Saturday, September 29, 2012

Book #118: Clockwork Prince

Title: Clockwork Prince (book #2 of The Infernal Devices series)

Author: Cassandra Clare

Date started reading: Sept. 30, 2012
Date finished reading: Oct. 3, 2012

Publish date: December 2011
ISBN: 978-1416975885
Number of pages: 528

Official 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. (

Official book trailer:

How I obtained the book: Checked out of library
Update: I ended up buying a copy of the book for $2.50 at a February 2013 Friends of the Library charity book sale

My commentary:  I didn't think this one was as great as the first in the series, but I still am loving it more than the Mortal Instruments series. Both series are great though.

Memorable quotes:
  • "Memories did one no good, not when one knew the truth in the present." ~ Tessa
  • "Being Jem must be a great deal like being the owner of a thoroughbred dog that liked to bite your guests." ~ Tessa about Jem and Will
  • "I declare, the way you two seem to read each other's minds gives me the shudders." ~ Jessamine to Will and Tessa
  • "Everyone is afraid of death. We may be born of angels, but we have no more knowledge of what comes after death than you do." ~ Will
  • "Dear God, woman. Are there any questions you don't want to know the answer to?" ~ Will to Tessa
  • "Jem is my great sin." ~ Will
  • "I am poison. Poison to them. Poison to anyone who loves me." ~ Will
  • "No one can live with nothing. Jem is all I have." ~ Will
  • "When Will truly wants something when he feels something, he can break your heart." ~ Jem
  • "They say time heals all wounds, but that presumes the source of the grief is finite. Over. This is a fresh wound every day." ~ Will
  • "He'll be back, for goodness' sake. He always does come crawling home. Look at the two of you. Like you've lost a favorite puppy." ~ Jessamine about Will to Jem and Tessa
  • "I don't think Will Herondale and a sense of responsibility are even on speaking terms." ~ Gabriel
  • "There is nothing more dangerous than a man bent on revenge." ~ Ragnor
  • "I know him better than anyone else in the world, and yet still I find that Will has secrets that surprise me." ~ Jem
  • "You cannot buy or drug or dream your way out of pain." ~ Tessa to Will
  • "Tessa is not made of delicate china. She will not break." ~ Jem
  • "No good sentences ever include the word 'should.'" ~ Will
  • "Nothing is beyond mockery." ~ Will
  • "That (Jem) hit you last night, that only shows how capable you are of driving even saints to madness." ~ Tessa to Will
  • "Master Will has always been the brighter burning star, the one to catch attention -- but Jem is a steady flame, unwavering and honest." ~ Sophie to Tessa
  • "Unrequited love is a ridiculous state, and it makes those in it behave ridiculously." ~ Will

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