I will listen to it again. It is remarkably read and the story is thrilling. The plot twists are incredible and I don't think I could get tired of this story.
It's hard to say; I love all of the characters for different reasons. I think Jessamine is my favorite though. SHe dreams of something more for her life, despises where she resides currently but she kicks butt when she needs to. THough she likes to pretend she's angry and couldn't care less, she really cares for the people around her.
I would hace to say Camille or De Quincy are my favorite performances.
When Tessa is giving Will holy water to counteract the vampire blood in his system and they are talking and end up kissing.
THis novel is brilliant, one of the best of its genre I have read in a while.
If you're a fan of teenage romance novels, then you'll probably like this book. The plot attempts to be twisty, and it's not horrible, but it's not exactly breaking any new ground. The author's premise is interesting enough, but the story never really goes anywhere.
My biggest problem with this book was the ongoing trend in young adult novels where an otherwise smart, independent heroine falls for some complete jerk, whose semi-abusive attitude is 'justified' by his dark/mysterious emotional issues. Will treats Tess like garbage, and instead of punching him one in the face, she just mopes around wondering what she did wrong. I just think it's a terrible message for young people. Emotional abuse is still abuse.
So basically, if you can get through the book without wanting to give the egocentric, emotionally stunted "hero" a good kicking, then you'll probably want to buy the whole series.
Victorian steampunk fantasy
Set in the late 1800's in England, the author introduces (or expands on, for those who've read her mortal instruments series, which I have not) a vibrant world where there's vampires, demons, angels,and hybrids. I appreciated that this book explained a lot of the rules surrounding these creatures and the shadowhunters so that you don't have to be a MI reader to get what's going on. Very cool world she's created.
I saw that a number of others disliked her performance, but I can't imagine why. I thought her accents (American and British) were great and I had no problems telling voices apart. I did not love every single voice she used, but quite frankly, she's only one person and it seems a bit demanding to expect every voice to be perfect and just the way you'd imagine in your head! Heck, even Jim Dale (who is magnificent) messes up at times! I felt Jennifer Ehle conveyed emotions and tone wonderfully in this book and I'm quite disappointed to see she's not reading any of the others!
I nearly did! I probably finished this book in approximately 2 sittings on 2 consecutive days. Only that I had work stopped me!
I felt this was a creative, engaging, and enjoyable story. It kept me on the edge of my seat wanting to know what would happen and several of the twists did get me. For those who complain about the supposed love triangle, I didn't find that to be a problem in this book, but I am sure it's going to become more of an issue later. With Will, I do understand the criticisms of his character, but I didn't honestly find it bothersome. Yes, some of the things he says and does are appalling, but I feel that that is meant to give us a surface view and then explore deeper in the other two books.
Also, it may be worth noting for those who are very sensitive that there is killing, blood, torture, and non-explicit sexual references. I never felt these took away from the story or were done in poor taste, but I was a bit surprised with some of them as they seemed a bit darker than my personal idea of YA novels. That said, I would personally let an older teen read these, but I'd recommend caution for younger teens and children.
This book was pretty good and definitely left me wanting to find out more by the end. I thought the storyline was interesting and I liked the characters for the most part. The narrator did a good job with the different accents, however, I felt she sounded too old to be believable as some of the younger characters. I was glad they used other narrators for book 2. Overall, I liked this book and look forward to the rest of this series.
The narrataor did such a fantastic job. I enjoyed hearing her different pitch/tone for the characters and it is exactly how I would have thought they sounded.
I knew the reviews were good but after reading the first few pages I thought, eh... I'll save it. I am so glad I finally made the leap - the story is fantastic and the narration was wonderfully fitting for the characters and tone of the story. It's hard to mix these kinds of characters into a story that feels worthwhile but it's been done here. I cannot wait to finish the series.
I wouldn't listen again. Not only is Victorian/Steampunk genre fiction not my favorite and I have no real interest in reading the rest of the series, the performance of this book was so bad I was tempted to stop before it was over. For what limited range of British accent the narrator does have, she did not execute them well. It seems that she only has two to three accents, and used them inconsistently at best. Sometimes I had a difficult time recognizing the respective characters. That was enough to prevent me from checking out the rest.
Because it was the first of a series, I was expecting the end to be abrupt and incomplete. I was not surprised by it.
I honestly couldn't say. A different narrator.
I like Casandra Clare as an author, but I don't love her. This book, like her others, is a slow start. I understand that new characters require development, but she drags it out more than necessary and tries too hard to leave an air of mystery about them. There were a few moments in this book I was tempted to stop listening due to lulls in the story. I am glad I persisted, as the storyline is unique and was a good mystery on top of it. It does involve vampires and other immortal beings, but they aren't the main focus, rather the group of angel descendants responsible for guarding humans from all of those nasties are the focus. Overall worth the listen, but expect some slow spots. Hopefully the second one rolls more smoothly since most characters should be known.
No. I am having to force myself to finish this one. I just think that the "romance" is taking over the story. Mush Mush Mush. I want something to happen. I just don't care about Tessa or her feelings.
This was my first attempt to at listening to an audio book and it was a great one to start with. The story is intriguing and detailed. You fall in love with the characters and their stories. It was a great story to keep me entertained while doing other various activities, like house work, exercising, and course work.
Will was my favorite character. He's so mysterious and you can't tell if you should hate him or love him. He brings a nice twist to things and you never really know what he's going to do next. As you find out more about the character it makes you even more determined to find out what else motivates and drives his decisions.
No I think the great thing about this book is that you can take it a little at a time. I usually listened about an hour or two everyday. This gave me the opportunity to not only digest what was happening with the story but get excited about what was coming next. Although I must admit one particular night I listened to the book for about 4 1/2 hours and was perfectly content with life. However since it is such a long audio book I wouldn't not suggest attempting to go at it in one sitting.
I would highly recommend this book. I plan on getting the next in the series and starting the partner series as well. I think it's called Mortal Devices