Sunday, May 20, 2012

Review: City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

The Mortal Instruments #5

YA Paranormal Romance

Blurb: The demon Lilith has been destroyed and Jace has been freed from her captivity. But when the Shadowhunters arrive to rescue him, they find only blood and broken glass. Not only is the boy Clary loves missing–but so is the boy she hates, Sebastian, the son of her father Valentine: a son determined to succeed where their father failed, and bring the Shadowhunters to their knees.

No magic the Clave can summon can locate either boy, but Jace cannot stay away—not from Clary. When they meet again Clary discovers the horror Lilith’s dying magic has wrought—Jace is no longer the boy she loved. He and Sebastian are now bound to each other, and Jace has become what he most feared: a true servant of Valentine’s evil. The Clave is determined to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. Will the Shadowhunters hesitate to kill one of their own?

Only a small band of Clary and Jace’s friends and family believe that Jace can still be saved — and that the fate of the Shadowhunters’ future may hinge on that salvation. They must defy the Clave and strike out on their own. Alec, Magnus, Simon and Isabelle must work together to save Jace: bargaining with the sinister Faerie Queen, contemplating deals with demons, and turning at last to the Iron Sisters, the reclusive and merciless weapons makers for the Shadowhunters, who tell them that no weapon on this earth can sever the bond between Sebastian and Jace. Their only chance of cutting Jace free is to challenge Heaven and Hell — a risk that could claim any, or all, of their lives.

And they must do it without Clary. For Clary has gone into the heart of darkness, to play a dangerous game utterly alone. The price of losing the game is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she even still trust him? Or is he truly lost? What price is too high to pay, even for love?

Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.

Source: Reviewer purchase

My Review
Ok let me start by saying Cassandra Clare has managed to do it again! Every time I think how can she make her novels any better than the previous, she honestly blows my mind.  I loved the pace of this book. It wasn't all action packed like the previous novel, City of Fallen Angels, but it didn't need to be. The story was so interesting that there was no need for action every second. That's what separates great authors from good, knowing when to juice up a story and when to just let it ride.  I really enjoyed getting to know Sebastian. He truly is a multi dimensional character. He lures you in with his seductive, charismatic attitude, then spits you back out leaving a nasty taste in your mouth lol. Then your wandering around in the dark thinking 'What just happened here??' That's the wonder of his character. I also really enjoyed Clary, she really did grow in this book. She stood on her own, and set out to do the unthinkable, even though she may not be able to return to the world she once knew. There are a lot of make-out scenes in this book, which may I say I enjoyed. You have to realize Jace is not Jace anymore so what he does as this other person is different than what the actual Jace might do. Simon was a big shining star and I honestly never can get enough of his witty, sarcastic, and loving personality. He goes through some family struggles in this book, but makes it through. I don't know how these books could ever survive without him. Alec I must say was the one sore spot for me. His insecurities about his relationship with Magnus have gotten the best of him,  and his curiosity may have gotten him into more trouble then he ever bargained for. The ending leaves us with a slight cliffhanger. A mysterious package is left in the institute for Maryse to find. I'm not saying what, but I'm very curious what this could mean.  Overall I must say I truly loved this book. I honestly could not ask for more. Now we  must wait for City of Heavenly Fire, which comes out March 2014. Its going to be a long wait, but Cassandra Clare never disappoints so I cannot wait!!

Review by Robyn