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  • City of Fallen Angels

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Ed Westwick, Molly C. Quinn
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    Simon Lewis is having some trouble adjusting to his new life as a vampire, especially now that he hardly sees his best friend Clary, who is caught up in training to be a Shadowhunter - and spending time with her new boyfriend, Jace. Simon decides he needs a break and heads out of the city - only to discover that sinister events are following him. Realising that the war they thought they’d won might not yet be over, Simon has to call on his Shadowhunter friends to save the day - if they can put their own splintering relationships on hold long enough to rise to the challenge….

    Pint-sized Bookworm says: "The Mortal Instruments just keeps getting better."
    "Like Nails On A Chalk Board"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes and no. I love this series, I really do. However, I feel that City of Glass would've been a fine way to finish the series if the ending had been more final. The loose threads at the end of City of Glass felt a little forced. But all that aside, I was glad to have the opportunity to further the Mortal Instruments journey. Though the connection really wasn't there for me. I'll finish the series because I feel like I should, not necessarily because I want to. I definitely don't feel the enthralling engrossment I felt with the first three books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Simon. As the story is predominantly about him I guess that it's only natural to feel the connection with his character grow this time round.
    At the risk of sounding cliche', his character really comes into his own in this book, meaning he is no longer a sub-character just playing the role of Clary's faithful sidekick, following her through her life and her story. Simon has developed his own story, his own life outside of Clary. I kind of feel that he was owed this and I was glad that this is the route Clare took with his character. We'd seen this change in his character start to unfold in City of Glass so I found the follow through of this new Simon in City of Fallen Angels very satisfying and thoroughly enjoyable. Plus, he's a great comic relief amongst all of the Clary/Jace relationship angst. Really. Enough.
    Kyle was a nice addition to the cast as well.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Fail.
    I could listen to Ed Westwick for hours. What a voice! And I thought he did a great job. And I liked the novelty of switching up narrators. Though, I would have been just as content if Natalie Moore had remained the narrator.
    Molly C. Quinn though, different story altogether. I got to the point where I was actually tempted to skip the parts she narrated. The heading says it all, like nails on a black board. I'm probably nit-picking because I've been spoilt with audiobooks read by a variety of truly brilliant narrators, but her poorly inflected and almost bored delivery was painful for me. The stiff, over-pronounced narrative was distraction and disappointing. And honestly, the "soft-voice" she adopted when completing a sentence or, for example, reading a conversation between Clary and Jace made my eye twitch. Again, I'm probably being pedantic, but it really, REALLY annoyed me and significantly lessened my enjoyment of this audiobook and did not do justice to the story.


    Do you think City of Fallen Angels needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    We've come this far! Let's finish the series with a bang! It deserves it.
    Thus far, the Mortal Instruments series has delivered a wonderful and innovative world to escape to that is thoroughly entertaining. Sure, you can't throw a stone in a book store these days without hitting a supernatural/para-romance young adult novel, but the Mortal Instruments offers enough refreshing contrast to other series within it's genre to make it a stand out, must read story. No easy feat in a flooded market and a true credit to Cassandra Clare.
    I'm looking forward to the final chapter of this enchanting story as, I'm sure, are the many other readers who have invested in the world of Shadowhunters, Downworlders and Demons.


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