Update 12 05 21, finished reading Wow Absolutely wow Spectacular City of Heavenly Fire, I m coming for youBefore reading CoLS and this applies to CoHF as well How Am I Supposed To Wait A Whole Year For This One I want it so badly, right now If and it s not very likely to happen, but IF the world ends in 2012, and this one has not come out, then I ll be so pissed that even the zombies, or demons, or Mother Nature, whatever, will shit their pants in fear of me I ll be THAT pissed You better watch your sorry ass if you plan to end the world for me before I ve had a chance to read this book.I, for one, think it s going to end in some supernatural way Either it s zombies which I probably fear the most, since I m shit scared of zombies or it s demons Pick one Yes, it probably sounds very weird that I m sickly scared of zombies, but they d still shit their pants if they decided to end the world before I got to read City of Lost Souls Hm, ain t that confusing Let s see it like this I m scared of them now, but if you get me pissed enough then you better start running.2012 01 05Oh My Fucking God THAT COVER IS EPIC Okay, so I still don t picture Clary like that and it s the same for City of Fallen Angels obviously, since it s the same model , but Jace oh, Jace he is something special, isn t he Lovely D Yes, I like it if only a bit rougher around the edges, then I d be perfectly happy D Bu awesome D Where I was disappointed with City of Fallen Angels , City of Lost Souls definitely made up for it I m glad that I didn t hang it up after the last book and kept pushing forward with the series This fifth book was full of action and suspense This time around, Jace is under the influence of Sebastian, the guy we all love to hate Clary is kind of along for the ride, hoping she can break through to Jace Meanwhile, Sebastian just keeps getting creepier and creepier For the most part, Jace seems lost He s kind of like Sebastian s Stepford wife groupie He seems entirely possessed with his adoration of all things Sebastian It takes bromance to a whole new level.However, being the diehard that she is, Clary refuses to give up on Jace She focuses on the brief moments of clarity that he has in the midst of his mental enslavement She knows that the real Jace is still in the shell that he is now.Meanwhile, back at camp good , Simon, Magnus, Alec and all of the others, work on a way to fire Jace There is plenty of action taking place on that front as well Simon seems to be patching up his romantic relationship, while Alec seems to be wreaking havoc in his.I don t want to give too much away, but I will say that I enjoyed the time with Jace and Clary Finally, they get to spend some time togethereven if it isn t always the real Jace It may have taken five books, but things finally heat up between the two.Overall, this was another great book in the series Things have definitely picked up and I m mentally preparing for the good vs evil showdown that is bound to happen in the final book I ll be starting the sixth, and final, book immediately. The New York Times Bestselling Mortal Instruments Continues And So Do The Thrills And Danger For Jace, Clary, And SimonWhat 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 Love Blood Betrayal Revenge Darkness Threatens To Claim The Shadowhunters In The Harrowing Fifth Book Of The Mortal Instruments Series More reviews at The Teen Bookworm City of Lost Souls took a while to digest All night I could feel it in my gut like deadweight All the subplots and characters and relationships and the fact that so much was going on made this book hard to break down.But, finally, I woke up this morning and it all made sense So, seeing as the book has been split into separate filing cabinets in my brain, I m going to replicate that onto this review The Good I felt that Lost Souls was compulsively readable than the other installments in the series With all of the other books, I frequently found myself banging my head against the wall skimming debating microwaving an owl With this installment, I found myself wanting to keep reading Lost Souls had a lot substance than the other books, which were stuffed with boring, meaningless conversation Even though the book is a whopping 536 pages Clare s second longest book yet, Glass being the longest , it never lets go of you.I also appreciate how Clare didn t end the book with a tremendous, soul shocking cliffhanger that makes you want to steal Clare s laptop to get a glimpse of the final book in the series The end does make you want to read the next one, just not in a way that ll make you dread the long, long wait until March 14 Yes, that s twenty two months of waiting I don t know how I m going to wait that long.Another thing I love about The Mortal Instruments is how there are so many characters that you can fall in love with My favorite couple in the books is Isabelle and Simon They re my two favorite characters in the book, and they re totally meant for each other 3 Clare writes their relationship very well Even though Simon is a vampire, he feels like one of the most human characters in the book He feels than any of the other characters, and he isn t blind sided by love Izzy is his perfect match I can t wait for their relationship to develop in the last book Another relationship I love is Alec Magnus I love gay characters in YA, because I m all for LGBTQ type stuff, and Clare writes them really well Alec is another of those really fleshed out characters Clare wrote And Magnus sigh Who doesn t love glitter and sequins and scarves Magnus is definitely the most fun character in the novels He makes the books fun to read Clare writes sarcasm and wit really well I would find some awesome quotes, but I don t feel like it, honestly.Overall, Lost Souls is a vast improvement over Fallen Angels, except for one major thingThe Bad Clary Fray Oh my GOODNESS, woman You need to realize that there are things in the world than Jace Lightwood Herondale Morgenstern One scene in the book had me wanting to shove her head into an oven view spoiler Yeah, you know the one I m talking about when she yells for Sebastian when Jace is contemplating turning himself in Did it piss you off as much as it did me hide spoiler Alright, you guys were right This one was slightly better than book 4, so I m expecting big and amazing things from book 6 Alec sigh Gurl, we need to talk No, you know what This is not your fault This is the author s fault Before I go on I should say MAJOR FUCKING SPOILERS So, I briefly decided posting a full review where I was going to talk about the series as a whole and all the characters that had these little aborted attempts at plot points But I think it s time to come clean and confess that somewhere between here and the last book everyone else with the possible exception of Izzy and Simon bore the heck out of me now All the characters have gotten as bland as the unsticky side of a band aid Seriously I just can t pretend to care about them any Why do these new books exist Why is there so little plot Cassy Clare, I am so confused These books are boring as hell.So I m swallowing my pride I m getting real And while Izzy and Simon s story line was cute enough, the thing that kept me flipping pages again and again was finding out what happened to Alec and Magnus Lame, I know, but at this point if we can all admit to actually reading these books I figure there s not a whole lot of room for pride In the original books their story line was something of a little treat for me to savor on the side and I wanted to find out what would happen this time around for them.Unfortunately it seems that I don t even have this tidbit to look foreword to any Seriously, no joke What in the hell happened to this character Lazy writing no longer covers it In fact it s beginning to smell a whole lot like author revenge here Maybe this is what happens when she has to stop stealing from other authors and has to rely on her own imagination Alec and Magnus are still going through the same old shit as last time You re immortal I m not Waaaaahhhh But wait Enter a sexy vampire vixen who claims to have the answer So after whining, Alec decides to go off and beat the answer out of her And when I say beat, I to mean beat The first thing Alec and Camille do after meeting is fight It was actually kind of gratifying in a way to see Alec back in action again But alas she has no cure The solution Take away Magnus s immortality image error 1 City of Bones 2 City of Ashes 3 City of Glass 1 Clockwork Angel 4 City of Fallen Angels 2 Clockwork PrinceBut Heaven will not help you you know that as well as I That is why men summon demons and not angels, is it notYeah, this is easily my favorite book in The Mortal Instruments, so far I think one of the biggest reasons I enjoyed City of Lost Souls so much was because it is told through so many of the side character s point of view, some of which we have never seen before Also, a vast majority is told through Simon s perspective which is all I truly want anyways I also actually thought this book had good twists and turns, too I was impressed so many times while reading, and I truly never wanted to put this 500 page book down, which says something all on its own Like, I see some reviews saying that this book was slow, but I didn t feel like that at all And like did these people read the mess that is City of Fallen Angels Lord, help me Okay, my review is going to touch on a couple key things that happened in this book and things that have happened in previous books, so please use caution reading the rest of this review if you have not read this book and its predecessors And as always, I m going to do a little mini character breakdown on my thoughts and feelings on all the main characters in this book Jace I still very much dislike Jace, but he was a bit bearable in this book Probably because he was barely in it, and when he was he was being halfway possessed or whatever Clary Clary was actually the one to annoy me in this book Especially after reading about Tessa Clary is just not that great of a character And so many of the choices she made in this book were beyond questionable I get that she loves Jace, but the world is a lot bigger than Jace Herondale, Lightwood, Morgenstern, Voldemort, what the fuck ever he wants to be called Simon Simon is my second favorite character in all things Shadowhunters, I think I know he messed up big in City of Fallen Angels, and I will call him out for it all day long, but he really had a pure and sweet redemption arc in this, that I think was handled very healthily and very realistically And my otp are living their best lives BlessOkay I ve got a good one Simon stroked Isabelle s hair, feeling her lashes flutter against his neck as she closed her eyes A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far awayIsabelle Here is the real tea I think Izzy is my favorite character in this entire universe Like, every book I fall and in love with her And in City of Lost Souls, seeing her learn what it means to be vulnerable and that it is okay friends, I have a lot of feelings And seeing her finally take down her walls and give her heart away to someone who she deems as worthy More beautiful than words Magnus I love this character so much Him realizing his worth and value at the end of this book It meant everything to me I feel like Alec has constantly been treating him like shit, honestly But he went way too far in this one, and I m so happy that Magnus realized he didn t deserve that kind of abuse Even though I know they are totally going to get back together, let s be real But this time it will be on equal ground Oh, and I want to know everything about his father immediately Alec This is actually the first book that I didn t hate or borderline hate Alec, which is funny because he almost did a hella bad thing in this book But I think it s because Cassie opened up the storylines and allowed us to see behind the eyes of some of the side characters in this book And I think that very much benefitted Alec Luke I always and forever will love Luke and his unconditional love towards so many characters in this world But Jocelyn Jocelyn was highkey annoying as hell in this book Like, I get she s upset that she birthed a demon or whatever, but hearing her talk about wishing to kill her baby in the crib and stuff really wasn t enjoyable to read And like, she always tries to be so strict, after just being so lenient I don t know, I just really didn t like her in this book Aline I said in my review for City of Glass, Is this a new queer and Asian character because your girl was hyped And then she comes into this book in a f f relationship The blessing Wow How perfect Maia Jordan I will talk about them below, but they were one of the things I disliked most about this book Miss me with abuse apologist storylines forever, pleaseOf course, not thinking about the ex boyfriend who had broken your heart and turned you into a werewolf was a lot easier when he wasn t standing right in front of you, wearing a green shirt that hugged his leanly muscled body in all the right places and brought out the hazel color of his eyesSeelie Queen Still one of my favorites, but Clary still playing with fire I need so much from her and her courtThe Fair Folk are an old people we do not make hasty decisions but first wait to see in what direction the wind blowsCamille I don t believe it for a second Maureen But if true damn, girl Sebastian Like, I honestly did like him as a character until he got all unnecessarily incestuous But I love his motive, I love him coming back from the dead, and I loved this magical, moving apartment Again, I think he s a really strong villain who made me really think about his motives, until the end when shit just got grossYou know he doesn t remember any of it, right Did he show you a good time, at least Because I would have She tasted bile in her throat You re my brother Those words don t mean anything where we re concerned We aren t humanOkay, I really didn t want to write this paragraph, but I feel like I have to The one thing that really bothered me about this book is Cassie Clare s constant use of incest as a threat and or just as a storyline I thought finally, after City of Glass, we were past this, but now with Sebastian coming back, she just doubled down on the incest Even in Clockwork Prince I felt like the Tessa going undercover to trick Nate and pretend to be his lover and was gross and unnecessary But City of Lost Souls is the worst use of incest angst yet And I still feel really gross about the things that Clary did with Jace while Sebastian was in control or whatever I mean, on top of the fact that he actually attempts to rape her, too Friends, it s a hot mess A really gross, skeezy, uncomfortable hot messThere are worse things than dying, he said And I will do them all to you, little sister, once you ve drunk from the Cup And you will like itThe only other thing that really bothered me was actually the main reason I one starred City of Fallen Angels Maia and Jordan are a romance I will never get behind And in City of Lost Souls their relationship is really magnified Abuse apologists storylines need to be canceled, and they are never okay not in 2018 and not back in 2010 I m not here for a Jordan redemption arc and I never will be And this book really put the band aid on everything Maia was forced to go through, but Jordan is so hot and looks so good in tight shirts how could she resist all that good sex from the hands of her abuser And I felt like he even forced her into a relationship, since he refused to be her friend ONLY something Brb, throwing up foreverYou won t be my friend I won t be just your friend I love you, Maia I m in love with you I always have been I always will be Just being your friend would kill meOverall and besides those two things , I really enjoyed this book and I found it actually difficult to put down I also believe that this is Cassandra Clare s best written work yet The style just felt so much cohesive and the story felt so much compelling This was also the first book that felt like it had a lot of plot and intricate things happening constantly And there were so many small nods at Clockwork Prince that warmed my heart so very much Friends, this was really fun book to read, but I can t wait to probably, based on all your reactions get my heart shattered with Clockwork PrincessBlog Instagram Twitter Tumblr Youtube TwitchContent and trigger warnings for sexual content, incestuous storylines, assault, attempted rape, abandonment, abuse, parental abuse, murder, death, violence, gore, blood depiction, self harm, and war themes. sobs May 2012 May 2012 sobs some This cannot be Really It s like.too long Too, too long I NEEEEEEEEEEED THIS BOOK How can Cassandra Clare do this to me ahh, I mean us I need this book, like yesterday I don t know how I m going to wait this long sobs, wails, bawls some.. Here s the deal this book was SLOW TO THE BONE, but the end result was worth the SLOWNESS It just took forever and a day to get to the really interesting parts I definitely liked this a lot than City of Fallen Angels I ll admit though after reading TID, nothing will compare to the beautifulness of that trilogy. Beware of spoilers I didn t see a point to this book Clare really should have ended her series at City of Glass We all know that Well, all of us who are not fans of Clare s work However, since this book was 534 freaking pages, I figured that I should talk about a few things.ClaceSo these two are one person I honestly don t see them as two separate characters sometimes because they are so similar and shitty We never really get to experience these characters as themselves, rather they are always together However, for now let s separate these two just to save us all from the confusion.CoFA and CoLS were all about Jace I don t even think Clary should have been the protagonist in these books Jace and his luscious golden hair, smooth skin, and amber eyes I mean, three books clearly weren t enough to describe his heavenly features I m sure the readers are fully aware of his physical features by now So this whole real Jace evil Jace concept was confusing the hell out of me The evil Jace wasn t even evil In fact, I thought the evil Jace was the real one Because he was a piece of shit He would make those incredibly Jace like haughty remarks about how perfect and desirable he was Jace would not survive in the real world with that arrogant attitude, which is why he s fictional Thank God Anyway, I don t get it All those times they cut each other open with their bare hands made out, Clace was like, Oh, that wasn t the real Jace Oh, I didn t want our first time to go like this because I m not the real Jace And this one time when they were finally about to have sex, but they didn t because they needed to whine and moan I m jealous.Of who Myself I hate the thought of him being with you The other me The one Sebastian controls.That s such terrible, ugly writing I am so sick of Clace I am so sick of Jace being overly proud of himself I am so sick of Clary practically worshiping Jace and finding every excuse to justify his shitty behavior and actions Their scenes are so terribly written There are pages of them talking about how they would do anything for each other How they love each other Pages of their cringey romance By the way, I wasn t kidding when I said they wanted to cut each other open with their bare hands Don t believe me He kissed her harder and she clutched his shoulders as he sucked her bottom lip into his mouth and bit down on it, sending a shock of pleasure mixed with pain through her body She squirmed to get closer to him and felt his breath quicken she could taste blood in her mouth, salt and hot It was as if they wanted to cut each other apart, she thought, to climb inside each other and breathe each other s breath and share each other s heartbeats, even if it killed them both There was blood under her nails where she had clawed his back.Just terribly written and overdone Also, read this sentence A soft explosion went off in her head, like a dull firework of rage.In Clare s mind, explosions are soft and fireworks are dull.