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Cassandra Clare – City of Lost Souls (Mortal Instruments #5)

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8755776Well this series took a turn for the weird again. No sooner have we got away from the fact that Clary was in love with her supposed brother, but her real brother has now arrived on the scene big style, and their relationship (or should I say how he sees their relationship) is just downright creepy. I do realise that it’s part of his character, but it just feels wrong.

The book was still action packed, but there weren’t really many surprises to keep me on my toes and wanting to turn page after page to find out what was going to happen next. I did like the character development and the changes in relationships that happened throughout the book, people seem to be pairing off quite nicely. That is, until the end when one relationship comes to a rather abrupt (and unwanted) end and one character makes a rather drastic decision.

We leave the book at the end set up for what I presume will be an interesting finale. My only wish would be that Clary stops being an idiot and starts learning to take care of herself and those around her, rather than rushing headlong into every situation and waiting for everyone to come and rescue her. I don’t mind the whole ‘damsel in distress’ thing when I’m reading a soppy book, but with a book like this, I’d much rather have a strong female lead who can kick ass as well as the boys around her.

I have to say, I’ll be quite glad to finish this series and move onto something different. Which is usually a sign that the series hasn’t been great, as I usually finish a series clamoring for more.

2/5

Review: Cassandra Clare – City of Glass (Mortal Instruments #3)

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3777732While I’m still not finding this series anywhere near as well written as other fantasy series that I have read, it’s slowly improving book by book. The depth of the plot is still pretty shallow to me, although the character development is improving over time.

The story was action packed and filled with drama. There didn’t seem to be many points in the book where one character or the other wasn’t in some sort of mortal peril. I did like the way that the book kept switching between characters, leaving us on cliffhangers to take us away to what’s happening elsewhere in the world. It definitely kept the pace going and kept me turning pages.

*SPOILER ALERT*

The last three books have felt progressively more creepy as Clary continues her pining for Jace, supposedly her brother. Not step-brother, not half-brother, her full brother. It was getting a bit weird reading about how much she longed to kiss him, but I could tell from the tone of the writing that the author thought she had a surprise up her sleeve when she finally revealed that they weren’t actually brother and sister after all. However, I’d been expecting it for the last book and a half, it’s not like a teenage fantasy romance book is going to come with a hefty side dose of incest.

While the book ended with Valentine being killed once and for all, and the supposed death of his true son Sebastian, I think the author may have a twist up her sleeve. I imagine that Sebastian is going to come back to wreak havoc in the next book. With three more books in the series, it’s not like Clary and Jace can live happily ever after just yet.

Likewise with the shadow hunters and the downworlders in a never-seen-before peace deal. I guess something is going to happen which will threaten this fragile situation, needing Clary to step in and save the day yet again. Hopefully before this happens, Clary will actually get some proper shadow hunter training rather than just wading in at the deep end and putting her friend’s lives in danger.

I can guess that we’re also going to hear more from the rune that Clary drew on Simon’s head to save his life in this book. It’s supposed to come with side effects that we haven’t seen yet, but all signs point to this rearing it’s ugly head sometime soon.

I had decided that I was going to make this book the make-or-break book of the series, but it looks like it might have done just enough to save itself, so I’ll be plowing through to the end now. With less creepy Clary involved, it’s bound to be at least a bit better!

3/5

Review: Cassandra Clare – City of Ashes (Mortal Instruments #2)

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1582996Well it looks like this series may just have earned itself a second chance.

Unfortunately, Clary was still stuck in a very teenage love triangle with her supposed brother and her best friend. Slightly creepy, but at least she wasn’t quite as mopey as the first book.

The book contained much more action than City of Bones, but still lacked some depth for me, it was a bit one dimensional. I think this probably contributed to me reading the book so quickly, it was just so easy to read because there weren’t any hidden meanings and nothing really required pondering or reading twice to figure out what’s going on.

I don’t want to seem like I’m just insulting the book, because I did thoroughly enjoy it. We learn a bit more about the downworlders in this book, especially after Simon learns a bit more about them than he would like I have to say though, it didn’t come as the surprise that it was meant, I’d kinda figured it out way earlier.

I loved the way we got to see more of Clary’s relationship with Luke, and Jace’s twisted relationship with Valentine. The author has created a perfect villain in Valentine. He’s dark and twisted and doesn’t seem to care about anyone else. But I think underneath, he really might care about what happens to his children. We’ll see I guess.

The book ended on quite a cliffhanger, I’m now incredibly intrigued to see what happens to Clary and her mum. I’m not particularly interested in the Jace/Clary situation. It’s a little creepy to be honest, but I feel that we might not have the whole story just yet, so my opinions may change. Let’s just hope the decrease in teenage girl whining continues through the next book.

3/5

Review: Cassandra Clare – City of Bones (Mortal Instruments #1)

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256683I was prepared to fall in love with this book in a ‘this is going to be an awesome series’ kind of way. But unfortunately, the book was less Hunger Games and more Twilight.

The female lead was a bit of a wet sponge, moping over her new crush Jace, while being totally oblivious to the fact that her best friend is completely and utterly in love with her.

The book wasn’t completely devoid of action, and I did find it quite exciting in places. There was obviously a lot of setting up of the world and the story, it being the first book in the series and all, so I didn’t expect it to be quite as action packed as it was. It seems like Clary basically ran from one danger to the next, dragging her new ‘friends’ along with her.

I’m hoping that later books in the series give more of a detailed look at how the ‘runes’ work. All we seem to know so far is that they have some sort of powers, but I want more details! In books like Mistborn, this kind of thing is all explained pretty early on, and it’s not quite so mysterious. I know that young people like action packed blockbuster-y kind of books, but I wouldn’t mind occasionally slowing down the pace for a bit more information.

I’m not giving up on the series just yet, I’ll give it another chance to see if Clary can become a bit more self assured and less reliant on the boys around her. She did have a bit of a shock at the end of the last book concerning the boy she was moping over (I’ll give you no spoilers, but I did expect it way before it was revealed in the book). Hopefully this won’t make her even more mopey than she already was, and instead give her the kick up the backside that she so desperately needs!

I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy the book, and it most definitely wasn’t terrible, I’ve just read some really great books recently and I think this may have suffered as a result. Let’s see where it goes…

3/5