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.

Review: City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments Book 3) by Cassandra Clare


Title:  City of Glass
Author:  Cassandra Clare
Publisher/Year:  Margaret K. McElderry Books 8/3/10
Length:  576 Pages
Series: The Mortal Instruments #3


To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters—never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family’s past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he’s willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City—whatever the cost?

Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the third installment of bestselling series the Mortal Instruments.

Includes an exclusive sneak peek of the fourth book in the Mortal Instruments series: City of Fallen Angels! And don’t miss the teaser from Clockwork Angel, the first book in the Infernal Devices trilogy, the prequel to the Mortal Instruments series.


ssandra Clare
Publisher/Year:  Margaret K. McElderry Books 8/3/10
Length:  576 Pages
Series: The Mortal Instruments #3



i’m definitely a happy girl when after a few books into a series and i’m losing faith a little bit that a story line comes out that reminds me why i was keeping at it.  book 3 in The Mortal Instruments does just that.  Cassandra Clare brings us to the home world of the ShadowHunters so we can really deal with some strife.  (yes i used the word strife)

so in this story, we’re still focused on Jace and Clary, and Simon has a big part as does Luke.  We’re left wondering if Clary will be able to save her mother from the spell that she put on herself as protection against Valentine…and then there’s Valentine.  Such a nice name, yet such a nasty person.

so…we start off the story basically with Jace trying to trick Clary into not being able to get to Idris to track down the warlock that can help her mom.  Simon’s dragged into it (in more ways than 1) and then, Clary some how manages to get herself there.

lots of battles ensure, and we’re introduced to a few new folks:

Sebastian – he’s the cousin of the people that the Lightwoods are staying with, yet everyone seems to think that there’s ‘something’ off about him, but can’t quite put their finger on it.  read on in the story and you’ll figure that one out .

Aline – the daughter of the family that the Lightwoods are staying with who sort of makes a play for Jace, but as you read you find out more about that one

a return of Maia which is always nice – kind of like this chick – she’s helpful and turns up when you least expect it and i feel like there’s so much more we could do with her.  maybe she’ll become more important in the following books.

we’re also introduced to the Fairies (for the most part) and the Seelie Queen is an interesting one.  she speaks in riddles and makes you think about things, yet you do and don’t want her thoughts to come true.  again, you’d have to read to get where i’m going with this.

GOOD NEWS here, is that a few of the questions that i had at the end of Book 2 (City of Ashes) get answered in a pleasing way.  now i have a few more:

1) do we think that what the Seelie Queen says about Jace and Clary will be the truth?

2) what’s going to happen with Simon – now that we know he’s a daylighter – what does that do for him

3) what role will Jocelyn (and Luke) have in the future since we know that Joce is really a key player in a lot of different ways

4) what’s going on with Jace?  i mean really?

so – i’ll keep reading because i’m happy to say that this book was really good – and the next 2 hopefully will be just as good.  What i just learned though is that i should also be reading Clockwork Angel and that series since it’s kind of parallel with similar characters.  too bad i didn’t know that before.  wonder what i’ve missed….

Review: City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments Book 2) by Cassandra Clare


Title:  City of Ashes
Author:  Cassandra Clare
Publisher/Year:  Margaret K. McElderry Books 3/24/09
Length:  496 Pages
Series: The Mortal Instruments #2


Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go—especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil—and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings—and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City’s Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation.

My Thoughts

so here we are again, dropped into the intriguing world of Jace and Clary.  I’m trying here – really i am to follow what’s going on – and as much as i’m not LOVING the series, i still find myself drawn to it.

We have our same usual suspects in this story with some interesting turns of events coming out.  Folks that we really liked are no longer players, others come to the forefront.  We’re still trying to figure out what’s going on between Jace and Clary if there is anything (or can be anything).

In City of Ashes – we get to know Valentine a little bit better.  we know that he’s really really dark – and he’s trying to use the Soul-Sword to turn things around so that the sword has a demonic tone vs. the angelic one that it has now.  He’s just evil…plain and simple.  I don’t know about anyone else though, but i kind of wonder if Valentine isn’t who he says he is….just a thought that i’m having given that everyone else seems to be someone else as well.

So in this story we get to know Maia a bit more – she’s a werewolf that’s park of Luke’s pack – and she certainly gets dragged into things that she’s not interested in.  i.e. being almost killed a few times by Valentine’s demons since her young blood is needed

Simon continues to play a large role – becoming less than human himself and some how managing to hang on even though his blood is deemed to be necessary by Valentine as well.  It’s interesting here though in his relationship with Clary.  We usually encounter the best girl/guy friend thing that doesn’t turn into romance, yet in this story, their relationship kind of takes that turn.  I have my own opinions – your thoughts?

so craziness ensues – people fight/get killed.  we’re introduced FINALLY to Robert and Maryse Lightwood which is nice since i always kind of wondered what was going on there and if we’d actually like the parents.  We meet Imogen the Inquisitor – and then maybe un-meet her?

so here are a few things i’m thinking about – hopefully none of them are spoilers:

1) Anyone else get the feeling that Jace isn’t ‘Jonathan’ – but instead Imogen’s son?  i don’t recall that they ever found the body of her son, and she did ask him about a scar that he got on his shoulder.  I wonder what she said to him on Valentine’s boat too.  Will Jace remember that?

2) Will Alec and Magnus ever actually get together?  i actually really really like them as a couple.  they are cute…and seem like they are well suited.

3) What’s next for Jace and Clary?  I know that certain things happened at the end of this book that i won’t go into – but i really wonder.  The whole episode with the Fairies in City of Ashes makes me think that what i hope will happen will happen, but i’m keeping myself from reading the back covers of the next few books so that i’m not jumping ahead

4) will jocelyn wake up and who will have a role in helping with that if it does?  if she does wake up, will she help fight Valentine, will she end up with Luke?

good news here is that i’ve already picked up City of Glass and i started it last night, so hopefully in the next day or so i’ll have some of my questions answered and then i’ll be forced to begin reading City of Angels which i think is the next one after that.