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School Library Journal Review
Gr 9 Up-In Cassandra Clare's sequel (2011) to Clockwork Angel (2010, both S & S/Margaret McElderry Bks.) 17-year-old Tessa Gray has finally found a home with the Shadowhunters. While things soon heat up with the continuing hunt for the Magister's secrets (why does he want to capture Tessa?) and her search for her true identity, Tessa's true struggle may be the love triangle caused by her growing attraction to beautiful and volatile Will, and his best friend and blood brother, kind and loyal Jem. Tessa's shape-shifting power is tested repeatedly as the action intensifies and the group realizes that there is a spy among them. The novel, set in Victorian England, is narrated in alternating sections by English actor Ed Westwick (Gossip Girl) and American actress Heather Lind (Boardwalk Empire). Westwick's English accent is perfect for Will and Jem, although it's sometimes difficult to tell the boys apart from the other characters. Lind superbly portrays Tessa as well as the other characters. A necessary purchase where the previous volume is popular, and sure to be a hit with fans of Tamora Pierce's books and Brandon Sanderson's "Mistborn" series. Listeners will eagerly await the next installment.-Julie Paladino, East Chapel Hill High School, NC (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
In the eagerly awaited sequel to Clockwork Angel (2010), Charlotte's leadership of the Institute is challenged by a rival Nephilim faction. With only two weeks to locate the sworn enemy of all Shadowhunters the Magister Will, Jem, and Tessa follow clues that lead to shocking discoveries, betrayal, and terrible danger. Tessa continues to agonize over who or what she is, even as her brother Nate reveals who she is not. Clare's intricate plotting propels the pace, as does the ongoing tension of Tessa's conflicted attraction to both Jem and Will. Steampunk purists will find only a modicum of clockwork gadgets, but fear not there's plenty of steam. Tessa's virginity is twice saved by timely (or untimely) interruptions, raising the stakes in the Team Will or Team Jem debate. Fans of the series will revel in another compulsively readable concoction ladled with dollops of Victorian atmosphere, romance, and gorgeous characters, while humorous dialogue rescues the prose from melodrama. Clare once again raises more questions than she answers, but a cliff-hanger ending will leave readers panting for the next installment in the Infernal Devices series. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Clare's already long arms will reach everywhere with this book: tours, advertising, social network outreach, interactive websites, and more. Stock up.--Rutan, Lynn Copyright 2010 Booklist
Kirkus Book Review
Clockwork Angel (2010) pits gorgeous, attractively broken teens against a menacing evil. There's betrayal, mayhem and clockwork monstrosities, and the Shadowhunters have only two weeks to discover--oh, who are we kidding? The plot is only surprisingly tasty icing on this cupcake of a melodramatic love triangle. Our heroes are Tessa, who may or may not be a warlock, and the beautiful Shadowhunter warrior boys who are moths to her forbidden flame. It's not always clear why Tessa prefers Will to his beloved (and only) friend Jem, the dying, silver-eyed, biracial sweetheart with the face of an angel. Jem, after all, is gentle and kind, her dearest confidante; Will is unpleasant to everyone around him. But poor, wretched Will--who "would have been pretty if he had not been so tall and so muscular"--has a deep, dark, thoroughly emo secret. His trauma puts all previous romantic difficulties to shame, from the Capulet/Montague feud all the way to Edward Cullen's desire to chomp on Bella Swan. Somehow there's room for an interesting steampunk mystery amid all this angst. The supporting characters (unusually well-developed for a love-triangle romance) include multiple compelling young women who show strength in myriad ways. So what if there are anachronisms, character inconsistencies and weird tonal slips? There's too much overwrought fun to care. A purple page turner. (Fantasy. 13-16)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.