REVIEW : City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

City of Lost Souls

Author      : Cassandra Clare
Publisher   : Margaret K. McElderry Books
Source      : Bought
Pages        : 534 (Hardcover)

Summary from Goodreads :
The New York Times bestselling 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?

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge.

Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.

While I write this review, I assume you guys have read already or at least warned about how City of Fallen Angel ended, because it's REALLY HARD to write this down without spoiling a bit.

I prepared myself a bit longer to read this book, in other word I was letting it stay too long on my shelf which is very funny because I was literally anxiously biting my nail when this book was still on its way *facepalm*. Although I really love this series too much, I was seriously afraid of what I would find inside this book, you know what I mean if you already read City of Fallen Angel. Then finally I gathered my guts to pick it out from my shelf aaaaaand... I was so glad it's still amazing like before, not really gripping because I still could put it down and getting distracted by other things and I took a long time to finish this book, but still it's amazing. I know that something really really BIG is missing here (and that kind of made me sad) but I still could manage to enjoy this book.

The point of this book is a process to get Jace back to the Team Good after he has vanished along with Sebastian's body for some weeks after CoFA's ending. We still can find him, but for some reasons, Jace we see here is not really the old Jace we've known. Because of that circumstances, we can say that Jace isn't the main character in this book, for now. In one side that's a big loss, especially for those who have been loving him since the first 3 books. I did feel the same way. I really miss his old self which is carefree and crackingly sarcastic. But on the other side, I was happy because because Clare gave her secondary characters to shine and make us love or hate and understand them more than before, like Simon, Isabelle, Alec, Magnus, Kyle, Maia, and even Sebastian.

I think I definitely adore Clary now. She's smart, very determined, impulsive and brave, even willing risk her own life to save Jace. I was beyond relief that Jace's love to Clary is so big and nothing can change it. Their love scenes are still sweet and sizzlin' hot but still, I really missed their witty and sarcastic banters.
Characters that also quite stand out are Simon and Isabelle. Simon seems like the one who brings the light with his jokes, well, with Magnus actually. I always love Simon, he's still a faithful and funny best-boy-friend for Clary (how I envy her for him) and I was silently rooting him for developing his relationship with Isabelle.
We get a chance to know more about Sebastian here, and honestly the more I knew him, the more I wanted to pity him. 'What if' questions kept popping in my mind and I was like assuring myself that he actually could be a good guy. But well, I can tell that he's absolutely an evil guy.

I also found that Clare shows the connection between Mortal Instruments world and Infernal Devices's and they made the whole Shadowhunter world more fun for me! =D. There are plenty ID's things scattering inside some chapters beside we already have known, and even there's one character that makes me wondering who is him until now. I've read some prediction from people out there but yet we still have to know the truth on next book.

City of Lost Soul, although somehow it's not as good as the previous es, is still a great sequel. It has generally very satisfying ending (I literally sighed a relief because of this =D) although something surprising (or probably heartbreaking) also happens. I won't tell what it is, just, well, be aware =). For Indonesian fellows, we have to be proud because Clare put us in her acknowledgement, and she makes us having a STRONG connection with Magnus. He has our blood guys, even says 'aku cinta kamu' (which means 'i love you') although it's for other condition. I did feel great after Magnus said it. XD
I already can't wait to get the last book, City of Heavenly Fire, how Clare conclude this awesome series of her. So guys, you have to read this soon, and for those who haven't start this series yet, you need to so you can feel how awesome this series is! =D

Happy reading! ;)

Wishlist Wednesday #19

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop where we will post about one book per week that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added (it's entirely up to you), that we can't wait to get off the wishlist and onto our wonderful shelves.
This blog meme is hosted by Pen to Paper, if you want to join please visit here to find more about this meme.

The Evolution of Mara Dyer
by Michelle Hodkin

Summary from Goodreads :
Mara Dyer once believed she could run from her past.

She can’t.

She used to think her problems were all in her head.

They aren’t.

She couldn’t imagine that after everything she’s been through, the boy she loves would still be keeping secrets.

She’s wrong.

In this gripping sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, the truth evolves and choices prove deadly. What will become of Mara Dyer next?

Everyone who already read and love The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer probably would agree that this series is really confusing. More you read and dive into it, more it confused you and yot also can't beg for answers because Ms. Hodkin let us wanting more and desperate till the end. But what is awesome is that we can't take our eyes of this sexy-dark-creepy story, and yes, WE WANT MOAR!
Right after the cover released (which is, OMG! Absolutely adore it!), I was like counting down the release date day past day. I also sigh in big relief because it has MORE THAN 500 PAGES! *flippin' acrobatic-ly*.
Well, it's still 2 months to go but I already soooooo excited and anxious! Can't wait to read more about the truth of Mara identity (if Ms. Hodkin is being kind enough to give us some) and the sexy Noah *squeeeee!*

Anyone already read the ARC of this book (and i'm soooooo jealous of you guys! TAT)? What do you think about it?
What is your Wishlist Wednesday this week? =)

REVIEW : Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Where She Went

Author      : Gayle Forman
Publisher   : Gramedia Pustaka Utama (Indonesia)
Source      : Bought
Pages        : 200

Summary from Goodreads :
It's been three years since the devastating accident . . . three years since Mia walked out of Adam's life forever.

Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Juilliard's rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia's home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future-and each other.

Told from Adam's point of view in the spare, lyrical prose that defined If I Stay, Where She Went explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance.

“But I'd do it again. I know that now. I'd make that promise a thousand times over and lose her a thousand times over to have heard her play last night or to see her in the morning sunlight. Or even without that. Just to know that she's somewhere out there. Alive.”
- Adam Wilde "Where She Went"

As the sequel of If I Stay, Where She Went is also one powerful and emotional contemporary reading I've ever read. And for some reasons I really loved this book more than If I Stay. Beside this is told from Adam's side (male's voice is mostly always touching deeper, I completely biased), I really awed how Forman can make such an intense, heartbreaking story about separation yet you can also feel a hope in it. I barely knew Adam at If I Stay but I already liked him a lot for what he did for Mia. And because of this book, I love him more and more. The writing just really emotional and raw I literally felt Adam's pain, made my heart aching and shed tears for him ;~;

“Who says I breathe music? Who says I even breathe?”
- Adam Wilde "Where She Went"

Where She Went is told from Adam's side who is now holding his celebrity status as a rock superstar with his bandmate, Shooting Star, and has a celebrity girlfriend too. But inside, he's a total mess, has been hurting and broken since Mia left him and disappeared for 3 years after Mia survived from the death. He's still love Mia so bad yet he can do nothing.

At this part, Adam's voice is very bitter and hopeless. It was really sad, saw him struggling to keep his sanity with consuming lots of sedatives but so amazing that he still manages to continue his life and eventually gained his dream. This is one thing I loved the most about Adam's character. Forman makes him so flawed and believable as a person who has to face his hurtful moment, and also somehow has a big and tough heart to allow Mia out from his life if it has to. I was too absorbed into Adam's voice and blamed Mia a lot, how dare she left someone so precious like him. But soon I changed my view of her after finally at one moment they meet each other because Mia is different and maturer here. I was glad to see that she becomes the first one who approaches Adam and the way Forman fix their relationship through only one night with pack of memories and presents is beautifully and heart-warmingly done. I literally shed tears (inside the office bus on my way to the office, cool huh? xD) at some moments and in the end I shed happy and relieved tears for Adam. I still could turn melancholy if I remember it.

I know my review is lacked here and there and not enough to describe how amazing this series is but it DOES. Where She Went, along with If I Stay are must-reads. I always appreciate a fiction that also can teach us about life values from its characters and how the story goes. I learnt an epitome of love and understanding, hope and fortitude, lost and found, grief and forgiveness through this series and it gives an amazing feeling to me. You should experience it too.
Happy reading! =)

“You know, I thought about that a lot these last couple of years," She says in a choked voice. "About who was there for you. Who held your hand while you grieved for all that you'd lost?”
Mia "Where She Went"

PS : talking about cover, I love the Indonesia version more than US. I love soft colors, the simple wooden wall and a guitar leaning back against it. Somehow it's like representing Adam =)

In My Mailbox #24

Saturday, August 18, 2012

In My Mailbox is a blog meme hosted by Kristi of The Story Siren. You can show some books you got over the week which you bought, borrowed or given to you.

Hello guys how are you today? =)
Wow, I've been MIA for several weeks, I've even posted only 4 blog entry from last month til now! AAAARGHHHH!!! Life's been so tough on me, and well also a lot things distracted me from reading and blogging activities so I couldn't be too productive. Now I'm in Eid Al Fitr holiday so I get several free days trying to catch up, start with IMM then.

Here are some new books I got last weeks (which is literally more than a month, phew) :


Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday
Losing Lila by Sarah Alderson

I'm so happy to get these three books. I've been wanting to read Anna Dressed in Blood since long time ago and yay finally it's in my shelf!
Look at Deadly Cool's cover, isn't it creepily pretty? =D Honestly I wanted to read this book pure because I was been attracted to the cover. I hope I can enjoy it.
And for Losing Lila, I think it has to stay a bit longer on my shelf since I haven't start Hunting Lila yet. And I was really glad to get this book sooner before long holiday started.


Fragile Eternity by Mellisa Marr
This Side of The Grave by Jeaniene Frost
Finally I found Fragile Eternity at last, and my Wicked Lovely series which are already released here is complete. I also can't wait to read another jorney of Bones and Cat in This Side of The Grave. This series is amazing! =D

It's good to still get some new books, while actually I'm in book-buying diet,LOL. But I guess I can't help to get a little of new good books
So that's I got last weeks, what's in your mailbox/stacks/bookhaul/etc ? Feel free to put your link so I can check it back. Enjoy your week with your awesome new books! ^^

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