Review and G!veaway: City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

Publication Date: May 8th, 2012
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Format: Hardcover, 536 pages
RATING: 5 out of 5 Stars
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.

WARNING: Mild cussing.
Book number five follows a story of a different possession. While Lilith has been disposed of for the moment, the evil Sebastian is controlling my man, Jace. In a customary Cassie Clare fashion, the road from point A to point B was a roller coaster ride and a study on how to twist her readers’ guts and emotions. But I coasted along. Loved every minute of it. Hated some parts of it. And all the while thinking to myself, gah! What the heck is the deal with the author’s fascination with incest? Seriously.
This is perhaps the best book of the series, in my opinion. I love that there were a lot of Jace and Clary action even though Jace wasn’t really himself. I love that all the romantic connections with the characters went somewhere. Simon and Isabelle are moving in the right direction. Here, I’m finally able to see Jordan and Maia together. Damn. These two sizzled. And if I haven’t mentioned it before, I’ll say it over and over again.
Magnus and Alec.
Alec and Magnus. That is all.
Even if Alec was a bit frustrating in this book with how he treated Magnus, the boy needed to get over all his insecurities to see how great they really were. But Jesus Murphy Jones, did you ever annoy me, Alec! Geebus. The whole entire time, you were like a freaking girl in the relationship. Your brooding, insecure bullshit was enough to induce a bitch fit of epic proportions. I mean, seriously. Magnus has been alive for 748940598564908 years and you’re freaking out because he’s had relationships before you? Bitch please. What the hell did you expect? Was he supposed to have remained celibate while he waits for you? Are you high? And if it wasn’t the fact that Magnus is like the Wilt Chamberlain of warlocks, it was his immortality that’s bugging you? Lord. I could go on and on.
So yeah. Cassandra Clare kicked the icky factor up a notch. Sebastian went twenty past crazy in this book, yo. But hey, to each to their own. He jones-ed for his sister in a bad way [excuse me, while I swallow a whole bottle of mouthwash. Yuck.]
VERDICT: I don’t care what all you haters say, this series is freaking awesome. Yes, my review may indicate otherwise but I’d rather read a book where it got me so hopping mad than a book that made me feel nothing at all. And I just found out that the installment does not come out till 2014. I’m hurting something awful. =/

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  • The story just keeps getting better and better!

  • I Love this series!!!! Thanks you for this amazing Giveaway.

  • Absolutely love TMI series and Cassie Clare! 😀 Thank you for the giveaway!! 😀

  • I love the TMI series! I'm so excited to read CoLS. Hope to get my hands on a copy soon.

    Massive thanks for the generous giveaway! 🙂

    – Noely Jeleen

  • Tal

    Thank you so much for the giveaway 😀

  • Flo

    I can't believe the next book will come out in 2014! I don't think I will make it 🙁
    Anyway… loved the review and I can't seriously wait to read this book. Thanks for giving it away 🙂
    – Flavia

  • I definitely love this series! Thank you for the giveaway and Great review! 🙂

  • Liz

    I love this series…it is definitely torture having to wait for each book to come out. Great review.

  • I'm really looking forward to reading this book!
    Magnus and Alec are awesome (even though yes, Alec has a tendency to whine a little bit), and I have seriously been in love with this series since the first book came out so many years ago. And WHAT, the next book in this series doesn't come out till 2012?! I feel seriously depressed now…

  • I still need to read City of Fallen Angels but I am sooooo excited for this book I will do anything to get a copy! And you are awesome for having a contest for this wonderful series.

  • Sounds awesome.
    Great review.

    Really glad caught up on both The Mortal Instruments series and Infernal Devices.
    Need to read this one and can wait to be taken on a hectic ride with City of Lost Souls.

  • Thank you so much for the opportunity to win this book! I'm in the middle of reading City of Fallen Angels, so winning Lost Souls would be JUST AWESOME! You rock!

  • It sounds so great! I really need to start this series, it sounds amazing! thanks for the review and the giveaway.

  • Haha. Totally love your review. And YES! I LOVE THE SERIES. And double YES. Totally agree with you with a book that me got me feeling mad instead of empty. Oh man, can't wait to read this! Awesome review! 😀

    Fara @ Tumbling In Books

  • Thank you for this Giveaway!! I want this book so much.

  • Can't wait to read this book! I love the series.

  • woo hoo!! I want to read this series 😀

  • So grateful for your offer of this cool book. I've been trying to get a copy of City of Lost Souls for a while. I hope this is my lucky entry.

  • Yay! Loves your review. <3 I adored this book as well. But I also agree with you on hating a few things 😀 Like Alec. I love Magnus and Alec. Favorites. <3 but I hated how Alec was acting :p hoping he'll make up for it in the next book. 🙂 He better. Also! I think the book will be out in 2013; since Cassie hasn't confirmed anything 🙂 At least, I pray that it will be. Cannot survive almost two years waiting o.O Also. Thank you for this awesome giveaway. <3 🙂 You are the best!

  • I feel the same way with books, maybe are things I don't like but feeling this types of emotions while you are reading, gives you the chance to enjoy it! Thank you so much for the chance!! (ileana-rafflecopter)

  • Great review. I agree this is the best one so far and I will die til 2014.

  • Glad you enjoyed it! I really need to get my hand son a copy ^^

  • im definitely leaving you some love! thx so much for the giveaway. love this series!

  • I LOVED this book!!! And YES to Magnus and Alec! They are my favorite couple, besides Jace and Clary of course, in this series. And I cannot believe we have to wait nearly 2 years. I may not survive the wait. Great review! 🙂

  • You're awesome!!!
    I can't wait to read this book. Thanks a lot for the giveaway and for making it International 😀

  • lol LOVE the review!! I love all of your reviews!! I can't wait to start this book now 🙂 Your right a book that makes you angry is WAY better than one that makes you feel nothing!

  • Jo

    I still need to start this series. They do sound like something I would like. Maybe after “the circle” that I'm reading now. 🙂

    Oh, and yes. I DO love you. 😉