Summer Reading List: “City of Lost Souls”

I know it’s been a while, but we’ve finally made it to the last published book in the Mortal Instruments series. We can finally find out what happened after the cliffhanger we were left with at the end of “City of Fallen Angels.”

 

The demon Lilith has been destroyed and Jace freed from captivity. But when the Shadowhunters arrive, they find only blood and broken glass. Not only is the boy Clary loves missing, so is the boy she hates: Her brother Sebastian, who is determined to bring the Shadowhunters to their knees.
The Clave’s magic cannot locate either boy, but Jace can’t stay away from Clary. When they meet again Clary discovers the horror Lilith’s magic has wrought — Jace and Sebastian are now bound to each other, and Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is determined to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other.

Only a few people believe that Jace can still be saved. Together, Alec, Magnus, Simon and Isabelle bargain with the sinister Seelie Queen, contemplate deals with demons, and turn at last to the mercilees, weapon-making Iron Sisters, who might be able to forge a weapon that can sever the bound between Sebastian and Jace. If the Iron Sisters can help, their only hope is to challenge Heaven and Hell — a risk that could claim their lives.

Amd they must do it without Clary. For Clary is playing a dangerous game utterly alone. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost? What price is too high to pay, even for love?

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. Darkness threathens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.

I never really thought there would be happily-ever-after for Clary and Jace (well, not just yet anyway; there is still one more book in the series),but I didn’t think Jace would be taken from Clary so soon. First, Clary lost him in death, and now she’s lost him after he’s been brought back. Heck, what’s worse:  Losing someone in death, or losing someone in life?

The one thing about the Mortal Instruements that I keep forgetting is the fact that Clary, Jace, Alec, and Isabelle are all teenagers. I keep thinking that they’re adults. Well,  Alec is 18, so he’s technically an adult, but I still think of him as a teenager (18 is still considered a teenager – – eighTEEN). It’s just they they have so much more responsibilty than most teenagers, and they have to more to worry about as well. In addition to having to worry about regular teenage problems, they have to worry about Downworlder, Demons and other Shadowhunters.

At the same time, if the characters were adults,  I don’t think the Mortal Instruments would be as well-understood as it is now. I’m not saying it wouldn’t be understood if Clary, Jace and the rest of them were adults, but typically teenagers (at least in today’s world) seem to have the most dramatic lives. Teenagers tend to have the most problems. And they’re also the ones who have to come to terms with who they are, whether they like it or not.

For instance, Alec has to come to terms with his sexuality. Isabelle has to come to love and trust other people in her life, especially the men in her life. And Clary has to accept her not-so-normal life.  Although adults could go through some of these same transformations, it makes more sense for the characters to be teenagers on the verge of adulthood.

Well, anyway, I hope you’ve enjoyed the Mortal Instruments as much as I have, and I hope you’ll enjoy reading “The City of Lost Souls” as much as I did when I read it.

Happy reading!

MOVIE UPDATE: Kevin Zegers has been cast to portray Alec Lightwood, and Lena Headey has been cast to portray Jocelyn Fray. Jamie Bower Campbell and Lily Collins are still set to portray Jace Wayland and Clary Frary, respectively. Robert Sheehan will portray Simon Lewis. And Aidan Turner is set to portray Luke Garroway. For more casting news, you can check imdb.com, and then search for “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.”

“The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” is set to be released in August 2013. I can’t wait to see it in the theaters. It should be as good as “Twilight,” only better. And if the first movie is successful, there will be more movies than “Twilight” as well.

Summer Reading List: “City of Fallen Angels”

I hope y’all enjoyed Brad Meltzer’s “The Book of Lies.” It sure was an intense plot twisting mystery.

I did know half way through the book that it had to be Roosevelt. The killer is usually someone who you least expect, and it’s usually someone who’s closest to the main character. In this case, it was Roosevelt.

And a ponytail? I’m sorry, I’ve only seen a few guys who can pull of the ponytail. And the guys who can’t usually end up looking like a woman. But that’s just my opinion.

It’s time to get back to the Mortal Mnstruments. The next book in the series is “City of Fallen Angels.”

The Mortal War is over, and Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She’s training to become a Shadowhunter and to user her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And — most important of all — Clary can finally call Jace her boyfriend.

But nothing comes without a price.

Someone is murdering the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine’s Circle, provoking tension between downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second bloody war. Clary’s best friend, Simon, can’t help her. His mother just found out that he’s a vampire and now he’s homeless. Everywhere he turns, someone wants him on their side — along with the power of the curse that’s wrecking his life. And they’re willing to do anything to get what they want. At the same time he’s dating two beautiful, dangerous girls — neither of whom knows about the other.

When Jace begins to pull away from Clary without explaining why, she is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare:  She herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.

Love. Blood. Betrayl. Revenge. The stakes are higher than every in “City of Fallen Angels.”

What makes “City of Fallen Angels” different from the first three books is the point of view. We still see the world through Clary’s eyes, but we also get to see the world through Simon’s eyes. And, as I said before, I find Simon to be a pretty interesting character.

What’s going to be interesting is going to be how he’s going to maintain his relationships with Isabelle and Maia, especially if they don’t know about each other.  These are definitely two women you don’t want to piss off, so I just wonder how, or if, Simon will get away with tricking both Isabelle and Maia.

He might end up back in  the ground.  Only this time, it would be more permanent.

Enjoy your week of reading.  “City of Fallen Angels” should be a fun read, especially if you found the first three books in the Mortal Instruments to be fun.

Summer Reading List: “The Book of Lies”

I hope you enjoyed the first three books in the Mortal Instruments series (I sure did). Once I picked up “City of Bones,”  I was hooked. I know I said it before, but I really can’t wait for the Mortal Instruments movie to come out next year. If done right, the  movie could be the next phenomenon after “Hunger Games,” even though the “Hunger Games” trilogy isn’t over yet.  But you get my point.

There are three more books in the series, but for now I’m going to take a short break to read a book that’s not in the Mortal Instruments. Don’t fret, though, I will get back to Clary and the gang after I’m finished with “The Book of Lies.”

In Chapter four of the Bible, Cain kills Abel.  It is the world’s most famous murder. But the Bible is silent about one key detail: The weapon Cain used to kill his brother. That weapon is still lost to history.

In 1932, Mitchell Siegel was killed by two gunshots to the chest. While mourning, his son dreamed of a bulletproof man and created the world’s greatest hero:  Superman. And like Cain’s murder weapon, the gun used in this unsolved murder has never been found.

Today in Fort Lauderdale, FL, Cal Harper comes face-to-face with his own family tragedy:  His long-missing father has been shot with a gun that traces back to Mitchell Siegel’s 1932 murder. But soon after their surprising reunion, Cal and his father are attacked by a ruthless tattooed man with the ancient markings of Cain.

So begins the chase for the world’s first murder weapon. It is a race that will pull Call back into his own past even as it propels him forward through the true story of Cain and Abel, an eighty-year-old unsolvable puzzle, and the deadly organization known for the past century as the Leadership.

What does Cain, history’s greatest villain, have to do with Superman, the world’s greatest hero? And what do two murders, committed thousands of years apart, have in common? This is the mystery at the heart of Brad Meltzer’s riveting and utterly intriguing new thriller.

Whew . . . that was a long introduction.  I’ll try not to make an introduction that long again.  But I can’t make any promises.

I found this book at a book sale, where I was able to buy it for $2.  And believe me, it was a great deal.

It’s strange, but I always seem to pick up books with religious themes, whether or not the stories in them are true are not.   Even the Mortal Instruments series has a religious theme.  Afterall, the Nephilim are the children of Angels and humans.  And Jace questions whether or not he believes in God.

“The Book of Lies” is filled with thrilling plot twists and muliple points of views that keep you from putting the book down. I haven’t read any of Brad Meltzer’s other books, but if I saw any of them I sure wouldn’t hesitate to pick them up.

Brad Meltzer, the author of “The Book of Lies”

I hope you enjoy your week of reading!

Summer Reading List: “City of Glass”

I hope you enjoyed the second installment in the mortal instrument series, “City of Ashes.”

Now it’s time for the “City of Glass.”   This book was orginially intended to be final book in the mortal instruments, but it was later announced that there would be three more books in the series, “City of Fallen Angels,” “City of Lost Souls,” and “City of Heavenly Fire,” which we’ll get to later.

Although “City of Glass” isn’t the final book, the events from the first two books are wrapped up.

To save her mother’s life, Clary travels to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters — never mind that by doing so she is breaking the Law, which could mean death.  Even worse, Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by Shadowhunters who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.  Luckily, Clary find an ally in the mysterious Sebastian, who holds a strange attraction for her.  As Valentine musters a demon army, can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their ancient hatred and work together?  And can Clary harness her newfound powers to help save them all — whatever the cost?

My second favorite character after Alec Lightwood is Simon Lewis.  He’s the character who is the most relatable.  Sure, he might be a vampire who can withstand sunlight, but in the first book he was a typical teenager boy who was in love with his best friend, but was too scared to tell her of his feelings.  He is then thrown into a world that he doesn’t quite understand, but he never turns away from the world of Shadowhunters, Downworlders, or most importantly, Clary Fray.

And althought Simon might not have the best opinion of Jace Wayland right now, I think Simon will come around and end up becoming good friends with Jace, whether they like it or not.

As I stated in my post before, when I first started reading the mortal instrument series, I thought it was going to be another “Twilight” just with more creatures than vampires and werewolves.  After reading “City of Bones,” I thought there was going to be a love triangle between Clary, Jace, and Simon.  But then, I found out that Jace was her brother, so it couldn’t be like “Twilight.”

Even if Jace wasn’t Clary’s brother, I don’t think the mortal instruments could be anything like the “Twilight” saga.  For one, there’s an actual storyline.  It’s more than just “I like you.  No, I like you.  No, I like you, but I like him more.”

The mortal instruments is about overcoming what seems like the impossible in your life, and, though, none of us can directly relate to misfourtunes in Clary’s life, we can understand the curveballs that life can throw at you.

Such as an unexpected death of a loved one, being laid off from a job that you thought you would have until retirement, or the discovery of a potentially fatal illness.  And though, these may be extreme cases, what can be learned from the mortal instrument is that through love, family, perseverance and a little bit of faith, you can get past any curveball that life throws your way.

I didn’t meant to get philosophical on you, but it just came out that way.  I tend to type exactly what I’m thinking, and believing, at the time.

I hope you enjoy your reading!

Summer Reading List: “City of Ashes”

I hope you enjoyed the first book in the Mortal Instrument series, “City of Bones.”

When I read the first half of “City of Bones,” I thought that this was going to be just like “Twilight” with their being a potential love triangle between Clary, Jace, & Simon.  But then I found out Jace was Clary’s brother, and I knew this couldn’t be just like “Twilight.”

I’m not saying “Twilight” was a bad movie, but it wasn’t the best movie either.  All I can say is that I can’t wait for the “City of Bones” movie to come out in 2014.  Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower better act their butts off in order to do this book series justice.

I was a little surprised when I found out that Alec was gay.  But I’m glad Cassandra Clare, the author of the Immortal Instruments, introduced a gay character.  Actually, she’s introduced two gay characters, Alec and Magnus.  I’m also glad that Alec has some sort of support from his sister, Isabelle, who seems to be okay with Alec’s sexuality and who seems to love him geniunely and unconditionally.

Hmmm . . . I wonder if Alec and Magnus are going to get together.  Magnus sure was interested in Alec, but is Alec interested in Magnus, or rather is Alec brave enough to show an interest in Magnus?  Alec may be a Shadowhunter, but he is also a scared teenager who doesn’t know if he can come to terms with his sexuality or if the other people in his life will be able to accept him for who he is.  It’ll be interesting to find out just how, or if, Alec comes to terms with his sexuality and how, or if, the other people in Alec’s life are accepting as Isabelle.

Unfortunately, there were a few unanswered questions left at the end of “City of Bones,” and the only way to answer them is to read the next book in the series, “City of Ashes.”

City of Ashes

Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal.  But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries?  Clary would love to spend more time with her best friend, Simon.  But the Shadowhunters won’t let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating newfound brother, Jace.  And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.  When the second of the Mortal Instruments is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor suspects Jace.  Could Jace really be willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

I hope you enjoy “City of Ashes” as much as I hope you enjoyed “City of Bones.”

If you have any questions or you just want to share you thoughts about “City of Bones,” “City of Ashes,” or anything regarding the Immortal Instrument series, please feel free to shoot me an email or you can comment on this post if you don’t mind sharing your thoughts with the rest of the WordPress community.

Summer Reading List: “City of Bones”

For all you students out there who are either not working (like me), or not taking summer classes (like me), I would highly recommend you to spend some time catching up on some reading.

And, no, I don’t mean catching up on reading for school, but catching up on reading for fun.  Reading can be fun!

By the end of the summer, I plan to have read at least one book a week, although a few books may take a little bit longer, and I would like for you to join me.  I plan to suggest to suggest one book to you that I’ve read, that I’m reading, or that I plan to read that I think will be interesting to you.

To start off, I’m going to suggest the first book in the Mortal Instruments series: “City of Bones.” It’s an adventurous, young adult fantasy series that literally has you turning the pages faster than you can read. This will be a book that you can’t put down as with the other books in the series.

Here’s the synopsis on the back of the “City of Bones”:

When Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder. Much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with odd markings. This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons — and keeping the odd werewolves and vampires in line. It’s also her first meeting with gorgeous, golden-haired Jace. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disapperars and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in an ordinary mundane like Clary? And how did she suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know.

In addition to reading the “City of Bones,” be prepared to watch the “City of Bones” movie starring Lily Collins as Clary Fray  (“Abduction,” Mirror Mirror,” & “Priest”) and Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace Wayland (“”Sweeney Todd:  The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” & “The Twilight Saga:  Breaking Dawn — Part 1”) set to be released in August 2013.

Have fun and enjoy your reading!