16 Apr 2015


Book Review / City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

8755776Below is the description to book one in this series, City of Bones (so as to avoid spoilers)...
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...

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare's ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

Published:     8th May 2012
Publisher:  Simon & Schuster
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Series or Stand-Alone:  Book 5, Mortal Instruments
Source:  Bought

My Review

What I loved about this book...
This was a very interesting book for me.  I have loved the first four books in this series and was looking forward to getting into this book but at 535 pages long I knew it would take me a while to read.  This story is split between two views and two places mainly.  I won’t go into more detail than that because it is book 5 in a series but what I will say about this is that the first part of the book I enjoyed and the last part of the book I really loved.  The middle part of the book I will talk about below. 

In this book I could see the characters progressing as they face different choices and scenarios and this is the first book where I can actually see the ‘bigger picture’ and maybe have a bit of a feeling of what is to come in the final book but I may be wrong. 

What I did not like with this story...
Let’s talk about the middle of the book.  As I mentioned above, the first half and last half of the book I really enjoyed but for me the middle half just felt a bit dragged out and longer than necessary.  There is a lot of back and forth between two different perspectives and some of it I didn’t feel was necessary and could have been made shorter.  That was a bit of a struggle for me in the middle of the 
book but I am glad that I persevered because the ending was well worth it!

After reading several reviews, I understand that book 6 in this series, City of Heavenly Fire, contains characters from the Clockwork series and its better to read that first so I have decided to take a break from this series for now until I had read that series first. 

About the Author
(from Goodreads)

Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books.
Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction.
She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts.