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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Magic is dangerous--but love is more dangerous still. 

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos. 

Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What's more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own. 

Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by--and torn between--two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length...everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world...and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all

This book was beautifully written, a master piece with just enough intrigue, mystery and action blended into one. 
Tessa gets thrown from one event to the next with little to no information to help guide her. The poor girl just can't catch a break as she learns one shocking secret after the next and one betrayal after the other. Her heart and mind are played with and molded as if she were silly putty. 
I was also a big fan of the poetry and quotes that were tucked in.

1. "Beyond this place  of wrath and tears, looms but the horror of the shade."

2. "You will know what kind of man he is, not by the things he says but by the things he does."

3. "Let me give you a piece of advice, The handsom young fellow who's trying to rescue you from a hideous fate is never wrong. Not even if he says the sky is purple and made of hedgehogs."

4. "What kind of monster hates chocolate?"

Favorite Charachter: Will, because he is one saucy charachter who admits that he is no less a scoundrel.

Rating: 4.5 Stars!

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