Mortal Instruments: City of Lost Souls Book Review

Finally my book review for Book 5 of Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare is here. I’m so sorry that I have not been posting and that I have been so behind, I got really sick over the Christmas period and I’ve been packing because I am moving house is a few weeks plus University. It is just busy busy busy!! But here we are! I am going to try to get some more posts up but for now let me share my thoughts on this wonderful book! There may be a few spoilers in this review and for that I apologise! So please read ahead if you are open to hearing some spoilers! but I will try to keep them to a minimal! 🙂


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 ‘What price is too high to pay, even for love? When Jace and Clary meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that the demon Lilith’s magic has bound her beloved Jace together with her evil brother Sebastian, and that Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is out to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. As Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle wheedle and bargain with Seelies, demons, and the merciless Iron Sisters to try to save Jace, Clary plays a dangerous game of her own. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?’


I found this book rather interesting, but I will have to be honest, I found it a tad boring at first. I think this is because when Clary was kept up in that secret house that travelled through dimensions with Sebastian and Jace just wasn’t not very interesting for me, there was not enough action or anything and I feel that even though it was needed for the story line it was a tad to long and a bit excessive but the book got interesting when Jace, even for a short time, became himself and was in control of who he was and his emotions through the mark on his body that combined Sebastian and Jace as one, being harmed for a short period of time. This was when the book got really exciting and I felt completely compelled to keep reading this book until the very end. I felt so many emotions in this book, some of them I don’t even know how I would cope with these feelings or situations in real life if they happened to me, even though obviously they wont because this is a fiction  book based on vampires and demons etc 😛

When Jace became in control of himself and was separated from Clary for a short period of time to tell Clary what Sebastian and his ‘other self’ were planning, Jace was going to take him self to the Clave even if it meant that he was going to get killed. Clary couldn’t handle the idea of losing Jace and told Sebastian that Jace was going to run and ruin their plan to destroy the shadow hunter world. This hit me really hard, the way Cassandra Clare the way Jace’s face looked when the girl he is in love with betrayed him just completely hit me in so many ways. Even though she was trying to stop Jace from the possibility of Jace getting himself killed by the clave, I did not think that this was fair of her to take away Jace’s independence and right to make his own decisions about his life.
The other part of the story that made me angry was when Sebastian was forcing himself onto clary, his sister. I was not just angry because they are brother and sister but because he was sexually assaulting her! I hate reading these scenes in books because they make me so angry. now I’m not saying that these scenes shouldn’t been in books, because it is a real problem that happens in real life, the topic just makes me angry like it would a lot of people, especially people that have gone through such a horrible experience.
I was very sad to find out that Alec and Magnus broke up, they were one of my favourite couples! I thought that these two would be able to get through anything! I really hope in Heavenly fire, book 6 of the series that Alec and Magnus get back together!
I rated this book 3 stars on Good Reads I wanted to give it a 3.5 stars but you cant do that on Goodreads. I gave it a 3 stars because I liked reading it but I got a bit bored and it didn’t capture my attention until the last quarter of the book. But that all comes down to personal opinion and what sort of story plots we like in a book. For me I wanted more shadow hunter fighting scenes and more mention of the vampires and the werewolves.
Cassandra has once again created another book in this series that describes the characters in such a realistic capturing way. Cassandra Clare is a brilliant writer!
I cant wait to read the next book in this series!
What are your thoughts on this book series? Have you read it yet? 🙂

 

Top 10 Tuesday 8th November

Top 10 Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish: http://www.brokeandbookish.com/

This week the topic for top 10 Tuesday is: Ten Books I’ve Added To My To-Be-Read List Lately. I like this topic because its the beginning of a new month and I have bought lots of new books recently.

My TBR list includes these 10 new books 🙂

1.Girl Online Going Solo by Zoe Sugg.

I’ve added this to by TBR list, because it gets released on the 17th of this month. I’m quite excited for this book as it is the 3rd book in the Girl Online series! I wanted to add a description or a blurb to this book, but since it has not been released yet, I wont.

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2. Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham.

Lauren Graham is one of my favourite actresses and when I found out a few months back that she is also an author I just had to buy her book and add it to my TBR 🙂 someday-someday-maybe-by-lauren-graham.jpg

‘ Franny Banks has just six months left of the three-year deadline she set herself when she came to New York, dreaming of Broadway and doing ‘important’ work. But all she has to show for her efforts is a part in an ad for ugly Christmas sweaters. She needs a backup plan because she’s not ready to give up on her goal of having a career like her idols Diane Keaton and Meryl Streep. Not just yet.’

 

 

 

3. A court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Mass.

This one because of all the good reviews I have hearda-court-of-thorns-and-roses. It sounds amazing and seems like my type of book 🙂

‘Feyre is  huntress.

She thinks nothing of slaughtering wolf to capture its prey. But, like all mortals, she fears what lingers mercilessly beyond the forest. And she will learn that taking the life of a magical creature comes at a high price…

Imprisoned in an enchanted court in her enemy’s kingdom, Feyre is free to roam but forbidden to escape. Her captor’s body bears the scars of fighting, and his face is always masked – but his piercing stare draws her ever closer. As Feyre’s feelings for Tamlin begin to burn through every warning she’s been told about his kind, an ancient, wicked shadow grows.

Feyre must find a way to break a spell, or lose her heart forever.’

4. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass.

Again, because of all the reviews and because it was on my local book stores top 101 book shelf 🙂

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‘ Meet Celaena Sardothien. Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness.

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught. Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice, Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament – fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?’

 

 

 

5. Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige.

The cover of this book tempted me to read this book because its beautiful! So I just had to add it to my TBR after hearing reviews about this.

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‘She will bring down the world. Snow barely remembers a time before she was locked in a psychiatric hospital. But when the love of her life disappears in the night, Snow must follow a mysterious stranger into a magical frozen world to find him. Amidst witches, thieves and spells, secrets unravel as Snow discovers she is heir to this world’s corrupt and twisted king. And she has great ice powers of her own. Now Snow faces choices that will decide the fate of a kingdom – and if she can ever return to the life she knew before.’

 

 

 

 

 

6. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven.

I had to add this to TBR after hearing Zoella, who is a You tuber, add it to her book club. She had high recommendations for this book 🙂

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‘Theodore Finch wants to take his own life. I’m broken, and no one can fixt it.

Violet Markey is devastated by her sister’s death. In that instant we went ploughing through the guardrail, my words died too.

They meet on the ledge of the school bell tower, and so their story begins. It’s only together they can be themselves….

I send a message to violet: ‘You are all the colours in one, at full brightness.’

‘You’re so weird, Finch. But that’s the nicest thing anyone’s ever said to me.’

7. Where she went by Gayle Forman.

This book is the second story to If I stay So I just had to add it to my TBR list because If I Stay was just beautiful.

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‘It’s been three years since Mia walked out of Adam’s life. And three years he’s spent wondering why.

When their paths cross again in New York City, Adam and Mia are brought back together for one life-changing night. Adam finally has the opportunity to ask Mia the questions that have been haunting him. But will a few hours in this magical city be enough to lay their past to rest, for good – or can you really have a second chance at first love?’

 

 

 

 

8. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

I’ve heard a lot about this book, and I got intrigued.

illuminae-kaufman-kristoff.jpgThis morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporation’s are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.’

9.  We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.

This book intrigued me. A lot of books intrigue me, especially when they are young adult books 🙂we-were-liars

‘ A beautiful and distinguished family. A Private island. A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy. A group of four – friends – the liars – whose friendship turns destructive. A revolution. An accident. A secret. Lies upon lies. True love. The truth.’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon.

This book has had so many good reviews so I just had to grab it! 9781620401392_custom-7b685c3426b519eaa2745c21ff4462bdbc179f56-s6-c30-jpeg

‘Scion, No safer Place.

The year is 2059.

Nineteen year old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dream walker, a clairvoyant – and in her world, the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing. But outside the repressive boundaries of Scion, a powerful, otherworldly race waits in the shadows. The season has come and Paige’s life is about to change for ever.’

 

 

 

 

What is on your TBR list? I would love to know! 🙂