An aside… Spisak’s review of Clockwork Angel


In her review of Clockwork Angel, by Cassandra Clare, April Spisak writes that “Clare’s ability to weave absolutely gripping settin gs and smoldering attractions (though most often tortured, unrequited ones) between her characters easily compensates for the occasional overuse of Tessa’s naïveté and inexperience to allow for other characters to provide exposition in the form of educating Tessa. Although fans of the earlier trilogy will certainly recognize family names, the Shadowhunters themselves (and carefully placed clues about their evolving perspective on other magical beings), and the general location, it is not  necessary to have read the Mortal Instruments series; the plot here easily works as an independent novel. Readers will eagerly anticipate the next volumes as much for the resolution to the almost cruelly tantalizing cliffhanger ending as for the richly developed characters, intriguing steampunk elements, and lightning pace.”

I mention it because I’m interested in what caught the eye of another critic about this work (which I personally found to be far inferior to the original series)…

Ref: CLARE, CASSANDRA Clockwork Angel. McElderry, 2010 [496p] (The Infernal Devices)ISBN 978-1-4169-7586-1 $19.99 Reviewed by April Spisak, Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Volume 64, Number 2, October 2010, p. 67 (Review)