Amanda Recommends CLOCKWORK ANGEL

Eighth grader Amanda Tran recommends. . .

Clockwork-AngelClockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Have you ever wondered what you really are? Tessa did. In the book Clockwork Angel, Cassandra Clare created a suspenseful, action packed story. She described the characters beautifully, so they came to life. You’ll meet Will and Jem, the two who stole Tessa’s heart. When I read this book, I was gripping the pages tightly. Each page brought new questions. Just like Tessa, you’ll fall in love with the book.

Tessa thinks she is going to England to visit her brother. Instead she finds herself struggling against the Dark sister’s torture. Unexpectedly, the handsome Will turns up saving her. When she meets the people at the institute, they become her new family. While just settling, in disaster strikes. De Quincy, a vampire, is rebelling against the laws. What will the shadow hunters do to stop him or will they even care, thinking it is all a hoax? She and her group meet Magnus Bane; he’ll play an important role. The first time she gets alone time with Jem is in the park. It turned out to be an encounter of clockwork autobots attacking. Not knowing how to protect herself yet, she depends on Jem. After a dangerous battle with vampires, Will needs to cleanse himself of vampire blood. Tessa gets closer to him. Through the following events Tessa gets closer to finding out what she is. What do you think she is?

Many of the characters the author creates have an original personality. When she describes each one, a clear image of that person appears. The main heroine, Theresa Grey, is a protagonist. She’s a shape shifter; they describe her with brown hair, grey eyes, and tall. After the events she has experienced she’s a dynamic character with changing feelings towards Will and Jem. Even though in the story she doesn’t consider herself pretty, she is gorgeous in my book. Her personality makes her my favorite character of being brave. James might be the character you’ll like. Jem is his nickname. If you learn about his history you’ll know why he looks faded. He’s a shadow hunter, a gentle, nice person. William however, would be the definition of the opposite of Jem. He goes by Will, but they both are shadow hunters. In the book the author writes, “He was the most beautiful face she had ever seen. Tangled black hair and eyes like blue glass. Elegant cheek bones, a full mouth, and long, thick lashes.” Just from that you got a taste of her writing. You could also tell Will’s personality. For example, “He seemed to realize she was staring at him, because the curing stopped. ‘You cut me,’ he said. His voice was pleasant. British. Very original. He looked at his hand with critical interest. ‘It might be fatal.’

Tessa looked at him with wide eyes. ‘Are you the magister?’

He tilted his hand to the side. Blood ran down it spattering the floor. ‘Dear me, massive blood loss. Death could be imminent.’ ” This showed he is cocky. Through the whole story his arrogant cocky attitude makes the story entertaining.

The author’s style is very descriptive. Her tone she creates is creative. The point of view she uses is in third person. I think it was a good decision to write like that because I got a little of what all the characters were thinking. Her vocabulary she chooses made the book a challenge. It makes you decipher the words. The conflicts come perfectly where there’s not too little and it doesn’t bore me to death like some books. The dialogue is amusing. Each time a person speaks, I get a hint of their speech. An example would be “’None too convincingly. And you’re not as pretty to look at as Tessa.’ Jem said, closing his eyes as he leaned back against the pillow.

‘How rude. Many who have gazed upon me have compared the experience to gazing at the radiance of the sun.’”

To sum it up, get yourself to the library or book store now and get Clockwork Angel. Once you get your hands on it you’ll be flipping pages like no tomorrow. You’ll be craving more.


Several of Amanda’s classmates have also allowed us to publish reviews of what they’re currently reading.  And for recommendations from kids of all ages, check out our Kids Recommend section.


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