Thursday, June 07, 2012

Book Review: City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5)

City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5)City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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.

My Review:

Honestly,I was a bit disappointed with this book.I'm a die-hard mortal instruments fan and have stayed up nights to finish every single one of those books.I can't say the same for CoLs,though.There were actually times where I'd felt like sleeping.This one was obviously less action packed than the other ones.But there were some parts of the story which I enjoyed reading.

Three things I liked the most about this book:

1.The cover.That part was a total must!:D

2.Sebastian.His personality was not revealed that much in the other books.Thanks to City of Lost Souls,I was finally able to think up the perfect character image for him:

(P.S To those who have finished reading the book.Can you think of the scene on which I've based this image?:D)

and last but not least,

3.Clary doing the dumbest thing ever!!(view spoiler)[Yes,I'm talkin' about the mortal sword incident.And now,Jace can't touch her anymore.Boohoo I'm so heartbroken.Waaaa!:,( Not! :p (hide spoiler)] This just creates more tension among readers about what's going to happen in the next book.

Three things I didn't like about the book:

1.Clary's middle name.(view spoiler)

2.Jordan and Maia.Honestly,they're like this commercial popping up during the best part of a movie or a T.V show,which totally kills the suspense.

3.Jace. After reading City of Lost Souls,my entire concept of him has changed.Whatever happened to the bad boy we saw in City of Bones?I really miss him. :(

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  2. I haven't read this one yet. I've just read City of Glass, and I think it would be the end. I will continue the series if City of Heavenly Fire has come out.

  3. I have read all the books in the series and only wish there were more. I have recommended it to several people and they are reading the books now. I only wish that they had put in paperback the books about the warlock Magnus Bane. As far as I can tell they are only out in e-books. I love all these books and can't wait for more!

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