City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare – BOOK REVIEW



Book: City of Lost Souls

Authors: Cassandra Clare

Pages: 540

Reading Format: Physical

Read: 19th June, 2017

Rating: 5/5 Stars


Jace is now a servant of evil, bound for all eternity to Sebastian. Only a small band of Shadowhunters believe he can be saved. To do this they must defy the Clave. And they must act without Clary. For Clary is playing a dangerous game utterly alone. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. Clary is willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost? What price is too high to pay, even for love?


Plot: 4.5/5

Characters: 5/5

Writing: 5/5

“I stabbed you. With a massive sword. You caught on fire.”
His lips twitched, almost imperceptibly. “Okay, so maybe our problems aren’t like other couples.”

City of Lost Souls was so good! I loved it!

I honestly think not much happened in this book, in terms of action and craziness, but that was 100% okay, because I loved just reading about the characters and their interactions instead.

This book was well over 500 pages, and I read it faster than I’ve read any book this year, including 200-300 page books. I’m actually thinking I was possessed (if you’ve read this book you’ll get the humour in that) whilst reading it, because how I read a 500+ page book in a few days is beyond me.

Especially Cassandra Clare books which I usually drag out over weeks or even months. Anyway, my shock is over, lets get into the review.

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

The characters were definitely my favourite part of this book. I just loved their interaction, the humour of Clare’s writing, and the way in which they all loved each other so much, which you could so clearly tell when reading it.

Whilst reading this it made me realise just how different the TV Show’s characters are from the book. Honestly, the only decent character on the show is Simon, and maybe Magnus. The rest, are absolutely nothing like the book characters in my opinion.

Also side note: I have nothing but respect for Kat McNamara, but casting her as Clary was one of the worst decisions on TV that I’ve seen in a long time. Sorry.

“That doesn’t get you the right to eat my cat.”
“Your cat is fine!”

I loved the Sebastian aspect of this book, I by no means am on his side, which I think some people are by reading some reviews. But, I think he is such an interesting character that I can’t wait to explore further in the next book.

The whole plot of CoLS was very much the same the entire way through, nothing really changed, we just got to see how the characters tried to figure out a solution to the problem, which I surprisingly didn’t find boring in the slightest. I think thats a testament to Cassandra’s fabulous writing.

“Of course he loves me. I’m his sister.”
“Blood isn’t love,” said Magnus, and his voice was bitter.”

Cannot wait to read City of Heavenly Fire and finally say I’ve read this series!!!

That’s all,

Kate :)


3 thoughts on “City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare – BOOK REVIEW

  1. I really want to pick up the series again after reading your review. I remember loving it the first time I read it but I haven’t read it in years. I like the TV Show too but I really struggle with Kat and Dom, I think its because I saw the movie and Lily and Jamie and for me they just worked so well. I cringe a bit at the acting of Kat and Dom, I do think sometimes they are great but they just don’t work for me.


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