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text 2018-05-25 07:26
Reading progress update: I've read 10 out of 40 pages.
The Course of True Love (and First Dates) - Cassandra Clare

Alec's abs

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quote 2018-05-25 07:05
“Alec was closeted, shy, obviously insecure, and obviously hung up on his blond friend Trace Wayland. Magnus was fairly certain that was the name, but Wayland had reminded Magnus inexplicably of Will Herondale, and Magnus didn’t want to think about Will.”
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text 2018-05-15 10:01
Reading progress update: I've read 19 out of 669 pages.
Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices) - Cassandra Clare

Been looking forward to this one. Slow start but I expect that with her books and sometimes I tend to get bored with the drawn out parts of the books but I like the characters and the stories themselves, even in all the imperfections.

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review 2018-05-13 09:27
Rezension | Clockwork Prince von Cassandra Clare
Chroniken der Schattenjäger 02. Clockwork Prince: Chroniken der Unterwelt - Cassandra Clare

Beschreibung

Charlotte Branwell muss sich als Leiterin des Londoner Instituts der Schattenjäger unter Beweis stellen, denn ihre Fähigkeiten werden von Benedict Lightwood, der sich gerne selbst als Leiter des Instituts sehen würde, angezweifelt. Um die Leitung nicht zu verlieren muss Charlotte und ihre Freunde innerhalb zwei Wochen den Aufenthaltsort des geheimnisumwobenen Magisters aufdecken.

Meine Meinung

Nach „Clockwork Angel“ ist „Clockwork Prince“ der zweite Band aus Cassandra Clares Spin-Off Trilogie „Chroniken der Schattenjäger“. Die Ereignisse knüpfen direkt an die Geschichte des ersten Bandes an, so dass man diesen auf jeden Fall gelesen haben sollte. Vorkenntnisse aus den „Chroniken der Unterwelt“ sind jedoch nicht notwendig.

Das Cover setzt das wundervolle Steampunk Design fort, lediglich einige Details wie Farbe, Silhouette und Ausschnitt eines Londoner Bauwerks haben sich geändert. Dieses Mal sehen wir durch das Bullauge die Towerbridge und eine männliche Silhouette die wahrscheinlich Will oder Jem darstellen soll. Das Ganze passt perfekt zur Geschichte und ist ein schöner Blickfang im Buchregal.

Ich liebe Cassandra Clares bildhaften Schreibstil und habe vor allem Gefallen am Setting des viktorianischen Londons gefallen gefunden. Leider kam diese wundervolle Atmosphäre nicht ganz zu gut zum tragen wie im Vorgängerband „Clockwork Angel“. Der Plot ist wieder einmal mit überraschenden Wendungen gespickt und konnte mich trotz ein paar langatmiger Abschnitte, in denen die Handlung nicht voranzukommen scheint, bei Laune halten. Vor allem zum Ende hin läutet Cassandra Clare einen atemberaubenden Showdown ein der so einige Fragen aufwirft und die Neugierde auf den Abschlussband „Clockwork Princess“ anheizt.

Als Komplettpaket hat mich „Clockwork Prince“ auf jeden Fall begeistern können, man erfährt etwas über die Hintergründe von Wills Vergangenheit, lernt Jem näher kennen und trifft auf alte Bekannte wie z. B. Magnus Bane. Leider hat Cassandra Clare zu der typischen Dreiecksgeschichte gegriffen, die man mittlerweile in fast jedem Jugend-Fantasyroman vorfindet. Diese empfand ich als abgedroschen und in meinen Augen hat sie dem Plot mehr geschadet als voran gebracht. Ich hätte mir wirklich gewünscht, dass sich die Beziehung zwischen Tessa, Will und Jem etwas anders entwickelt und evt. auch etwas mehr über die Klockwerk-Kreaturen verraten wird. Aufgrund dieser kleinen Kritikpunkte vergebe ich 4 von 5 Grinsekatzen.

Fazit

Ein packender und solider Mittelteil der „Chroniken der Schattenjäger“ dem etwas weniger Liebesdrama gut zu Gesicht gestanden hätte.

Source: www.bellaswonderworld.de/rezensionen/rezension-clockwork-prince-von-cassandra-clare
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review 2018-03-11 04:19
Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1) by Cassandra Clare
Clockwork Angel - Cassandra Clare

Since I've read the first three novels in the Mortal Instruments series, and I had no idea what to think going into this series. After reading this book, I think its a high possibility that I like the Infernal Devices better. It might be too soon to say but time will tell. 

In search of her brother, Tessa Gray travels to London. There she is saved by a shadowhunter, Will Herondale, who is investigating a series of mysterious mundane deaths. Tessa teams up with the shadowhunters to find her brother and the cause of the deaths. 

I love Tessa. As the main female protagonist, I thought she was strong and despite going through a frightening ordeal, she was able to use her ability to outwit her adversaries. When I first started reading, I thought her ability was cool but useless in a fight. She reminds me of Clary a lot, I don't want to compare the two but I can't help it. They both have no idea who they are in the beginning and find out they are something they have no one else to compare themselves to. How complicated. lol

Will. He kinda reminds me of Jace, and I really like him. The Epilogue and the story of him as a child makes me really curious as to why he's the way he is. Since, he's not an orphan, why does he seem so negative and life-hating. He fights the fact that he's in love with Tessa and even though it's extremely annoying, I must know why soon. 

Jem, first off, I love his name. (Probably because I love the name Gemma) At first I thought he had cancer. Because you know, back then there wasn't the technology to treat such an illness. In some ways, I think this is worse. When first told of Jem's backstory, I felt incredibly sorry, and what must it had felt like for a young boy to go through that type of torture and torment. For Jem to be such a kind person, I love him. <3 However, it was too late, I already shipped Tessa and Will. And I really like them together, if Will stopped being difficult. 

Another love triangle... *eye roll*.
I thought that Will might be the favorite here, but after the ending, now I have no idea. I like Jem, he's an all-around nice guy, and I have nothing against his condition. I just like the chemistry Tessa and Will has with each other. However, Will keeps acting well... like Will and I won't be surprised if Tessa's affections turn towards Jem. 

I like the overall story of Clockwork Angel. Shadow Hunters during the Victorian Era. It's interesting! Things are still kept mysterious with Will and Tessa's ability by the end of the book. I'm definitely looking forward to the sequel. 

However, I must say that there was one thing that fell short. I don't think this could be read before the Mortal Instruments or without the knowledge of the Shadow Hunter world. I felt that things weren't really explained, and I'm glad I decided to read them in publication order or else I would be lost in the dust somewhere.

Overall I'd rate this a 4.5.

Source: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare My rating: 5 of 5 stars Since I\'ve read the first three novels in the Mortal Instruments series, and I had no idea what to think going into this series. After reading this book, I think its a high possibility that
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