Spoilers for the books leading up to this one!

Title: City of Lost Souls
Author: Cassandra Clare
My Rating: 4.25 stars! ⭐️
Description:
What 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.

My Review:
Can you believe it, I actually did it! I finally completed another one of Cassandra Clares books…2 years later. 😂

When I picked this book up again last week, I forgot most of what happened in this series. I remembered a fair amount of the crazy plot twists and the awesome ‘finale’ from City of Glass, (probably because it’s still my favorite in the series), but not much after that. So it took a little while to get familiar with the world again, but after that I was hooked.

One of the main things I love about Cassandra Clare books, is that I tend to find every perspective interesting. Usually in other books with multiple POVs, I find myself skimming through them or not really caring about specific characters, but with these books, that is not the case.

Of course there still are characters I favor over others, but since there are so many characters, each individuals separate storyline is still pretty interesting to me. And I love how they all interwine with eachother eventually.

City of Lost Souls is the book in which I really started loving Clary. I feel like in the other books she was always that protagonist that I felt meh about, I found her to be annoying and irritating at parts, but the payoff in this one was so worth it.

We really see her grow into this amazingly strong and skilled Shadowhunter, and I found myself really pleased with the progression of her character throughout the past 4 books. It made all those moments when I did find her irritable completely pass me by because it was awesome to see her grow.

I also feel like this book has a lot of romance in it. The reason behind this is probably because it’s the second to last book in the series, AND WE NEED SHIPS TO FINALLY HAPPEN, so I wasn’t really complaining, but it was just something I wanted to mention.

Jace and Clary are still not getting a break, Maia and Jordan…don’t know how I feel about them quite yet. MAGNUS AND ALEC are my favorites, and Isabella and Simon are pretty cute too… (now that I’m listing all of them, no wonder City of Heavenly Fire is the biggest book on my shelf 😂).

There was one weird thing that happened to me while reading this book, which was the fact that I completely forgot how Jace acted before he was possessed? This might’ve been because I took such a long break between reading these books, but even after I recalled everything that happened, I still didn’t remember some of the key character traits that he had, which was super weird.

I mean maybe that was the point…? Showing the readers how deep his connection with Sebastian really is and how hard Clary has to fight to get him back. Either way, I thought that was pretty interesting.

Overall, I enjoyed this book so much more than I expected to. City of Fallen Angels really fell flat for me, and I thought this was going to become one of those series where less is actually better, but I’m glad that City of Lost Souls changed my mind.

ALSO, for some reason I have the most difficult time rating Cassandra Clare books? I automatically assume 5 stars BUT LIKE I NEVER KNOW. I feel like I don’t use the same rating scale as I do with other books I read…if that makes any sense? But I think 4.25 stars is approriate for City of Lost Souls, as I was a teeeny bored during the first chunk of the book.

I hope you guys were able to comprehend my ramble-y thoughts on this one, I promise I’ll be a bit more composed in my next review. 😂

Thanks for reading!
-Ashley
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