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Clockwork Prince: Infernal Devices, Book 2

By Karen Wirsing, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Fantasy sequel has strong female characters, more violence.

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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 13+

I think this book was great. My daughter and I recently read this and loved it! I read the book and found the characters to be overly lovable, especially Tessa! Though I want to give parents a heads up, the ‘too much sex, nudity, etc.’ category may be a little misleading, they do not have sex. It’s just some teasing and passion. Personally, I don’t think it’s much since there’s plenty of PG-13 movies and shows that show caressing and teasing on screen. Though I also want to mention, a character named Jin is injected by a ‘deadly’ drug and has to use it daily in order to stay alive. I have taught my daughter right from wrong; not to do drugs. She seemed to pass by it! One more thing to add is that a character does die. I think it depends on your kid whether they’re squeamish to death or not! Lastly, this book showed my daughter that women can be independent! It was lovely seeing a strong heroine as the main character.
age 15+

Favorite series EVER!

I love this series. It is set in my favorite era, Victorian. Although you should know that there is quite a bit of violence, drug use, and passion between Tessa and two different boys. For the mature young adult it is a great read.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (25 ):

CLOCKWORK PRINCE is as clever and witty as it is amorous and enthralling. Cassandra Clare has created a story of love, loss, and self-sacrifice that's difficult to put down. The consistent, descriptive backdrop of 1850 London offers readers an English escape, he characters are lovable, and the scenes are mostly engaging. Each character, quirky and unique in his or her own way, is on a road toward self-discovery and holds an invaluable role that completes their unbreakable, forged family unit.

The female leads (Charlotte, Tessa, and Sophie) model intelligence, strength, and independence. Although each plays a distinct role (one as head of the Institute, one an American mundane, the other a servant), each offers a strength the others lack. Charlotte is independent, Tessa is tenacious, and Sophie is resilient. As the three women struggle to find their own identities, each comes to the realization that feminine strength is found within your individual voice -- and from being heard.

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