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This review is from: The Infernal Devices 1: Clockwork Angel (Paperback)
First off I apologise for an overuse of ellipses in this review. Please just envision a pale Irish brunette tearing her hair out and gurning at those intervals if it helps!
Sigh...So I read The Mortal Instruments in the first two weeks of January this year and I swear I barely slept. I read before getting up, before breakfast, at tea break, after dinner. I was obsessed. Completely enthralled in the world of the Shadowhunters, I adored all the characters, Jace broke my heart as he struggled to find happiness, Clary didn't whine as much as other YA heroines which was a blessing and Simon, oh Simon, you cute little geek you! I discussed TMI at length on Goodreads and everyone assured me that The Infernal Devices were far far superior to TMI, I would instantly fall for Will, worship Tessa and be "Jace who?"
Hmm...Don't believe the hype is a lesson I've learned.
So I settled down into my fave chair, snuggled up with my doggy Gypsy and prepared to be overwhelmed with love and adoration for Cassandra Clare.
Okay let's get the bad stuff out of the way first because I do have good things so I'll rip off the band-aid!
My main issue with this book was the characterisation. It was blah. Every character was just a watered down version of TMI. Tessa=Clary, Will=Jace, Jem=Simon, Jessamine=Isabelle. Tessa and Jem were the two shining lights in a murky pond of bland and even then...barely. I have never cared less about characters in my life. They could have been killed horribly and I would have shrugged and said "what ever!" Cassandra Clare seems to think for a man to be irresistible to a woman he must slouch, sneer and snark as much as possible. I know there's some deep dark secret and Will's got some inner turmoil that will be revealed (I hope) over the next two books but if you're going to set up that storyline please don't wait until the epilogue to truly make that clear! Jessamine, just ugh. I had a whole rant but she's not worth my time. Charlotte and Henry, who were they? At times I completely forgot!
The bad guys were so archetypal mannequins, moustache twiddling, rubbing their hands in glee I'm surprised there wasn't a big flashing arrow over them. The reveals were clumsily done and at no time was anything a shock. Everything was just so convenient and utterly frustrating.
I'm well used to rolling my eyes at stereotypes so the fact that CC seemed to have gotten her "The Big Book of British Stereotypes" and "This is What Victorian England Was Like" out as reference books when writing was another tear-my-hair-out moment. The Simpson's writers could have done a better job at accuracy.
Okay what did I like?
The overall plot of the Clockwork Army was intriguing and I'm looking to the continuation of that storyline. Tessa's mysterious origins was another highlight as was Tessa overall. I liked her tenacity, her intelligence and her values. Jem's sweetness, patience and background story made him my favourite. The origins of the Shadowhunters and the politics was explored more and I appreciated the knowledge gained in particularly the status of the accords in the times before Valentine. I'm hoping the complexity of the TID world is expanded in the later books and will hopefully match TMI. At time of writing I'm about a 1/4 into Clockwork Prince and I am more sympathetic to Will and definitely more invested in the storyline but I think that's due in large part knowing that CA was part one of a story. If one read it in the hopes that it would have the ability to be enjoyed as a Stand-Alone novel in its own right, they would be sorely disappointed. There was no plot point that was resolved in CA, everything was left open ended and instead of making me feel like " I NEED THE NEXT BOOK NOW", It was disappointing and lacked resolution. Perhaps Lauren Oliver got writing tips for Requiem from this! Personally if I had read this when it first came out and didn't have the luxury of returning to my Kindle menu and selecting part two I honestly don't think I'd have bothered.
Perhaps Clockwork Prince and Clockwork Princess will make me eat my words.
I truly and honestly hope so but for now I'm going to firmly place myself on Team Jace&Clary.
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Initial post: 4 Nov 2013 10:03:54 GMT
NZ girl says:
Thank you SOO much for your review, I really wish I read this BEFORE I got the book's, sums up perfectly what the book is like, by the 5th chapter I was thinking the same thing, she has just re used the same characters and dynamic from TMI but watered them down to plain boring and unlikable and changed there names. I had already made up my mind to LOVE this book before I got it but I't just wasn't possible. utter rubbish! The truly sad thing is that the first couple of chapters lead you to believe that this will be a story like no other with lots of wonder and intrigue, a truly new experience................and then........NOTHING!!!!.... If I never read the words " (name) set her chin" again it will be too soon! so repetitive and frustrating.
Posted on 25 Apr 2014 20:51:52 BDT
I couldn't disagree with Danielle more. I thought that the Infernal Devices were as her previewers said far superior to the Mortal Instruments and loved the characters in their own rights. Will/Jase, I can see the comparison, but none of the others live up to scrutiny. Maybe that is because I have read all three books in the trilogy one after the other, unable to put them down because I NEEDED to know what happened next.
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