"One must always be careful of books," said Tessa, "and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us." p.87 ARCI haven't read the Mortal Instruments series so when I started Clockwork Angel I had no clue about the world that Clare has built. I liked the steampunk aspect and the Victorian England setting and the whole Shadowhunters thing. It was fine. I never really connected with the story or the characters but that might have been more me than anything. I did a 2 star reading of what should be a 4 star book. Normally I think I would have liked this more, but it followed up truly great book and sometimes a truly great book will ruin the next book by overshadowing it. So it's partly my fault that I can't muster up some real enthusiasm for Clockwork Angel. That being said, there wasn't anything so wonderful in this book to make me forget about the last one and that, in a way, is the mark of a mediocre book. If it had been great, then it would have lived up to the last book I read.
While it isn't a showstopper, it does have many solid elements. Like I said the steampunk and time setting are really good and Clare is definitely ensconced in the world that she created for the Mortal Instruments series. She knows it well and that flows out of the book. The main characters were all very distinct, mostly likeable, though a bit too mysterious for my liking. A little too much mystery doesn't make me what to read further, it makes me want to not read anymore. A few more answers would have been okay at the end. I'm sure that fans of Mortal Instruments series will enjoy this and the rest of the Infernal Devices series though.
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Publish Date: August 31, 2010
"Remember that time you tried to convince to feed a poultry pie to the mallards in the park to see if you could breed a race of cannibal ducks?"
"They ate it too, " Will reminisced. "Blood thirsty little beasts. Never trust a duck."