Krista Reviews - Cassandra Clare's - "City of Lost Souls" (audio book)

The New York Times best-selling Mortal Instruments continues – and so do the thrills and danger for Jace, Clary, and Simon.

Can the lost be reclaimed? What price is too high to pay for love? Who can be trusted when sin and salvation collide?

Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.

©2012 Cassandra Claire, LLC. (P)2012 Simon & Schuster

One thing that I have come to rely on with Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series is her consistency. She has well-rounded and compelling characters that make me smile and also situations that break my heart.

In the newest instalment to the series, Jace has become bound to Sebastian. The Shadowhunters have taken sides on whether they should try to save Jace, or kill them both. Jace is unable to stay separated from Clary and they get a little bit of one on one time. I enjoyed seeing how their relationship is flourishing. Even with each and every hardship they endure throughout the series, their love is the strongest bond I have ever seen in a Young Adult novel.

By this far in the series we have been introduced to a lot of different characters. Simon is constantly finding new challenges of his own since he has become a “daywalker” – a vampire that the sun does not affect. But he is having problems at home, specifically with his relationship with his mother.

Besides my love for the relationship of Clary and Jace, I was very happy to see more of Magnus and Alec’s relationship in this one as well.

It’s a never-ending cycle of ups and downs when it comes to the relationships between these characters. Cassandra Clare is always finding new ways to put her characters on an emotional roller-coaster and have the readers join right along on the ride.

One thing that will always keep me coming back to the series is how I never see the end coming. I have never been able to call it right. Just when I think they are going to make it through their trials, she throws a twist in there, making me crave more.

When it comes to the audio-book I was very happy to see the solo narration from Molly C. Quinn. She does a fantastic job with this series. In the last book we got Simon’s perspective from narrator Ed Westwick and while he has a swoon-worthy accent,  I had a hard time understanding him (but I still recommend that audiobook in a heartbeat). When I read the books, I hear Molly’s voice in my ear, she is exactly as I would imagine Clary to be, she does wonderful job portraying the emotions of the characters.

City of Lost Souls audio book: listen to a sample

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