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Publisher's Summary

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

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  • Amanda
  • DECATUR, GA, United States
  • 06-04-12

Ed Westwick, where did you go?

What did you love best about City of Lost Souls?

I didn't love this book. I found myself feeling somewhat bored at times. Too many repetitive make out scenes and long lulls in the action made this my least favorite book in the series.

The fact that Clary is extremely annoying, the make-out scenes are a bit over the top, and the constant use of the word incredulous really grated on my nerves with this book. The relationship between Alec and Magnus is completely ridiculous. Every character in the book is wrapped up some kind of drama filled romantic relationship, which really diminishes the quality of the story.

All that being said, I still want to know what happens next. Uggg...

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sebastion/Johnathan really carried the story. I don't particularly like the character, but at least he added something dynamic to this otherwise trite story.

Did Molly C. Quinn do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

I'm not a big fan of Molly Quinn... All he voices sound the same to me (kind of whiny), although I do like her Camille voice.

The story wasn't the same without Ed Westwick. I hope her narrates the Clockwork Princess.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Magnus' decision in the end brought me joy.

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  • Pauline
  • Colorado Springs, CO, United States
  • 05-17-12

Finally! Some Satisfaction

Would you consider the audio edition of City of Lost Souls to be better than the print version?

Aside from the great cover art of Jace and Clary? Yes, the story is an enjoyable one on several levels. There's the challenge of the Jace and Sebastian connection, life with Alex and Magnus, the developing interest between Simon and Izzie, all taking place between your ears! What's not to like? The last book was tough for a lot of us fans to take, and sort of left us all in a bad place waiting for the next story. Without spoiling anything, I can assure you, you will feel MUCH better about this installment in the series, so turn off the cell phones, lock the doors and get ready to listen to this gripper non-stop!

What was one of the most memorable moments of City of Lost Souls?

Can't put a spoiler in...but Simon's mark of Cain...

What about Molly C. Quinn’s performance did you like?

Her range of character voices. It was unintrusive in that I didn't consciously realize one person was making all those different sounds for each character. She was totally consistent...a huge challenge with so many characters interacting.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Not sure...

Any additional comments?

Put yourself in a place where you won't be disturbed while you listen to or read this book and be prepared to just stay in your jammies the whole weekend!

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  • Adam
  • Sherman Oaks, CA, United States
  • 05-16-12

Okay if you set bar low

Would you try another book from Cassandra Clare and/or Molly C. Quinn?

Cassandra Clare, I would finish the series, but if Molly is reading I will pass.

What was most disappointing about Cassandra Clare’s story?

Writing is fairly amateur. But it is what it is.

How could the performance have been better?

More or any vocal diversity. Reading an audiobook is a talent and having a young actress be the reader to attract young teen girls is an insult to people that are actually professional audio book readers.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Not to be crass but to be honest, it will never make it. The first three, but not farther than that.

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Another bad book

The author should have stopped two books ago instead of bad story development. she made everyone look like idiots in the book

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Back and Better Than Ever

Any additional comments?

Clary, Jace, and Simon are back and better than ever in City of Lost Souls. Sebastian does a great job at replacing Valentine and manipulating Jace...much to Clary's dismay. Clary is as headstrong and committed as she's ever been...much to Simon - and her mother's - dismay.

Truly, I loved City of Lost Souls and felt as if I'd been transported back to the day when I first read City of Bones and immediately deemed it one of my favorite books of all time. It is that good.

As always, I am enviously amazed at the way Cassandra Clare uses her talents to draw us into every one of the character's trials, tribulations, and emotions (love, hate, fear, and insecurities). She has a masterful way of making you feel like you have a stake in each of their challenges.

In City of Lost Souls, love... blood... betrayal... revenge definitely collide and every lover of paranormal/fantasy will want to take part. If you haven't begun this series, you should. If you've read every other book in the series except this one, you should right that wrong immediately. You will not be disappointed.

T. R. Graves, Author
Warriors of the Cross
Guardians of the Cross
Enemies of the Cross
Dark Angels of the Cross

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I don't want this series to end!

Would you consider the audio edition of City of Lost Souls to be better than the print version?

No, I think they're equal, but I always listen to the audiobook after I read the print version and I love picking up things I missed in my first read through.

What was one of the most memorable moments of City of Lost Souls?

I love when Clary calls Sebastian out on his crap! The final scenes with her and him are pretty entertaining!

Which character – as performed by Molly C. Quinn – was your favorite?

Simon for sure, although I love how defiant Clary is and Magnus and Simon's interactions in this book are entertaining too!

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  • A User
  • Pearland, TX, United States
  • 06-19-12

Loved this book

Would you consider the audio edition of City of Lost Souls to be better than the print version?

of all the narrators in this series, this one was probably my least favorite as she did not do as many accents adn different voices, but other than that, she did a fine job.

What was one of the most memorable moments of City of Lost Souls?

When Jase cut through the binding spell and came to Clary in her room, it was so passionate and sad all at once.

What about Molly C. Quinn’s performance did you like?

She was very good at capturing the essence of the book scenes

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When I thought maybe Will had died at Clary's hand when she drove the sword Glorious through his heart.

Any additional comments?

I loved this book, it was my favorite of all 5 so far....the journey with these characters has been amazing and I cant wait for the last book and the movie!

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excellent!

I like how the narrator would speed up during fast paced scenes, you could really feel the urgency.

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lost souls

more i listen to thses stories the more i realize i didn't remember some times i felt like i skipt chapters but thats the difference between reading and listening to the sories but witch ever you do reading books are a wonderful experience.

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Loved every single minute of it!

This is a great one, but I am waiting for the next one on here.