Clockwork Princess Review and Giveaway

Clockwork PrincessClockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3)
By: Cassandra Clare
Release Date: March 19, 2013
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

My Rating:

Note: this is less a review and more a love letter

The Summary (via Goodreads):
Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy
Tessa Gray should be happy – aren’t all brides happy?

Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa’s heart, will do anything to save her.

The Story:
It’s so difficult to write a review for the end of a series and for one you love very deeply. I have been waiting in timid anticipation for this book since I finished Clockwork Prince, my heart still raw after Clare ripped it from me with Will’s tale. I felt terrified about what she had planned for this last book, would it live up to the prior two? Would it have enough closure? Would it hurt to read and would the outcome crush me? I am happy to report that I loved every word of Clockwork Princess. I tried to read slowly because I wanted to savor every single word, every sentence. But, once I started to read it just sucked me in and I didn’t want to, nor could I stop. I had to know where Clare was going to take Tessa, Will and Jem.

I was given the closure I desired but it wasn’t a slow read that only focused on tying up loose ends, it was the completion of a journey. It was a full story in and of itself yet wrapped up everything from the prior books. I was swept away from beginning to end. I found myself misty eyed from the first chapter just because I knew it was the last of the series. I didn’t want to have to say goodbye to this world and these characters I’d come to love greatly. I’ve seen that some readers have been iffy about the epilogue but after digesting what I read I am happy with where Clare took the story.

The Characters:
From the moment Clare introduced me to the characters of Clockwork Angel I fell in love; I became entranced with each of their stories. In Clockwork Princess I felt that the women had the most growth, especially Tessa and Charlotte. I loved watching them stand up to extreme obstacles and fight their own fears. The mysteries surrounding Tessa were answered and I was pleased where Clare took her character.

Jem was as wonderful as ever and parts of his story surprised me, Clare has guts and such an over arcing plan for each of her characters. Will, oh Will. He is on my top five favorite characters ever list. The completion of his story left nothing for me to desire, it was done perfectly.  Clare had me loving Magnus even more which I didn’t think was possible. Not much can be written about the characters without going into spoiler territory but I felt Clare stayed true to the characters she created and really I loved every minute.

Final Thoughts:
By the Angel, if you have not read this series what are you waiting for? It is a must read.

Buy this book:
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Where I recommend The Infernal Devices

I preordered a copy and didn’t arrive soon enough so I had to buy a copy on release day. So I’m giving away my extra copy!
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Recommended Books: The Infernal Devices Series by Cassandra Clare

Cassandra Clare has become a household name with her Mortal Instruments series set to hit the big screen this August with City of Bones. The series is wonderful and should be read but her (sort of) lesser known series and prequel, The Infernal Devices (Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince and Clockwork Princess) is actually my favorite so if you’ve not checked them out you should do so. This month (March 19) the last in the series, Clockwork Princess releases (for all those people who only like to start a series once all the books are out–now is the time).

Whereas the Mortal Instruments takes place in today’s world the Infernal Devices is set in the past: Victorian London. These books have a steampunk feel and Clare does an amazing job of melding historical details with her own creative influences to write a beautiful world populated with charismatic and well rounded characters. Jem and Will have got to be some of the best fictional characters ever written, they are truly alive to me and I am so enraptured with their worlds and journeys. Our heroine, Tessa, is strong willed and loyal (to a fault perhaps). And we can’t forget about the appearance of some of our favorite long lived characters from the Immortal Instruments.

And coming in 2015, a three book companion series to the Mortal Instruments: The Dark Artifices series. You can read a character list here

You can find the Clockwork Princess Tour Dates Here

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Most Anticipated YA Books of 2013

Happy New Year! 2013 will be a year for great books. There’s no way I could possibly list all that I’m excited about but here are ten (in no order).

  • Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3) by: Cassandra Clare
  • Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky ,#2) by: Veronica Rossi
  • Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin, #2) by: R.A. LaFevers
  • Splintered by: A.G. Howard
  • Apollyon (Covenant, #4) by: Jennifer Armentrout
  • Siege and Storm (The Grisha, #2) by: Leigh Bardugo
  • Horde (Razorland, #3) by: Ann Aguirre
  • Across a Star-Swept Sea (For Darkness Shows the Stars, #2) by: Diana Peterfeund
  • Untitled (Penryn & the End of Days, #2) by: Susan Ee
  • The Madman’s Daughter by: Megan Sheperd

Clockwork Princess Tour Dates

Cassandra Clare has posted dates for her upcoming tour for Clockwork Princess the final book in The Infernal Devices series (scheduled release date is March 19, 2013) . I am so sad that Texas is not on the list, my fingers are crossed that this is not the full list of tour dates and locations. Is she coming to your city?

Tour dates and locations from Cassandra Clare’s website:
Tuesday, March 19th @ 6:00 PM

Changing Hands Bookstore Offsite event at Dobson High School Auditorium

1501 West Guadalupe Road

Mesa, Arizona 85202

*This is a ticketed event. With the purchase of Clockwork Princess, the buyer will receive a ticket to the event, good for two seats. Tickets can be purchased through Changing Hands Bookstore.

Wednesday, March 20th @ 7:00 PM

Barnes & Noble

2191 N Rainbow Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89108

*This event is free and open to the public. The discussion portion of the event will take place before the book signing and will not require a wristband. In order to receive a wristband for the signing line, you must purchase a copy of Clockwork Princess from any Barnes & Noble location and present the receipt at this location to receive your wristband. Wristbands will be handed out beginning at 9:00 AM on March 19 at B&N. You may bring other books from home to have them signed as long as you have purchased Clockwork Princess and received a wristband. Each person in line is required to have a wristband.

Thursday, March 21 @ 7:00 PM

Barnes & Noble The Grove

189 The Grove

Los Angeles, CA 90036

*This event will be wristbanded. Wristbands will be available when B&N opens at 9am on Friday, March 21, 2013 with the purchase of Clockwork Princess. Please check for event updates or call the store at 323.525.0270 with any questions.

Friday, March 22 @ 6:00 PM

Whale of a Tale Bookshop Offsite Event at Mission Viejo Library

100 Civic Center Drive

Mission Viejo, CA 92691

This is a ticketed event…a ticket includes a copy of the new book, Clockwork Princess….additional titles will be available for purchase at the event.   For information please call Whale of a Tale at 949-854-8288 or Mission Viejo Library 949-830-7100 Ext. 5105

Saturday, March 23 @ 7:00pm

Keplers Bookstore Offsite Event at Performing Arts Center, Menlo Atherton High School

555 Middlefield Road

Atherton CA 94027

This is a ticketed event.  Keplers will sell tickets via Brown Paper Tickets.  Please contact Keplers for ticket pricing information, etc.

Sunday, March 24, @ 2:00 PM

Barnes & Noble

Clackamas Town Center Mall

12000 SE 82nd Avenue

Portland, OR 97266

*To enter the signing line, you must purchase a copy of Clockwork Princess from Barnes & Noble. Beginning at 9:00am when the store opens on the day of the event, priority wristbands will

be issued with purchase, and general admission wristbands will be distributed at Customer Service – and at event for attendees not receiving wristbands prior to event. Please check for event updates or call the store at 503-786-3464 with any questions.

Monday, March 25 @ 7:00 PM

Third Place Books

17171 Bothell Way NE

Lake Forest Park, WA  98155

*Tickets are required and include the purchase of Clockwork Princess. Please contact Third Place Books for tickets.

Tuesday, March 26 @ 6:00 PM

Chapters Metrotown Store, Vancouver

4700 Kingsway

Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA

*This event will be wristbanded. Please contact Chapters for more information.

Summary of Clockwork Princess via Goodreads:

If the only way to save the world was to destroy what you loved most, would you do it? The clock is ticking. Everyone must choose. Passion. Power. Secrets. Enchantment. Danger closes in around the Shadowhunters in the final installment of the bestselling Infernal Devices trilogy