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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book...but infuriating at the same time, December 27, 2011
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This review is from: Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices Book 2) (Kindle Edition)
*****SPOILER ALERT*****

First, let me start by saying that I had been anticipating this book since I finished the last one. I thought overall it was a good book, but I did have a few issues with it. For one, I did not like the whole Tessa and Jem romance thing. To me, they did not have any romantic chemistry. They seemed more like friends than anything else. When Tessa and Jem begin to kiss it had me cringing because it didn't seem right. There was something missing.
Another thing that bothered me about Jem is that he's too perfect. I get that he just wants to be upbeat and optimistic about his illness, but he doesn't seem to have any flaws. He gets angry at Will once, but quickly forgives him. I like characters that aren't always noble and honest 100% of the time. That makes them seem less human to me. I like Will because he has many flaws, and to be human is to be flawed. That's why I prefer Tessa to be with Will.
Another thing that bothered me about this book is that it seemed as if Clare didn't know how to end a conversation. Her characters were constantly being interrupted before finishing a statement or continuing an argument. From the description of the Institute, it is a very large place with many rooms. I don't get how two people can pick a random room to have a conversation, and be interrupted so easily.
The part I really did like was Will's quest for ridding himself of the curse. The scene where he is confronting the correct demon at last had me wide eyed and anxious. I was as angry as Will was about how much lost time he had endured.
Another part I liked about this book were the characters. In this book, they were more fleshed out than in the first. Will was hilarious as ever, like when he got his I-told-you-so moment about the demon pox. Tessa stood up for herself more with Will. I liked the backbone she has developed. I liked Gideon a lot too. The plot was okay, I just wished that we got to see the Magister instead of just Nate.
I am looking forward to the third novel and I'm hoping that Clare plans to get rid of the Jem and Tessa relationship for a Will and Tessa one.
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