This is my second time reading Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare. The first time I read it I loved it and gave it 5 stars at that time as well. However, I never moved on and read any more of The Infernal Devices series. I hadn't finished The Mortal Instruments series yet and I decided to finish that series first. Even though it doesn't matter chronologically, since this series takes place first in 1878 London. I'm just weird I guess because I really wanted to finish The Mortal Instruments series first.
Clockwork Angel is about Tessa Gray who travels to London to live with her brother. Only she is tricked and kidnapped by the Dark sisters. She finds out that her brother has been taken as well and is being held hostage somewhere. The Dark sisters force her to learn how to use her shape shifting power (which she was unaware she had) until she is rescued by the Shadowhunters. Teamed up with the Shadowhunters she begins searching for her missing brother. Tessa, Will, Jem and the other Shadowhunters find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club and an army of mechanical clockwork creatures.
I love Cassandra Clare's writing, there is an ease to it that I find very enjoyable. I love her Mortal Instruments series and Clockwork Angel is just as good. I love the Victorian time period and so I very much liked that aspect of the book. I've recently been getting into the steampunk genre a little bit and so far I like it a lot. I think Clockwork Angel adds just enough steampunk in Clockwork Angel to make it interesting, but not enough to be overwhelming for newbies to the genre. The first time I read this book it was the first steampunk novel that I had read. I really feel like it eases you into the genre so well.
The automatons were my favorite part of the story, but I also enjoyed Tessa's shape shifting ability quite a lot. I found that very unique and it gave this series something fresh to separate itself from Clare's other series. That being said, I did like seeing some of the characters and things that tie into the Mortal Instruments series. Like Magnus! He's such a fun character and one of my favorites.
Of course there is romance in the story. A triangle (shocker!) is forming and I think one of the big questions is, who do I ship? Tessa and Will or Tessa and Jem? Well... I don't know yet. Who do you ship and why? I can't decide. Maybe I will be able to pick one after I read Clockwork Prince. Which I can't wait to read!!
I recommend Clockwork Angel to fans of Cassandra Clare, The Mortal Instruments Series, steampunk, Victorian novels, and Paranormal YA lovers.