The story is entertaining, cleverly written and well performed. Great friendships, battles, scary creatures and intrigue. There is building of great, long term friendship and relationships. A good vacation book.
I'm a 47 year old mom of two young girls. Just recently discovered young adult fiction, as well as dystopian novels.
I was SO disappointed that the narrator for this second book changed!!! What a mistake! In the first book, some of the characters have these amazing Brit accents. The diversity of voices was SO much better with Mae Whitman. And this author clearly didn't listen to the first book -- the pronunciations of many words are different. It is super annoying. Makes me want to read the rest of the series instead of listen to it.
That said, the story is intriguing and the characters are interesting. It is very, very "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" so if you were a Buffy fan, I think you will really like this. So far, I think the author does a great job with teenage and adult angst. The characters feel real. I think this YA novel is targeted perfectly, and would easily recommend it to a teen as a fun read.
I can't wait to continue reading the series because it's amazingly written. Cassandra Clare was created an incredible world. And can't wait to read any future shadow hunter series that she releases.
Love the storyline just wish the narrator would be consistent in the books with the character's voices/interpretations. One book you have an English Jace and then all of a sudden you have a surly New Yorker Jace. Don't care for the changes. Thankfully the storyline holds up nicely. 👍👍
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Overall Rating 3.50
Story Rating 3.50
Character Rating 3.50
Audio Rating (not part of the overall rating): 4.50
Audio Specific Review: Narrated by Natalie Moore and she does a fantastic job. She only does book 1 and 2 though so it will be interesting to see what I think of the next one.
First Thought when Finished: Just as annoying as the first one ---darn it!
What I Loved: I think the world that Cassandra Clare has created is just downright intriguing and brilliantly crafted. She does a fantastic job of shifting between the now and the "other" world. She does this down to the characters actions and it always felt real. Simon in the last few chapters totally moved into my "love" category. He totally did what was right in the end and that was just plain awesome. I appreciate when a triangle is resolved with someone growing a pair (so to speak).
What I Liked: Jace and his snarky attitude are a bit of a joy to read. He is always very entertaining maybe even when he shouldn't be snarking off. I also love Luke! Just going to say it, Clary is lucky to have such a strong figure in her life.
What annoyed the heck out of me: I could have said that nicer but honestly the brother/sister storyline with the illusions to more is just downright annoying with a combo of "ick". I know that it doesn't go on forever (or that cover on book 5 makes no sense at all) BUT until it is resolved it is distracting from my enjoyment of the books.
Final Thought: This is a well-loved series and for many reason I can see why. I love Cassandra's writing and story flow. I may not love every story-line but all of them are very readable.
Very enjoyable follow up to the first book. At times I thought the fight scenes would never end.
I would have appreciated a bestiary to help classify/picture the demons.
I saw the City of Bones movie in the middle of this one, and kept picturing the actors instead of how I originally thought they looked.
my fist book on audible now i cam hooked to audible at night i stay awake till 12am just to listen to audible