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

City of Fallen Angels By Cassandra Clare

Title: City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4)

Author: Cassandra Clare

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

First Published: 5th April 2011

Blurb:

The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She’s training to become a Shadowhunter and – most importantly of all – she can finally call Jace her boyfriend. But nothing comes without a price. Someone is murdering the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine’s Circle, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second, bloody war. And when Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: she herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace. (From Amazon.co.uk, 15th April 2013)
Review:

I love, love, love this series. I was slightly annoyed by the ending of City of Glass, which I mentioned in the review I did of City of Glass not that long ago!

So things are supposed to have calmed down, Clary and Jace are together, Magnus and Alex are off traveling, Luke and Clary’s mum are about to get married….but no things are not going to stay like that. Simon’s mum finds his stash of blood and cannot stand the sight of her son. Jace is pulling away from Clary due to terrifying nightmares. Shadowhunters are being killed. The Vampire Camile has returned to New York and wants Simon…as you can see things are far from calm.

I enjoyed City of Fallen Angels more than I did City of Glass, but it is a new story in a sense, now that valentine is gone. We here from a lot of characters perspectives in this novel, more so than before, where we typically heard Clary’s view point. Simon plays a more integral part and it is refreshing to see him stand by himself.

I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to get into City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) and the last in The Mortal Instruments Series.

These books make you sit and read and read, and leaving you wanting more. I am so glad I have The Infernal Devices to get into after this! The Infernal Devices is the Prequel series to The Mortal Instruments.

I have said it before and I will say it again – go out and buy these books.

4.5 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!!

The City of Bones By Cassandra Clare

Title: City of Bones

Author: Cassandra Clare

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd

UK Publication Date: 2nd July 2007

Blurb:

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 Goodreads, 13th February 2013)

Review:

This is the first book in The Mortal Instruments Series and I am so glad I have invested in the first four books when I saw them. I am kicking myself for not picking them up sooner! One thing that put me off slightly was the fact the cover I got has a quote from Stephenie Meyer. I read the Twilight Saga, I liked the story but there was just a bit to must relationship stuff for me! But I’m glad I didn’t let that put me off!

The novel has twists and turns all the time, you are unsure who to trust, and when you finally decide to trust them something happens and you are unsure again! There is a lot of layers and unanswered questions which I hope the following books bring more light too.

Clary is brought into a world that she is unaware off and soon becomes entwined. There is fights, history of wrong doings and return of a powerful Shadowhunter whom Clary is learning is no good. Vampires, warewolves, warlocks, demons, there is everything. Along with the action there is past stories, love, affection, families, secrets, deception, trust. A series which has begun well and I look forward to getting deeper into.

Also is you haven’t started this series and are a bit slow of the mark like me, my advice is get it! The film adaptation is coming out in August 2013 (UK) so get reading before then!

4.5 out of 5