City of Lost Souls Review

Paperback, 546 Pages
YA/ Paranormal Fantasy
By: Cassandra Clare
Rating: 🌟🌟 1/2

β€œNo one blames her.”
“That never matters,” said Alec. “Not when you blame yourself.”

City of Bones β˜…β˜…β˜… 1/2
City of Ashes β˜…β˜… 1/2
City of Glass β˜…β˜…β˜… 3/4
Clockwork Angel β˜…β˜…β˜… 1/2
Clockwork Prince β˜…β˜…β˜… 3/4
Clockwork Princess β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… 1/2
City of Fallen Angels β˜…β˜…
City of Lost Souls β˜…β˜… 1/2

As you can see my ratings above, I am not having the best time with this series, the problem is that I did enjoy The Infernal Devices and I want to read The Dark Artifices and so it is necessary to read The Mortal Instruments. I think I just can’t take more of Jace and Clary who are the protagonists and maybe Jace being absent for a good portion of the book made it more tolerable than the last book.

Cassie’s writing is easy to read, I can read 500 pages in two days without much effort. However, there are a few things that bothered me when it comes to the writing. I think Clare tried to be more funny in this book and I don’t easily click with humor, I think it worked a few times but I wanted more profound quotes which was not abundant here. The second thing is that I appreciate the fact of LGBT inclusion but I think many of the jokes here involved the community in a way that is not the best! Finally, I think Clare is obsessed with incest, I tried to digest the relation in the first trilogy (Jace and Clary falling in love and then finding they are brother and sister -but not really-) but in this book, she kind of normalizes it and gives excuses about how some cultures do it to keep pure bloodlines and empower the descendants!

β€œDid he show you a good time, at least? Because I would have.” She tasted bile in her throat. β€œYou’re my brother.” β€œThose words don’t mean anything where we’re concerned. We aren’t human.”

I mean look at this quote, I did not know what to think of it that I had to take a picture and send it to two of my friends just to see what do they think!

The characters sometimes sound like they don’t know how their age is, I know they are teenagers with Alec being just 18 and the rest are 15-16. Sometimes they want us to believe they are string characters and they speak Latin easily and till us life lessons from their “Vast Experience” and sometimes they are whiny annoying teenagers. I can accept both but please be consistent. Jace is one of the characters that I can’t tolerate, he’s so cocky in a not good way. I don’t wanna talk about Clary because she is not better than Jace. Simon is better in this one and I love Izz too and I think they make a good couple. I loved Alec but he has been acting strange and I actually liked what Magnus did at the end of the book.

The Pacing was slow in this one and not much happens until the last couple of chapters which save the book. I think how it ended is sort of funny because Clare just keep coming out with ways to expand the story and not let Jace and Clary be closer.

Summary: I think this book and the one before it were weak specially after reading TID. The characters are divided into good ones and annoying ones, the writing is easy to read but not the best, the pacing is slow and most of the good things happen in the last part! I am excited because this series is near its end!

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