One of the books that both Amanda and I have read recently is Cassandra Clare's Clockwork Angel. We were both excited to read this book as it takes place in the Shadow Hunter world that we both fell in love with in the Mortal Instruments Series. I enjoyed the book enough to have it read in a matter of days, but there was something lacking in this book compared to her Mortal Instruments trilogy-and the something missing wasn't incest, I definitely didn't miss that! I had fun with the story being told, yet I wasn't pulled into it like I am with so many other books. The problem for me was the characters, I just didn't feel like I got to know any of them-even the main "love interests", Jem and Will. I fell in love with Jem, he is an amazing character and one that I think could have had more story time. Will, the obvious love interest for the swooning teenage girl that still finds angst attractive (a' la Edward), was an interesting character that didn't really get to develop. I didn't understand the books name sake the 'clockwork angel' felt like an obscure after thought. At the end of the book, I was left wanting more incentive to read the next two books in this series. I will read them and I am sure that I will enjoy the next installment, I just wont be counting down the days until it is released.
-Cyndi & Amanda