| BOOK REVIEW | CITY OF LOST SOULS BY CASSANDRA CLARE

city of lost soulsCity Of Lost Souls
Author : Cassandra Clare
Series : The Mortal Instruments
Genres : Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Young AdultPublication : September 6th 2012 by Walker Books (first published June 1st 2012

This is the fifth book in The Mortal Instruments series. If you haven’t read the previous books, this review will spoil you.

Goodreads’ synopsis : Jace is now a servant of evil, bound for all eternity to Sebastian. Only a small band of Shadowhunters believe he can be saved. To do this they must defy the Clave. And they must act without Clary. For Clary is playing a dangerous game utterly alone. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. Clary is willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost? What price is too high to pay, even for love?

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I loved this book, so much more than the previous one. I found it more interesting, plot wise, and more action packed.

At the beginning of this book, they’re all desperate to save their beloved Jace. They know he’s alive but that’s all. They’re all ready to do whatever it takes to save him.
Clary more than the others. He is her world.

I don’t care,” Clary said. “He’d do it for me. Tell me he wouldn’t. If I were missing-”
“He’d burn the whole world down till he could dig you out of the ashes. I know,” Alec said.


I don’t know if it was her plan, but it seemed to me that Cassandra Clare wanted us to see Sebastian as more human, more “likeable”. (that’s it, until a certain moment !)
Because she wrote those “normal” moments that Sebastian shared with Clary. It’s a reread so obviously I knew what would happen next, but I found myself wanting him truly changed. The only thing that was betraying him was his behavior toward Clary. It’s not how a brother acts toward his sister, not at all !
In the end he is still the same as in City of Fallen Angels, a blood thirsty teen, more demon than human.

The Malec parts were awful. what Alec was plotting is really unforgivable; you cannot decide your beloved’s fate.
All he had to do was talk to Magnus, he would have understood. He needed to open up.

Missing, one stunningly attractive teenage boy. Answers to ‘Jace’ or ‘Hot Stuff’.

The Sizzy parts were better. In the previous books, Isabelle is this badass warrior, shielding herself in coldness. She first seems distant and cold, but it’s just her way to hide her weaknesses. In this book she opens up, because she can’t take it anymore. Max’s death, Jace’s disappearance… It was too much for her. We get to see her inner fragility, her doubts, her weaknesses. And I loved to (re)discover that part of her !
Simon’s behavior was cute too. He didn’t know how to deal with a Izzy who was needing him.
I also enjoyed his moments with his sister Rebecca.

Despite knowing that it wasn’t the true Jace, I loved reading about the Clace moments. Even if it was the false Jace, it was still cute and bittersweet.

Clary made a lot of rash decisions and acted a lot without thinking of the aftermaths. But in the end it was the right thing to do. In this book, she endured a lot. She is tougher, and has became a badass warrior somehow, loving the adrenaline of a bloody fight.

I never cared,” he said. “I wanted you anyway. I always wanted you.


I really enjoyed this book. Rereading it doesn’t diminish my interest for this series, and more generally the shadowhunters’ world.

 

5 stars

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About the author

Cassandra clareCassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts

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