Mortal Instruments Book Five: City of Lost Souls

I finally finished reading the 5th book of the series. I have done a short review of the previous books here.

As you may already know, I am not a huge fan of the main couple of the series. I like Jace, I mean, who wouldn’t? It’s just… Clary. I have nothing against her but I think she is forgettable. Not someone you’d love or hate. While reading the parts when it was about her and Jace, It gets a little plain for me. I would stop and forget about her the minute I put my phone down (reading ebooks on my phone).

This book made it a bit hard to read. I literally needed to stop for a few minutes and compose myself (and not cry) before continuing to read. Good ting I read the last part of the book at home because I couldn’t help but cry at the break up of my favorite couple. Yes, I did cry reading a book before but this one is different. I didn’t cry as hard, but I felt the pain. It was the kind of pain wherein you understand the reasons behind the actions. I was whispering “Please… come back… change your mind… Don’t do this to him and yourself.” over and over again even though I know chances of that happening was slim (at least on this part of the story). My tears were not because of pity or frustration, but just pain.

The end was another cliff hanger but I wasn’t able to completely get over the break up that I wasn’t as excited to read the next book as I was during the last part of City of Fallen Angels.

Clare, you have more  than a year to fix this break up. If there was any love in this series it was because of this couple. I’m hoping begging you to make them get over this and get back together. There were moments when you made me go “Oh no, you didn’t!” or “That was just a cruel joke. ” But this break up hurts so bad. I seriously could not image any continuation of this series without them. Please, not them… Do anything you like and I promise not to complain. Just not this. Not them. Please. Please… PLEASE… *sniff sniff*

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Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight

I know that there are tons of reviews of Twilight out there over the net, but since I made some reference of it in one of my previous post, I felt I needed to continue and review the series.

I am well aware that with this, I am treading dangerous waters. Especially to those serious and die-hard fanatics of the series. This how I felt while I was reading the books. I still remember how it felt even though it has been a while since I read them.

Like I said, it has been a while since I have read the series and it wouldn’t be fair to break this down per book. I first heard about this series from my cousin. She kept telling me amazing the book was and so when another friend finished her book, I borrowed Twilight and read it. When I finished it, I texted my cousin and told her that it was an okay book. I had a feeling that if I had come across the first book  when I was younger (like, in high school maybe?) I would have loved it completely.

The only character that intrigued me got very little role on the first book that I didn’t think he would appear in the succeeding books. Even before Taylor Lautner was casted as Jacob Black, I already found the character interesting.

When I learned that the second book took a new turn, I gave the series a second shot and read it. I know that members of Team Edward didn’t love New Moon, but I did. I was thankful that Meyer gave Jacob his much needed ‘air time’ so to speak.

I had nothing against Edward, I was even disappointed that his book didn’t make it out the market. I believed it would have been an interesting one. It’s just that… I’m not sold out on Bella’s character. And the ending. Oh God, the ending! It felt rushed to me. Breaking Dawn was thick, no arguments about that. Towards the end, I felt the pressure to end the book considering the length it has already accumulated during the switch of point of views between two characters of the series. It was a little awkward and rushed for me. Because of that I’m not that excited to watch the second part of the Breaking Dawn movie.

Hands down, Meyer was a good writer. She was able to pull the emotions out from you no matter what “team” you are on. I couldn’t remember any other book or  author that made me cry as much as Meyer’s Eclipse and the first part of Breaking Dawn had. Meyer, is an amazing author. Not many could pull of what she has done. I just think that a fifth book would have been beneficial.

Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments Series

I just finished reading the fourth book of the series Mortal Instruments. And before I started writing a review, I found out it will be released as a movie August next year, which is not really surprising since that seems to be the trend these days.

I bought these series last year but I never got around to actually reading it, until a few weeks ago and I was glad I did. So here goes my take on the series that started to grow on me (don’t worry, no spoilers here).

Book One: City of Bones

The book was okay. Nothing particularly new to me. Clare was good in creating pretty interesting characters but there was a twist towards the end that I wasn’t particularly fond of. It just wasn’t my thing and it took me a few days before I convinced myself to open the second book, hoping it was just like Twilight wherein I liked the second book than the first, and I was right.

Like Twilight, the first book didn’t do much for me but I was intrigued by the individuality of rest of the characters, and not really the love story of the main couple. I wanted to see how Alec would get over his issues. What would make the perfect Isabelle loose her composure? How far Simon would go for the person he loves even though she doesn’t really need his protection? The humor Magnus Bane injects in the serious cast. Lastly, Luke who has provided protection and radiates wisdom with his every move.

These interesting characters and the promise that Jace and Clary might not be who they think they are made me open the second book:

Book Two: City of Ashes

And the war with Valentine begins. Jace struggles with himself as he faces the man who raced him to be the warrior that he is.

Things are starting to heat up as more of Jace’s past has been revealed, and questions were answered.I enjoyed this book more than the first one but there was still something missing for me. I guess there were a little too much secrets hidden with Jace’s past that I didn’t think were necessary for the story to work, but hey, that’s just me.

I know it was just me, but even though the twist in the first book was hinted to be untrue, I still had a hard time getting over it. So I started rooting for another couple that I am loving with every page I read. Their few and short moments made the book worth reading. Plus, I love the way Simon handled himself throughout the book.

Looks like Clare takes her time, I’m thinking it may start a little slow for my taste but I must admit, Mortal Instruments is starting to grow on me. But I’m not getting my hopes very high up just yet.

Book Three: City of Glass

The war against Valentine all out in the open, this book has more action the the first two books and if the first book didn’t really get me hooked, this definitely did it! With death lurking in the corner, people started being honest with their feelings.

Questions were answered and even more secrets were revealed. To be honest, the first two books were all a blur to me and could be compressed into one instead. But this book is still clear as glass in my memory and I wouldn’t dare change a single word from it. The kick I was looking for finally came through. Heart clenching and I almost cried at some parts. Almost.

Clare, we are finally getting somewhere after the long wait. The first two were a fun ride, but this one? This is it!

Book Four: City of Fallen Angels

Actually, I was surprised to know that the Mortal Instruments wasn’t a trilogy and, in fact, has six books. I was pretty satisfied with the way the third book ended, but I was more than glad that I would be spending more time with Magnus and Alec and Simon. The end was a cliff hanger but a good one.

Dear Clare, we have come a long way and I was glad I bought your books that year. I am so sorry I waited this long before actually reading them. But we’re here now. There’s no going back.

Now I can’t wait to get my hands on:

Book Five: City of Lost Souls

This was released last May in the US but I still haven’t seen this book at any of our stores yet, I can’t wait to get a copy.

I found an ebook off the net. A separate review here.

Book Six: City of Heavenly Fire

Scheduled for released on March 2014.

Wow. That is a pretty long wait there, Clare. But that’s fine. take all the time you need. I know you like to keep up the suspense and leave us wanting more, end this series with a bang, but a good one I hope. I have had disappointing endings with a number of series I have read. I sincerely hope this series isn’t one of those. I would really hate to see a rushed ending. Go for it!

I guess I need to read the prequel of Mortal Instruments – Inferal Devices while while waiting….