Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

"In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa's powers for his own dark ends.
With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister's war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move and that one of their own has betrayed them.
Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, though her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will; the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?
As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart." ~goodreads

Well this might have **spoilers*** because I just feel like I can write it any other way.

Well I have to say I closed the book feeling throughly pissed off. Not because it was awful, it was of course so well written that got me emotionally involved. Cassandra Clare never disappoints even when she makes me so angry.

I loved the twist and turns in this book. The betrayls, the things I couldn't even guess and of course the love. I felt like I was looking around every corner of my house waiting for a Clockwork monster to pop out. I also enjoyed the addition of Gideon and his affections for a little lady.

Now Tessa, well I just wanted to climb right into the book and slap that girl. I swear if she said Jem was so good and and kind one more time....Tessa I felt was very judgemental in this book. She was so willing to see Will's flaws even though he supposedly broke her heart. If her heart was really invested in him she wouldn't have given up on him so easily. Jem on the hand she judged in a different way, holding him on pedistal. I feel like she is a little on the needy side, just wanting someone to love her with the least amount of effort. Jem is safe, easy and uncomplicated. Her witty side does not come out when she interacts with him though. She's not the Tessa I liked so much from the first book with him. If she can't decide between the two then maybe she should choose neither. Of course she would be alone then. The whole thing just had me fuming.

People said this was truly Jem's book. I didnt really get that from it. I still don't really feel like we know Jem in depth. Just scraping the surface of him.

Well see though. I'm beyond anxious for the next book of course.        

Steampunk fascination

I'm really starting to get fascinated by the whole Steampunk thing. Jewelry and such....

Like this cool looking necklace. I might have a bunch of new steampunk inspired graphics when I have time to make them. When I was in college and sometime after I used to sell fine jewelry. My favorite watches were always the ones that you could see the movements inside. Especially the jeweled movements that come with finer watches, so I guess I have always been a little steampunk.


I was looking at my Goodreads list and I noticed these two books that were next to eachother in my list.....

Nerd Power

My nerdiness branches in all different directions. I like to think I can relate to any type of nerd, which in my field of work there are quite a few. So when I find out that books I love are being made into mangas/manwhas/manhuas I get pretty excited. So seeing ID as a manga (even though I think the art looks more like manhwa) I'm over the moon. Cassandra Clare is of course the author and Hyekyung Baek is the illustrator.

Hello handsome Will.....

 Lucky for Jem white hair always looks good on a manga character
Of course there is also Tessa

There is no time at Christmas time

Wow I've been so busy I have not had a chance to read so I only get through about 20 pages of Clockwork Prince a night. Which is absolutely shocking! Tis the season I suppose. I did get to stop by Anderson Bookshop on my way to a Christmas party last night and take a gander at books I want to buy. Including their lovely collection of signed copies. They have quite a few. Even though I have both of Ally Conde's books already there is something enticing about an autographed copy. I would much have an authors autograph then one from an actor/actress.

The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler

"It's 1996, and Josh and Emma have been neighbors their whole lives. They've been best friends almost as long - at least, up until last November, when Josh did something that changed everything. Things have been weird between them ever since, but when Josh's family gets a free AOL CD in the mail,his mom makes him bring it over so that Emma can install it on her new computer. When they sign on, they're automatically logged onto their Facebook pages. But Facebook hasn't been invented yet. And they're looking at themselves fifteen years in the future.
By refreshing their pages, they learn that making different decisions now will affect the outcome of their lives later. And as they grapple with the ups and downs of what their futures hold, they're forced to confront what they're doing right - and wrong - in the present" ~goodreads

I really enjoyed this book, in fact there were parts that I couldn't stop laughing...."What the hell happens to Pluto?"...but I was also a teenager in the 90s so it was easy for me to relate to this. I had heard a lot of buzz about Jay Asher and Crolyn Mackler before reading The Future of Us and I really felt like it delivered. The book flips back and forth between the two perspectives of the main characters and i felt like it was well done. I didn't get confused or lost with what was going on, it had a great flow to it. It was also nice light reading, the plot was simple but in a good way. I kind of felt like it was delivering a message about the way we used to communicate and the way do today. That the snippets you see people write on facebook doesn't tell the whole story. That everyday we make choices that effect what happens to us in the future. Like the book this review is simple, it's a great light read that I highly recommend especially if you were a teenager in the 90s.


My children have been ill, so it means long sleepless nights for me (that don't include reading). I did want to post up that many blogs are participating in a word hunt. It's to get a glimpse of the Dirty Sexy Balcony Scene that ended up on the cutting room floor from the VLC Clockwork Prince trailer. Check out Mundie Moms for the rules.

A Brain full of Nothingness

Poor little blog I'm trying to make you lovely. I can remember a time when I was actually a decent writer. I wrote a 500 page novel when I was in middle school, now granted it didn't make a whole lot of sense because I had a zillion notes in the margins of things I wanted to go back and change. Needless to say I ended up throwing those tattered notebooks out, which I now regret. Not because I think it could have been the next great American novel, simply because it's a funny little anecdote of my childhood. I used to like to give captions to life events that I would call my reader digest headlines. I'm not sure why I called them that, I haven't picked up a readers digest in years, it was fun though. For some reason as I grew older all of that has flittered away out of my head. Now I simply have these epic book dreams, as I call them, that I relay to my husband who encourages me to write them down. I find myself not able to put pen to paper....or type to word would you say that nowadays anyway. I will however make a better attempt at making this blog entertaining and alive. I'm not sure how yet but if you have any ideas, please share.

CP Release

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare is released tomorrow and I am very excited. I'm thinking of dressing up as a Shadow Hunter and standing outside of Anderson bookshop at midnight....well not really but I do miss those Harry Potter days. My reading of said book might be slightly delayed only because after spending my moments drooling over the books that Susan brought back from her conference she has loaned me The Future of Us. So beautiful Will please wait for me!!

Matched by Ally Condie

"Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate... until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow" ~goodreads

As with a lot of books I really was drawn to the cover of Matched by Ally Condie and after reading the book you realize how fitting it is. I enjoyed the character development of Cassia in the book, rather then flipping from loving the Society to hating it like someone flipped a switch. We instead see her start to have doubts and try to push them away. Then slowly as pieces come to together she starts to see the cracks in the Society. She even has points where she can understand how for some people the Society is a good thing. I felt she came to the decision of how she felt about it more naturally.

The love triangle is a difficult one because I loved both of the guys. Like the title the two boys are equally matched with their good and bad qualities. I also like the clever ways they kind of compete for Cassia, instead of punching it out.

There are definitely some twist and turns. You think something is one way and then it turns out to be another. I felt paranoid for the characters that someone might always be watching them. Kind of like a horror movie where you want to scream, don't go through that door idiot.

The writing had a nice flow to it. I felt the book progressed at a good pace. I'm looking forward to reading Crossed. 

Who wants to be a Legend??

Mundie Moms is having a Legend giveaway and to be honest. I would have judged this book by it's cover. It did seem very enticing but reading the goodreads summary and the fact that her inspiration is Les Miserables which is one of my favorite musicals. I'm adding it to my to-read list.

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Skeletons in the Closet

So I found a whole bunch of wallpapers that i have made over the years. So I will post those up. I can't remember a lot of details about them but I'll do my best. I also found this that i had made possibly using a tutorial but I really liked it. When I use a tutorial I have a tendency to stray and start doing my own thing. I for some reason like tragic photos like this. Makes me wonder about myself sometimes.