I would consider the second and third stories to be better, because the narrators do an excellent job. The first one was horrible. or maybe it was the writing. Probably mostly the writing, but the narrator didn't help.
The Story by Jessica Sims (3rd Story), with the Molly Harper's (2nd Story) a close second.
The third story in it's entirety.
Don't give up on the book because the first story/narration sucks. The other two stories are worth a credit on thier own!
Clary and Jace's relationship, and also Clary and Simon. The interactions made me laugh aloud at some parts. Oh teenagers. Also, the made up world they interacted in was well executed. I've been reading a lot of supernatural lit lately, and sometimes it's like wait, really, that's your explanation of this world and what's going on in it? A little of it goes into a lot of detail but I still enjoyed it and thought the world was well fleshed out.
Clary was very easy to identify with. And Jace was a lovable asshole. And Simon was lovably clueless. And Alec was lovably gay and defensive. I pretty much loved everyone.
I haven't listed to Ari Graynor before and would not go seeking other narrations by her. She did alright and I liked her voice alright but sometimes the charaters were hard to distinguish between and also sometimes when she said something and the situation in the story developed I actively thought oh I would have emphasized the word differently to get that point across...or whatever. It was a little distracting, but I've heard worse.
I definitely laughed, and may have teared, I don't remember. I loved it. I can't wait to listen to the rest of the series, but I'm a little leery as looking ahead it seems the narrators change up a bit I'm worried that might affect my listening enjoyment some. While I didn't love Ari Graynor I'm used to it and hope it doesn't get worse.
Once I figured out that Jace and Clary were supposed to be brother and sister I was like OMG I immediately need to read on to find out if it's somehow not true and they can be together and not incestuous. Simon's cute and solid but come on, he obviously can't compete with Jace. My reaction to this book makes me feel like a teenager again, which I am definitely not. But in a good way. :)
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