I kept hearing the Mortal Instruments books and television chatter- even from my daughter, but I didn't follow the noise. I've never been a follower, you see, so the stories were easy to ignore. But as you can see, I eventually succumbed to the taunts and fuss. I regret nothing. I own both audio and physical books, so I performed a read-a-long. Do you do that?
There are many factors that make this book very interesting but I've decided to list two. (1) It all happens in London! Are you kidding- how could I resist that? I love everything in London, even the books that suck are loved, simply for their locations; I can't help it. (2) It's a time piece, no pun intended. It's set in Victorian London and, to me, gives an elegance that can not be carried in current day settings. It's formal, where an insult can feel almost floral and manners count, even when being killed (Nate at the party reference). (3) The covers are beautiful! There are new covers, but I refused to purchase them- these are the ones I wanted and will proudly show off. Original is better.
Lastly, I found out, due to timing and storylines, there's a proper order to read the Infernal Devices and Mortal Instruments. I found this info from a FAQ site if you'd like to check it out:
Books 1-3 of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones , followed by the second book, City of Ashes, then City of Glass. Then take the books like this:
The Infernal Devices Book 1: Clockwork Angel
The Mortal Instruments, Book 4: City of Fallen Angels
The Infernal Devices, Book 2: Clockwork Prince
The Mortal Instruments, Book 5: City of Lost Souls
The Infernal Devices, Book 3: Clockwork Princess
The Mortal Instruments, Book 6: City of Heavenly Fire
Personally, I"m reading the prequels first, but on my bookshelf, they shall stand in the order I shared above. I enjoyed the series and I'll share, without SPOILERS, what I enjoyed about each book. I'll also give each book a review, then average out the series review rating. And away we go!
The story of Clockwork Angel is set about 130 years ago. A young woman, by the name of Tessa Gray is called to London, from New York, to visit with her brother Nathaniel. When she arrives, her brother's no where to be found and she's taken as prisoner to a pair of women known as the Dark Sisters.
Tessa learns she's not like other people; she is a Downworlder. And she's wanted for what she is. She finds refuge from a group called The Pandemonium Club with another group, Shadowhunters. They explain what's after her and together they find her brother... or do they?
There's magic, mayhem, automatons, vampires and demons in this book. It's adventurous, funny and amazing all at once! I truly enjoyed the story and this book ignited a great curiosity in me. This book was nothing like the movie I'd seen, so I'm hoping to take on a greater understanding of the storyline, allowing me to breeze through The Mortal Instruments series when I read them. I'm on to the next book.📚 Ratings: 👓👓👓👓/5 specs
The second book of The Infernal Devices is even more mysterious than the first book. Unlike the first book, I understand why the book is titled Clockwork Prince.
So much happens in this book and much is explained. The reasons behind the actions of Nate, Will's acrid demeanor, Jem's illness and more on Tess's own lineage. It was all told in song, Shakespearean quotes and a near incestuous kiss. IT was AMAZING!
The story follows Tess and her acceptance of not being human. She focuses on her talent. She also develops her relationships with many, and loses others. The automatons keep coming, demon potions caused odd behavior and Tess's capricious actions caused an unfair Lover's Triangle.
It's all good and I'm loving the tale. I can't wait to see what happens next! Tess is going to have to choose and I need to know more on this emotional triangle! And what the heck is she? lol
Ratings: 👓👓👓👓👓/5 specs
The final book in The Infernal Devices series, was beautiful and explained everything. Tessa's part in Mortmain's plan and why, Jem's future and Will coming to terms with his past, present and possibilities. Even Charlotte with Henry and the Institute's standing. It was all answered here.
I read with fervor, turning page after page, caught up in the story. Wanting to know everything, yet not wanting to reach the end. I know little of The Mortal Instruments storyline and Clary isn't who interests me, it's the characters of The Infernal Devices! This three-book series was amazing and this book, Clockwork Princess, was written in a world I wished to remain in!
The ending of Clockwork Princess nearly brought me to tears. It ended as it should have; no denying that. The story of Tess and her endeavors are real, sensitive and so proper. I loved the romance of it all, even when there was no 'romance'. I had to fix a strong cup of tea once I closed the book. The read was emotional poetry for me.
If you've not touched these this series, I suggest reading them either in the order as I've read or along the line of the order mentioned above, as suggested by Cassandra Clare herself. No matter how you read it, you will fall in love with them. You will dive into their world and you will want to stay there. (Photo below was taken before I purchased the remaining books to complete the Mortal Instruments collection.)
Ratings: 👓👓👓👓👓/5 specs
Ratings: 👓👓👓👓👓/5 specs
*The Truth About Awiti is next.
**Audiobook from Audible.com, and my personal library.
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