Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.
Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What's more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.
Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by--and torn between--two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length...everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world...and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.
I had high hopes for this book. I LOVED LOVED LOVED The Mortal Instruments series, and think of Jace as my secret boyfriend, so I probably expected to much since it’s based on completely different people. I’m not saying that I hated the book. I enjoyed it but, for me, it was no where near as good as TMI.
I thought I would like that it was set in England in the 1800’s but not so much. I don’t know what it was. The characters were interesting and the story was good and action packed but I think I just missed Jace, Clary, and Simon.
I liked the book but didn’t love it like Mortal Instruments. If you can separate the two (which I, obviously, can not) then read it. If you need a little more time before you get over your love for Jace (like I do) then wait until you realize its a completely different story before you pick it up.
(Is City of Fallen Angels out yet?!?)