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Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices)
Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices)
by Cassandra Clare
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.23
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18 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not terrible, but not good either, March 11, 2011
I started this book from a slightly biased perspective, I must be frank. While I was not a particular fan of Ms.Clare's Harry Potter fanfiction, specifically the Draco Trilogy, I had encountered her work before, and was aware of her abrupt rise to popularity, and professional author status. Putting all this aside to critique the work at hand is not entirely possible. Why?

Because the finished work reads like Harry Potter fanfiction. Original (I use the term loosely) character Harry Potter fanfiction, but fanfiction nevertheless.

Ms. Tessa Gray arrives in London seeking her brother, Nathaniel, but instead encounters an entire hidden world and society unknown to the "mundanes." In turn she discovers she is not as ordinary as she may have thought before, and finds herself in an unusual and precarious position. Did I mention there were sexy men? There are. One is a jackass and the other is kind and tragic. When she undoubtedly ends up with the jackass because he's really just a wounded bunny rabbit at the end of the trilogy I will be terribly surprised. Terribly.

The prose is adequate and readable, which is to be commended, although the dialogue can border on painful. A characters who is considered to be great wits will torture a sentence until it becomes marginally amusing. However despite this, it does achieve, like Harry Potter, an easiness to read that keeps one dutifully trudging along through many plot twists of varying levels of cleverness and shock.

One thing that must be mentioned are the characters. Tessa Gray is the last in a long line of cipher females in fantasy. She's kind of plain! Like me! She reads books! I read books! She has no real personality! I have no real--you catch my drift. There is the previously mentioned the "he's only an ass because he has a tragic back story" love interest and the "mysteriously ill but kind and handsome" love interest. Both very tragic and sad I'm sure.

The plot does contain some mildly surprising turns, and a potentially interesting universe. Too bad such boring people live in it.

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