Ashley and I have decided not to post double reviews of books on our blog, but I have some thoughts to share after reading Cassandra Clare's 'The Clockwork Angel'. Ashley already posted a wonderful review of the book but I could not keep quiet about it...
To begin I would just like to agree with Ashley about Cassandra Clare's writing. The Clockwork Angel is not without the incredible dialogue that readers fell in love with in The Mortal Instruments series. As well, Cassandra's detailed descriptions of her characters are unparalleled and are for more than just the lead characters. We saw this in her other work, but it is interesting to see how this approach applies to a new set of characters. Cassandra has always taken the time to provide a representation of even the most minor of characters and readers should expect the same from this book as well. The main character of Tessa is a strong female heroine and I enjoyed getting to know her!
What struck me most about The Clockwork Angel was the theme of innovation and how Cassandra highlighted the shift from the Victorian era to the modern era. The many contraptions that are created throughout the duration of the book are quite fascinating and they reveal a lot about how the characters perceive the world around them. Tied in with innovation is the character of Henry who, in my opinion, is rather interesting. Henry is an inventor and despite his best intentions his inventions never seem to work out for him. His character, while youthful, reminded me of Belle's father in Beauty and the Beast. I think this is part of the reason that I am so fond of him. I also enjoyed Henry's relationship with Charlotte and how her affection for Henry, while it is not always expressed, radiates from her.
I would just like to say that I agree wholeheartedly with everything Ashley wrote in her review. From her discussion about how the Victorian era was described to the female empowerment that pervaded the book. Whether or not I am Team Will or Team Jem, well, the jury is still out on that point. I agree with Ashley about wanting to fix Will and loving him for all his flaws, but then there is Jem. I love Jem because he has this unwavering faith and beautiful wisdom. I'm still not sure, but I will say that I am Team Cassandra Clare because The Clockwork Angel was both witty and wonderful. I would definitely give it a 5 out of 5. :)
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