“There is no friend as loyal as a book.” ― Ernest Hemingway
At first the author intended this series to be a triology. So for those who read city of glass two years ago must thought it was the last book of the mortal instruments. I thought the first three books are wonderful but didn't expect much from the 4th book. I mean for Valentine and Sebastian being dead and all, how good can the story be? But just like Clockwork angel, Cassandra Clare never lets me down, not once. This book is clearly not the end of the series, so we all have to be patient.
As for the narrators, I think they are, without a doubt, Horrible!!!!!! The narrator for city of ashes and city glass is wonderful. Don't understand why they bother to change one. If you look the narrators up, you will see that they find two hot people who look just like Clary and Simon, which doesn't even matter one bit!!! I mean this is an audiobook, not a movie. I still recommend buying the book. By the way, my stars all goes to the book.
Alright, let me get this straight. THIS IS NOT A PARANORMAL ROMANCE, so if your looking for Twilish
type of book, you'd better off reading someother books. However this book is seriously funny and highly entertaining.
I can't believe a year ago I was extremely reluctant to start this series! I didn't think TID could ever reach the excitement of TMI, and I simply didn't want to like the characters. Despite willing myself not to like it then, I am completely in love with it now. TID has proved to be better than TMI if that's even possible. Faced-paced. Exciting. Gripping. Suspenseful. Addictive. Heart-shattering. Beautiful. You are most likely to find yourself helplessly lost in the mysterious world Cassandra has created.
The romance in this book is unlike any other YA romance I've ever read. I simply cannot dismiss it as just another piece of silly and ridiculous YA literature, because it is anything but. Cassie has such beautiful and captivating writings that The Clockwork Prince brought out all the feelings and emotions I never thought existed in me. To be honest, I 'm not a sentimental person, not much can make me cry, but by the end of this book, my cheeks are wet with hot tears.
All the charming and lovable characters. I'm sure they are the main reason why this series is so irresistible. Jem. No one in their right mind could possibly dislike him. Tessa. Everyone has to admit she's much more likable than Clary. She's braver, stronger and not afraid to pursuit what she wants. And finally, the legendary, self-destructive William Herondale. People have very mixed feelings for him. Some thought he was too cold and too horrible. Some thought he was just a blue-eyed, dark-haired version of Jace Wayland, but let me assure you that it is not true. As much as I love Jace, Will is completely unique and distinctive in his own way. I admit I used to have my doubts about Will, but now that I know more about him, I think he is the most wonderful character ever created by Cassandra. Such a passionate, good and selfless hero. We have all misjudged him.
If you've already read The Clockwork Angel, as I'm sure you have, then you'll need no convincing buying The Clockwork Prince. But I have to warn you, the narration was in no way outstanding. Heather Lind sounded much older than how Tessa should sound, but other than that, she was okay. Ed Westwick however, was horrible times a million. Seriously! Hadn't he done enough damage in City of Fallen Angels already? Simon & Schuster, please! Find someone else to do the narration next time! It doesn't have to be someone from the Gossip Girls. It could be someone from the Pizza Hut as long as he doesn't sound like he's drowning, choking down slugs, falling asleep or all three at the same time.
Is this book literature--No, most definitely.
Is is wonderfully written, lyrical prose--ah, no, not really.
Is it fun? Absolutely. Reading, unless you are still a college student, is for entertainment, and this book, as the others in the series, is fun, and entertaining.
The love story is great, and more mature in this book than the others. If you want to read something for fun, this series fills the bill.
I do have to say I wish the author would invest in a Thesaurus. She does tend to overuse phrases and certain words. I would say almost once per page someone "rolled his/her eyes." It got tiresome, but overall I really enjoyed this book.
We can nitpick her writing all we want, but she can grin all the way to the bank. Getting a mainstream novel published is not easy and the scrutiny of details by editors is over the top and very wearing on an author.
Just read and have fun.