City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Well. I'm torn really because as much as I enjoyed these books there are a few things that make me not want to read them ever again and make me not want to suggest them to my friends. It all comes down to... "content".
Good golly miss Molly. I've never read a book that was so sexual without actually having full-on sex scenes. I had to skim a lot of the last three books. Like alot. Practically whole pages at a time. Over and over again.
I have to say that a make out scene rivaling many a sex scene is just as bad. Truly. :( There was sex, too. For whatever reason, the author didn't hold back when it came to make out scenes, but thankfully just let the reader know when characters had sex without a lot of... details.
There is a lot of homosexual stuff, which is not my thing. I don't appreciate it and don't really like reading it. I'm not a bigot. I liked the gay characters. Magnus was one of my favorites, but I just don't want to read about two dudes kissing... and then some.
And language. Not a lot, surprisingly, but definitely some. And a lot of gory violence (and an overuse of the word "ichor" [but that is more of a personal pet peeve]).
I got really sick of Clary complaining about how untrained and unprepared she was and always turning into a dang damsel in distress. It was such a relief to see her finally catch on and be capable of defending herself in this last book.
Jace. Ugh. I got really sick of him. He was sooooo self-deprecating. It got old really, really fast. At first you thought it was endearing that this perfect guy was tortured. And what girl doesn't fantasize sometimes about fixing a guy. We're not necessarily proud of it, but there it is. So, at first you thought it was nice that Clary might be able to fix this tortured boy. Until he wouldn't let her and everything that happened it the first four books just solidified his feelings about how bad or messed up or irreparable he was. So then he'd torture himself by avoiding Clary, and she'd get hurt... it was cyclical.
Okay. So that's a lot of wrong for books I really did like. I was really, really absorbed in this story, in all of the good guy characters... the plot, the love story... it just really grabbed me and I had a hard time putting the books down to go to bed. Jace, Clary, Simon, Alec, Isabelle, Luke, Maia, Jordan, and Magnus are all really great characters. Complex, flawed... and mostly always likable.
If you don't mind language, graphic/ explicit make out bits and homosexual romance then you shouldn't have a hard time reading these books. I can't say I'll ever read them again... I really can't, but I enjoyed the story line A LOT while I read them. If there hadn't been so much stuff that made me uncomfortable then I would read these books until they fell apart. And then buy new copies. And read them until they crumbled as well. They were that good.
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