Posts tagged city of lost souls
Posts tagged city of lost souls
Today I went to a book signing of Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson. The bookmark is what I got for asking a question, if you can’t see in the photo, it says ‘Don’t you know better? Hearts are breakable.’ (a quote from one of Clare’s books) It’s so pretty, unexpected bonus of an awesome day!
The event was really cool, very relaxed and it just felt like you got to look in on two friends having a chat about their books. I love reading Cassie’s books and her blog and so was really excited to see her and she did not disappoint. She clearly loves her books as much as we fans do and is eager to discuss them and interact with her readers.
I hadn’t heard of Maureen Johnson but she was hilarious and I’m really keen to read her book now, The Name of the Star. I love that she gave her name to Maureen in City of Fallen Angels/Lost Souls.
As I said I was lucky enough to ask a question and it was even tumblr related! I told her how much I loved her blog and how interactive she was with her fans and asked whether this was helpful in writing or caused problems. She said she really enjoys blogging and being in contact with her fans. But that she has to limit herself and only blog when she’s done writing for the day!
At the signing afterwards I stayed as long as I could but had to leave to get a train (damn you, train timetable man) so left my City of Bones with a friend to be signed. Gutted I couldn’t chat more with Cassie but am eagerly awaiting my signed copy!
A really good post from Cassandra Clare about portraying violence in YA literature. I think she makes a really strong argument for depicting scenes of violence, specifically in her own books but also YA books in general.
City of Lost Souls is the fifth book in Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series. If you haven’t read this series, it’s one of my favourites and I highly recommend it! Clare has created a brilliant world for the Shadowhunters and writes characters that you can really care about.
After the dramatic events of City of Fallen Angels I really didn’t know where this book would go as the last time we saw Jace, he was being bound to Sebastian aka Clary’s crazy resurrected (yes, resurrected) brother. The battle in this book to separate the two of them feels very real as even Jace’s family have to contemplate the possibility of harming Jace to defeat Sebastian.
As a fan of Mortal Instruments and as one of Jace’s MANY devoted admirers, City of Lost Souls was hard to read. Just like Clary, I’d fallen in love with Jace’s larger than life, unstoppable spirit and seeing him as not-Jace, as Clary calls him, made me really sad. However I would guess this was Clare’s intention as readers are put in Clary’s position, wanting to fight to get him back. And I’m sure, knowing that thousands of girls are longing to have the real Jace back would make him very happy…
The pace of the book is just right and as a penultimate book in a series it has enough plot of its own without consisting entirely of set-up for the bound-to-be-awesome final book in the series City of Heavenly Fire.
Clare’s writing is witty, sarcastic and injects humour into an action filled story, making it that much more fantastic. I really felt myself get inside Clary’s head in this book, perhaps more so than in the rest of the series.
For fans who have read the prequel series, The Infernal Devices, there are plenty of tidbits that will spark numerous theories about the relationships between various Shadowhunters in Clare’s world.
City of Lost Souls did exactly what it should have done - entertained me while leaving me eagerly anticipating City of Heavenly Fire.
I’m going to a Cassandra Clare book signing next weekend so I’ll report back with any information I can get!
Rating - **** 4 and a half stars!
Only one week until City of Lost Souls comes out (the 5th book in The Mortal Instruments series)! :)