If I were rating this book separate from the first 3 in the series, I'd probably give it 4 stars. However, it's really difficult to read through 4 books that deal with the same general plot repeatedly - boy and girl love each other but can never be fully together. If there were 6 books involving Clary and Jace ultimately being together in the 6th book, I could handle that. But in the case of this series, it's like books 1-3 were their own series of Clary and Jace trying to be together and ultimately ending up that way after many trials. However, it is really this: after book 3, Clary and Jace are together and are then really can't be together because of other forces. After book 4, Clary and Jace are together and are then really can't be together because of other forces. After book 5, Clary and Jace are together and are then really can't be together because of other forces. It's extremely frustrating and repetitive.
When this book finally makes it to film, Sony would do good to stop the films after book 3.
Additionally, I get that the incest was a major factor in book 1, but for it to pop up again in book 5 with a different scenario is excessive.
The book itself was well written with lots of action, hence 3 stars.
This narrator isn't horrible. However, I find two aspects of it very frustrating when listening to the book:
1) Very little differentation between characters: I have a hard time telling the difference between male and female, and then between same-gender characters. I wish there was more differentiation
2) The narrator reads the book without adding "humanness" to it. For example, she enunciates every. single. word. making the reading a bit choppy and slow. If she could read it how we like to hear things, that would have been more engaging.
Great book. It's like a Robert Altman film with several characters whose lives all connect in some way. The only issue I had was with Richard Burton being a relatively main character and certainly a central part of the plot. It was hard to suspend disbelief. All in all a great novel with an extremely well written and poignant ending.
I've enjoyed this series so far. However, I found the second book harder to keep up with than the first. The timelines and crossing between them got to be hard to keep track of. But, whenever I got back on track, I continued to enjoy the story.
Narration: Unfortunately. I'm not a fan of Matthew Brown. His female voices are indistinguishable from one another and he only has 2-3 distinct male voices, unless a regional access is involved. That makes listening to the story a bit more difficult. I usually have to wait for a character to state who's talking.
This novel was like two books. The first half was a little hard to follow, contained too many characters, very dark, slow and not all that interesting. It seemed like part of a different series. I listened to it on audio book, so I thought maybe that was the reason, but I LOVED the second half. The second half had all the same qualities of the first book - engrossing, fast paced, intriguing, etc. I would have given the book 4 or 5 stars if the entire book read like the second half.
Loved, Loved, Loved! I missed the Fever Series so much - I was so happy to be back in that world. I was sad that Mac and Barrons weren't the focus of the story, but quickly came to love the banter between Dani and Ryodan, and Christian's weirdness. The story is a great mystery, but it's really the dynamic between the characters that makes it. In fact, the story was so good, it made me realize just how much I had been missing the Fever series and I started reading that all over again. Thanks, Karen!
P.S. - It would be AWESOME if you could get Natalie Ross and Phil Gigante to re-do the narration on the earlier Fever books.
I wanted to give this book 5 stars, I really did. There were just a couple areas of the book that I really didn't like, so it held me back. The first thing I didn't like was the type and style of language used by the high school antagonist. I found it offensive and unrealistic (though I haven't been in high school for a long time, so perhaps I'm wrong). The second, more important thing I didn't like is Ethan's internal monologue. There were several sentences that started with "What I wanted to say was, '...." The introduction to the internal monologue was jarring. There must be a better way to state someone is having an internal monologue. Also, some of the internal talk seemed like it would have been perfectly reasonable to say aloud.
The story - I loved the story. I missed Ash and Megan (wish there was more of them!) and was so happy to see Puck again! I can't wait to see how this story continues to develop. I find it difficult to believe Keiran believed what he did about The Forgotten, so I'm interested to see if there's a back story there. I also really enjoyed Kenzie's personality. I hope she's in the rest of the books!
This book reminded me a lot of Julie Kagawa's "The Iron Knight". I won't go into too much detail, otherwise it will add spoilers.
I definitely missed the togetherness of Ethan and Lena. This was the focal point of all the other novels, so it was hard to see a different type of angst. At the same time, it was a nice change of pace. I really liked seeing where the Greats come from - it's an interesting world with unique characters. I also enjoyed hearing from Ethan's mom. She's a central back-story character, so it was good to see more of her in this final installment.
I have to admit that I was a bit confused and saddened by the ending. I think I understand what happened, but contact me if you'd like to discuss.
Regarding narration, I love Khristine Hvam and Kevin T. Collins! I'm so excited the editors/authors chose to add Khristine Hvam to the story narration. I can always get into her characters.
I give this book 3.5 stars. I'd say 3 for the first half and 4 for the second half. A lot of the book was identical to Cinderella, just replaced with cyborg parts;). I found myself enjoying the book more when I forgot about the Cinderella aspect. It could easily stand on it's own. It sounds like book 2 will hopefully head in that direction.
This book is very disturbing. I just finished a minute ago and I have chills. I suggest listening on audio so you can hear the child-like voice of Jack. The writing is interesting because the author makes an attempt at the internal monologue of a 5-year old. There's no way to know what this would sound like, but she does an admirable job. The book will make you laugh, cry and very angry. Emma Donoghue has a vivid imagination and I only hope that none of us ever has to experience this firsthand.
Holy crap! I've had this book on my "To Read" shelf forever. I read it because one of my friends told me I "needed to" and was she right! This book was so engrossing. I didn't even read the synopsis but was enthralled since page 1. The pacing of this book was perfect and every single detail well-thought-out and necessary. Laini Taylor has such a unique imagination. I can't wait for the next book and so glad that it's only 3 mos away!
If you are a fan of supernatural or fantasy, this is a MUST READ!
I actually did not want to like this book because there are so many in the series :) But after just a few pages,I was hooked. Parts of the story were predictable, but to get to those points the story was a lot of fun. I particularly enjoyed the descriptions of the summer fae in the sun beams that surround them.
It looks like each book in the series involves different characters, so I don't know if you need to read one after the other right away, which would make reading the series easie
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