HOLY HELL. Cassandra Clare is a flipping genius! It’s been about 4 days since I finished reading Clockwork Princess and I’m still in complete shock. Writing a review that will express all of the thoughts swirling around in my brain without giving the plot away is going to be difficult. But for the sake of my fellow readers, I’m going to hold back my urge to blurt out everything that is spectacular and amazing about the ending and simply say “READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!” If you haven’t read The Infernal Devices series yet then go out and buy Clockwork Angel now because the final book in the series is beyond fantastic! I laughed, I cried, and then I cried some more. Anyone going in to Clockwork Princess should be warned that tears are inevitable. To explain, here is a detailed account of my thoughts/emotions while reading (spoiler free….unless you actually flip to that page to find out what I’m crying about).
Pg. 1-50: Woohoo Action!
51-200: Oh crap. I’m getting worried….
200-232: Dammit. This doesn’t look good
233- 246: My heart is breaking. Great. I’m crying…
247-309: There’s always hope! Must. Stay. Hopeful!
310- 318: And my heart is officially broken. I’m sobbing now.
318-339: Tessa you idiot!!!
381- 403: Starting to feel better…
403- 420: Awww! Can’t stop smiling!
420- 443: Everything is getting better 🙂
444- 447: WHAT?! WHAT?! HOW?! WHAT?! So happy and confused at the same time!
447 – 462: Kickass!!!!
488-513: Full out sobbing! My heart has broken into a million pieces again. I know it’s a good thing, but I’m still super upset for the characters.
514-545: Awww. Cute. But still kind of sad. I’m crying because it’s so cute and heartbreaking at the same time.
545- 555: Just when I thought I had stopped crying this happens. Can’t stop crying again. Ugh. I’m such an emotional sap.
555-568: WHAT?! WHAT?!!! HOW?! OMG. OMG. OMG. Full out sobbing again! Such a perfect ending! Everything has come full circle. I’m so happy and so sad at the same time!
As you can see, Clockwork Princess is a great mixture of cute, sad, and kickass moments. I like to think that I’m usually pretty good at figuring out how a book is going to end, but Clockwork Princess took me completely by surprise (although it probably helps that I haven’t finished reading The Mortal Instruments series yet, because I think the readers who have will be able to make one of the connections between the two books and figure out one of the twists in the end).
Usually the final book in a series that I have enjoyed annoys the heck out of me because the authors rush the conclusion, or place the characters in a situation that I’m not fond of. This was definitely not the case with Clockwork Princess. In fact, I think its one of the BEST final books I have ever read in a series. Cassandra Clare definitely thought everything through and ended things in a way that readers can’t help but feel good about, even as the tears roll down their face.