I would only recommend this book if you have read the first two. I know they are completely different characters and a completely different setting but you do have to know a thing or two about the Night World in order to understand some of the plight that these two sister cousins go through.
Wow, true to form Smith introduces you into a whole new realm of the Night World whereas the main focus was vampires in this book you are getting an introduction to the world of the dark witches of Circle Midnight and the Light-good witches of Circle Twilight. You are also introduced to a third and upcoming Circle Daybreak but this is only touched upon briefly.
There are three main characters in this book Thea, the "good witch" of Circle Twilight, Blair the "bad witch" of Circle Midnight and David the human boy. All three are very different and Jeannie Stith really did a good job in keeping them different and making sure each character kept their own personality during the book.
Only if the first two books would be involved as well.
I learned that the last book "Strange Fate" has been "lost" LJ smith has written it but for some reason or another it has not been published. To my understanding this has been the case for close to 10 years. I am sad to say that at this point, you will be enjoying the Night World stories and characters without the closure a reader, a customer or a fan would expect.
I was hesitant to begin listening to this book, after all the negative reviews I read about the bad narrators and the direction of the story. But I decided to put on my big girl hat and just see it through. I’m happy I did. The moment I heard Ed Westwick’s voice I freaked out! OMG It was THAT Ed Westrick! The lead singer of The Filthy Youth!! I agree that this was not the best choice for narrating this story, I think he needs a story line with a tormented male hero to really take advantage of the deep sexy accent that seems to spills out of his lungs just to seduce female ears.
Ok, my listening preferences aside, I liked the book. No it didn’t follow the usual Mortal Instruments story line, the whole inappropriate sibling in love scenario is over and story follows Simon’s adventures as he discovers the true power of being a day walker that bares the mark of Cain. Best of all Simon ends up being the real hero of the book. Maybe it’s because I have a soft spot for Simon (and Ed Westwicks sexy voice) but so far I have found this book the most enjoyable so far.
Natalie Moore is an outstanding performer! I think I can honestly say that she made this entire book worth listening too. City of Glass picks up right where the strange City of Ashes left off. The same complex web of relationships is further expanded with the introduction of a new villain, Sebastian (the real Jonathan) and finally Jace and Clary find themselves in a situation where they are free to love one another. I know that there are more books to come in the series but I little reluctant to continue. There was a lot happening in this novel and most of the loose ends except for Sebastian’s death have been tied up. Over all, lots of adventure, good twists and pretty complicated story line. I try not to judge YA books too harshly but I don’t feel this series is appropriate for children under 15.
Oh what a tangled web we weave! Maybe it’s just me or maybe I’m just a little closed minded about these kinds of things but the “love” story between Clary and Jace is a bit unsettling to me considering the circumstances of the story. I’m pretty confident that there is a plot twist somewhere that will make everything seem normal again but the underlying incestuous tone of the relationship is a just a bit um, gross. On a lighter note, let me just say that I love Simon, he’s geeky and strong a perfect sub hero. I would love to see a spin off series with his adventures as a fledgling vampire. Natalie Moore, gave a five star performance.
First things first: The narrator was fantastic! Ari Graynor really brought the entire story and the characters to life. She was well paced and consistent with her vocalizing of each persona. Over all I found the story amusing and different a double plus since most paranormal romances and urban fictions are strictly about vampires. I think Clare built a fantastic and interesting hidden world. I lowered my overall score because I found the "twist" in the story was odd and unsettling. No spoilers will be given but ... Yuck.
ALL THE HYPE ABOUT THIS BOOK IS TRUE! The first thing I have to say about this book is it is one of the best written pieces of fiction that I have ever read and this is by far the best audio book performance I have ever heard. The multiple stories weave together seamlessly complete with excellent quirky character development as well as an unconventional friendship based love story between three women bonding over the massive racial injustice of the 1960’s. I can’t stress enough that the performances on this audio book were phenomenal. The narrators will keep you intrigued through the gut busting laugh out loud parts of the book and in some cases leave you in tears in the absolutely heart wrenching moments of the story. Over all, I’d say this book is an instant classic in both print and spoken word.
Now, I am not a big fan of reviews with spoilers, after all they are reviews, not book reports. With that said I have to admit that when I first heard about this book, I was a little skeptical. I was looking for something different, something to pull me out of the murder, crime and paranormal romance books that I’ve been reading for years. So when a friend of mine suggested I read this book I made the leap and purchased the audio book. WOW is all I have to say. The story line is simple and beautiful; there is magic, love, loss and oh yeah …. FOOD, OMG I think I gained 5 lbs while listening to this book! I would go home everyday craving BBQ sandwiches and I even logged on line to find some of the cake recipes mentioned in the book, which author’s website so graciously provides! With excellent attention to detail and description the end of the book left me feeling satisfied and very food passionate.
Caitline Greer was phenomenal! I am so impressed; I can't believe that this was Becca Fitzpatrick's first novel! I love the intrigue and unfulfilled romance in this story. Patch, a fallen angel is desperately in love with human, Nora. His love knows no bounds and he does everything he possible can to keep her safe and alive. Nora being a very prudent and somewhat obtuse young woman is desperately fighting her feelings for Patch until she learns about his secrets and can rationalize everything. This story is about love that can overcome all obstacles and about compromising yourself for the one you love.
I am not going to lie, this is an interesting story, but it was just way too long and dragging. These poor performers must have been there for hours and hours wondering when these sessions would end. It just felt like an unknown history lesson during some parts, which is excellent, I love learning new and strange things but this was just a little too much for me personally.
I love Dean Koontz, he is the only author that can get me so involved into a story I just can't seem to put the book down. This was no exception, I loved this book it was creepy, suspenseful and action packed. BUT the one thing I HATE is that he never finishes his books!!! He leaves everything up in the air, I appreciate the open ending but please feel free to close them up every now and then even if it is a sad tragic ending it would be an ending none the less. This was a great book with a very disapointing nonending. Yes I said non-ending, as in non-existing ending.
This is the first Michael Connelly book I have experienced and since I am writing this review in hind sight I have to say it could have been better. He is an excellent writer and this book just lacked some of the fire I know he posses.
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