Jem Carstairs: Bookish’s New Favorite Everything

Category : YA

[Note: If you haven't read anything in Cassandra Clare's The Infernal Devices series, (1) This won't make any sense, and (2) what is wrong with you.]

As a rule, I don’t publicly gush* over a single aspect of a book here, especially to the point of dedicating an entire entry to it. But… I can’t help it. This cannot be contained by a mere facebook update.

*And by “gush” I mean “act like a crazed fangirl.”

I may have sent someone an email (from my phone; I couldn’t even wait until I got home) saying, “I can’t stand how much I love Jem.” I’m in the midst of reading Clockwork Prince and I can’t even concentrate, because every time Jem appears on scene I turn into a puddle of goo.

“That letter was addressed to me, James. I didn’t have to show it to you.”
He half-closed his eyes for a moment, and when he opened them, he was smiling crookedly. “James,” he said. Ordinarily only Will calls me that.”
“I’m sorry—”
“No. Don’t be. I like the sound of it on your lips.”
Lips. There was something strangely, delicately indelicate about the word, like a kiss itself.

Honestly, Ms. Clare, how can you do this to me?

Apparently this is an unpopular opinion, at least from my highly-professional research via tumblr. A lot of people don’t like Jem, and it makes me want to kick them in the shins. Sure, Will is the “tortured” one with the mysterious past. But I prefer the sweet, sickly one, who often gets overlooked because he’s “such a good friend.” Of course I do. (To be honest, I have very few feelings toward Will at all.)

Then last night, I recalled that I received the Clockwork Angel comic from Free Comic Book Day. (Which, as I later learned, is a sample chapter, the whole book available in October. Note to self.) And whose beautiful face is the first that appears when you open the cover?

(why yes, the filename is jemmylove.jpg)

Also, excuse the poor-quality iPhone photo (My scanner is a chore to hook up).

“Whatever you are physically… male or female, strong or weak, ill or healthy—all those things matter less than what your heart contains. If you have the soul of a warrior, you are a warrior. All those other things, they are the glass that contains the lamp, but you are the light inside.”

I know I’ll finish Clockwork Prince this weekend, because I just can’t get enough of him. Did I forget to mention he’s also the one on the cover?