The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare & Holly Black

The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare & Holly BlackThe Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare, Holly Black
Series: Magisterium #1
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: 9th September 2014
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Source: Publisher
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Rating: one-half-stars

Most kids would do anything to pass the Iron Trial.

Not Callum Hunt. He wants to fail.

All his life, Call has been warned by his father to stay away from magic. If he succeeds at the Iron Trial and is admitted into the Magisterium, he is sure it can only mean bad things for him.

So he tries his best to do his worst - and fails at failing.

Now the Magisterium awaits him. It's a place that's both sensational and sinister, with dark ties to his past and a twisty path to his future.

The Iron Trial is just the beginning, for the biggest test is still to come ...

 This book was the opposite of a good time, I’m (kind of) sorry to say. I’ve had a mostly unhappy relationship with Cassie Clare’s books post City of Glass but Holly Black’s stuff was fun as well as pretty clever. So when I saw this on NetGalley I thought ‘what the hell’ and went ahead and requested it. I have…regrets.

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Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra ClareClockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
Series: The Infernal Devices #3
Genre: Paranormal
Release Date: September 5, 2013
Publisher: Walker Books
Source: Bought
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Rating: two-stars

Danger and betrayal, love and loss, secrets and enchantment are woven together in the breathtaking finale to the #1 New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices Trilogy, prequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series.


A net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. Mortmain plans to use his Infernal Devices, an army of pitiless automatons, to destroy the Shadowhunters. He needs only one last item to complete his plan: he needs Tessa Gray.

Charlotte Branwell, head of the London Institute, is desperate to find Mortmain before he strikes. But when Mortmain abducts Tessa, the boys who lay equal claim to her heart, Jem and Will, will do anything to save her. For though Tessa and Jem are now engaged, Will is as much in love with her as ever.

As those who love Tessa rally to rescue her from Mortmain’s clutches, Tessa realizes that the only person who can save her is herself. But can a single girl, even one who can command the power of angels, face down an entire army?

Lmao, this book though. I should point out that I only read this book because SOMEONE harassed me into it. Not mentioning any names BUT THEY KNOW WHO THEY ARE *stares accusingly*

Clockwork Princess begins with Jem and Tessa engaged and ready to be married, Will being very sad about it and that Mortmain guy still hovering around in the background as the ~obligatory antagonist~. Cecily, Will’s sister, is now one of the main characters (and incidentally one of the few I liked) and the mystery of who or what Tessa is is solved. At least I think it is. Still not sure I understood it tbh, not that I tried very hard. Obviously the love triangle is resolved, in an ~entirely unique~ way. Continue reading

Book Review: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Book Review: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra ClareClockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Series: The Infernal Devices #1
Genre: Paranormal
Release Date: August 31st, 2010
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Source: Bought
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Rating: three-stars

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 Timesbestselling 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...

I am a huge fan of Cassandra Clare’s previous series – The Mortal Instruments – and I have to say that, to start with, I was a little worried about Clockwork Angel because I had a feeling that the storyline and the characters were going to be repeats of those in TMI. However, being the huge fan that I am, I couldn’t wait to start CA, despite my reservations. I was very pleased to find that I loved Clockwork Angel! I thought it was really good. Continue reading