City of Lost Souls (Mortal Instruments, #5)

by Cassandra Clare

3.81 of 5 stars 45 ratings • 11 reviews • 71 shelved
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City of Lost Souls (Mortal Instruments, #5)

by Cassandra Clare

3.81 of 5 stars 45 ratings • 11 reviews • 71 shelved
When Jace vanishes with Sebastian, Clary and the Shadowhunters struggle to piece together their shattered world and Clary infiltrates the group planning the world's destruction.
  • ISBN10 1442460644
  • ISBN13 9781442460645
  • Publish Date 1 May 2012
  • Publish Status Unknown
  • Publish Country US
  • Imprint Simon & Schuster
  • Format Hardcover
  • Language English

Reviews

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friendstolovers 1 of 5 stars
-this was so shitty
-cc's writing gives me headaches
-why make it so long
-i only care about alec and isabelle
-im not sure if im gonna read the other one because that one is even longer and i don't know if i have it in me to read it

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Carpe Libra 3 of 5 stars
Stad van Verloren Zielen is wederom een goed verhaal van de hand van Cassandra Clare. Het neemt je dieper mee in de wereld van de Shadowhunters en het mysterie dat Jonathan Morgenstern voorstelt, terwijl je ondertussen op talloze Jace-momenten en andere onverwachte gebeurtenissen wordt getrakteerd.

Het verhaal slaagde er alleen niet in om mijn aandacht en gevoelens te behouden waardoor het op sommige momenten langdradig en saai werd. Dat ben ik echter, wie weet ervaren jullie iets heel anders, want ik moet wel bekennen dat ik met elk boek dat ik lees dieper val voor deze geweldige wereld en de mensen die het hun thuis noemen!

Ga voor een uitgebreidere recensie naar mijn website!

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pamela 2 of 5 stars
After the strength of the series thus far the penultimate instalment of Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series was such a let down. It probably wasn't really quite a two, but the disappointment I felt at reading it just made it feel it was worse than it actually was. It felt almost like a betrayal.

Nothing much happened in this novel. It made you think it was exciting, but it wasn't. Jace was evil, then Jace was good ,then evil, then good. Clary wants to be with Jace but can't, then can, then can't, Simon loves Isabelle but doesn't tell her, Isabelle loves Simon but doesn't tell her, Alec and Magnus have a weird relationship, Maia and Jordan get back together, and even the parents have dysfunctional relationships. Everyone makes out, a lot. And that's pretty much it.

Basically this book was nothing but the City of Raging Teenage Hormones. One more to go. I hope it redeems itself, because I've enjoyed them up till now. It would be a shame if the last book ruins the excitement I've felt all through this series up until City of Lost Souls.

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Kim Deister 5 of 5 stars
City of Lost Souls I absolutely love this series and I think that City of Lost Souls is my favorite so far.  Nothing is easy in these books and I like that nod to real life.  This book ran the gamut of emotions... from funny and snarky to dark and suspenseful.  
 
The snarky humor is fantastic, the one-line zingers delivered by Jace, Simon, and Magnus.  It is sarcastic and witty and I love the banter.  I was worried that Jace's story line would take that away from his character, but I was happy to discover that he was just as snarky as ever.  
 
The story was pretty dark in this book, with all kinds of shifting dynamics between the characters.  Jace and Sebastian, Sebastian and Clary, Jace and Clary, Magnus and Alec, Simon and Isabelle, Jordan and Maia.  All of the relationships in this book are affected in different ways by the events of the book and that kept the story interesting.
 
There was a lot of suspense in this book and a lot of twists.  I love that the author isn't afraid to mess with her characters and turn their stories on end!
 
My Recommendation
 
I am ready to start Heavenly Fire, although I am sad to see the series end!

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Linda 3 of 5 stars
Frankly, I dont't think this was more of anything... it wasn't dirtier or sexier, it was just slightly different. And I would have less trouble with YA characters having sex than I have with YA characters using drugs *shrugs*

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short and sweet, and completely shows Sebastian's creepyness!

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This should have been a part of the book IMO, because it explains Magnus' later reaction perfeclty - he was already afraid as well...

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Where can I find this?

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Guessed it! And I'm glad it was cut, I cant see Alec letting Camille drink his blood.

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Chelsea 3 of 5 stars
We all know that Cassandra Clare should have stopped this series with the third book. She's now just milking it and writing terrible books. It's unfortunate but very true. I was not a big fan of this book.

First of all, I never had any idea what was going on with Jace. Is he good or bad or whatever? I could never tell. It was a bit silly to be honest. The author was trying to push his confusion on it. It worked because I was really confused. Nobody knows themselves that little. It was really unrealistic. Plus Clary and Jace basically became the same person. They're relationship is starting to get a little Twilight-y. That's not a good direction to go in. It got really, really cheesy. SImon and Isabelle also got really annoying. And I have no idea why Jordan and Maia are even in the book. They don't play any part, they're just there. And then there's Sebastian which is the worst name ever for a villain. He's also the worst villain ever in general.

The only reason this book is getting any stars is because the plot wasn't too bad. It could have been way better though. There were plenty of ways the author could have finished the series in this book but she really wants her money so she's dragging it out even longer. This series is starting to become a waste of time for me. I LOVED the first three books but now the series is getting boring and lame. All I can say is that she better kick it up for the next (and hopefully last) book.