Reread Review | Clockwork Prince – Cassandra Clare

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Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

The Infernal Devices #2
502 pages
Published: December 6, 2011 by Simon & Schuster, Margaret K. McElderry
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Steam Punk

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.

Review:

We live and breathe words. …. It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I with them. Reading your words, what you wrote, how you were lonely sometimes and afraid, but always brave; the way you saw the world, its colors and textures and sounds, I felt–I felt the way you thought, hoped, felt, dreamt. I felt I was dreaming and thinking and feeling with you. I dreamed what you dreamed, wanted what you wanted–and then I realized that truly I just wanted you.

If you know me at all, you know how much I enjoy Clare’s The Infernal Device. This is about the fourth or fifth time I reread the trilogy. I also own like 5 different copies of the books (no judging!). Anyway, I love and I hate whenever I reread this because it’s the book where crap hits the fan. I would say that it’s the most painful book in the trilogy but nothing beats the epilogue of Clockwork Princess – don’t argue with me on this! I still remember the first time I read this, I was dying! I cried so so much. Even after reading it so many times, it still hurts me. Will, Tessa and Jem have become my little babies and I can’t bear to see them in pain.

What I really love about this book is the friendship and love. Clare displays it all so well between the three and even though I do not like the idea of Jem and Tessa, I accept it. I don’t hate it but I mean, I’m 2000% a Wessa shipper. I think I love them more because I see myself in both Will and Tessa, plus Will Herondale is like my fictional boyfriend for life. I really enjoy Clare’s writing style and it makes it that much more enjoyable. This book is definitely tragic and I’m preparing myself for the depression after reading Clockwork Princess.

Kiss, Marry, Kill: Shadowhunters Edition

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Hello there fellow bookworms and shadowhunters!! It’s been such a long, long time since I’ve done a Kiss, Marry and Kill post! I wanted to do one today since the TV show Shadowhunters was recently released. It is on its third episode and so I thought it would be a great time to make my KMK on the show! If you haven’t seen the show, are you planning to? If you have, what do you think of it so far? It’s okay for me right now but the story line is keeping me interested. Anyway, if you don’t know how to play KMK, no worries, it’s easy and the rules are down below!

Rules:
  1. I will be providing the names of 3 different male characters (since I’m female, I might be doing a female edition in the future).
  2. From those three, you are to pick one who you’d kiss, one to marry, and one to kill.
  3. Have fun!
Kiss, Marry, Kill Options: Shadowhunters
  1. Jace Wayland
  2. Alec Lightwood
  3. Simon Lewis
My Choices:

Kiss

Oh yes! Alec Lightwood! He’s my low-key crush even though him and I would never happen (not because he’s a fictional character but you know …). I love his fierce loyalty and that black hair, blue eye combo — how can you not kiss him?

Marry

This one is easy! Jace Wayland! It was love at first read. Okay, maybe not first read because he was a jerk but I grew to love him. He’s got a hard exterior and he can say some really messed up things (plus being egotistic) but he’s loyal and caring and weirdly sweet despite his childhood. Oh, I can’t forget about his wit and snark! I didn’t like Jamie Campbell Bower when he portrayed Jace but I am absolutely in love with Dominic Sherwood as Jace. G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S!

Kill

Yeah, sorry Simon. You never did it for me. You had all the right qualities — great friend, nerdy and geeky and funny but I don’t know. You really annoyed me in the series and I actually like you a bit more in the TV show but I’d have to kill you.

Who would you Kiss, Marry, and Kill? Let me know below!!

xoxo

3 Days, 3 Quotes Tag: Day #3

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Hey bookworms! Today marks the last day of the 3 Days, 3 Quotes Tag! It’s been fun and challenging picking just 3 lovey-dovey quotes and I honestly hope that you’ve enjoyed the ones I’ve picked. For the last time, a huge thank you to Josie @ Josie’s Book Corner and Kerry @ KerryBerryBooks for the tag! If you didn’t get to read my first two quotes or you really enjoyed them, you can read them here: 1st quote, 2nd quote!

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
  • Nominate three new bloggers each day.

Today’s Quote:

***Fair warning, the following quote may contain spoilers for Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare. So, Josie, if you’re reading this, you might want to skip this one — especially my note about the quote!***

I will not be gone from you entirely, Will. When you fight now, I will be still by you. When you walk in the world, I will be the light at your side, the ground steady under your feet, the force that drives the sword in your hand. We are bound, beyond the oath.

Who said it? Jem Carstairs
What book? Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3)
Written by who? Cassandra Clare
Why do I love it? Because I love being in pain obviously! One of my favorite things about this trilogy is the amazing love between Will, Jem, and Tessa. It’s funny because it’s a full love triangle where even Tessa has to compete because Will and Jem have this unbreakable bond that Tessa would never really be a part of. Jem was sot of saying goodbye here before he left for Silent City and the love pouring out of his little speech for Will was just so devastating. They were best friends, brothers, family, parabatai. It’s a beautiful love!

Today’s Tags:

Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts
Cristina @ Girl in the Pages
Melanie @ Reviews of a Self Proclaimed Bibliophile

xoxo

Bookish Ramblings: Books & Playlists

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IMG_20150716_214829A lot of people use music as a way to express their feelings or as an outlet. I’ve also seen people use it to express the feelings of characters in books. I have seen authors put up playlists for their books, whether they listened to it while writing their book or they felt it went along with the plot, I never knew because I never really paid attention to them. I’ve never been the one to link up a book or characters to a particular song. Well, I’ve never actively done it — I’ve never looked at lyrics or went out of my way to find songs. I only have a several songs and not even that many books. I have no method or anything. I just hear a song and if I get hit with the emotions that remind me of a character or book, that song will become synonymous to it. So I’m sharing that list with you today!

Books & Playlists

The Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Settle down with me / Cover me up
Cuddle me in / Lie down with me
And hold me in your arms
And your heart’s against my chest, your lips pressed to my neck
I’m falling for your eyes, but they don’t know me yet
And with a feeling I’ll forget, I’m in love now

Kiss Me performed by Ed Sheeran is such a sweet song and it reminds me of Daemon Black & Katy Swartz. I don’t really have a reason, I just heard it and thought of them. Their relationship, while it was not ideal when they first met, turns into something so sweet and just so full of love. I feel like this is the song Daemon was hearing when he fell in love with Katy haha

Fading in, fading out
On the edge of paradise
Every inch of your skin is a holy grail I’ve got to find
Only you can set my heart on fire, on fire

Love Me Like You Do performed by Ellie Goulding, on the other hand, is the song Katy hears about Daemon. I was really sad that this song was in the Fifty Shades of Grey film but hey at least there was something sweet in that movie (sorry fans of the books and film). Another song that didn’t really have a reason for me but still represented them.

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Cause darling, it was good never looking down. / And right there where we stood was holy ground.
Tonight I’m gonna dance for all that we’ve been through. / But I don’t wanna dance if I’m not dancing with you.
Tonight I’m gonna dance like you were in this room. / But I don’t wanna dance if I’m not dancing with you

Holy Ground performed by Taylor Swift reminds me of Alex Sheathes and Lena Haloway. Why? Well because when they met each other at that illegal party, he asked her to dance with him. And they did. This is where their relationship started. The innocence of this song reminds me of their love. It was so carefree and pure. Then when it Swift sings about holy ground, I always think of 37 Brooks where they would secretly meet. This song really only applies to Delirium but I thought about it in Requiem.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before & P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

 

Loving every minute ’cause you make me feel so alive, alive

Alive performed by Empire of the Sun always reminds me of Peter Kavinsky & Lara Jean Song’s relationship. People tell me that this song is about drugs but I don’t see it, mostly because I don’t do drugs, never done it, and so I don’t know its effects. Ooh-kay. That went on a huge tangent. Anyway, I just find that Peter brings Lara Jean out of her shell. Lara Jean, in a different manner, does the same for Peter. The upbeat song with its chorus reminds me of their fun and cute relationship. It especially reminds of the scene in TATBILB, where they are on the way to the antique sale and speed away from the Epsteins.

The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

Buckle up and settle in. I’ve got a lot for TID. I just have a lot of emotions concerning that trilogy so I easily pick up on songs for it.

I’m not a perfect person
There’s many thing I wish I didn’t do
But I continue learning
I never meant to do those things to you
And so I have to say before I go
That I just want you to know

I’ve found a reason for me
To change who I used to be
A reason to start over new
And the reason is you

I’m sorry that I hurt you
It’s something I must live with everyday
And all the pain I put you through
I wish I could take it all away
And be the one who catches all your tears

The Reason performed by Hoobastank is an old song haha but I feel is so spot on to Will Herondale and how he feels, especially towards Tessa Gray. Can I just call this song Will Herondale because seriously read those lyrics above, listen to the track. Ugh my heart. It hurts. There’s really not much else to say, Will has kept everyone at arm’s length and hurting them in the process. He was okay with it, he was able to live with himself … that is until Tessa showed up.

I wanna hide the truth / I wanna shelter you
But with the beast inside / There’s nowhere we can hide

When you feel my heat / Look into my eyes
It’s where my demons hide / It’s where my demons hide
Don’t get too close / It’s dark inside
It’s where my demons hide / It’s where my demons hide

They say it’s what you make / I say it’s up to fate
It’s woven in my soul / I need to let you go

Your eyes, they shine so bright / I wanna save that light
I can’t escape this now / Unless you show me how

Demons performed by Imagine Dragons a.k.a my favorite band is another Will Herondale song. Seriously love that guy (something I love more than Will is Imagine Dragons haha). As we all know, Will is an extremely complex creation. Even from the first book, you know that there’s darkness within him. He’s battling his own inner demons and that’s why I related so much with him. I mean Demons is my own theme song and it’s why it became such a favorite of mine.

The Last Time performed by Taylor Swift featuring Gary Lightbody is my Wessa theme song. Sorry Jessa fans, no song for you because I never shipped them — still don’t whoops. This song is suited for Clockwork Prince especially in this one particular scene. I won’t say what happens because spoilers but it’s The Bitter Root chapter. *sobs* This is the only song that I’ve heard and literally brought me to tears because of how much it reminded me of Wessa. It really should be The Last Time performed by T-Swift featuring Will Herondale & Tessa Gray. Minus a few changes in the lyrics, this song describes their relationship to a T. I’m putting the entire song’s lyrics up because it’s just that good and I highly recommend you to listen to the song.

[Gary Lightbody:]
I find myself at your door, just like all those times before,
I’m not sure how I got there, all roads—they lead me here.

I imagine you are home, in your room, all alone,
And you open your eyes into mine, and everything feels better,

[Both:]
and right before your eyes, I’m breaking, no past
No reasons why. Just you and me.

This is the last time I’m asking you this,
Put my name at the top of your list,
This is the last time I’m asking you why,
You break my heart in the blink of an eye.

[Taylor Swift:]
You find yourself at my door, just like all those times before,
You wear your best apology, but I was there to watch you leave,

And all the times I let you in, just for you to go again,
Disappear when you come back. Everything is better.

[Both:]
and right before your eyes, I’m aching, no past
Nowhere to hide. Just you and me

[Taylor Swift:] This is the last time you tell me I’ve got it wrong,
[Gary Lightbody:] This is the last time I say it’s been you all along,
[Taylor Swift:] This is the last time I let you in my door,
[Gary Lightbody:] This is the last time, I won’t hurt you anymore.

This is the last time I’m asking you this,
Put my name at the top of your list,
This is the last time I’m asking you why,
You break my heart in the blink of an eye.

That concludes my list of songs and books. Don’t ask me why I don’t have a happy song for Wessa because I don’t know the answer myself haha. Do you make playlists? Do you hear a song that reminds you of a book or character? Have you heard of my songs and felt that they match the same characters I thought? What, if any, are some of your songs/playlists? Let me know below! I’d love to hear your picks!

xoxo

 

Review: Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare
Published: August 31, 2010
479 pages
Source/Edition: Bought at GoHastings, Hardcover
Summary provided by Goodreads

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 Review5stars

I am beyond ecstatic to be reviewing this trilogy on my blog. If you’ve been following me long enough, you probably are already aware of my TID and Will Herondale obsession. Ever since I started reading the trilogy, I’ve read it once a year and I’m collecting copies of the books. I currently have the US hardcovers, US paperbacks, and graphic novels for all three. I have the UK paperback of Clockwork Prince and working on getting the other two. Plus, if you haven’t heard, there will be new — and absolutely gorgeous — covers for the trilogy coming out on September. I even have Tessa’s necklace and a Herondale ring! Anyway, let’s move onto my really review.

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I actually don’t have an original review for this book because I first read it, I didn’t have this book nor did I write reviews on Goodreads. This is the 4th time I’ve read this book and it’s still just as good. However, I am seeing that, for me, the trilogy gets better and better as it progresses. All I know is that if I had written a review for it 3 years ago, it would have been this incoherent mess and I would’ve been embarrassed. I was introduced to this trilogy after reading the first 3 books of The Mortal Instruments. Back then, I was in love with TMI but after reading Clockwork Angel, I no longer felt the same way.

I instantly fell in love with Will Herondale. He reminded me of Jace and I felt that Will had a reason for acting the way that he did. There’s something dark in him that’s hard to love but I couldn’t help but love him. He was hilarious, witty, strong, dashingly handsome, and a wonderfully adept fighter. I enjoyed Tessa’s character as well. She was confident, strong, and loving. Aside from the fact that they were both bookworms, I felt a strong connection to them. I saw a lot of myself in both of the characters and it’s probably what drew them to me. I liked Jem well enough. He wasn’t my favorite. I think he’s too kind and I don’t really have much to say about him (ahh, don’t hate me, please). I thought the characters were very well written and complex, much more so than in TMI.

I loved the plot! It was fantastically written and executed. It was entertaining and fun but at the same time, very serious. There were great plot twists that I didn’t see coming and they kept me on my toes! Even reading it now, some things still surprise me. The writing makes it easy to read and the pace keeps you from getting bored. I obviously enjoyed the concept especially coming from TMI. I enjoyed seeing descendants of the characters we met in TMI. What I loved even more than TMI was the time period that TID was set in. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy! You will be entertained.

clockwork angel UnknownThese covers on the left are the covers for the September release and the graphic novel, respectively. The graphic novel is just as good and seeing the book sort of come to life with the images. It does leave out certain details since there are no descriptions, only dialogue. It was still a lot of fun to read! I highly recommend.xoxo