Clockwork Princess Review

About: Clockwork Princess is book 3 of The Infernal Devices series written by Cassandra Clare. The Infernal Devices series has 3 books: book 1 is Clockwork Angel, book 2 is Clockwork Prince, and book 3 is Clockwork Princess. This series is a prequel to The Mortal Instruments series, which consists of 6 books. This prequel series is based in London, 1878. The genres are fantasy, young adult, paranormal, and romance. Clockwork Princess was published on 9/5/2013 by Walker Books, 567 pages. There is a third series called The Dark Artifices and these three series all revolve around the Shadowhunter world.


My Experience: I started reading Clockwork Princess on 8/19/16 and finished it on 8/23/16. I must say, I am disappointed in this book. I was expecting the final book in the series to be an awesome read, but it was not for me. It seems after Clockwork Prince, I thought Consul Wayland was on Charlotte’s side, even though he allows Charlotte’s leadership to be tested. But in this book, he’s a different person altogether. I thought that he was being compromised by the enemy and therefore, acted so wickedly. I don’t like the fate of Jem, even though it is said that it was his choice. He wants to be married so bad, but to have his ending like that, I could not read the book anymore. Literally and physically, I put the book down and no longer interested to read any further, after he comes to see Tessa one last time. I hadn’t realized how much I enjoy Jem’s character until his ending turns south. I didn’t like Gabriel Lightworm (Lightwood) at first, but Cecily, a wise girl, influenced him to be better and his character turns out ok. Sophie has a good ending and I’m glad for her, even though I skip reading the details to her ascension. Bridget’s songs, since I didn’t read the last 50 pages of the book, I don’t know why it was not mentioned earlier about why her songs were so morbid. This book is all seriousness and hardly any fun. This whole series, I like the second book most. I don’t think I will want to collect this series. I would recommend the read, at least the first two books of the series.

Update: I pick the book back up on 8/26/16 to read through the remaining pages. I’m glad the end wrap up the series nicely but the wait is too long. I do like Will a lot more towards the end. He is so good with words! I am still sad for Jem because he has to wait so long to have his desires fulfilled. On the side note, I always wanted to live forever as in immortal so I can see the world change but like Tessa, life can be so lonely when all your loved ones are no longer there with you.


Pro: finally a reason for Tessa’s necklace

Con: more serious; less jokes, so many correspondences, so many of Bridget’s songs without her explanations for her songs, repetitions of previous books – Cecily’s reasons for coming to London – and those farewell sayings, not enough witty banter, Jem’s ending, long book tends to repeat a lot I guess

I rate it 4 stars!

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***Disclaimer: I borrowed this book from my local public library and my opinions are honest.


20 thoughts on “Clockwork Princess Review

  1. A Little Slice of Jamie says:

    YOU HAVE TO READ THE ENTIRE BOOK!!! THERE IS MORE ABOUT JEM!!! Jasmine you are missing out on some huge stuff in those last pages! I am sorry you didn’t enjoy this book. 😦 I certainly loved it! It was more serious, and I agree that the Consul’s character changed completely (I still don’t understand why). I tried to ignore that, even though I got so upset everytime I had to read one of his letters.

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    • Jasmine says:

      I guess I was expecting a lot since others have told me that the third book is best out of all. The way they described the silent brother doesn’t sound ideal yet Jem becomes that just to live. But earlier he said he doesn’t want to live without Tessa and silent brother can’t ever be married so that really defeat the purpose to live. I might give the book a second chance, sometimes reading it the second time I may discover I miss something 😊

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  2. Niraja @ Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them says:

    Clockwork Angel is one of the few books I’ve ever DNF-ed, and I might give it another try soon. After the first twenty pages or so, I just didn’t feel connected with the characters or the story (but I felt the same way about the Harry Potter series before giving it another few tries, and now I’m a huge Potterhead so you never know)! Great review. xx

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    • Jasmine says:

      Yeah, I think I would have enjoyed a little more had I continue with the series early on. I read Aristotle & Dante and it left me on a high happy note, that when I start to read Clockwork Princess, all the seriousness just bored me. That’s good that you liked the book though. Have you read TMI series?

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