Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3)
by Cassandra Clare
What is it about:
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.
What did I think of it:
Don't follow an author on Tumblr when you're not caught up with the series that author is writing. Before I started on this book I accidentally stumbled over a huge spoiler, because a question from a fan wasn't labelled with a spoiler warning.
That aside: I loved this book.
The book starts of with action, and from there it stays suspenseful and filled with action and intrigue. It finally becomes clearer who and what Tessa is, and what she can do. Other characters get more screen time as well, and I especially enjoyed the character development of Gabriel Lightwood in this book.
There are some very emotional events and scenes in this book as well, the love triangle between Tess, Will and Jem being the heart of it. And let me say it again: this love triangle is so well written. I wish more love triangles would be like this: intense, believable, and making you want to root for all the people involved.
After the action climax of this story there's a couple of chapters left to wind it down and to wrap things up. These were also very emotional and gave closure about the fate of most of the (surviving) protagonists. All in all a satisfying ending to this trilogy.
Even though in my opinion this trilogy is superior to The Mortal Instruments, I will most certainly read the remaining two books in that series. I will also get hold of The Bane Chronicles as soon as I can, because Magnus Bane is still my favorite character of both series.
Why should you read it:
It's a very enjoyable Steampunk(ish), Paranormal YA read.