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http://amzn.to/14XqykM Overview he New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments continues—and so do the thrills and danger for Jace, Clary, and Simon.
What price is too high to pay, even for love? When Jace and Clary meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that the demon Lilith’s magic has bound her beloved Jace together with her evil brother Sebastian, and that Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is out to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. As Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle wheedle and bargain with Seelies, demons, and the merciless Iron Sisters to try to save Jace, Clary plays a dangerous game of her own. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?
Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.
Reviews My heart is pounding, adrenaline is pumping and my hands are shaking! Seriously this book is one hell of a ride that I loved being on and did not want it to end! I can read this series forever I am so in love! So much happened I really don't know where to begin but I will try and summarise it the best I can without giving to much away and revealing just a few insights or guesses I have.
The story continues on from City of Fallen Angels, where Jace is left bound to Sebastian and they have disappeared. Clary, Alec and Isabelle are worried out of their minds about Jace and are trying desperately to find a way to get to Jace and
save him. Sebastian has a diabolical plan and he really is some piece of evil work in this. I mean he seriously is demented and twisted and he's view on having Clary no matter what is quite disturbing considering they are siblings..I'm telling you I cringed and was a little shocked when I read one particular scene but thank God Clary stood up for herself. In fact she really grew into a bad ass Shadowhunter in this and her unwavering love and loyalty in finding and helping Jace is beautiful. She really proved herself and one time I was cursing her for what she did but I totally understood why. She couldn't risk Jace being killed. She loved him too much.
I really missed Jace in this. He wasn't he's witty, cocky, smart mouth and totally bad ass self in this. I guess being bound to Sebastian like a puppet would do that. And when he was himself for just a glimpse I was cheering for him to stay that way. You instantly felt the change in the book and my pulse raced when Clary realised it was him and the scene was oh so hot and steamy *fans self* and I didn't want it to end but again they stopped before it went any further...damn it why can't it go any further LOL.
While Clary is with Jace and Sebastian, Simon, Alec, Magnus, Isabelle, Maia and Jordan are desperately finding ways to sever the bond between Jace and Sebastian and by doing so they summon a demon and an angel. Desperate times call for desperate measures. Simon really was the stand out in this. He's love and loyalty to helping Clary no matter what earned him so much more respect from me. He really would do anything for her and for Isabelle. She was just a little stubborn not to admit how she really felt about him and I just wanted to shake her. Although I found that one scene in particular between Simon and Isabelle was very HOT indeed! And speaking of being desperate, Alec sort of annoyed me a little in this book. He was so insecure with Magnus's past and fearing that he couldn't be with him forever, his actions caused made Magnus leave. What he feared the most happened and he lost him because of it. My heart broke for him and I was saddened that this happened.
Now I mentioned earlier that I have a hunch about something or someone in this book. A new character appeared and he is a Silent Brother who goes by the name of Brother Zachariah. I have a feeling that he is either Will or Jem. He is very much invested in calling Jace a Herondale and speaks of them like he personally knows them. He let it slip that he was once a Shadowhunter and that in a conversation he had with Clary in the Epilogue, Clary asked him whether he was
ever in love and would die for someone and he replied "Two people...There are memories that time does not erase, Clarissa. Ask you friend Magnus Bane, if you do not believe me. Forever does not make loss forgettable, only bearable." Now tell me people, the two people he speaks of are Tessa and Jem, because I have a suspicion that it is Will, although it could be Jem. I can't wait to find out if I'm right LOL.
Anyway I really loved and enjoyed every page of this book and I can't believe it's over again. The ending was magnificent and I really held my breath for the last 100 pages trying to get through it all. But my favourite thing of all was at the end when Jace and Clary were sitting side by side on the bed in the infirmary and they weren't touching (not telling you why you just have to read it) and Jace said to Clary, "My heart is your heart...My hands are your hands." *sighs sighs sighs* my heart went a flutter at this...it was a beautiful. Cassie Clare is an author who proves to me time and time again just how brilliant of a writer she is. She has this ability to make me fall in love with her complex characters, her richly detailed world building and the entire history that makes up her Shadowhunter world. For me, her books go beyond loving fictional characters and wishing I could visit some of her fictional places that exist in the real world. It's the connection I feel to the series, to what some of the characters are dealing with and what they're going through. I emotionally wrap myself around everything that's going on. With City of Lost Souls she completely hooked me and took me on one heck of emotional roller coaster, and I enjoyed every moment of being back into this world I love so much.
City of Lost Souls is definitely one of those books that throws everything at you. There's some fabulous romance, betrayal, shocking moments, action, murder, heart break, sacrifices that are made, and that perfect balance of good vs evil. In true Cassie fashion she throws in humor when it's so appropriate, which is one of the many things I LOVE about this series. The snarkiness that comes from many of the characters, not just Jace, though Jace always delivers some of my favorite lines makes me, makes me laugh out and has me quoting a few of the lines to some of my friends. It's the bickering, the jabs and the constant back and forth that goes on that creates moments where I'm laughing out loud vs clutching my pillow and crying, or throwing the book and yelling "how could you" to a certain character. Not that I would every throw my book... I love the comedic side of this series, as it balances with the darker things that happen.
Cassie is one author who without fail completely hooks me emotional with her books every time I read them. For instance with COLS, one moment I'm fisting bumping the air and egging Clary on to go follow her heart and find Jace. The next moment I'm sighing over Izzy and Simon, laughing out loud at Simon's one liners and the wit I've come to love about him. Then I start wondering what's going to happen with Jace, to wanting to thump Alec on the head and tell him to stop wasting time on things he can't change (though I totally understood why he felt the way he did), to understanding Jocelyn and snickering at Izzy and her bluntness with Clary's mom, because she's right on with what she said. Then there's that part of me for a good portion of the book that thought maybe Sebastian isn't so bad after all.... Than wham! Everything changes and no he did not just do that!
Cassie has this way of creating moments that give you a false sense of hope, and makes you think that maybe things will be okay. She has a knack for literally blurring the lines between what's right and what's wrong, and it leaves you tittering on the edge of which team you're on at that moment, and then all hell (literally) breaks lose and you realize that everything you thought about a character was so far fetched, you hope a certain someone gets their moment with them in the next book so that they can give him what he deserves. Yes, I'm going to keep it spoiler free, but you can read about the scene I'm referring to in Cassie's post here. I totally got why Cassie wrote this scene, and let me just say it broke me, it made me realize a few things and it had me wishing I was there with Clary, but dang this girl is incredibly strong, and I mean that in every sense of the word.
Oh the romance. Maia and Jordan, Izzy and Simon and my favorite, Jace and Clary. Yes TMI fans, there are plenty of swoon worthy moments between the two of them and oh how I loved the way Cassie toyed with her fans in a scene. If you've read it, you'll know what I mean. I'm still laughing at how well she wrote that. Aside from some of the sweet Jace and Clary moments, I really loved the way this story wraps up. There is heartbreak, plenty of swoon worthy moments and in the midst of what's to come in the next installment, Cassie gives fans a chance to take a deep breath and smile with the way this book ends. I HIGHLY recommend picking this one up!
I do want to say there are some tougher scenes in this book, and Cassie did such a great job with how she tackled some of her more sensitive scenes. There is
some violence and an attempted rape scene. Though these are written in a way that depict a certain someone in the book, these scenes may be hard for some fans to read. I have to admit, I felt a tad bit ridiculous putting the series and author up there [on the blog]. Because I mean by now, who doesn't know this series? Even if you haven't read it, even if you hate it, who doesn't recognise these titles if you read YA? Who doesn't know who Cassandra Clare is? Magical author, creator of a magical world, inspirational, evil, torturer...*takes deep breath* Let's face it, soon it really will be everyone who knows her name with the upcoming movie. City of Lost Souls also holds a special place because I get to start this year on a 5 star review, the same way as I got to end last year on one. Of course I (half) planned it that way, but still.
Jace is now bound to Sebastian; if one is hurt, so is the other. If one is killed, the other dies too. No-one has any idea where they are and after two weeks of hopeless searching, the Clave de-prioritises it in favour of other problems. Only a small team of people - can you guess who? - are willing to save him, and they know they must do it in secret: should the Clave get hold of Jace, they will kill him, believing there to be no way to sever the bond and it the easiest way to kill Sebastian. All of this, however, is done without Clary, who's doing something else on her own. Now the stakes are even higher, and this could easily be the end of both Clary and Jace.
CoLS somehow managed to manipulate my emotions so that they were the opposite of what they were before, at least to an extent. Take Alec, for instance. I like his character, I really do. Yet for some reason he was acting ridiculously here. A little trust and common sense would not have been amiss. Isabelle, on the hand, only grew in my eyes. The way she stood up for Clary and the way we see more of her vulnerability strengthened my respect for her. I don't think I've ever particularly liked Jocelyn, Clary's mum, but I think here that dislike intensified. Also, I don't know if it's just me, but Magnus seemed more serious in this one. Not in a bad way - I thought it reflected the gravity of their lives at the moment perfectly; I suppose you know it's really bad when even Magnus is so obviously affected. At the end of the book I felt really sorry for him. It's clear he has his own worries and his own life apart from the Shadowhunters, yet no-one seems to notice.
Clary herself surprised me in the way I saw her. I've never had a problem with her before, yet here I saw a couple of flaws which bothered me. Has she always been like this, or is it something that just happened with this book? I really can't say. I wanted her to be more questioning and take a few more risks despite the danger of her situation. However, when it was needed, boy did this girl kick butt. Suddenly she was strong and fighting and taking control. A true Shadowhunter. And Jace...(yes, I hear the collective sigh.) He breaks my heart sometimes; so much happens to him, and all I can think is, 'Why?' Why does it have to be this broken, scarred, delicious, fierce, amazing person who has to suffer even more? I loved seeing the contrast between Bound Jace and Jace Jace. I swear, each book I think it's impossible to love him more and then the next one goes and disproves that. As for Sebastian, well, I'm not sure what I feel about him. He is evil and I hate him as such, but did my heart betray me? Did I start to feel an inkling of sympathy? Possibly. Clary certainly seemed to be affected at times. He himself acted surprisingly on occasion.
Of course Clare doesn't just outdo herself with her characters, but also her plots. The storyline in CoLS was suitably complex and compelling, astonishing me with all the ideas there were. I have to wonder if there were too many, given that there were a couple of things that conveniently disappeared until they were ready to be dealt with again. Overall, though, it's safe to say that I am in complete awe of this author's imagination. I loved the surprises she brought us, and all the new complications. Again this is told from multiple POVs. Usually I have no problem with this, but I felt that sometimes the switch between characters was made too quickly. This did start to improve over the course of the book.
Maybe now you're wandering why I've given this five stars even though this book clearly isn't perfect. Well, the flaws are only small. They don't become overly tedious and really, Clare knows how to keep you entertained. Her writing is fantastic and any problems there were were immediately dispensed with once we reached the climax, the battle between the two forces - good and evil, Shadowhunter and Sebastian - at its most intense. Not to mention all the brilliant Jace humour. Despite not having true control over himself, he is still his witty, sarcastic self. That really is all we can ask for. So now my only problem is that we have to wait for 2014. One day they'll ask for too much and I really will die of the agony that comes from waiting for so long. My love for this series has been rekindled! While I did enjoy City of Fallen Angels, I still thought it was taking it too far and had hoped the series would end at book
three. This, however, was brilliant and contained everything I loved about The Mortal Instruments in the first place! This one was an absolute rollercoaster of emotions and I'm sure any fans of the series will not be disappointed with the latest installment. I tried to read it as slowly as possible because I couldn't handle it being over for another while. Thankfully, there is over 500 pages so we do get a lot of action.
City of Lost Souls has a very different feel to the rest of the books and it's something that I wasn't sure I would like. Jace in particular really takes a back seat during the book and I was devastated about this at first! Jace has always been my absolute favourite character and in this book, he is ''possessed'' basically and well, a real jerk. I didn't like him at all when he was this ''other Jace'' and I missed his sarcasm and snarky remarks! Fear not though, because we do get some of the ''real Jace'' just not as much as in previous books. But honestly, I ended up not caring a whole lot in the end because everything else made up for it. Don't get me wrong, I still adore him but his absence wasn't as awful as I thought it would be.
With Jace gone for a lot of it, we get to know the other characters better. Characters I was never even that fond of before this one. Simon always annoyed me and I used to hate when the book would focus in on him but I loved him in this. I loved getting to know him and seeing a Simon who wasn't just pining after Clary the whole time. I was excited to see Simon and Isabella getting closer and was definitely rooting for them. And Alec and Magnus? Loved. We get a lot of exciting scenes with them together and I wanted even more! They were so fun to watch together but it's not all plain sailing either.
Cassandra Clare's writing continues to grab me and I find it a pleasure to read. I always find her books impossible to set down and this was no exception. The plot in City of Lost Souls is so intense and at times even terrifying. There is so much going on and it can be a bit overwhelming, too. By the end, I just didn't know what to think. I was so happy about some things and devastated about other things. This was another winner and I am so excited about the sixth book. It's just sort of sickening that it won't be out until 2014! I'm going to have to put the series out of my mind because other wise I'll go crazy during the wait. I had clearly forgotten how much love the Mortal Instruments series! During the period between reading City of FAllen Angels and this one, I've read countless
disapointing parnormal/urban fantasy books, so much so, that I had totally forgotten what it was like to be obsessed with a book; THANK GOD Cassadra Clare reminded me! I'll admit that I don't love the 'add on' trilogy (CoFA/CoLS) as much as the original series; but I still enjoy them The first thing I'll mention is that I loved the fact that Clare is developing more storylines in her books using multiple narators. This book is narrated by at least five or six people. This is good for those readers who find themselves irratated by the Clary and Jace storyline. The expansion of the story also meant that Magnus featured much more, which is always a plus for me. However I did find the story with Jordan and Maia a little annoying, too lovey dovey for my taste; and that's is a shame because I really liked them in the previous book. I also adored the little references to the Infernal Devices that Clare threw in every now and then, they made it so much fun to read. I believe that she is building a link between the two series, which makes me infinately happy and I can only hope she follows it through. I have to say though out of all the TMI books I've read this has been my least favourite. But still, I am left longing for City of Heavenly Fire, obssessing over the characters and thankful that I have goodreads, so I don't have to wait for my friends to catch up with me to discuss it; because I would surely be driven out of my mind!
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Published on Jun 14, 2013