City of Lost Souls – A Spoiler Free Review

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Sebastion made by I’m a Mad on tumblr.

Book: City of Lost Souls

Author: Cassandra Clare

Age Group: Teen

Genre: Action, Adventure, Romance, Supernatural

Rating: 4/5

As we enter the second book of the second arc of the Mortal Instruments series I’ve bumped the rating up by .5 points. I’m still not entirely convinced that this second arc is needed for the series, but I’m beginning to treat it as a side series in my mind and that seems to be working. Clare successfully made me feel uncomfortable at various points in this novel, which is the mood I should have felt, as well as becoming closer to the characters. I’m not 100 % sure I agree with all the decisions that Clare decided to put Clary in, it felt almost “Mary Sue” at some points, continuing the feel of this book as being more of an author “fan fic”. But, characters like Magnus, Camille, Isabelle, and Brother Zachariah are right in line on exactly what they’re doing and how they’re going about it. I also enjoyed how Clare portrayed Sebastian. At one point while reading I posted on tumblr: “Is it sad that I’m beginning to understand Sebastian and feel for him?” I also, once again, found myself relating extremely well with Simon, especially with such lines as this:

Simon: “Oh no. I am a hipster. I am too cool for themed weddings.”

Clary: “You play D and D. You’re a geek.”

Simon: “Geek is chic. Ladies love nerds.”

Clare is continuing the quotability of this series, here are a couple others I feel in love with:

Simon: “You know me. We have delicate egos.”

Clary: “I wouldn’t describe Jace’s ego as delicate.”

Simon: “No, Jace’s is sort of the antiaircraft artillery tank of male egos.”

“There are memories that time does not erase, Clarissa. Ask your friend Magnus Bane, if you do not believe me. Forever does not make loss forgettable, only bearable.”
– Brother Zachariah
Short review this time. Much of the same things to say as last time. I’m quite stoked for the movie on August 22nd, the final conclusion to this arc, next Spring, and for her next series to come out, the Dark Artifices. I’m also planning to pick up Bane Chronicles, audio books, at some point.
I thus leave you with a final quote and two other amazing images that didn’t quite make the cut for my main header image.
“My heart is your heart, my hands are your hands.”

– Jace

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Image on the left by weliveandbreathewords and right by nerdalter.

As always, I only have one set of opinions. Check out other reviews if you’re thinking about purchasing the book yourself.

Thanks for taking the time to read this,

~ Yoku

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City of Fallen Angels – A Spoiler Free Review

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Book: City of Fallen Angels

Author: Cassandra Clare

Age Group: Teen

Genre: Action, Adventure, Romance, Supernatural

Rating: 3.5/5

First off I’d like to say that I found this book very disappointing. I ended my review on the City of Glass skeptical of the fourth book, City of Fallen Angels, as I felt that Clare had resolved everything that needed to be resolved. After finishing City of Fallen Angels, I still feel the same way, that the story should have stopped after City of Glass. It had a dynamic ending and was just enough for readers. Instead, the series has continued with City of Fallen Angels. I’m unsure whether this was the author’s original idea, the publishers pushing her for more of this popular series, or a strong enough fan base behind it pushing it for more. (I especially feel it could be one of those last two.) City of Fallen Angels felt like a fan fiction to me. Don’t get me wrong, the strong writing is there supported by the author’s immense knowledge of classic literature, myths, and stories; but the plot, relationships, and the things that happen all feel too “dreamy” for me. It broke out from its impressive original mold.

With most of the problems I had with the book out of the way I can fan girl for a moment and announce that in this installment they address many of the characters from Clare’s second series, the Infernal Devices, of which I’m a much bigger fan. This book ties the two series together nicely. Clare is once again addressing classic literature, myths, and stories, as mentioned above, and bringing them together in an intriguing way. One of the quotes I found myself posting on Tumblr while reading the book was this (small changes to the quote to cut out spoilers and “…”s were used):

Jace: Remember when I told you that I didn’t know if there was a God or not, but either way, we were completely on our own? I still don’t know the answer; I only knew that there was such a thing as faith, and that I didn’t deserve to have it. … You know that line from Dante that I quoted to you in the park? ‘L’amor che move il sole e l’altre stelle’?

Clary: I still don’t speak Italian.

Jace: It’s a bit of the very last verse from Paradiso — Dante’s Paradise. ‘My will and my desire were turned by love, the love that moves the sun and the other stars’. Dante was trying to explain faith, I think, as an overpowering love, and maybe it’s blasphemous … .”

This intricately shows how well read Clare is and how tied together her ideas of classical literature and her characters are. She also has her own well known quotes, such as the quote-image at the top of this review. Lines like this that stick with us to future novels and into our own lives.

I’m enjoying how Clare is going more in-depth into each of the character’s pasts, especially Maia’s and Magnus’s, so if you’re a fan of either of them you’ll love this read for sure!

Some of the events leading up to and at the end of the novel are still a little far-fetched to me and I’m having a hard time believing them. But they are there none-the-less and yes, I have indeed started the fifth book already.

As always, I only have one set of opinions. Check out other reviews if you’re thinking about purchasing the book yourself.

Thanks for taking the time to read this,

~ Yoku

City of Glass – A Spoiler Free Review

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Banner of Clarrissa Fray (Fairchild, Morgenstein, etc.) by Chibilina on dA

Book: City of Glass

Author: Cassandra Clare

Age Group: Teen

Genre: Action, Adventure, Romance, Supernatural

Rating: 5/5

WARNING: If you intend to read this book make sure you have all your “feels” ready because it’s a roller coaster!

This was by far Clare’s best installment in the Mortal Instruments series so far. Her writing is incredible, the attachment to the characters and their lives is powerful, and the scenes and plot twists are heart-stopping. I had a problem putting this book down, my fingers itching to pick it back up again and read more. Her writing was extremely witty in this installment and I believe that Clare really speaks for her characters. Their lives are intricately connected with  conversation between the characters like this:

Simon: ‘Good. If you want to know why, it’s because you smell like blood.’

Jace: ‘It’s my cologne. Eau de Recent Injury.'”

My biggest complaint, if you could call it that, was that I felt like Clare completely finished the series with the ending of this book. It felt resolved and I could imagine exactly what was coming next. This makes me intrigued, while at the same time skeptical of City of Fallen Angels. I’m finding myself worrying that Clare is going to write every last detail out of us so that our imaginations are left with nothing, or it could be the exact opposite and there could be an amazing plot twist coming. Only time and more reading will reveal this to me.

Regarding some of my previous review complaints, mostly pertaining to Clary’s and Jace’s relationship, don’t worry it is all revealed in this book! Although it took a while to get here, it is well worth it and your understanding will become clear.

Some more great quotes to come from this book:

“It’s like an injury you get from a demon poison—-you have to leave it alone and let it heal. Every time you rip the bandages off, you just open the wound up again. Every time he sees you, it’s like tearing off the bandages.”

– Isabelle to Clary (City of Glass, The Mortal Instruments Book Three)

“Perfection. Want to know what is perfect? This is… “I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there’s a life after that, I’ll love you then.”

– Clary (City of Glass)

Check out more quotes and amazing things like this by just typing “City of Glass” into Tumblr search. Now I’m off to go draw some Isabelle fan art because I haven’t been able to get her image out of my mind for the last three days.

Sorry for the relatively short review this time, but honestly I feel like the book and the quotes chosen will tell you yourself, especially if you’ve made it this far in the series, whether you want to read it or not. My singular review will not twist your arm one way nor another.

As always, I only have one set of opinions. Check out other reviews if you’re thinking about purchasing the book yourself.

Thanks for taking the time to read this,

~ Yoku