My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Actual rating: 3.5 stars
Summary: Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still.Characters:
When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gas lit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.
Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What’s more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.
Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by—and torn between—two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length . . . everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world. . . . and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.
- Tessa: I like Tessa. She's very relatable and not only reminds me of Belle from Beauty and the Beast, but me, another proud bibliophile. Also, Tessa's very brave after having been thrown into the Shadowhunters' world. And how cool is her special ability?
- Will: With his last name being Herondale, I thought he'd be a mirror of Jace. Unfortunately, no such luck. He was not nearly as witty as Jace, nor as sweet despite his bad boy image. Honestly, Will is really moody and reminded me of a girl PMSing, and I remember barely laughing in this entire book.
- Jem: Jem is the super kind best friend that is always there for you when you need him. He isn't very funny, but I preferred him over Will.
I must say it, though I love Cassandra: These characters were really disappointing, and the character development wasn't magnifique.
Plot: This book was really slow at some points for me, but the plot is pretty cool. I mean, there's Shaowhunters and other evil creatures! How can you go wrong with these?
Overall feelings: Because I absolutely adore every single character from the Mortal Instruments, I guess I had my hopes too high for this one. I've been told that the second book is a lot better, and the characters get further developed. So, I am hopeful for Clockwork Prince. I've got to read it before Clcokwork Princess. Only 65 more days! I'm running out of time!!!!!
Would I recommend it to a friend? Yes. Even though I was disappointed, I think I can trust Rachel and Crystal that the next book is awesome, so it'll be worth the read in the end.
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