Hello bookworms and welcome back to Josie’s Book Corner! Today, I am bringing to you a review for Clockwork Princess, the third and final book in the Infernal Devices trilogy!
If you have not read the first and second book in this series, then do not read this review, or proceed with CAUTION. If you HAVE, then you may continue with no cares in the world, for this is a spoiler-free review for anyone who has read up to the second book.
If you haven’t read this series yet, and you are still here reading this very sentence, I urge you to look away! But first, before I let you go, I will give you one piece of completely spoiler free advice… GO READ THIS SERIES NOW, BECAUSE YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT! Now go! Shoo! Before you get spoiled for this incredibly amazing series.
Clockwork Princess, the final book in the Infernal Devices trilogy, was entirely amazing. And although it took me more than a week to read (thanks EXAMS), if I had more free time, it would have been completed in a mere three or four days. This series is one that gets better and better as the books progress. Three books just wasn’t enough. There was an incredible amount of action, and a plot that keeps you invested continuously without fail, extreme character development, AN INCREDIBLE BROMANCE, AN EVEN MORE INCREDIBLE ROMANCE, and a resolution that will simultaneously break your heart and piece it back together again (which is possibly based on who you ship).
But that’s enough of that. Since this book obviously gave me all the feels (which is evident, because, FUN FACT, I cried for the entirety of the last few pages and the epilogue), I am not equipped enough to give a full blown review. Instead, I am going to do this in list form, and tell you all the amazing things that make this book the five star read that it is!
The bromance of all bromances
MESSAGE TO JOEY @ THOUGHTS AND AFTERTHOUGHTS! This series has the best bromance I have ever encountered. If I had to ship anyone, I would ship Will and Jem as the bromance of the year and of all years to come. In Clockwork Princess you just see the full extent to Will and Jem’s friendship, which goes soul-deep, as if the very atoms of their bodies are linked. The amount of times I have cried (both from happiness and sadness) due to their bromance, is more than I can say about any other book.
A love triangle that you can actually enjoy
You know what is awesome? Finding a love triangle that doesn’t annoy you, but instead pulls you deeper into the story and gets you even more emotionally invested in all the characters. Clockwork Princess did this for me. I want to thank Cassandra Clare for this because I don’t think any other author can make me love three characters in a love triangle together all at once. NO ONE.
I was at constant battle with myself on whether I was a Jessa shipper or a Wessa shipper. I was a Jessa shipper for almost the entire time right up until near the end of Clockwork Princess. And just when I began to ship Wessa, Cassandra Calre twisted the strings of my sensitive heart (oh the PAIN).
A cast of characters you’ll fall in love with
Cassandra Clare did an amazing job of making me care for each and every one of the characters in Clockwork Princess. She developed all of their backstories flawlessly, in such a way that you come to know each an every character just as deeply as you might have known the main characters.
Compelling plot/story line
Cassandra Clare balances out the amazing character development with an equally amazing dose of action-packed, keep-you-on-your-toes kind of plot! It’s full of the underlying questions and mystery that ran through the entire series, and there were plenty of twists and turns along the way that keep you invested.
One of the aspects I loved about how Cassandra Clare approached the story was by giving the reader not just the perspective of the London Institute, but that of another aspect of the Shadowhunters, that leaves you sitting on both sides of the conflict, wondering what the heck will happen next and who will rise victorious!
The epilogue AKA: the tear-fest
Above all else, you MUST READ THIS BOOK FOR THE EPILOGUE. Holy macaroni, it was literally tears for the entire length of the epilogue, honestly. You know a book is great when the ending is as powerful as this one. An ending that is about to make you feel complete and utter joy, but still feel your heart breaking at the exact same time.
What else could I possibly say to give this book justice? It’s amazing and I can’t believe it’s over. This series has brought back all the feels that The Mortal Instruments gave to me as a younger reader. I will continue to read Shadowhunter novels until the day I die.