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Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Danger intensifies for the Shadowhunters as the New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices trilogy comes to a close.

If the only way to save the world was to destroy what you loved most, would you do it?

The clock is ticking. Everyone must choose.

Passion. Power. Secrets. Enchantment.

Danger closes in around the Shadowhunters in the final installment of the bestselling Infernal Devices trilogy.

I don’t about you but Clockwork Prince was my favourite book last year, if not my favourite book, period and so I can’t wait to read Clockwork Princess! When I was contacted to host this giveaway I was over the moon and I hope you are too!

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Daring You To Read… Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

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Clockwork Angel is the first book in a prequel series by Cassandra Clare. She originally wrote the Mortal Instruments a YA fantasy trilogy with descendants of Angel blood, vampires, werewolves, warlocks etc and even though this series is awesome, I prefer its prequel trilogy, happening a 150 years or so before Mortal Instruments. Fear not though, you don’t need to read the original trilogy before you can read Clockwork Angel =)

Is a quote from my Clockwork Angel review ^^

Let me start by saying this book was A-MA-ZING. Cassandra Clare, how can you write such intense, engaging, addictive, and marvelous stories? One of the things that grabbed me in the book is her attention to details. We truly feel like we went back in time. The old London scenery, the vocabulary, proper ladies and gentlemen manners, candle light and horses & carriages: everything to bring you back to the 1800s.

Curious yet? Here’s more info:

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Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still.

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother in Victorian England,  something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld. Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, who are members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she has the power to transform, at will, into another person. The Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa’s power for his own.

Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons. She soon finds herself fascinated by—and torn between—two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and Will, whose volatile moods keep everyone at arm’s length.  As their search draws them deep into the plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world…and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.  – book cover

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Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository

Clockwork Prince, the second book in the trilogy released in December and it’s even better than the first one! Click the cover to read my review =)

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Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Book Stats:
Reading level: YA
Genre: Paranormal / Steampunk
Hardcover: 528 pages
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release date: December 6, 2011

Series: Infernal Devices #2

Source: ARC from S&S Canada

Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository

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.

Shadowhunters might have won a battle against The Magister, but the war is far from being over. With everything that’s happened in the first installment, Clockwork Angel, Charlotte’s authority is challenged and if she wants to remain head of the Institute, she will have to stop their number one enemy within two weeks. This challenge will indeed become a group effort as Jem, Will, Tessa and their friends will do their best to capture the culprit, while dealing with issues of their own.

Let me start with a bold statement. Clockwork Prince is my favorite book so far by Cassandra Clare and I think I might like the Infernal Devices even more than the Mortal Instruments. Clockwork Prince was amazing for so many reasons, I’m gonna try my best to share it all with you, while keeping this review spoilers free, as usual.

First, I’m a sucker for the Victorian steampunk world Cassie created for us. It always feels authentic down to the little details and I can only tip my metaphorical hat to her.

The plot wasn’t the main reason for this novel’s amazingness but it was rather good. All the characters are chasing The Magister and many surprises awaits them along the road, but the smaller subplots were more interesting. We’ll discover the reason between the relationship between Will and Magnus, we’ll learn more about the former’s past, the love triangle between Jem-Tessa-Will will reach new skies, and so much more!

The best part though, is first and foremost, the characters! We get to see the real Will behind the act and that would’ve been enough to seal the deal for me, but there’s more! Magnus is incredible, I’m in love with the guy, to bad I’m already married. Charlotte and Henry made me cry at one point, who would’ve thought this possible? Allies we thaught were trustable will turn their back on us, ripping to shreds a dynamic we were used to and as I mentioned before, the love triangle between our heroes will evolve in a way I never would’ve predicted.

The whole book emotions are running wild and the characters will be naked (figuratively speaking of course!) under its harsh spotlight. Layers of lies were shredded leaving only the ugly, or-not-so-ugly, truth bare for everyone to see and judge. This epic adventure was awesome in so many ways that I’m seriously wondering how Cassandra Clare will manage to do better with Clockwork Princess.

If you haven’t picked this series yet (and you don’t need to read Mortal instruments first) I’m urging you to do so because it’s a delight! Action-packed, full of mysteries and blessed with stunning characters, The Infernal Devices are worth every minute you’ll spend reading and will leave you begging for more!

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Jace’s letter to Clary

Cassie Clare made Jace’s letter to Clary available yesterday!

If you were lucky enough to have the special edition of City of Fallen Angels you’ve already read it, but as an International reader I hadn’t had the chance to and I think it’s AMAZING!

Before I post the letter, here’s a fan-made trailer based on this letter. It’s awesome and gave me goose bumps. Makes me that much more excited for the movie!

Jace & Clary–City of Glass

Now onto the letter!

(source: Cassie’s website)

How awesome is this guy? I mean c’mon!

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4)

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

Book Stats:
Reading level: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Release Date: April 5, 2011

Series: Mortal Instruments #4

Reviewed by: Tynga

Purchase: Amazon | Amazon CAN | Book Depository

Source: S&S Canada for review

City of Fallen Angels takes place two months after the events of City of Glass. In it, a mysterious someone’s killing the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine’s Circle and displaying their bodies around New York City in a manner designed to provoke hostility between Downworlders and Shadowhunters, leaving tensions running high in the city and disrupting Clary’s plan to lead as normal a life as she can — training to be a Shadowhunter, and pursuing her relationship with Jace. As Jace and Clary delve into the issue of the murdered Shadowhunters, they discover a mystery that has deeply personal consequences for them — consequences that may strengthen their relationship, or rip it apart forever.

Meanwhile, internecine warfare among vampires is tearing the Downworld community apart, and only Simon — the Daylighter who everyone wants on their side — can decide the outcome; too bad he wants nothing to do with Downworld politics. Love, blood, betrayal and revenge: the stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels.

Our merry gang of teenagers is now back in New York city after the crazy Idris events and are trying to go on with their lives. Alec and Magnus on a lovers trip, Clary training to become a Shadowhunter, Simon and Isabelle dating while he tries do deal with vampirism and his new mark, but Jace, on his part, is having a hard time. He is plagued by nightmares in which he is hurting Clary. Top that with his family heritage and his grief over Max and we are light years away from a good time. There’s no time for dwelling though, Shadowhunters are found dead, someone is trying to kill Simon and a very  powerful vampire is in town. Could there be a new Nemesis to defeat? Can they win this time? And what will be the price?

Oh. My. Freaking. God. This is textually what I said aloud after reading the last word of City of Fallen Angels. Can we frame Cassandra Clare for massive murder attempt? Because this, my friends, is a KILLER cliffhanger. WOW.

Ok now that it’s out of the way, let me tell you how amazing City of Fallen Angels is. What hit me the most in this installment is that every character seemed to be reestablishing their identity. They are trying to find their basis after everything that happened and it opens to a lot of vulnerability from all of them. I feel like I know the characters in a much more profound way now than I did before, and it’s amazing.

When Cassandra was talking about CoFA she said this book was a lot more about Simon. And while he does have a much bigger part and his struggles are super interesting, Jace stole the show for me. Not because he was his cocky flamboyant  self but quite the opposite. His pain and vulnerability was sometimes hard to bare. I just wanted to give him a hug and never let him go. His misery was heart-shattering. I have to say Clary kind of annoyed me. I can’t say I blame her because I don’t know how I would’ve reacted in her position but I wanted to smack some sense into her sometimes.

A new character I’m quickly growing fond of was also introduced. And for those of you who’ve read Clockwork Angel, two of its characters are also present/mentioned, which makes me that much more anxious to read The Clockwork Prince. I was also super happy to see Magnus, and I can never get enough of him so I wished he was a bigger part of the book but hey, can’t have it all!

The plot moved at a steady pace and the intrigue was really strong. There were so many things going on at same time that I was breathless just for reading and I had to put the book down a couple of times because the tension was just too much. Everything happens at freight train speed and Cassandra doesn’t give you time to try and figure out what’s going on. It’s Keep on Rolling and stay on the bench.

As mentioned previously, the end is a killer. I felt drained and full of dread after the final battle and then Cassie ties-up the loose ends, you’re hopeful for a brighter future and when you let your guard down.. BAM! Cassandra Clare strikes again!

The Mortal Instruments is one of the best YA Fantasy series out there and if you haven’t read it yet, you are seriously missing out.

City of Fallen Angels is fast, furious, emotionally draining and oh so fabulous! I want to read it all over again!

Here are some of my favorite quotes, fear not they are spoilers free:

“You’re just worried they’ll hire a male instructor and he’ll be hotter than you.”
Jace’s eyebrows went up. “Hotter than me?”
”It could happen,” Clary said. “You know, theoretically.”
"Theoretically the planet could suddenly crack in half, leaving me on one side and you on the other side, forever and tragically parted, but I’m not worried about that, either. Some things,” Jace said, with his customary crooked smile, “are just too unlikely to dwell upon.”

“That’s not necessary,” Jace said. “I can keep a perfectly good eye on Simon, thank you. He’s my neophyte Downworlder to mock and boss around, not yours.”

"You love each other -anyone can see that, looking at you- that kind of love that can burn down the world or raise it up in glory"

Read the first chapter

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4)

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

Book Stats:
Reading level: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Release Date: April 5, 2011

Series: Mortal Instruments #4

Reviewed by: Tynga

Purchase: Amazon | Amazon CAN | Book Depository

Source: S&S Canada for review

City of Fallen Angels takes place two months after the events of City of Glass. In it, a mysterious someone’s killing the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine’s Circle and displaying their bodies around New York City in a manner designed to provoke hostility between Downworlders and Shadowhunters, leaving tensions running high in the city and disrupting Clary’s plan to lead as normal a life as she can — training to be a Shadowhunter, and pursuing her relationship with Jace. As Jace and Clary delve into the issue of the murdered Shadowhunters, they discover a mystery that has deeply personal consequences for them — consequences that may strengthen their relationship, or rip it apart forever.

Meanwhile, internecine warfare among vampires is tearing the Downworld community apart, and only Simon — the Daylighter who everyone wants on their side — can decide the outcome; too bad he wants nothing to do with Downworld politics. Love, blood, betrayal and revenge: the stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels.

Our merry gang of teenagers is now back in New York city after the crazy Idris events and are trying to go on with their lives. Alec and Magnus on a lovers trip, Clary training to become a Shadowhunter, Simon and Isabelle dating while he tries do deal with vampirism and his new mark, but Jace, on his part, is having a hard time. He is plagued by nightmares in which he is hurting Clary. Top that with his family heritage and his grief over Max and we are light years away from a good time. There’s no time for dwelling though, Shadowhunters are found dead, someone is trying to kill Simon and a very  powerful vampire is in town. Could there be a new Nemesis to defeat? Can they win this time? And what will be the price?

Oh. My. Freaking. God. This is textually what I said aloud after reading the last word of City of Fallen Angels. Can we frame Cassandra Clare for massive murder attempt? Because this, my friends, is a KILLER cliffhanger. WOW.

Ok now that it’s out of the way, let me tell you how amazing City of Fallen Angels is. What hit me the most in this installment is that every character seemed to be reestablishing their identity. They are trying to find their basis after everything that happened and it opens to a lot of vulnerability from all of them. I feel like I know the characters in a much more profound way now than I did before, and it’s amazing.

When Cassandra was talking about CoFA she said this book was a lot more about Simon. And while he does have a much bigger part and his struggles are super interesting, Jace stole the show for me. Not because he was his cocky flamboyant  self but quite the opposite. His pain and vulnerability was sometimes hard to bare. I just wanted to give him a hug and never let him go. His misery was heart-shattering. I have to say Clary kind of annoyed me. I can’t say I blame her because I don’t know how I would’ve reacted in her position but I wanted to smack some sense into her sometimes.

A new character I’m quickly growing fond of was also introduced. And for those of you who’ve read Clockwork Angel, two of its characters are also present/mentioned, which makes me that much more anxious to read The Clockwork Prince. I was also super happy to see Magnus, and I can never get enough of him so I wished he was a bigger part of the book but hey, can’t have it all!

The plot moved at a steady pace and the intrigue was really strong. There were so many things going on at same time that I was breathless just for reading and I had to put the book down a couple of times because the tension was just too much. Everything happens at freight train speed and Cassandra doesn’t give you time to try and figure out what’s going on. It’s Keep on Rolling and stay on the bench.

As mentioned previously, the end is a killer. I felt drained and full of dread after the final battle and then Cassie ties-up the loose ends, you’re hopeful for a brighter future and when you let your guard down.. BAM! Cassandra Clare strikes again!

The Mortal Instruments is one of the best YA Fantasy series out there and if you haven’t read it yet, you are seriously missing out.

City of Fallen Angels is fast, furious, emotionally draining and oh so fabulous! I want to read it all over again!

Here are some of my favorite quotes, fear not they are spoilers free:

“You’re just worried they’ll hire a male instructor and he’ll be hotter than you.”
Jace’s eyebrows went up. “Hotter than me?”
”It could happen,” Clary said. “You know, theoretically.”
"Theoretically the planet could suddenly crack in half, leaving me on one side and you on the other side, forever and tragically parted, but I’m not worried about that, either. Some things,” Jace said, with his customary crooked smile, “are just too unlikely to dwell upon.”

“That’s not necessary,” Jace said. “I can keep a perfectly good eye on Simon, thank you. He’s my neophyte Downworlder to mock and boss around, not yours.”

"You love each other -anyone can see that, looking at you- that kind of love that can burn down the world or raise it up in glory"

Read the first chapter

City of Fallen Angels News!

Alright guys, you must know by now what a huge fan of Cassandra Clare I am, so I’m really excited with her upcoming release, City of Fallen Angels!

City of Bones

The first chapter, in it’s integrity, is now available on the official website, and I won’t lie I haven’t read it, ok ok I read the first paragraphs to pick an excerpt for you *g* but I won’t read more! You say what? Well it’s just more teasing than I can handle, so I’ll wait nicely until I can read the whole thing lol

But not everyone is like me, so I thought I’d share!

Here’s a small excerpt, but you can click here to read the whole first chapter.

Simon glanced toward the window. It was a brisk night, and the wind was blowing leaves across Second Avenue like handfuls of thrown confetti. There was a girl walking down the street, a girl in a tight belted trench coat, with long black hair that flew in the wind. People turned to watch her as she walked past. Simon had looked at girls like that before in the past, idly wondering where they were going, who they were meeting. Not guys like him, he knew that much.

Except this one was. The bell on the diner’s front door rang as the door opened, and Isabelle Lightwood came in. She smiled when she saw Simon, and came toward him, shrugging off her coat and draping it over the back of the chair before she sat down. Under the coat she was wearing one of what Clary called her “typical Isabelle outfits”: a tight short velvet dress, fishnet stockings, and boots. There was a knife stuck into the top of her left boot that Simon knew only he could see; still, everyone in the diner was watching as she sat down, flinging her hair back. Whatever she was wearing, Isabelle drew attention like a fireworks display.

Beautiful Isabelle Lightwood. When Simon had met her, he’d assumed she’d have no time for a guy like him. He’d turned out to be mostly right. Isabelle liked boys her parents disapproved of, and in her universe that meant Downworlders-faeries, werewolves, and vamps. That they’d been dating regularly for the past month or two amazed him, even if their relationship was limited mostly to infrequent meetings like this one. And even if he couldn’t help but wonder, if he’d never been changed into a vampire, if his whole life hadn’t been altered in that moment, would they be dating now?

There is also a very nice section on the website called Meet the Characters where you can find descriptions of the main players, with some nice artwork. Can you guess who’s who?

ClaryJaceSimon
IsabelleAlecLuke
MagnusValentineHodge

Illustrations are by James L. Barry and I think they are pretty cool!

And last, in case you haven’t seen it yet, here’s the top 10 things that WON’T happen in CoFA

 

So are you guys as excited as I am?