Clockwork Angel – By Cassandra Clare

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Goodreads Synopsis: 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 Timesbestselling 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…

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This review will be short as I didn’t end up finishing this book. I seem to recall these books getting a lot of hype when they were first published, and that’s why I put some of them on my TBR back in 2012. But I honestly can’t see why they were loved so much.

Even the little bit that I read was predictable and boring. The character, Tessa was a damsel in distress.  The male saviors snarky and your average YA heroes.  Clockwork Angle is really nothing new or amazing.  The writing was mediocre.  And I really dislike it when books put unnecessary tension between female characters. I don’t think there’s a need for them to automatically see each other as rivals, and angry and jealous because ”she’s prettier than I am.”  It’s just petty and we need to write more stories in which girls stick together and don’t spend the entire time trying to pull the each other down.

Overall I was just bored with the story and saw no reason to continue. I got to page 100 before putting the book down and I gave it 1 star on Goodreads.

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