This book is the fifth installment in The Mortal Instruments series written by the amazing Cassandra Clare who doesn't ceased to write books highly heartbreaking and equally addictive.
I'm a fan of Cassandra Clare, so I may not be the better blogger to tell you if it's good or not since I'm too fond of these characters and this world to really criticize these books, but one thing is for sure, it's far better than City of Fallen Angels.
Some of you thought City of Fallen Angels wasn't as good as the first three books of the series and even if I highly enjoyed it, I tend to think it wasn't that good compared to the other books. But City of Lost Souls is exhausting in a wonderful way. I was always on the edge, almost ruining my not so long fingernails.
With City of Lost Souls, you'll laugh with Simon's good words, you'll fear for Jace and Clary, you'll have you heart broken more than once. It's darker than ever and more thrilling than what I expected.
But, because even with the greater books there's a but, I find the beginning a little... I was about to write slow but it's not a good word since the beginning is really important to put everything in order and to give us some pointers to where it's going to go. No, I would say the beginning is a little long before the readers can really feel immersed in the story. Of course, when you're waiting so eagerly a book, you tend to feel so excited by it that you can barely sit down to read in calm.
What to write more? The characters are still so alive - or not so much alive if you think about Simon - , they're showing other sides of them, more human than ever that can't let you cold and you'll love them even more.
Isabelle is a good surprise. I really like her more and more which wasn't that easy, not that I really disliked her before but now I enjoy her dialogue, her actions and her personality. Simon is as great as he was, Alec is moving, Jordan and Maia are cute and Sebastian/Jonathan is... well, you'll judge by yourself.
I'm really not disappointed by this sequel and I'm even confident for the next and last book of this series. I'm afraid for the characters, I'm curious to know how it'll end and I just can't have enough of my fix of Cassandra Clare's novels.
One thing that I find funny and even interesting is the little references about the characters of her next series in the Shadowhunters world that will take place in LA.
So, in a few words, even if I'm more a fan of The Infernal Devices series, I find City of Lost Souls too amazing to not read it even if you were disappointed by CoFA. This book has everything you loved first when you discovered Cassandra Clare. Moreover, her world had not revealed all of its secrets. Don't wait any longer and read this novel. But don't forget to breath!