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 Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare


Title:  City of Bones
Author:  Cassandra Clare
Publisher/Year:  Margaret K. McElderry Books 2/19/08
Length:  512 Pages
Series: The Mortal Instruments #1


When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder—much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing—not even a smear of blood—to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

My Thoughts 

for the longest time i’ve seen the covers to the books in this series and had been on the fence about reading them.  Well, i finally decided that it was about time and I’m not quite sure that it was worth the wait.  there are a few reasons for this.

1) i’m one of those people that if a books is really good, i’ll read it cover to cover (e-book style) in one night.  that didn’t happen here.  as a matter of fact it took me maybe 3-4 days to read it, and it’s partly because i was ‘ok’ with putting it down, and partly because well…life just kind of got in the way last week.

2) I wasn’t quite sure where the story was going for the longest time and it wasn’t until some of the last chapters that i was actually getting into it more – so i felt a little cheated for a few days

in any event, here’s the lowdown:

Clary (Clarissa) is our heroine in the story.  She’s you’re average 15 yr old living in Brooklyn.  (or so she thinks).  her mom is an artist and her dad died before she was born i think.  she has a best friend named Simon who of course is in love with her yet she doesn’t see it.  We are introduced to Clary one night when she decides that she needs to go to this cool club, and while she’s there, she comes across a whole syfy world. demons, ‘shadow hunters’ – the whole nine yards

Jace is our lead guy in this story – he’s a shadow hunter who for some reason keeps creeping up on Clary when she first meets him, and then turns out to be her guide and touch stone for all things super natural.

of course there’s a cast of supporting folks, Simon as i mentioned (non-supernatural), Isabelle, Alec and Hodge (super natural), Valentine (so not romantic and sweet- VERY EVIL) and well…the list goes on and on.

I’m kind of at a lost now of what to expect of the next story since there were things that i really wanted to see happen in this first book that didn’t but i guess that’s kind of the allure of a decent author right?  that you think one thing will happen and then something completely different does.  Without giving it away – that’s kind of what happened here.

i’m off to track down book 2 now…