Victorian Era is my favorite layout for a book. The characters are polite, and poised, and there is no cussing really. The description is crisp and clear, one of the best world-building that is acutally a world that has been built before! Cassandra is incredibly good at transporting the reader into the world!
The second thing i LOVED about Clockwork Angel was Tessa Gray, the main character! I really like Clary in TMI, but i can’t really connect cause she’s a present-day desperate girl. But Tessa has two great things that distinguish her as a strong protagonist.
One - her ability. The sequences of her ability, where Cassandra describes the flicker, and then the moment where she can’t breathe, is breathtaking! I’ve always disliked some author’s description of the feelings when someone uses their abilities, but Cassandra has a lyrical technique for it that shifts every time!
Two - her personality! Clary is just a normal girl, who whines for boys and worries too much about boys! But Tessa is conscience of HERSELF, how she speaks, how she appears. She doesn’t whine constantly in this wonderful book, and i liked that a lot!
Overall, this is one of the best books of 2010! AMAZING!