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Review: City of Lost Souls

lost soulsTitle: City of Lost Souls
Series: The Mortal Instruments (#5)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Release Date: May 8, 2012
Pages: 535

First line: “Simon stood and stared numbly at the front door of his house.”

“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?” – from goodreads.com

My thoughts: I didn’t really connect with the fourth book in this series, but I will say that I felt this one was an improvement. I still hate that Clary and Jace can’t just EVER have a normal relationship, but at least there seemed to be more going on in this book than in the last one aside from that. Sebastian made an interesting character, and I was interested in Simon again. I didn’t really like the conflict between Magnus and Alec, but I guess there has to be more drama than I find necessary. Anyway, as I said, I think this book was a lot better than the previous one, and I will be willing to read the next one when it comes out.

My ratings:
Writing: 2.5/5
Characters: 3/5
Subject: 3/5
Originality: 3/5
Kept me interested: 3/5
Overall rating: 3/5

Review: City of Glass

200px-City_of_glassTitle: City of Glass
Series: The Mortal Instruments (#3)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Release Date: March 24, 2009
Pages: 541

First Line: “The cold snap of the previous week was over; the sun was shining brightly as Clary hurried across Luke’s dusty front yard, the hood of her jacket up to keep her hair from blowing across her face”

“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.” – from the book jacket

My Thoughts: Man, I really need to review books more quickly. It’s been a while since I finished this one, and I’m ahead in the series. Anyway, from what I can remember I pretty much liked this one. I mean, it was entertaining. I’ll try to avoid spoilers, but I did think the ending was pretty cool. Although I have to say, after finishing the book, I couldn’t see much of how Clare was going to continue the story since I knew there were more books in the series. I mean I guess she left a little room for some more drama in there and the possibility of a returning antagonist, but it mostly felt like a final ending and I kind of wanted it to be.

My Ratings:
Writing: 3/5
Characters: 3/5
Subject: 3/5
Originality: 3/5
Kept me interested: 3/5
Overall Rating: 3/5

So basically, super average!

Review: City of Ashes

city of ashes cassandra clareTitle: City of Ashes
Series: The Mortal Instruments (#2)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Release Date: March 25, 2008
Pages: 453

First Line: “The formidable glass-and-steel structure rose from its position on Front Street like a glittering needle threading the sky.”

“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.” – from the book cover

My Thoughts: I’m so conflicted about this series! One minute I feel lost in the story, and am enjoying it, and the next I’m annoyed, either at the writing, the characters or the story in general. But at the same time, as much as the characters can get on my nerves, I still care about them.

~~SPOILER SPACE~~

I get that Clary and Jace are highly likely to end up not being siblings eventually, but all their can’t-help-it passionate make out sessions still creep me out a little. I noticed a lot of people seem to hate Jace, but for some reason he appeals to me. I couldn’t tell you why exactly.

Also, I do dig Simon as a vampire. I think that will make his character a lot more interesting. I wish something would make Clary a little more bad ass. I mean, she’s all powerful with a stele now I guess, but also still mostly a wuss, not that that’s entirely  her fault. I just want her to learn how to kick some ass, like Isabelle with her whip. I love the whip. The whip is my favorite. 🙂

My Ratings:
Writing: 2.5/5
Characters: 3/5
Subject: 2/5
Originality: 2/5
Kept me interested: 3/5Overall Rating: 3/5

Review: City of Bones

mortal_instruments_city_of_bones_book_cover Title: City of BonesSeries: The Mortal Instruments
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: March 27, 2007
Pages
: 485
First Line
: “‘You’ve got to be kidding me,’ the bouncer said, folding his arms across his massive chest.”

“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. . . .” – from book cover

My Thoughts: I wasn’t sure if I would really like this book, but I decided to give it a try since there’s a movie coming out in August. I definitely liked it more than I thought I would. I was drawn in by the mystery of why Clary could see things that no one else could, and then the whole unseen world interested me. I think the main thing that I liked about the book though, is the characters. They are all likeable, pretty well-developed, but have some glaring flaws. I’ve read a little bit further into the series now, so I’m trying to remember the main characters in the first book. Clary is definitely not my favorite character, but I do still care about her a little I guess. Or maybe I just relate to her because I like Jace, I don’t know. I won’t say this is one of my favorite books, but I do think it was a pretty strong start to The Mortal Instruments series. It definitely kept me reading.

My Ratings:
Writing: 3/5
Characters: 4/5
Subject: 3.5/5
Originality: 2/5
Kept me interested: 4/5
Overall Rating: 3/5