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
SUMMARY
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.
Anyway.
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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