Clockwork Prince Book Review

Published on 21 July 2023 at 17:41

It has been a week since I finished Clockwork Angel, and now I've finished Clockwork Prince. So far, the books are entertaining, but I don't think they'll make my favorites list. I don't know if it's just me, but the plot seem to be more of a background, barely there thing. I think that this book series focuses more on the drama between characters, rather than fighting villains and such. Mortmain has been barely there, from my point of view. It seems that Jem's illness is a bigger plot point, as is the relationship between Tessa/Jem and Tessa/Will.

I've never been a fan of love triangles, it seems like there will always be someone who gets hurt, and overall, they seem immature to me, both in books and real life. I believe that if you truly love someone, there is no way to fit another person in your heart romantically. The situation between the three of them reminds me of Belly/Conrad/Jeremiah from The Summer I Turned Pretty, one girl and two brothers (I know Will and Jem are not blood brothers, but still) and I think that no girl or boy should go around causing trouble between sisters or brothers, it's not right. 

Now, I know that in my last review I said I didn't like Will, but I have changed my mind. I think that it's cruel for Will to have been under a false curse for 5 years, with nobody but Jem with him. He has broken my heart, especially pushing what he feels for Tessa to the side so that Jem can be happy. I want him to be happy, to learn to love and be loved again, and to find a cure for Jem so they can live long lives together. His cruelty towards Tessa and the other characters makes sense now, I think I judged him too soon. 

Even though I judged Will too soon, I think that I'm not judging Tessa too soon. She's a shape shifter, but what else is there to her? What does her clockwork necklace do or mean? I don't she should be getting between Jem and Will, especially when she knows what they mean to each other. Her feelings for Jem seem forced, she has to tell herself that she loves him, which to me seems like she doesn't love him then. Her feelings for Will are lustful most of the time, which makes me think she doesn't really love him either. Like I said, I think if someone truly loves someone else, there is no room for confusion or other romantic feelings for others. She also is a bit hypocritical, trying to give Sophie love advice when she is confused in her own love life. Both Will and Jem deserve better. 

I didn't expect to get attached to Magnus Bane, but I have. He seems like a sweet guy, caring about Will and everything. I thought that his breakup with Camille was one of the funniest scenes in the books so far.

Jem and Will's relationship is another of my favorite things about the series, and I think it's what makes me want to finish the series. The idea of parabatai makes me wish there was something like that in my life, and it makes me admire them so much. I can't think of Will without Jem or vice versa, they're inseparable. I hope they cure Jem, and that they both find love (without Tessa).  

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