We hear a lot of talk in the book selling business about the next Twilight, but if we’re looking for the books that generate passionate debate about Team X versus Team Y… well, obviously the successor to Stephenie Meyer is Cassandra Clare. Team Will or Team Jem? They’re both equally attractive options, and maybe who we choose says more about us than it does about Tessa. Will Herondale is that classic alpha male, arrogant but deeply wounded. We know his bad boy exterior—much like Jace in The Mortal Instruments—is just a front, and it’s that knowing that makes Clockwork Prince so hearbreaking for us to read.
And wonderful Jem, who is the decent and sensitive friendly beta male—much like Simon in The Mortal Instruments—who is there to pick up the pieces. Jem is also sickly and there’s an element of tragedy to any romance with him. Couple all of this with intrigue and a dash of danger, and you get what is essentially an engrossing historical romance.
Think about it… the heroine with the unknown past, the issues of the love interests being of a different class than her, and her heart torn between the good man and the rascal she can’t ignore. (Plus, with The Infernal Devices, there's the added bonus of Magnus Bane.) Have you seen the trailer? It’s a BBC drama begging to be made. And we love it. Unapologetically. Every older reader I talk to about Cassandra Clare books reads them for the fun of it.
So when you start feeling the stress of the season looming, grab the paperback of Clockwork Angel—one of my top ten books of 2011—and Clockwork Prince then take a holiday to a Victorian London that only Cassandra Clare could’ve imagined.