review: I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book because I have read a few bad spinoffs but this book exceeded my expectations by a gazillion percent. From the first chapter I was glued to the pages and Clare kept me addicted to the story with a fast paced plot, characters I actually cared about, and totally crush-worthy guys.

Put into the world of the Mortal Instruments, I cannot yet say which I liked better but there was definitely less awkwardness in this book, and for those of you who have read her other series you know what I am talking about. None of that…

I really liked Tessa and her views on women would have annoyed me if I didn’t keep in mind that this is London in 1878. I wasn’t sure how that was going to play out but  Clare did a good job, it didn’t take away from the story or action at all. The Shadowhunters were ahead of their time I would say.

Will and Jem were both attractive badasses which is definitely my favourite kind of book boy, and I have to say that I prefer Jem at the moment even though I don’t think Tess has a set opinion. I can’t say why I like him more, I just have that feeling. Not as intense as Daemon Black from Lux but still there. There was a touch of romance and it was just enough to keep me craving more, I’m pretty excited for what’s to come.

The plot was epic and any action or violent scene is good in my book when it contains magic like this book does. There was never a dull moment in her world and I loved it. I also like how so many creatures take part in this book and how it wasn’t solely about the Shadowhunters like I thought it was going to be.

I was pleasantly surprised with this book, I haven’t been addicted to a book in a while and let me tell you, I missed that feeling. So final thoughts, read it. If you’re hesitant as I was, just go for it. Especially if you liked the Mortal Instruments and maybe even if you didn’t. More to come when I finish book two probably shortly.

You can buy Clockwork Angel here.

Frostfire (Kanin Chronicles #1) by Amanda Hocking

Frostfire (Kanin Chronicles #1) by Amanda Hocking

Frostfire (Kanin Chronicles, #1)

Goodreads Summary: Bryn Aven is an outcast among the Kanin, the most powerful of the troll tribes.
Set apart by her heritage and her past, Bryn is a tracker who’s determined to become a respected part of her world. She has just one goal: become a member of the elite King’s Guard to protect the royal family. She’s not going to let anything stand in her way, not even a forbidden romance with her boss Ridley Dresden.
But all her plans for the future are put on hold when Konstantin– a fallen hero she once loved – begins kidnapping changelings. Bryn is sent in to help stop him, but will she lose her heart in the process?

My Review: I have been looking forward to reading this for over a year now because Amanda Hocking is one of my favourite authors and the Trylle trilogy (this is a spinoff of that world) is one of my all-time favourites. I only waited this long because I wanted to be able to read the whole trilogy within the month and the last one comes out in August.

After all of the anticipation, I finally got the book from my library and I was sadly disappointed. The book was slow and I had to force myself to get through the whole thing and I was really let down at that. I love every book I have ever read by Amanda Hocking and this was the first that I had to make myself finish. The plot was good but moved way too slow, the characters were interesting but I didn’t love them until towards the end, but the romance was pretty great. I love having book crushes and that is something Amanda Hocking rocks at.

The villain is confusing because I don’t know whether I hate him or love him and that is frustratingly addicting. The book was good overall but I felt like a huge piece in the middle was unnecessary, but who knows? It may be important in the next book.

The end of the book definitely picked up, the plot developed, the characters felt like my friends, and the ending was a cliffhanger that left me wanting more so I am definitely anticipating a better book two and I cannot wait to read it.

You can buy Frostfire here.

Shadows in the Silence (Angelfire #3) by Courtney Allison Moulton

Shadows in the Silence (Angelfire #3) by Courtney Allison Moulton

Shadows in the Silence (Angelfire, #3)

Goodreads Summary: Your strength in heart and hand will fall. . . .
Ellie knows that the darkest moments are still to come, and she has everything to fight for:
She must fight for Will.
The demonic have resorted to their cruelest weapons to put Will in mortal danger, and Ellie makes an unlikely alliance to save him and to stop Lilith and Sammael, who seek to drown the world in blood and tear a hole into Heaven.
She must fight for humanity.
As the armies of Hell rise and gather for the looming End of Days, Ellie and her band of allies travel to the world’s darkest and most ancient regions in her quest to come into her full glory as the archangel Gabriel.
And Ellie must save herself.
Her humanity withers beneath the weight of her cold archangel power, but Ellie must hold tight to who she is and who she loves as she prepares for the ultimate battle for Heaven and Earth.
In this final installment in the Angelfire trilogy, Courtney Allison Moulton brings her dark world of epic battles and blistering romance to a blazing bright conclusion.

My Review: I finally got around to reading this conclusion and I was kind of let down. I was expecting a huge dramatic and amazingly fast-paced book but it was kind of slow for most of the book and there was a lot of buildup which led to such a fast ending. I mean, it was definitely still good and I enjoyed it, I just wasn’t addicted to it like I am with other books and felt like I had to force myself to finish it. Honestly, I didn’t really care what happened as horrible as that is!

I did love Will but I was bored with the situation so I didn’t crush on him as hard as I normally crush on the book boyfriends which was a bit disappointing because I enjoy having book boyfriends.

The part about Ellie and Gabriel was pretty epic and Moulton did a better job than I expected her to do. The battle wasn’t as exciting as I wanted but I still was pretty happy with the way everything turned out and it was a good book overall, just not as good as the other books in the trilogy. Usually for me books get better as they go on in a trilogy and I get more and more addicted but that didn’t happen for me this time.

This was definitely not in my top series but I would still recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy books.

You can buy the conclusion to Angelfire here.