Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Review: City of Lost Souls By Cassandra Clare

Title: City of Lost Souls
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Published Date: May 8th, 2012
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.
(Synopsis By Goodreads)


City of Lost Souls begins about two weeks after the ending of Fallen Angels. The story opens with everyone trying to find Jace. They scramble around to piece what exactly could have happened when he was left on the roof top with Sebastian. Everyone is hanging by a thread – hoping for the best. Clary is in total self-deprecating mode along with Jocelyn. Everyone at the Institute is waiting to hear what the Clave has to say about the situation but when they declare finding Jace a lesser priority and call off majority of the search, Isabelle, Alec, Magnus and Clary take it upon themselves to lead the search for their beloved Jace.  When Clary discovers where Jace has been hiding, she jumps head first in trying to bring him back home by herself. Something has changed though. Jace appears alive but the Jace she remembers and loves seems to be gone. It would seem as though Jace has become the brother Sebastian never had. They laugh together as if they’ve known each other forever. Is there any chance of getting the Jace we’ve known back? Or is he gone for good? Packed with deceit, dire love, and painful encounters, City of Lost Souls will get you to think what’s worth it in the end – to live a life in lost memories or set them all free?

The multitude of relationships and drama is entrancing! If it wasn’t Jace and Clary, it was Magnus and Alec. Not them having relationship problems than it was surely Izzy and Simon tension or Jordan and Maia. All this love was a colossal clusterf***. It was so amusing and heartbreaking to read!

There was Alec digging his grave with over thinking his and Magnus’s relationship. The immortality of Magnus pretty much made Alec paranoid. It made me think of how no matter how “perfect” or happy a couple may be, they will always find a reason to mess things up! Especially with The Mortal Instruments Series, NO ONE can catch a break! Every new chapter began with a looming shadow. At every sweet moment between characters, SOMETHING bad had to happen! It made it damn fun to read but at the price of my emotions!

Oh Maia and Jordan- why do I get the feeling she's trying to hold onto something just for the sake of holding onto something? There was a moment where Maia seemed to be stringing Jordan along because may be she was scared of being alone? Did anyone else get that vibe? She did not seem genuinely in “love” with Jordan. I do want them to be with one another if she is not feeling that connection - she should let Jordan know what she really feels! We all know he’d do anything for her and it's such a pity to read.

Moving along to Isabelle Lightwood =) She was pure badass in City of Lost Souls! We see vulnerability in her which is a change because she usually is so tough and emotionally detached. It was striking to see how hard she was trying to find Jace – there was nothing she wasn’t willing to try to get Jace back. At that moment it was made clear Izzy and Jace’s relationship was sibling love - so adorable!

Izzy needs someone and Simon is that someone! Her fear of wanting to love Simon was a whole other side of Izzy that was brought out in this book. We would have never thought Izzy would be the one showing such strong feelings to a boy, let alone Simon, but here she was. Now that Izzy knows how she feels, Simon needs to open himself up too. He should know she is not the one to make the first move if he knows anything about her. I cannot wait to see how it will unfold in the next book! I am cheering for them!

There's a part of me that hurts for Sebastian - how he's so lonely! The times when Clary and him were left alone to talk, I believe he genuinely wanted Clary to be his sister again. She had the right to not want to associate with him but there were bits of her that wanted to believe in him again! Amidst the whole sibling tension with Clary- I was rooting for Sebastian to turn good. I thought wholeheartedly he could build something new with her but then again he killed Max and that's never going to be okay.... I have to admit, it was hard to read at first Jace bonding with Sebastian but I was quick to lose the anger and fall in love with their bromance.

A question I really want to know the answer to: is Camille really dead?! Maureen scares the daylight out of me and what wrath waits in Heavenly Fire is sure to be jaw dropping gold!

I’m dead curious to see who brother Zachariah turns out to be... I'm leaning towards Will from The Infernal Devices – anyone else care to share theories?

City of Lost Souls was nothing short of amazing! There was so much revealed but new secrets too which made the book such an interesting read. 
I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars. 
Here's one of my favourite lines from the book:

Sebastian And Clary

He looked at her hand where it touched the silver on his wrist. "It means 'Thus always to tyrants.' I wear it to remind me of the Clave. It's said this was shouted by the Romans who murdered Caesar before he could become a dictator."
"Traitors," said Clary, dropping her hand.
Sebastian's dark eyes flashed. "Or fighters for freedom. History gets written by the winners, little sis."
"And you intend to write this portion?"
He grinned at her, his dark eyes alight. "You bet I do."
Alas I leave you with UNICORNS ;)

As Always,

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