Friday, October 24, 2014

City of Lost Souls--Casssandra Clare

Title: City of Lost Souls
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry, 2012.
Pages: 535 p.
Source: Library
Compensation: None


This should be pretty obvious and it's been 7 years since this series started but I'll spell it out anyway: Although I try pretty hard to avoid spoilers in my reviews, there will be spoilers for the previous books. So if you're like me and lived under a rock for the last 7 years, start with the first one. 

If you made it through City of Fallen Angels, you're rewarded with City of Lost Souls. In COFA, we learned that because Jace and Clary kept his resurrection from the dead a secret, they didn't know Jace needed a special ceremony to protect him from demon interference. Not having that ceremony done enabled Lilith--mother of demons--to control Jace and trick him into resurrecting Clary's real brother, the evil Jonathan/Sebastian. At the end of COFA, Jace and Sebastian are bound in such a way that killing either will kill the other. In COLS, Sebastian completely controls Jace and the two of them embark on a quest to destroy all Shadowhunters. The only thing Clary can do is go deep undercover to try to learn what their plan is.

This book was SO much better than COFA. Sebastian as the Big Bad makes more sense than Lilith. Clary's undercover work with Sebastian and Jace is suspenseful and thrilling. We see Clary start to come into her own as a Shadowhunter and someone who can fight instead of someone who needs protection. COLS is hard to put down and well worth the read.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

City of Fallen Angels--Cassandra Clare

Title: City of Fallen Angels
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry, 2011.
Pages: 424 p.
Source: Library
Compensation: None


This should be pretty obvious and it's been 7 years since this series started but I'll spell it out anyway: Although I try pretty hard to avoid spoilers in my reviews, there will be spoilers for the previous books. So if you're like me and lived under a rock for the last 7 years, start with the first one. 

Valentine has been defeated, Jocelyn (Clary's mom) is awake and engaged to Luke, Clary is home in NY and free to love her not brother Jace. Jace has been training Clary to be a Shadowhunter, as well as being the perfect boyfriend. Everything should be peachy keen, but after a few short months yet another obstacle is thrown in Clary and Jace's way. Someone is killing Downworlders and Shadowhunters and when Jace starts having dreams about killing Clary, he reacts by distancing himself from her. There's also some stuff about Simon not being happy as a vampire.

This was the weakest book in the series. It's the only one I didn't rush through, the only one that didn't have me immediately pick up the next book as soon as I turned the last page. Of all the things to keep Clary and Jace apart, dreams of killing her is the most ridiculous. It's not until the very last chapter that the book gets interesting. It seems like this book exists solely to set up the next trilogy. It could have very easily been skipped and the few important plot points summarized in an opening chapter in the next one. But it wasn't, so you'll have to read it to get those important plot points so you can read the next two in this series (which is totally worth it.)

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

City of Glass--Cassandra Clare

Title: City of Glass
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret McElderry, 2009
Pages: 541 p.
Source: Library
Compensation: None


This should be pretty obvious and it's been 7 years since this series started but I'll spell it out anyway: Although I try pretty hard to avoid spoilers in my reviews, there will be spoilers for the previous books. So if you're like me and lived under a rock for the last 7 years, start with the first one. 

Clary is STILL trying to save her mother and must travel to the Shadowhunter's homeland Idris to do so. She needs to find the warlock who helped her mother put herself into a coma so he can hopefully get her out of it. Unfortunately, the warlock is killed before she can talk to him. On top of that, Jace doesn't want her in Idris, Simon--who is now a vampire who can withstand sunlight--is being held prisoner by the very people who are supposed to be helping Clary, and there's another boy giving Clary confusing feelings.

Clare gives us everything we want in this "final" book of the trilogy (yes, final is in quotes for a reason. Wait for the next review.) Questions are answered, the big drama of Jace and Clary is resolved, and the Shadowhunters live happily ever after. Until the next book.

I was completely satisfied with the ending and enjoyed this book as much as the first two. Was it a groundbreaking work of literature? No. But it was a fun exciting series that was more than just vampires or werewolves or witches. I personally love the idea of angels and was happy to see a series include them.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

City of Ashes--Cassandra Clare

Title: City of Ashes
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry, 2008.
Pages: 453 p.
Source: Library
Compensation: None


This should be pretty obvious and it's been 7 years since this series started but I'll spell it out anyway: Although I try pretty hard to avoid spoilers in my reviews, there will be spoilers for the previous books. So if you're like me and lived under a rock for the last 7 years, start with the first one. 


Clary has learned an awful lot since her first introduction to the Shadowhunter world in City of Bones. Not just an ordinary mundane, Clary is the daughter of Shadowhunters which makes her one too. She still has so many questions and she's found her mother but she can't get any answers out of her because she's in a magically induced coma. Stuck between living a "normal" life with her best friend Simon, who seems to be becoming more than friendly, and her forbidden romantic feelings for her newly discovered brother Jace, Clary is a big ball of confusion. Clary would like to leave it all behind, but she needs Jace and the Shadowhunters to track down Valentine and hopefully save her mother.

If you liked the first book, you'll like this one.

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