The Infernal Devices Trilogy by Cassandra Clare

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Summary for Clockwork Angel:

In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.
The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them…
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Overall rating of trilogy: 5 STARS!
Clockwork Angel: 4 Stars.
Clockwork Prince: 5 stars.
Clockwork Princess: 5 Stars.

This review is going to be split in two parts: non-spoiler and Spoiler. I will tell you when to stop reading unless you want to. 

Although I have read Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series (except for Heavenly Fire, I heard there were spoilers to The Infernal Devices Trilogy), I don’t think very highly of it. I enjoyed it enough, but I barely remember what happened in it now. So I had The Infernal Devices trilogy (TID) sat on my shelf for about a year and a half before I decided to pick it up last week. I don’t regret this at all. I genuinely feel like I’ve lost part of my soul now that I’ve finished it and there is no more. I would recommend giving this a go even if you didn’t like The Mortal Instruments (TMI), The characters are so much better in my opinion.

Clockwork Angel took a while for me to get into, it was a solid start to the series, but it really was just a “setting the scene” kind of book. It was really good, but lacking in some areas, such as plot development and I feel it probably could have been shorter if Clare didn’t make the characters go off rambling in their minds about nothing in particular. However, the series seriously picks up in Clockwork Prince and I read it one sitting, staying up till about 4am. Lots of character development and amazing new characters that I just fell in love with. Which is something that sets TID apart from TMI for me, in TMI I didn’t actually care about any of the characters other than perhaps Magnus Bane. I was practically reading it for the plot. Whereas in TID, I don’t think I have ever loved side characters so much; Sophie, Charlotte, GIDEON (<3) and Gabriel, Henry! So many fantastic characters. Clockwork Princess focuses a lot in the first half of the book on the romance, I didn’t mind this. It balanced well with the action packed second half. Believe me, the romance is worth pushing through to get to the what happens in the end. Although, I recommend not reading the epilogue. I mean, read it, but be prepared. I wasn’t. I’m still pulling myself together.

I loved this trilogy so much. Probably one of the best I’ve ever read. Read it. It’s worth the time.

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***SPOILERS***

Okay I need to just let my feelings out.
Despite not being a massive fan of Will and Jem (I know I’m a freak), I liked them enough but I WAS NOT EXPECTING THE FEELS DURING THE EPILOGUE.
I can’t deal with it. I could have done without that Cassandra Clare!
I was pushed even more over the edge by Gideon dying, my OTP during the trilogy was Sophie and Gideon! My fave characters!
But I was bawling my eyes out so hard I started to feel sick. I haven’t cried that hard at a book since Harry Potter! It was INSANE. I keep thinking about it and tearing up and its been nearly 12 hours.
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