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This May Very Well Be the Best YA Novel of 2013,
This review is from: Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices) (Hardcover)
Okay, I have been trying to put into words all that I want to without giving anything away and honestly, I'm not sure if this review will convey all of what I want it to. To this, I am like Jem, trying to work out phrases and sentences that don't sound half as bad.
If there was a way to just imprint all my thoughts and feelings about this book in a way that made sense, I would most definitely benefit from that. As it is, here is my take on what will probably be the best book of 2013, at least for people like me who love love in all its forms.
First reason I love this book: is that you can actually see and sense the growth that many of these characters go through in the book. From reading the first and second books, you understand who they are and where they come from, but in this book, you learn why they are the way they are and how they, in turn, learn. Cassandra Clare wonderfully iterates the growth these characters go through without making it mundanely repetitive.
The second reason I love this book: Cassandra Clare takes her time in finalizing the story arc of the characters. There are time when you read a book and it's a wonderful book, and when you get to the end of it, you still have many questions that not even the epilogue answers. With Cassandra, for the most part, she didn't try to quash what she knows about what happens to the characters after the "big" scene into a few pages at the end. If you're familiar with Clare's other books, you would know this by now. She really expands and explores the relationships and gives the readers substance they can sink their teeth into. Sure, there might still be questions after the end of the book, but not so much that it leaves you trying to come up with your own answers as to what happens to who.
The third reason I love this book: The relationships. Many are spent wondering, including myself, who Tessa will end up with. And her relationship with both Will and Jem are explored quite generously. I have never been in a love triangle situation, nor would I really want to be. Some may dislike Tessa for not being able to make up her mind, and you good and well have that right to feel that way, but I did feel that Tessa felt equal love for both Will and Jem. But that was only the half of it. And there are the other relationships that are explored as well that are really hopeful and cute and romantic in a way that a romantic film can make your heart aflutter.
But it's the other half that really sets this book apart from many others - the relationship between Will and Jem. There are brothers, and there are best friends, and there are parabatai, and then there is the Parabatai. Will and Jem are the Parabatai. To be able to give of each other so completely so that the other may live and be happy, to sacrifice their own happiness and their own life, it goes beyond the confines of even being parabatai, I think. And Cassandra Clare writes their love so amazingly beautiful that it's a wonder if you don't have your heart broken several times by the end of the book just from their love for each other. I adore the fact that she doesn't make the boys feel awkward even about stating their love for each other.
Having said that, I will say that there is action involved - quite a few battle scenes and some heart-stopping moments, but ultimately, the highlight is the intimacy of the relationships that make this book tops. I felt so much more entwined with this group of people than those of the Mortal Instruments series, and I'm not saying that the characters in the Mortal Instruments series are not every bit as interesting to know as those in this, but there is definitely something more personable, more intimate, to these characters of The Infernal Devices, this little group of the London Institute, including Church.
So, if you're like me and you're set on reading it, know that your heart may not be ready for what it will feel no matter how much you prepare, and you will want to have tissues on hand for the tears you release.
Cassandra Clare has done a fine job in embedding these characters into my mind and my heart as if they were real people. She is definitely a master at creating heart-stopping moments in both the action sequences as well the more subdued sequences. Cassie sets the tone impeccably for each moment, whether it be a romantic interlude, a battle of words, or a heartrending, especially a heartrending, scene that threatens to pull you to pieces, and I appreciate her writing all the more for it. I hope you will, too.