Sunday, 24 March 2013

April book pick: Clockwork Angel

Title: Clockwork Angel
Author: Cassandra Clare
First published: 2010

What goodreads  says about the book:

Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still.

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 gaslit 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.

Why we choose this book and what we expect:
We choose this book because it has been on both our to-read-lists for a while, and when Cassandra Clare is on book tour with the last book in this series, we thought this would be a good time to read it.

I really don't know what I expect from this book, other then a new world where monsters are real and anything can happen. I hope the book is exciting and hard to put down, and I hope that this book will make me want to read the rest of the series.

Why not. Really, that's all I've got to say about this one. Once upon a time I had a real reason why, when I saw it, read a blurb or something and decided: Yes, why not, this looks like a novel for me. Okay, maybe I do have a reason: Victorian England! My favorite (fictional) time & place. Also vampires. I'd kill to be a vampire (pun intended/I mean this literally). Also they have a pandemonium club, I don't know what that is, but it sounds awesome.