Sunday, May 25, 2014

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare (Review)

  Series: Mortal Instruments #5
Genre: Fantasy
Book Length: 535 pages
Publication Date: May 8th, 2012
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Format: Hardcover
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?

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Wow. Just wow. This book was just...I loved it soooooo much! But the only thing I would say that I didn't like the fact that I will be able to read COHF right when it comes out and that I actually will have the full day before it's release to panic uncontrollably because it's coming out in less than 24 hours. But aside from that, let's talk about this book.

How I read this was interesting. I started it the day after I finished COFA, and in the middle of the following week I just fell into a fantasy slump, so around the 200 page mark I toke a break from this book and read Eleanor & Park, which I probably will be reviewing soon, and yesterday when I read this I wanted, and felt the desire, to read COLS and finish it and read COHF (and completely off-topic, it's only two days from the release and I've heard that some people have already finished the book. HOW?)

Anyway, let's talk about the story and pacing. My god, as much as I hate Sebastian, I love this second story as much as I love the first story from this series. And I think we all know that in COHF there will be a war and people will die and the fandom won't survive. I loved from seeing both sides of Team Good and Team Bad in the last two parts of this story. It was nice to see what Sebastian, controlled-Jace, and Clary were up to, and how Magnus and Izzy and Simon and Alec were doing.

With the characters, I don't have a whole lot to say. This book did make me love Izzy, I want to push Alec off a cliff, I feel bad for Magnus, and Simon...I actually knew that he didn't have the mark on him anymore before I got to the part where Raziel did remove the mark from him, I did see it coming, but I am now paranoid that Simon will die or at least get seriously injured (which I will discuss in my theories for City of Heavenly Fire). Sebastian was...Sebastian, controlled-Jace always made me skeptical, and Clary is Clary, always making the most frustrating actions, like her letting controlled-Jace take her to the apartment, and also yelling at Sebastian that Jace was not controlled-Jace, just so he wouldn't turn himself into the Clave. Yes, he would have most likely died, but it was his decision Clary, god.

The relationship aspect. Oh god. I feel so bad for Malec because that ship is starting to sink, BUT I'LL GO DOWN WITH IT IF I HAVE TO, Clace was like 'This isn't right. This just isn't right', and Sizzy seemed like the ship that will sail 5ever.

So, let's talk about certain parts and sequences.

The battle in the antique shop was not the most exciting thing. I certainly loved it, and Clary was like 'I AM ON TOP OF THE WORLD EH,' but it wasn't my favorite scene. The scene at the club, I was like '-_- so the rule that you don't eat or drink anything faerie-related goes right at the window right Clary?', and the hallucination she had with the dead bodies and decapitated parts and the blood was terrifying. If I saw that I would just scream my head off. The final battle of the book was epic, but I feel like it won't even come close to being City of Heavenly Fire epic.

Overall, I loved this book, I gave it a 4/5 stars because it was action-packed, the romance made me want to either cry in a corner, or proudly ship them, the characters and their interactions were so clear and they made me laugh out loud, cry, or, since I'm an emo when it comes to reading books, just continue reading without reacting. This is a fantastic sequel to COFA and I need to get my hands on COHF now.

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