City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

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“Missing, one stunningly attractive teenage boy. Answers to ‘Jace’ or ‘Hot Stuff”

Title: City of Lost Souls
Author: Cassandra Clare
Why you should read this book: This is the 5th book of the Shadowhunters series, I don’t need to tell you to read it, if you’ve read them until now you will feel the need to read it!

Summary from goodreads (lately I don’t know how to write them):

The New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments continues—and so do the thrills and danger for Jace, Clary, and Simon.

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.

“You may have the worst timing since Napoleon decided the dead of winter was the right moment to invade Russia.”

Spoilers if you haven’t read the books from 1 to 4 of this series.

The book begins a couple of weeks after the events of the last book, with Jace gone and Sebastian alive again. He couldn’t stay dead, right? That can be said for both of the boys.
Everyone is desperate about Jace, they don’t sleep, they don’t eat, they can’t keep on going with their lives. Alec, his parabatai, feels he is not dead but there is something different, it’s like something is missing. Jace is indeed alive but he is not himself. The bond created by Lilith between him and Sebastian is transforming him into someone he is not. If Sebastian feels that the world stinks then Jace thinks that too, and he doesn’t think it is a bad idea. Moreover, if either of them gets hurt, the other too will get hurt. One dead, the other dead too. This is not very easy to solve.

What to do? Clary and company wants to bring Jace home at all costs. Jace, being her soulmate and adopted brother to the Lightwoods, Clary will do everything in her power to bring him back alive, she will do anything. She will take this to another level, putting her life at risk. Usually I don’t like her very much, she is very immature, but I have to save that feeling wasn’t very present reading this book, almost. Almost!! Her behavior and thoughts are so different from mine and that makes her look a little annoying in my eyes.
I don’t know how many times I can read about Jace’s face and body perfection or how much golden his eyes and hair are. I couldn’t take it anymore. It’s been 5 books, I know his is dreamy, his body is perfect, I know his hair and eyes are like gold, I don’t need a constant reminder of his statuary perfection.
Now we also have the description of Sebastian’s perfect body and aspect, luckily not as present as Jace’s but it seems that overtime one of the two guys enter the room she has to say how perfect they are.

“I will have you know I practiced that speech. In front of a mirror before you got here.”
“So what do you think it meant?”
“I’m not sure,” Jace admitted, “but I know I look damn good delivering it.”

While Clary is busy in this risky mission saving Jace from the handsomely perfect Sebastian (is your brother, eww), the others are in New York trying to find something to do. We have Alec, Magnus, Isabelle, Simon, Jocelyn, Jordan and Maia are busy in different mini missions trying to learn how to separate Jace and Sebastian and kill only the bad guy, maybe a magical weapon. Magnus has every single one of them in his house and that doesn’t make him happy. That, beyond the fact that between him and Alec something is off, they are drifting apart, and maybe things aren’t going to last.

Alec disappointed me a lot. Love is hard, it hurts and makes you take decisions that can not only ruin your life but also the lives of people around you. I thought Alec wasn’t the type to get that jealous because of his boyfriend’s past, that’s dangerous! He made really bad decisions, he didn’t understand that all of that could’ve ruined what he thought he was trying to fix. How can you think that doing something behind someone’s back is going to make that person happy? Alec, that was really immature and selfish from you and that’s not ok.

“Does she still love you?”
“I don’t think so,” Magnus said dryly. “She wasn’t very pleasant the last time I saw her. Of course, that could be because I’ve got an eighteen year-old boyfriend with a stamina rune and she doesn’t.”
Alec sputtered. “As the person being objectified, I … object to that description of me.”

Simon was again the voice of reason and the bearer of zero disappointments. He has his sad moments, after all a lot of awful things happened to him since he found out about the Shadowhunters world. Simon is in my opinion the mature one of the group. I don’t anything bad to say about him, he is sort of my weakness.

Without revealing too much, I think this book was better than the last one in which Jace was extremely painful to read, the victim of every situation, the world hated him and everything. There wasn’t much action but it’s surely because there will be a lot of it in the last book. Chapters were easy to read, dialogues were funny and the pieces of this complicated puzzles are almost all there. I can’t wait to see the puzzle completed and understand how everything is going to go down. I just hope tricky little Sebastian will perish in a very painful way. The most painful!

Do I recommend it? Yes, we are almost there, the end is near.
Rate: 4/5

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