Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare – Book Review

Can you believe it? Am I actually posting regularly-ish for once?(ahem by the time this is posted I’m not at all on schedule) This post was made possible because of me not studying for my exam – which is in like a day and I am NOT prepared and I may be having an internal breakdown, but oh well. Anyways I recently read Clockwork Angel and I’m obsessseeeddddd, so without further ado let us get onto my thoughts

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them…

Okay, the plot is probably the weakest aspect of the book. Not to say it was necessarily bad , it just didn’t play an important part. It was pretty easy to follow along to so that was great. The plot in this was way better than City of Bones, our introduction to the world is clearer and it had the perfect balance of action and character development. It’s so much more interesting than City of Bones and I was hooked from the moment I started it. ( P.S. I’m currently reading the second book and I definitely see an improvement in the plot)

*cue the dramatic trumpet music* The moment both you and I have been waiting for and the best part of the book – *☆ THE CHARACTERS*☆

Tessa- Tessa was absolutely fantastic. She was so more believable than Clary and was actually a strong heroine! ALSO SHE’S A BOOKWORM *YAY* . She’s really feisty and sarcastic. Admittedly I was confused a bit about her morals- She doesn’t think that women should be in a position to fight, which makes sense considering the time period, but she also does believe that women should have the right to be able to read,(which at that time period would have also been looked down upon), and admires a lot of strong female heroines in her books but she herself doesn’t think that a woman should be doing that so um I don’t know what happened there. But anyways I loved her character.

Will- Here we have our YA, dark haired, grumpy, bad boy, love interest stuck in a love triangle. What’s there not to love? I really liked Will at the beginning though as the book progressed he did seem to get a tad unlikable. AND WAIT HE ALSO READS BOOKS *DOUBLE YAY * I loved his witty, snarky, charming attitude and I thought his banter with Tessa was adorable.

Jem – I thought Jem was sweet but I seriously wish we had more scenes with him (wE DeSErvE iT) Either ways at the end of the book I had no clue whose side I was on, and Clockwork Prince has furthered my dilemma.

I loved the setting of this book. The moment I started it I was immediately sucked into this dark, mystical rendition of Victorian London. World building is definitely one of Cassandra Clare’s strong points and this book perfectly proves that.

I think in Mortal instruments one of the major things that bothered me was the writing- the pacing was so off and the writing felt so.. immature? Either ways the writing in Clockwork Angel was phenomenal, this Victorian style really works for Cassandra Clare huh? 😂 When I think of this era I basically think about how fancy the way of speaking would have been and hey this book did have that fancy writing style scattered here and there but it wasn’t too hard to understand ( and luckily my brain didn’t explode) The pacing went a wasn’t really the best at times though.


A spectacular read and really looking forward to reading the rest of the series!

And that’s the end of this post ! Thank youu for readinggg, hope you enjoyEDd


33 thoughts on “Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare – Book Review

  1. I’m glad you liked this, Suhani! Though let me just say – I don’t think you’re obsessed enough with Will Herondale yet 😂 I’m definitely keeping my fingers crossed for that to change when you read the rest of the series! 🥰
    And good luck with that exam!

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    1. Ahahah yes I am extremely confused on whose side to be on 🥲🥲 haha let’s hope for the best 🤞🤞 Thanks so much Naemi! The exam just got over and I think I didn’t completely mess up 😂😂 thanks so much for reading!💖💖

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  2. I’ve had this book (my sister’s old one) on my shelf for a while. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it and liked the characters a lot. I always hear a lot about them so I am curious to see what I will think to them. I hope I get to read them before the TV show which I think is a while 😅 but I’ve been trying to get to these books for years already 😂 great review. I hope you continue to enjoy the rest of the series ❤️

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    1. Aahh you should definitely pick it up! I was initially a bit scared because of all the hype surrounding it, but it was pretty amazing! Ooh yea I’m excited for the tv show! Hahaha that’s same scenario for me 😂😂😂 thanks so much Sophie and thank you for reading💗💗💗✨✨✨

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    1. ahh that’s great to hear!! I’ve recently gotten into the universe, but I’m really enjoying all the books I’ve read so far!! Thanks so much for reading!💗💗


  3. Glad you enjoyed this book!! It’s one of my favs too :))
    Sjskskdhejsms yess Jem is so precious and Will & Tessa being bookworms is the literal best thing!!

    ✨Welcome to the Shadowhunter obsession✨ haha

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    1. yesss it’s a wonderful story!
      hahahahha it’s been a great time in the shadowhunter world😂😂
      Thank you for reading Ash, I really appreciate it !💕✨

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      1. IKR!
        haha, glad you’re enjoying the chronicles :)) did you read Clockwork Princess btw? If you haven’t, i hope you enjoy it thoroughly! (and also get your heart broken because hey- that’s what books are for :P)

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  4. Glad you enjoyed this and what you’d read of the sequel too when you posted this. I reread this series last year & literally couldn’t believe how much I adored it. The characters are just everything!! I really recommend Chain Of Thorns too although only after you’ve read all three of these. That too has incredible characters and a lot of romantic angst.

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    1. Ahhh yes it’s amazing!! I just finished the finale and I’m very emotionally unstable 😂 Oooh I’ve heard it’s great, I hope I can get to it soon! Thank you so much for reading Charlotte!💖💖💖

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