Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Infernal Devices / Book Review

A couple of years ago, my best friend told me about certain books that he really wanted to read, they were the mortal instruments saga by Cassandra Clare, which by the cover looked pretty interesting, but since i had a huge list of books to read in that moment, didn't give a try to them.
Years passed and he was able to bought all the mortal instruments books, and wanted the infernal devices, but i have to mention the sad part, he didn't read them, he has the books but didn't read them! just left them in his tiny bookcase forgotten. He read online about the story and of course is his intention to read them one day, but just between you and me, he's kind of lazy! -did you read that Mr. R? i hope so! you lazy boy!-.
Anyway, a couple of months as you may know, the movie came, and i was kind of curious about it, after all, my other friend actually read the books and told me about this character who apparently was super handsome and so on.
I saw the movie and i keep wondering what's going on lately with the cast choice, same happened with Beautiful Creatures movie, but i don't want to talk about that, probably i would make a post about disappointing movies or something similar, anyway, as i was saying, Mortal Instruments, city of bones, was a decent movie, but not my first choice or my favorite one at all. Still the story was interesting enough and finally i decided to jump on the train, but i didn't started with The mortal instruments saga, instead i went for The Infernal Devices, and boy, oh boy! i felt in love!.
The story is placed in the 1880 decade, and of course i had to keep reminding myself that it was another time and that's the reason why the boys in the story were sometimes a little bit corny for my taste, and a little bit sentimental, but still...still, i couldn't help to enjoy it.
The saga is divided in three books, previous to the story on Mortal instruments.
Clockwork Angel

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them...
Clockwork Prince
In magical Victorian London, orphan Tessa found safety with the Shadowhunters, until traitors betray her to the Magister. He wants to marry her, but so do self-destructive Will and fiercely devoted Jem. Mage Magnus Bane returns to help them. Secrets to her parentage lie with the mist-shrouded Yorkshire Institute's aged manager Alyosius Starkweather.
Clockwork Princess
London 1873 shape-shifter Tessa Gray 16 is engaged to Jem Carstairs 17, dying of addiction to demon drug, all bought up by evil Mortmain. The "clockwork prince" controls an army of automatons to abduct Tess, kill the Shadowhunters, and blackmail Charlotte Branwell, head of London Institute. Will and Tessa hide their love, for love of Jem.

The books have everything, i mean demonic machines, warlocks, vampires, angels and a girl who can change her appearance, but more than that, she became the person in who she is changing, she can access to their thoughts, their feelings and even the pain at the moment they died.
And of course a love triangle!. 
Jem and Will are best friends, and both ignored the feelings of one another about Tessa, who felt in love with both.
The story not only focused on the love triangle, but goes a little bit deeper, like the value of friendship, and how sometimes you have to make sacrifices for the ones you love the most. 
What i loved too about the book was the relationship between one of the Nephilims, Gideon and a maid Sophie, who had a terrible scar in her face and thanks to that she didn't trust in men. It's thanks to Gideon and his love for him that she could felt better about herself and became a Nephilim too.
Like i said, the books in a way talks about acceptances, no matter the differences, because Tessa has to fight all the way for accept who she was, even when she was so different.
The sad part of course was part of the end, because being an immortal, of course Tessa had to suffer the lost of her beloved ones, but the author managed this point pretty well, because when she took away one of Tessa's loves, at the end she brought back one too.
Really recommend this saga, even if you didn't saw the movie or if you didn't like the movie.


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