SBLC Reviews: Cassandra Clare’s City of Lost Souls
City of Lost Souls
The Mortal Instruments #5
By: Cassandra Clare
Published by: Margaret K. McElderry Books: An imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division
Reviewed by: Kelly H.
City of Lost Souls is the fifth installment in The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. It picks up about two weeks after the events in City of Fallen Angels.
In a nutshell, Jace is still missing; after having disappeared with Sebastian and The Clave has all but given up on the search. But luckily, his friends and family haven’t. Clary, Isabelle, Simon, Alec, Magnus, and the rest of the crew, all do their parts to find and bring back, and bring home their dear lover, brother, and friend.
But this isn’t all that happens in this book. So much happens, in fact, summarizing it was nearly impossible.
We saw multiple relationships blossom and wither; people we’ve met die and come very close to dying, and a lot of character growth for nearly everyone we’ve met thus far in the series, but I don’t want to give anything too detailed away, so I’ll just get on with my review.
I must say, I was utterly confused throughout this book, but confused in an awesomely good way! It was an emotional rollercoaster and up until very near the end, I honestly wasn’t sure what to believe or who to trust. That said; Ms. Clare did her job as a writer, in my opinion, because she surprised me numerous times throughout the novel and kept me guessing until the very end.
Also, for a YA book, this series is really heating up – which is fine for me (I’m 35), but may not be fine to some parents of kids that may want to read it, so be warned. There’s nothing overly graphic, sexually speaking, but Ms. Clare walks the line very well. The romantic aspects of the book are becoming a bit more intense as the characters grow as couples, friends, and simply grow older and more mature.
As always, I have to mention the action in the book. Actually, with everything Ms. Clare writes, be it action, or anything else, she brings it to life with her words like no other, so for me, the action scenes were awesome! She’s so descriptive that you have no problem at all picturing them in your head as you read and I find in some books, that isn’t the case.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I actually think it may be my favorite book in this series to date. That is why I gave the book 5 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimer: I bought this book with my own money and everything I have said is of my own honest opinion. I have not been paid to review this book.