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Review: City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

“I never cared,” he said. “I wanted you anyway. I always wanted you.”

Name: City of Lost Souls

Author: Cassandra Clare

Series: Book 5 of The Mortal Instruments Series

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance

One step closer to the finale, and I don't think I'm ready for this series to end. Yes, I know it's a re read and that I already went through the ending once. However, I have a vivid memory of the first books and these last ones have been like reading a brand new books. All the feelings are there plus so many more. I have fallen in and out of love with the characters and I get surprised with the plot twists and revelations.  City of Lost Souls has definitely been one of my favorites to re read. As I started hating Simon a little bit and not enjoying Clary's Point of View, due to their inmature behavior at times it was surprising for me to observe how I actually enjoyed reading about them in this next book. Cassandra Clare allows the characters to grow, as the book takes place as the characters grow up we are taken through this journey of growth and finding themselves. This I found to be one of the best parts of the book. Apart from that, it is also incredibly filled with A+ action and romance scenes. We, as a reader, are experiencing life with our characters and that was wonderful to observe and feel as I finished this 5th book.  City of Lost Souls is also a book filled with heavy topics that weren't easy to swallow. Alec is dealing with his parents not being very happy he's gay and open about it. We have the relationship escalating between Jace and Clary, however we soon realize that our precious Jace is not really him and he is under Sebastian's spell. These scenes where the real Jace comes out, were heartbreaking for me. Same thing with Clary's scenes with her brother. They broke my heart as, like her, I began to have hope in Sebastian. This idea was slowly swallowed by more horrendous acts, but nevertheless Clare did a good job on making us hope for him and thus suffer for him.  I really enjoyed the development of Izzy's and Simon's story, as well as Magnus and Alec. I love how as they're growing up we are seeing different relationship evolve and thus more fights or hard talks were had in this installment.  Im scared to end the series because I know the last book will break my heart and mend it.  --- 5 stars ---