Cassandra Clare – City of Lost Souls (Mortal Instruments #5)

Well this series took a turn for the weird again. No sooner have we got away from the fact that Clary was in love with her supposed brother, but her real brother has now arrived on the scene big style, and their relationship (or should I say how he sees their relationship) is just downright creepy. I do realise that it’s part of his character, but it just feels wrong.

The book was still action packed, but there weren’t really many surprises to keep me on my toes and wanting to turn page after page to find out what was going to happen next. I did like the character development and the changes in relationships that happened throughout the book, people seem to be pairing off quite nicely. That is, until the end when one relationship comes to a rather abrupt (and unwanted) end and one character makes a rather drastic decision.

We leave the book at the end set up for what I presume will be an interesting finale. My only wish would be that Clary stops being an idiot and starts learning to take care of herself and those around her, rather than rushing headlong into every situation and waiting for everyone to come and rescue her. I don’t mind the whole ‘damsel in distress’ thing when I’m reading a soppy book, but with a book like this, I’d much rather have a strong female lead who can kick ass as well as the boys around her.

I have to say, I’ll be quite glad to finish this series and move onto something different. Which is usually a sign that the series hasn’t been great, as I usually finish a series clamoring for more.


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