Mar 24, 2012
Book Review: CLOCKWORK PRINCE
Author: Cassandra Clare
Other books by author: CLOCKWORK ANGEL
Release Date: 12/06/2011
My Rating: 4/5-- I mostly enjoyed it!
One Word Plot: Angels/Demons
Good if...you're looking for something full of romantic tension
Like any other Cassandra Clare novel, I quickly sped through the pages of CLOCKWORK PRINCE, soaked in the romance, and devoured the detailed descriptions and witty dialogue. It's hard to give a unique review when this is the 6th book I've read by Cassandra Clare. Obviously I'm a fan and obviously I will continue being a fan. SO why the 4/5 rating for this novel instead of the usual 5/5 rating?
The first novel in this second series by Cassandra Clare was CLOCKWORK ANGEL. Though the concept was similar to all her novels, CLOCKWORK ANGEL introduced a new set of interesting characters and unique situations while being set in 19th century London. It was easy to get lost in the mystery and action and descriptions that book 1 delivered. In book 2 (CLOCKWORK PRINCE), things moved a little slower. The actions wasn't as strong, some of the characters grew on my nerves, and somehow I found myself hoping for a little more. This novel suffered from the classic "middle novel syndrome". What is "middle novel syndrome" you might ask? MNS. That's where book 2 in a typical 3 book series tends to be merely a stepping stone in the trilogy. The link between books 1 and 3. Where nothing much is really resolved, we don't find out which boy the heroine chooses, the bad guys isn't taken down, and the mystery and suspense from book 1 isn't resolved.
Don't get me wrong...in no way was this book bad! I just didn't like it quite as much as book 1. That being said, I still read CLOCKWORK PRINCE through in 2 days and was left wanting and wishing greedily for more. I can't wait to get my hands on book 3!! I can't wait for more action when the Clockwork army will rise, when Tessa will have to pick between Will and Jem, and will (hopefully) more answers will be learned.