City of Lost Souls By Cassandra Clare

Title: City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5)

Author: Cassandra Care

Publisher: Walker Books

First Published: 8th May 2012

Blurb:

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, 26th June 2013)

Review:

Okay so this is a difficult review to write as it is the 5th and last book in The Mortal Instruments series. I don’t want to give things away. So I am going to keep it short and not as detailed as some of my other reviews.

After finding City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4) not on par with the first three books in the series. City of Lost Souls makes up for that. Loved it. It was fantastic and set me up for getting started on the prequel series The Infernal Devices.

This is an exciting novel that keeps you turning to the next page. But if you have got to this novel you obviously enjoy the series!

4 out of 5

The Boy Who Could See Demons By Carolyn Jess-Cooke

Title: The Boy Who Could See Demons

Author: Carolyn Jess-Cooke

Publisher: Piatkus

First Published: 10th May 2012

Blurb:

“I first met my demon the morning that Mum said Dad had gone.”

Alex Broccoli is ten years old, likes onions on toast, and can balance on the back legs of his chair for fourteen minutes. His best friend is a 9000-year-old demon called Ruen. When his depressive mother attempts suicide yet again, Alex meets child psychiatrist Anya. Still bearing the scars of her own daughter’s battle with schizophrenia, Anya fears for Alex’s mental health and attempts to convince him that Ruen doesn’t exist. But as she runs out of medical proof for many of Alex’s claims, she is faced with a question: does Alex suffer from schizophrenia, or can he really see demons? (From Goodreads, 24th June 2013)

Review:

I saw this book when I was shopping and had never heard of it but the title interested me straight away. Then I read the blurb, and thought this is a novel I will love!

Childhood psychiatry is a interest of mine and this book has both sides – the child and the therapist. Alex is a 10 year old boy who sees demons. Ruen is his best friend and is a demon. But is Ruen good for Alex? Is he real? Is Ruen just a symptom of an illness? Is Ruen a way of dealing with the loss of his father? Or is it the way he deals with his mothers depression and repeated suicide attempts? Or is Ruen real? These are some of the many questions that go through psychiatrist Anya’s head when she meets Alex. Anya desperately wants to help Alex and feels hospitalisation would be best for him. However, Anya’s daughter battled with Schizophrenia and this complicates matters.

I love this concept. A young boy who see’s demons with a mother who has attempted suicide and is currently in hospital. A psychiatrist who is dealing with the scars of her own child’s illness. The constant question ‘does Alex see demons or is he ill?’ Some romance is thrown in. Some traumas. Some mystery. Some fantasy. Some drama. Basically everything is in this book. But I think that’s where it falls down. There is a bit too much that not everything is fully developed and leaves you with just a few too many questions.

Lovely novel. Exciting. But just too many questions left unanswered.

4 out of 5.

City of Glass By Cassandra Clare

Title: City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3)

Author: Cassandra Clare

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

First Published: March 24th 2009

Blurb:

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.

As Clary uncovers more about her family’s past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he’s willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City – whatever the cost? (From Goodreads, 21st March 2013)

Review:

I have fallen in love with this series! Although I didn’t enjoy this book as much as the first two I think that is mostly because it started off really well then felt rushed at the end. City of Glass concludes the first story in the Mortal Instruments series and the fourth and fifth books are the aftermath of the main story.

I can’t say too much because that will give away bits and pieces from the first and second books. So what can I say? This is novel takes us to Idiris – the main city of the Shadow Hunter world – we encounter new characters and learn more about the history of Clary’s mother and many other characters. Clary is on a journey to find out how to wake her mother up. But things soon become much bigger than that.

This again gives us action, adventure, love, family complexities and much more! I can’t recommend this series enough! Especially with the film of the first novel coming out in August this year! Go out and buy it!!!!

4 out of 5!

City of Ashes By Cassandra Clare

Title: City of Ashes

Author: Cassandra Clare

Publisher: Walker

Publication Date: 7th July 2008

Blurb:

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.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father? (From Goodreads, 22nd February 2013)

Review:

Wow! I love this series! I must admit it is gripping me as Harry Potter once did! Different type of novel but just as exciting! I have been completely sucked in and cannot wait to move onto City of Glass (#3 in the Mortal Instruments Series). I don’t want to give too much away as it would give away what happens in City of Bones (#1 in the Mortal Instruments Series) but I loved it!

We begin to learn more about all the characters, more histories and more shocks of powers and actions and the messed up politics of the clave, past demons, past relations. But we get even more entangled in new mysteries and doubts and a thirst for more answers. This is what is good about this series, it keeps building up and leaving you wanting more – so in some ways I am glad that I waited to start this series now when I can just go onto the next book as I finish each one!

Action packed and twisting and turning. Grab this series and get reading if you haven’t already!!!

4.5 or possibly 5 out of 5!!