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Clockwork Angel: The Infernal Devices, Book 1 Audible – Unabridged

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  • Audible Audio Edition
  • Listening Length: 14 hours and 35 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • Audible.com Release Date: August 31, 2010
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0041JPBF0
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By The Compulsive Reader VINE VOICE on August 31, 2010
Format: Hardcover
When Tessa Gray arrives in London on a ship from New York, she's eager to see her brother, Nate. But before she can find him, she's intercepted by two women, known as the Dark Sisters, who kidnap her and force her to learn how to use the strange magical powers she never knew she had, all the while promising her that she is lucky, and she will soon meet the sinister Magister. Terrified and confused, Tessa is rescued by two young Shadowhunters, Will and Jem, and is taken to the London Institute, where she learns that her powers are just the beginning of a strange, magical world she never knew existed, full of wonder, but also full of hate, prejudice, and danger...and Tessa is in the center of it.

Clockwork Angel, the first in Cassandra Clare's new Infernal Devices trilogy, is a descriptive and elaborate book and a strong start to what is sure to be another knock-out trilogy. It takes about thirty pages or so before the book, which is set in the Victorian era, to reach familiar ground readers might be looking for, but once it does, the book unfolds quickly and smoothly. The times dictate that the mannerisms are a bit more refined in the characters, but Clare manages to sneak in plenty of humor and fun alongside the darker and riskier action scenes. There are a plethora of excellent new characters readers are introduced to, and each one is very realistic, and many have their secrets and mysteries--for Tessa, it is her heritage, and Will and Jem both have hazy backgrounds that are bound to become bigger issues later on.

One conflict that Clare portrays quite well was the struggle for the women Shadowhunters to be proper young ladies and women that society demands while balancing the Shadowhunters' need for strong fighters.
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I am going to be honest, I put off reading this series because, while I loved the first three books in Mortal Instruments, I was slightly upset that the author had decided to make the trilogy a series of six instead. I know what you are thinking, why in the world would that upset me?

The simple answer? Because I was happy with the way it had ended after book three and I didn't feel more books were necessary and honestly, that they were nothing more than a ploy to make more money.

Not very nice at all, I know, but it was how I felt at the time and so, I decided against reading the Internal Devices anytime soon and put it off and kept putting it off until I finally decided I couldn't put it off anymore.

What an idiot I can be sometimes.

I was quickly reminded why I fell in love with Clare's writing from the very first page and kicking myself that I had been such a fool.

And even though it took me a really long time to warm up to Will, I fell in love with Tessa and Jem from the get go.

It was fun to see familiar faces (oh Magnus how I love thee) and meet some familiar surnames from characters from the original series.

I definitely won't be putting off reading book two and three.
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I have read some amazing series, by some wonderful authors. Most of the time I find that I love one or two of their books, and only a couple of their characters. Then there's Cassandra Clare, who introduces me to a whole new world in her Mortal Instruments Series. She has a whole cast of unique characters that keep me engrossed in the storyline. Now there's Clockwork Angel.

Cassandra Clare is brilliant! Not only did Cassie captivate me with her Victorian Era setting (in London) and transport me into a darker world for the Shadow Hunters, but she swept me away with her characters. How can I pick one or two to love, when even the supporting characters are amazing. Before I get into characters and setting, let me just say that you do not need to read The Mortal Instruments series prior to reading Clockwork Angel. Cassie has a talent for introducing a new world for those who haven't read The Mortal Instrument Series. For those who have, you'll find yourself engrossed with an even darker, more dangerous Shadowhunter world.

Set in Victorian Era London, Cassandra opens up a whole new world of danger, action, romance and my favorite, the history of the Shadowhunters and the Institute. I felt like Cassandra had taken me back in time, and I loved her vivid description of 1800's London. Clockwork Angel's setting and the mannerisms from the time are rich in detail, that I felt I was apart of it.

Getting to know Jace and Alec's ancestors was fascinating. I enjoyed seeing some family similarities. Will and Jem will definitely win over the hearts of Cassandra's fans. Where Will is snarky and more complex, with many layers to his character we've yet to know, Jem is the more sensible one. Even he has an air of mystery around him.
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When Did I Buy It?
February 22, 2015 0_0 Didn't realize I bought this book that long ago!

Where Did I Buy It?
Amazon =)

10 Things I Loved About This Book:
Tessa Gray was a smart girl and didn't allow herself to be pushed around.
Henry. I don't know why...but I love him. I do have a thing for red heads, though. *cough*"Ronald Weasley*cough*
Magnus Bane. As I said before, he's bae, though he's gay.
Jessamine! She was sassy and so much fun!
The plot is fast-paced; this book didn't have any lulls!
The world-building is incredible in this book. You really feel like you're in London and not in an American urban setting (like in the Mortal Instruments).
Jem! I love that they included a diverse character, along with someone that has a disability! Not to mention, he's super adorable!
This book has plot twists I didn't see coming!
The book is a good length; it isn't so long that it becomes a chore to read.
It's part of a series!

10 Things I Didn't Like About This Book:
The writing wasn't...tight. For instance, instead of saying "we walked across the street", this book would say "we all had walked across, in a diagonal way, to the other side of the street. I cant remember running into this issue in the early Mortal Instruments books; it was an issue in City of Fallen Angels, though (and part of the reason why I DNF'd it, but I will be re-reading it).
Tessa. I liked her, but she sometimes asked too many questions at the wrong times.
I liked Henry, but he wasn't extremely fleshed out. I'd like to know more about him, other than him being a fudge up the majority of the time.
Charlotte was too young, in my opinion.
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