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? 🙂

 

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Mortal Instruments: City of Fallen Angels – Book Review

Another book review! My second book for the month of November! I finished book 4 of the Mortal Instruments: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare. I loved reading this book! I had many mixed feelings and thoughts on this book. This review may contain a few spoilers, so please read at your own discretion. I will try to keep the spoilers to a minimal, but sometimes spoilers are a must in a book review 🙂


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‘Clary is back in New York and life is good: she’s training to be a Shadowhunter and is finally able to call Jace her boyfriend. But nothing comes without a price. When Jace inexplicably begins to pull away from her, Clary is forced to acknowledge that she herself has set in motion a chain of events that could lead to the loss of everything she loves. Even Jace.’

‘Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. The stakes are higher than ever…’

 

 


Summary:

This fourth book in the Mortal Instruments series is about the issue of someone quite strong in power is murdering Shadowhunters that use to be apart of Valentines inner circle, which could cause another war for the Shadowhunters. Meanwhile, Simon has told his Mum that he is a Vampire, she did not take the news well however, and Simon has moved out of home to live with his new band member, Kyle, who happens to be a werewolf, hired to help Simon into the transition period of being a Vampire. Simon is also dealing with the issue that someone wants him dead, everywhere he goes people are jumping out of dark ally ways trying to kill him, all because of his misfortune to have the Mark of Cain, a Shadowhunter mark that is slowly ruining his life. He is also dating two girls at once, neither girl knows the other exists and then one night they discover each other and he is left standing single within the blink of an eye.

Clary and Jace are finally happily together, but the happiness is short lived when Jace starts to have dreams about Clary that turn into his worst nightmare; him killing Clary in horrible ways. Instead of him seeking help or talking to Clary he pulls away from her, too scared to tell anyone in fear that his up bringing with Valentine is finally catching up with him. Clary feeling like she’s losing the love of her life tries really hard to hold on to him by delving into the mystery, only to discover that she is the cause of these events that are taking place.

Both issues that Simon, Clary and Jace are dealing with end up in the event that Simon is kidnapped and Clary is also kidnapped by Jace who is being controlled by Lilith. Stirring up an issue that they never thought they would have to deal with again: Sebastian.

My Feelings and opinions:

This book put me through a whirlwind of emotions. The idea of Simon dating two people, made me so angry. I did not understand how this could occur and why he did not try to fix it. I was also quite confused on to why Clary did not push him more to fix this issue of dating two girls at once and thinking that he was going to get away with it if he kept hiding it from them. Clary, being Simon’s best friend should have been more serious with the topic with Simon.

another topic that I was really emotional about was when Jace told Clary about is dreams of killing and hurting her, why did she not freak out? Why did she still feel comfortable being around him in only her undergarments? I would have been freaking and wanting to run out that door if the love on my life told me that they were having dreams of hurting me or killing me. Maybe because in the real world not the fictional world, this is a sign of being a ‘bad’ and an ‘insane’ person.

I felt so sorry for Simon, how his whole life has been turned upside down and that was put into perspective quite a lot in this book. He’s out in the world on his own, trying to look after himself like an adult while still trying to finish school and trying to maintain human and adapting to being a Vampire. Simon is going through a lot in this book but he is still trying to look after everyone around him.

Cassandra Clare did a wonderful job in writing these characters personalities and portraying the struggles that each character would go through in every situation that they are in. This makes it so easily relatable because we all share the same emotions, it is how we are all connected, its so we understand each other; through our emotions.

My Rating:

I give this book 4 stars, I truly recommend reading this series if you like fantasy/young adult books, or if you just want to try something different. This series will give you so many emotions but you will also love it too!


Have you read the Mortal Instruments before? Or are you currently reading it? What are your thoughts on this series? 🙂