Thursday, February 14, 2013

Review: "City of Lost Souls" by Cassandra Clare

From Goodreads: 
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.

My Thoughts:  This book was, for the most part, a complete and utter disappointment.  I hate leaving series unfinished but I am not convinced that I will pick up the sixth book in this series.  I started this book a couple months ago and set it aside because I couldn't get into it.  I finally decided that since I own it, I should probably finish it.

My biggest complaint?  I am so SICK of Clary and Jace.  They whine so much (especially Clary) and make stupid decisions because of how much they 'love' each other.  It is such a toxic relationship that I don't even find it romantic or sweet anymore.  It just annoyed me to no end.  I used to really like Clary as a character but I have pretty much lost all respect for her. 

Also, this book kind of seemed like a bunch of filler.  There was a lot more unnecessary information about different characters' romantic relationships and less about Shadowhunter stuff.  It was really disappointing and was very long for how little actual story was included in the book.  I do still really like Simon and Magnus as characters but they can only carry the book so far.

I do have to say that the last couple chapters kind of redeemed the story for me.  There was a lot of action and excitement and it felt like some of the earlier books.  It *almost* made me change my whole opinion of the book, almost but not quite.  There were things left up in the air that made me want to read the next (hopefully final) book but I am still not sure.  I guess I'll cross that bridge when I get to it.  3 stars (only because the end was so good).


  1. I wouldn't list this book as my favorite of the series, but after the way it ended I know I'll be picking up the sixth book. Although I'm far more excited about Clockwork Princess, which thankfully comes out soon!


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