Thursday, May 24, 2012

City of Lost Souls [Review]

534 pages [Kindle]
Published 8 May 2012 by Margaret K. McElderry
ASIN: B005O315ZW

The demon Lilith has been destroyed and Jace has been freed from her captivity. But when the Shadowhunters arrive to rescue him, they find only blood and broken glass. Not only is the boy Clary loves missing–but so is the boy she hates, Sebastian, the son of her father Valentine: a son determined to succeed where their father failed, and bring the Shadowhunters to their knees.

No magic the Clave can summon can locate either boy, but Jace cannot stay away—not from Clary. When they meet again Clary discovers the horror Lilith’s dying magic has wrought—Jace is no longer the boy she loved. He and Sebastian are now bound to each other, and Jace has become what he most feared: a true servant of Valentine’s evil. The Clave is determined to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. Will the Shadowhunters hesitate to kill one of their own?

Only a small band of Clary and Jace’s friends and family believe that Jace can still be saved — and that the fate of the Shadowhunters’ future may hinge on that salvation. They must defy the Clave and strike out on their own. Alec, Magnus, Simon and Isabelle must work together to save Jace: bargaining with the sinister Faerie Queen, contemplating deals with demons, and turning at last to the Iron Sisters, the reclusive and merciless weapons makers for the Shadowhunters, who tell them that no weapon on this earth can sever the bond between Sebastian and Jace. Their only chance of cutting Jace free is to challenge Heaven and Hell — a risk that could claim any, or all, of their lives.

And they must do it without Clary. For Clary has gone into the heart of darkness, to play a dangerous game utterly alone. The price of losing the game is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she even still trust him? Or is he truly lost? What price is too high to pay, even for love?

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

My Thoughts:
Let me just start out by saying...City of Fallen Angels wasn't too bad, but reading this made me solidly decide to not pick up any more Clare books.

The action doesn't really start until over halfway through the book. Once the action happened, it was quickly over and completely anti-climatic. Clare brought back some lovely incest moments that made me squirm.

After noticing a few annoying habits, I couldn't really focus on much else or fully enjoy the "story" (the main characters being in relationships happenings).

1) Talking about people tasting blood. In 3 chapters, it was mentioned over 8 times.
2) Anything mildly sexual included someone's fingers slipping in someone else's waistband.
3) Lots of heart pounding
4) Lots of rock hard, smooth stomachs

It hurt my brain to read the same stuff over and over again.

It also hurt my brain to read words I didn't know. Luckily, my Kindle has a dictionary built in and defines words so I could see that they didn't even make sense in the context of the sentence they were used in.

I went into these books with high hopes, thinking I would adore them. But after reading the 5th, I can just say that they annoyed me and I feel like I wasted my time. :(

Previous Review:
City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare {here}

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