Book review: Cassandra Clare’s “City of Lost Souls”

I have to admit that I like the trailer.

However tumultuous her time in the Harry Potter fandom may have been — allegations of plagiarism that people can still read about online — there is no denying the fact that Cassandra Clare has done pretty well for herself since then.

Not only have all four books in her “The Mortal Instruments” series skyrocketed up the New York Times Bestseller list, filming of its movie adaptation is also udnerway, with Jamie Campbell Bower and Lily Collins starring as Jace Wayland and Clary Fray respectively.

Even the lackluster reception from both fans and critics to “Clockwork Angel” and “Clockwork Prince”, the two books in her “The Infernal Devices” series, has not prevented both books from lording it over atop the bestseller lists.

This year, Clare adds another volume to “The Mortal Instruments” series with “City of Lost Souls”, the fifth installment in the ongoing adventures of Jace Wayland and Clary Fray. Will Clare’s winning streak continue with this new novel? Or will her literary luck finally fizzle out?

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Book review: Kiera Cass’ “The Selection”

Ever since the success of self-published authors like Amanda Hocking and E. L. James, publishing houses are looking increasingly towards the internet in their search for the next literary sensation.

One such author plucked from online obscurity and cast into mainstream success is Kiera Cass, who debuts on bookstores around the world with “The Selection”, a young adult novel about 35 girls who vie for the love and attention of the kingdom’s crown prince.

Beforehand, Cass built an online reputation with “The Siren”, a self-published novel that re-imagines the mythological creature and has helped Cass amass a 3,000-plus strong following on Twitter.

Will Cass have the same measure of success on actual bookshelves as she has had on electronic ones? Or will “The Selection”, unlike “The Siren”, fail to draw in readers and fans?

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