Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) By Cassandra Clare

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Book: Clockwork Princess (Infernal Devices #3)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Published: March 19, 2013
Hardcover, 568 pages
Read on March 31, 2013

BOSSF Review: 5 stars

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*****
From Goodreads:
Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogyTessa 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.
*****
Things just kept getting better in The Infernal Devices trilogy.  While Clockwork Angel lacked character development, Clockwork Prince lacked action, Clockwork Princess seemed to get it right.  CP2 was easily the biggest and best of the trilogy, and the epilogue gave us some (awesome) closure as well.   Although this 19th Century London Institute world took me longer to get into, I got swept away with the storyline and the characters and I was happy with how everything ended up. 
The plot was considerably more action packed than Clockwork Prince.  Whether it was fighting the Demon Pox plagued Benedict Lightworm, scouring the streets of London for Yin Fenn, or battling Mortmain’s automan army, the story delivered action, suspense, and romance.  The storyline moved much quicker than the previous two books. 
Tessa was a strong leading lady, and she gained more of a voice as she cared more deeply for her “family” at the Institute.  While she struggled with the decision on which man give her heart to, she did not falter when given a chance to put her life on the line to save what’s important to her.  Her changing abilities kicked some serious automan butt.  Tessa finally found out what she truly was, and what the deal was with her clockwork angel at her neck.  I think that the biggest changes with Tessa’s characters came in book 2 when she realized how the Institute was her new home, and she would do anything to protect her new family. 
A big part of The Infernal Devices (and so many other trilogies) was the Love Triangle.  This has been one of my favorite love triangles – both Jem and Will (surprisingly) turned out to be great men and would have done anything to make Tessa happy. Jem and Will were parabatai, and their love and respect for each other made the fight for Tessa’s affection more complicated.  Following in Clockwork Prince’s footsteps, William Herondale continued to evolve from the vacant jerkface to a thoughtful brother, student, friend, and suitor.  While he still showed signs of his damaged past, he fought will all of his might throughout the whole book.  The always lovely, Jem Carstairs, continued to win over my approval with his big heart and love for Tessa.  I am not a book crier, but this book got me choked up several times.  Ugh, between Jem’s ailing health and the complexities of the Love Triangle, it was all very emotional!
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BUT of course, there were some happy tears shed, too.
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The side characters provided some good laughs throughout CP2.  As the youngest and newest trainee at The Institute, Cecily Herondale brought a spunky and naive energy into the mix, while ruffling the feathers of her older brother, Will, and Gabriel Lightwood.  The Lightwood brothers were also welcome additions to the storyline.  They represented how important it is to maintain a good name within the Enclave.  Unfortunately their father’s rondeavuexs with demons reflected poorly on the surviving Lightwoods.  The staff at the Institute and Charlotte The Lightwood boys were Sophie and Gideon’s love story was one of my favorite parts of the story.  The way he loved her completely and he would make up excuses for her to come to his room (the scones were so funny) and helped Sophie become the woman she always wanted to be was very sweet.  Cecily Herondale was a fun, fresh face in the last installment.  Untrained, spunky, and beautiful, she made Will and Gabriel’s lives more eventful in the previous books.  It was good to see Will evolve from the absent jerk in book 1 to the overprotective older brother in book 3.  
 
Favorites:
  • When Magnus keeps mixing up Gabriel and Gideon Lightwood, and he mused that all Lightwoods look the same to him… LOVE that
  • The epilogue – it pulled at my heartstrings.  I smiled, I cried, and I was satisfied 🙂  
  • Sophie and Gideon – the scones scene had me laughing outloud, and I adored their scenes together.  
  • Henry’s successful invention of The Portal – It was very cool to see how something so pivotal and common in TMI was first created.  
  • Reading along with my reading buddy, Danielle!  We read the trilogy at the same time, so it made it extra fun to gush about
Now I do want to say…… please, please just let the story of TID rest.  I am in love with the ending of this book, so let’s just leave it!  I don’t want an oversaturation of this world.  
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