The problems I had with the previous book, Clockwork Angel, were not problems in this book. Even though I'm not a fan of books that switch perspectives from one character to the next, it wasn't jarring in Clockwork Prince. I think this is because most of the chapters stopped in a good place instead of stopping in the middle or beginning of the action. So, basically, when there was a lull in the action of one chapter another would start. Also, the plot itself was more interesting, so when the perspective was switched to another character in another place it was just as interesting as following the adventure of the main character.
The love story really heats up in this book. I knew there would be a love triangle, but there was much less focus on it in Clockwork Angel. Clockwork Angel did a good job of setting up the characters and the world, but this book is where things really take off. One of the lead characters of this book (he is on the cover) is also my favorite character in the series so that didn't hurt. The love triangle is a bit much in terms of angst, but I have to admit that I liked it. Though love triangles are guilty pleasures, this one was pretty good.
All of the characters were equally endearing in this book. There were several characters in Clockwork Angel that I didn't really like at the time. To be honest the "love interest" in the first book seemed pretty repellent at the time, but when you find out his reasoning in this book, he becomes likable. Therefore, you can't help but be cheering for both of the men in Tessa's life. (Of course, I have a preference, but I'm purposely keeping this vague so that I don't spoil anything for the reader.)
There was action, intrigue, great characters and character development, and the main character became a lot more interesting than she was in the previous book. So, long story short, I loved this book and couldn't put it down. I finished it in about a week, possibly less, reading at odd times because I wanted to know what happened next. I recommend it to anyone who likes steampunk, urban fantasy, and love stories. I love all of these things, so this book was the perfect storm for my adult tastes as well as my inner teenager. (I guess this blog didn't turn out to be short after all...)