Review: City of Lost Souls (Book 5 of The Mortal Instruments) by Cassandra Clare


Title:  City of Lost Souls 
Cassandra Clare
Margaret K. McElderry Books 5/8/12
560 Pages
The Mortal Instruments #5



This Barnes & Noble exclusive edition includes a letter to Jace from his father!

The New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments continues—and so do the thrills and danger for Jace, Clary, and Simon. Can the lost be reclaimed? What price is too high to pay for love? Who can be trusted when sin and salvation collide?

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge.

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

My Thoughts

so we were left off from book 4 with quite a problem on our hands weren’t we?  greater demons were killed, suprise visitors/villians return, things happened to characters that we prayed wouldn’t…evil over took the souls of the souls of some of the good and yet we still really want to believe that there’s a way to come out of this on top.

Let’s just say that i’m really happy that City of Lost Souls was already out otherwise i don’t know what i’d do with myself right now.

***potential spoiler alert**

so Jace is missing – and we are fairly certain that he’s with sebastian…who SURPRISE isn’t dead

the lightwoods, magnus, clary and simon and friends just won’t give up trying to find him because they just know that he can’t be dead.  Clary aligns herself just a little bit with the seelie queen to find out a little of what she needs to do to find Jace, and even more trouble ensues.

it woudln’t be a TMI book if Clary didn’t throw all caution to the wind.  She tends to leap without looking.  Also, we find ourselves yet again in a place where Simon is a hero and needs to do it again.

We also find ourselves in a place where Magnus is the savior to all things necessary, yet he and Alec are not quite in the same happy place and that’s just not good…

so here are my questions for the next story (i didn’t have to talk about it after book 4 because i already jumped into 5 but now i have time)

1) what’s going to happen to Jace now ?  seems like there are after affects of what happened to him and i wonder what that means?

2) what’s going to happen with Alec and Magnus ?  things can’t quite be what they seem right?  I HOPE NOT!

3) what’s going to happen with Izzy and Simon?

4) are things going to be smooth sailing for Jordan and Maia?

5) are Luke and Jocely ever going to get married

6) what’s going to happen with The Lightwood’s marriage

and a big question i have is….

is Alec really a herondale???? why did Camille keep making reference to Will and how much Alec looked like him?

brother zachariah – what’s his ties to the herondales?  is he really stephan who was thought to be dead?…just wondering since he’s sooo insistent on doing what he can to save any relative of the family.

Review: City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments Book 4) by Cassandra Clare


Title:  City of Fallen Angels
Author:  Cassandra Clare
Publisher/Year:  Margaret K. McElderry Books 10/2/12
Length:  448 Pages
Series: The Mortal Instruments #4


The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She’s training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And—most importantly of all—she can finally call Jace her boyfriend.

But nothing comes without a price.

Someone is murdering Shadowhunters, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second, bloody war. Clary’s best friend, Simon, can’t help her—his mother just found out that he’s a vampire, and now he’s homeless. When Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: she herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.

The stakes are higher than ever in the #1 New York Times bestselling fourth installment of the Mortal Instruments series.

My Thoughts 

one of my favorite pats to finding a new series is to find myself totally enthralled in it, and after having my faith reinstilled after book 3, book 4, City of Fallen Angels keeps me so intrigued that i read right through it evenw hen i had a ton of other stuff to do.

so at the end of book 3, we think that things are finally going to fall into place for Clary and Jace, yet of course that would be WAY Too easy.  they are finally able to be tegoether which was a long time coming, everyone is beginning to get back to some sense of normalcy now that the mortal war is over and done with (or so they think), Simon finds himself in an interesting position where he’s ‘the man’ but his mother hates him.

suffice it to say that Cassandra Clare keeps us really invested in all the characters.  like what’s going on with Magnus and Alec, What’s going on with Izzy and Simon, and Simon and Maia, and how aer Luke and Jocelyn doing?

it wouldn’t be another edition of The Mortal Instruments though if one of the most hated characters doesn’t some how come back, and if other GREATER demons didn’t show their faces.  Camille, the high vampire in NY returns, but for what and at what price?

ahh, so much to think about and so much that i don’t want to spoil.  Let me just tell you, you’ll read right through this one and find yourself really thankful that City of Lost Souls is out so you can breeze right into book 5.  the ending of book 4 makes you so on edge that you really feel like you can’t wait until you pick up the next one.