There was a time I said I wouldn’t post more reviews, but I miss reviewing books. I miss sharing my opinions and I miss being able to tell you about the awesome books I have read. That being said I probably won’t review a ton of books, just the few that I’ve liked beyond all reason.
That being said, I had a busy day on March 19th, with my cover reveal and all but I took the time to go to Chapters and buy Clockwork Princess on the day it came out. It’s a big book, 570 pages of a book. I began slowly, as I do with most books, reading a chapter here or there between work, work and more work. I tried to read some in the car, and some at home on my couch. I ended up spending a good six hours yesterday finishing the whole thing.
It is the first book in a long time that’s had me in tears. It was beautifully written, Cassie does a fantastic job of weaving 19th century literature into the works, with poetry and passes at the head of every chapter, not to mention passages interwoven throughout. If you know anything about Will and Tessa it’s that they read a lot, and therefore, quote the books they’ve read.
Without going into the story this is probably the most interesting of the Infernal Devices books. Call me crazy but I just don’t give two hoots about action sequences. I loved the tension between Will and Tessa and between Jem and Tessa. I loved the way Cassie played out this love triangle. It was a bit long winded, I’ll give it that much, what with Will going into these drawn out monologues both in the narrative and in the dialogue about his feelings for Tessa. That was very Vronsky of him. If you’ve read any 19th century literature you’ll notice it’s a lot more tell than show, and it’s very taboo for a man to speak of his illicit feelings for a woman.
The settings were breathtaking, the language was apt, and as always Cassie gave me a plethora of new words to experiment with. I found that even though it was a long book, flipping pages was effortless because even when I had to put it down, I had to pick it back up again.
The best parts of the book were the risks Cassie took, especially with Jem, Will and Tessa. I may have glanced at the family tree prior to, so I knew beforehand who ended up with whom but that didn’t stop me from reading. If you didn’t love Jem in the last two books, you’ll fall for him in this book.
The ending was by far the best part of this book. I swear, those last hundred pages had me sitting on the edge of my seat, wondering just how everything was going to work out to fit the family trees. It was nerve wracking, and there’s a big shocker, and then yeah . . . by the time you hit the epilogue you’re like, what? what? what? I can say with certainty that I hope we see Tessa Gray in some of the other books because she really is a fantastic character.
And that’s it. I read it, I was sad about what happened to Jem. I’m very interested to see what Cassie does with the Dark Artifices because those books are about Emma Carstairs, and as we all know, Jem was a Carstairs . . .