City of Lost Souls (Mortal Instruments Series #5)

City of Lost Souls
By Cassandra Clare
Published by Margaret K McElderberry (Simon and Schuster)
Published on May 8, 2012
Source:  Bought

Summary taken from Goodreads:

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.

The Cover:  Man, this cover is beautiful.  We finally get to see the faces of Jace and Clary, and to be honest- they look exactly how I pictured them.  The colors, the background, the font- everything about the cover is absolutely perfect.  I am not sure who Simon has working on Cassie Clare's covers- but they have all been just absolutely wonderful.  Each cover has details about the book woven in and it looks polished and completely.  One of my favorite covers for 2012 without a doubt.

The Characters:  Since this is book five in the series, the characters have already been firmly established.  I found myself much more interested in the side stories of Maya, Alec and Camille, and Rebecca than the main story between Clary, Jace, and Sabastian.  Clare writes characters well- that is her absolute strength. She doesn't leave us wondering what a character thinks or lacks giving each a distinct personality.  

The Story:  I am sure I will disappoint a lot of my readers by saying... this book was just eh for me.  I loved the first three books, loved the fourth book even though it felt like a filler... this one- I just couldn't get into it.  The storyline was creative, the characters written well, but I feel like this story has gone on too long.  (You can stop throwing tomatoes at me now).   Part of my problem was that there was no resolution in this book- SPOILER WARNING-  Sabastian is free at the end of the book, and we are never told how he "takes over" Jace's mind within like 2 minutes.  It just didn't make sense to me.  

I did enjoy the time that Clary spent with Jace and Sabastian, but I am really starting to think that I am not a fan of Clary as a heroine.  She has no sense of individualism without Jace- and while that is a teen romance undoubtedly, she makes a ton of stupid decisions just to be with Jace (even evil Jace).  It was a good book, but nowhere near my favorite.  On a side note, I loved hearing all the small and vague references to Clare's other series Infernal Devices.  Clare said she will never blatantly tie the two together, but they were fun tidbits to pick up on.   I will probably read the last book, since I am OCD like that and need to read the entire series (since I have gotten this far).  Let me repeat- I didn't HATE COLS, but it just wasn't anything special for me.  I did learn though, that I really do love the Infernal Devices much more.

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