The City of Lost Souls- Cassandra Clare
The City of Lost Souls is the 5th book in the Mortal Instruments series. In true Cassandra Clare style there is a lot going on and having had to wait so long since I read the last one, it took me a minute to remember all the different connections among people. The Mortal War may be over but this book has plenty of danger, action and consequence. I loved the Isabelle storyline—she’s much more vulnerable and relatible than when we first met her. Clary is still reckless and headstrong and lovable. Jace is not himself, again, but there’s glimmers of that charm and snark that we all enjoy. Alec, dear god, Alec is crazy boyfriend. CRAZY. And that’s all I’m saying about that. Simon is feeling less like sad love triangle best friend and more like a hero in his own right, which is so well deserved. I’m not convinced of the additions of Maia and Jordan yet but what are you going to do. Also, this book had substantially more uh, “Sexy times” than previous books. Not that I’m complaining. I’m not. Look Shadowhunters may look good in black, but they look better in nothing.
This next part of my review is not going to be like my others. There will be ranting and maybe some spoilers so read on, or not.
THE F. SERIOUSLY. We are how many books into this series and Clary and Jace are still not together? Uh uh. No. Just, no. I love this series, I love the world, but you gotta give me something to latch onto here. I’m sick and tired of them being torn apart, of Jace not being himself because of possession or twinning or whatever the hell else it is. JUST LET THEM BE TOGETHER DAMMIT. End rant.
Overall: A- (primarily because of frustrations with Jace and Clary)