Live Blog: Reading Clockwork Prince

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel was one of my favorite books of 2010, and I eagerly awaited the publication of Clockwork Prince.  Join me, your Young Adult Librarian, as I read the sequel.

I will try to keep from revealing important details about CP, but I will assume if you are reading this you are familiar with Clockwork Angel.

1:55 P.M. Still dislike the cover. The one for CA had Will in profile, so you could still use your own imagination to conjure his face as you read. The guy on this cover looks nothing like the Jem I imagined.

1:59 P.M.Beginning to read.

2:02 P.M. Will can talk to ghosts! Did I know this?

2:03 P.M. Poor Will. I still think Cassandra Clare made him too much like Jace. I hope he develops more of his own character in this book.

2:06 P.M. Beginnings of the love triangle.

2:18 P.M.Well, that explains some things about Will.

2:22 P.M. Sophie. She needs to be with Jem instead having some love triangle with Will, Tessa & Jem.

2:29 P.M. Training montage

2:34 P.M. A nice moment between Tessa and Will in a library. More books should have scenes that take place in libraries while characters discuss books.

2:45 P.M. Page 92. An explanation of parabatai

2:59 P.M. Learning more about Will's pre-Shadowhunter life.

3:07 P.M. Oh, Will! That explains a lot. Team Will!

3:26 P.M. Was caught up reading. Not liking what is happen on pages 204-207.

3:43 P.M. Sophie is becoming one of my favorite characters. 

3:44 P.M. More snarky Will. He really is a Victorian version of Jace. Except with dark hair and blue eyes.

3:50 P.M.  Chapter 12. A masquerade. It puts that song from Phantom of the Opera in my head. Though if you are an actual teen reading this blog you probably do not know that song.

3:55 P.M. Jessamine. Tsk. Tsk.

4:08 P.M. References to the Silent City first seen in City of Bones which now I feel compelled to re-read as soon as I am done with this book.

4:18 P.M. One of my reading quirks is that I always end up rooting for the romantic pairing that is pushed in the first book in a series. For example, I never bought Bella and Jacob when she was so obviously in love with Edward in the first book in that series. In Mortal Instruments, I could never think of Clary and Jace with anyone other than each other. I know from reviews that some people like Jem and root for him and Tessa, but I cannot get behind that match. So I don't particularly enjoy reading certain passages in this book especially knowing things about Will that the characters don't know.

4:25 P.M. I keep seeing parallels to City of Ashes when Clary "dated" Simon to forget about Jace.

4:29 P.M. Yay for Sophie!

4:32 P.M. A little moment of bromance. Though if each one finds out about the other and Tessa, it might come to an end.

4:43 P.M. Good news, but it will lead to pain for someone. Plus the good news is all rather convenient.

4:44 P.M. Actually tearing up.

4:46 P.M. Now I want to shake some of these characters.

5:03 The End. I do not like how some things were left at the end. I don't think I can wait a year.

This is how my reading looks when graphed. Courtesy of

Good Reads Graph

Overall impressions: I liked how some story threads were wrapped up, but it still felt very much like the middle book in a trilogy. I am still Team Will and feel sorry for him because of things that transpired in the book. I want to like Jem, but Cassandra Clare makes him a little too noble.

- nb