City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

Published May 8th, 2012

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This is book 5 in The Mortal Instruments Series.  It might contain  spoilers for the other 4 books.  Check out yesteday’s review for book 4.

The New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments continues—and so do the thrills and danger for Jace, Clary, and Simon.Can the lost be reclaimed? What price is too high to pay for love? Who can be trusted when sin and salvation collide? Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.


The blurb doesn’t tell you much so I’ll summarize a little for you.  This book starts about 2 weeks after the last leaves off.  There is now a manhunt going on to find Jace and Sebastian.  But when the Shadowhunters all but call of the search to deal with other pressing matters, its up to our merry band of misfits to try to find Jace and save him.

I actually loved this book a lot.  Unlike the last one, this one got going right away and was filled with action and angst right from the beginning.

What I didn’t like:

Because it chose to focus on so many secondary characters, a lot of the main story seemed to be down played.  It got very romantically complex. The book ended up splitting a lot of time focusing on Simon/Izy, Alex/Magnus (really didn’t like the direction that went), and Mia/Jordan (personally, I couldn’t care less about Mia/Jordan, at least not enough to spend so much time on them).  But at least it wasn’t quite as scattered as the last book.

What I didn’t like for personal reasons: there were SO many references to the Infernal Devices series.  If I had read those books, I would have LOVED being in on it, but since I haven’t yet, it kind of annoyed me.  Of course now it means I have to read that series next.  Ugh the peer pressure!

What I liked:

The development of character relationships.  Not just the sporadic stuff going on in the did not like section.  For once I thought Izy grew as a person.  Not just a cold Shadowhunter, but a caring human being.

And I loved the sexual tension in certain scenes between Clary and Jace.  Finally the series stepped it up with their relationship.

Even though the book had a nice closure, it also had a cliffhanger.  I liked the way it was done, and I’m intrigued to read the next one in the series.

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