A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Introduces readers to the Victorian era. Also teaches kids about classic literature and poetry, with quotes from writers such as Lord Tennyson and Shakespeare. Gives insight to Mandarin folklore and the Welsh language.
It's far better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. people should look beyond labels and see others for who they really are. Love comes in all shapes and colors; it's a universal language that conquers prejudices.
Positive Role Models
The men in Clockwork Pricesss model loyalty and commitment. And the female characters portray strength and independence.
Violence & Scariness
Clockwork Princess includes many battle scenes. The Shadowhunters slay a giant worm, and an army of automatons destroys an entire village and all the people in it, along with a few of the major characters. People are stabbed, dismembered, and engage in fistfights.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Passionate kissing, and a 17-year-old couple has sex.
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The word "idiot" is used several times.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Jem must take a drug called Yin Fen to stay alive.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Clockwork Princess is more violent than the previous two installments in the Infernal Devices fantasy trilogy. The Shadowhunters slay a giant worm, and an army of automatons destroys an entire village and all the people in it. People are stabbed, dismembered, and engage in fistfights. But, the most painful piece of this jigsaw puzzle is the three main characters' love triangle. There's passionate kissing, undressing, and a teen couple has sex.
Is It Any Good?
CLOCKWORK PRINCESS is a fantastic book that will pull at your heartstrings from beginning to end. The love triangle between Tessa, Jem, and Will becomes so painful at times that readers may want to send the book flying across the room. This just shows that Cassandra Clare is an enthralling storyteller whose readers will become emotionally invested in her plot and characters.
Clockwork Princess is wildly imaginative as it examines themes of marriage, family, dictatorship, and democracy. Characters grow to learn that true love is blind, sometimes your strongest family is the one you choose for yourself, and what happens to a society when citizens do not question their leader.
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