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When reviewing books I try to be fair; I appreciate that not everyone will be looking for the same things in a book.
City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare is the fourth in The Mortal Instruments series of books. The Mortal Instruments is a series of six books, of which five have been already published and divides into two trilogies. City of Fallen Angels kicks off the second half with new threats and new challenges for our protagonists. We start off in a good place – things have been quiet and settled since the events of City of Glass. Clary’s main preoccupation is preparing for her mother’s wedding to long time love Luke and enjoying her relationship with Jace. Naturally, that peace doesn’t last for too long…
It has been some time since I finished the first half of The Mortal Instruments, but Clare’s writing style and wonderful characters immediately drew me back into the world of Shadowhunters, demons, vampires and warlocks. I adore this world and loved reading more of it – I don’t know why it took me so long to get back to it!
What I liked
The worldbuilding – Clare clearly has an excellent grasp of her world. Everything fits together and holds well to its own internal logic.
The characters. While I still retain a slight preference for the characters in Clare’s other series, The Infernal Devices, I still love reading about Clary, Jace, Simon and the Lightwoods. I particularly enjoyed Simon’s journey in this book and his relationships with Maia and Isabelle. Isabelle’s journey, too became more interesting to me in this book.
What I didn’t like
The pacing. I’ve noted slow pacing as an issue for me in several of Clare’s books, and unfortunately City of Fallen Angels is no exception. As I mentioned, it starts off a whole new arc for our characters, and takes a long time to really get moving.
The narration. I really didn’t enjoy the narration for this book at all – I personally found it rather flat. You may of course feel diff
Plot is pretty good
Yes- its a fun series
Ed yes, Molly no- at least not until she grows up a bit and learns to speak in an understandable way. I cringed every time it was her turn to talk.
yes- but I couldn't do that. It did help in traffic though
There are some obvious and trite parts the story- and the level of teenage angst made me want to break into song and acne. Since this is intended for the teen audiences I guess that makes sense. However, the female voice was very grating and she over pronounced words in the way that insecure teenagers will do. I understand getting into the character, but you still need to be understood. I will avoid her narrations for a while until she gets some growth under her belt.
They are not good! Molly speaks in a monotone. and there is no distinction between the characters...
This was the worst narrated book, they didn't pronounce anything the se way the first three books did and the tones were off suddenly certain characters had accents just a mess. Got two chapters I. And bought the book so I could finish reading it.
Honestly everything about this book was amazing hut I won't be downloading anymore of the series unless they have the same narrates from the first three doing it.
The story is entertaining and the pace is fast enough to keep interest going.
Where to start? hate having two narrators for one thing. The female narrator is pronouncing words differently from the first narrator creating annoyance and confusion. She also doesn't really do voices or inflection well. The male has decided that all the male characters are strict New York accents...which makes sense for Simon, but not for the shadow hunters. They were raised differently and it should be reflected. Not a fan at all of either narrator. Sorry, hate to be mean but.....
No because other than the length, I couldn't have listened to the narrators that long in one sitting.
the narrators of this book were terrible. i had to turn the volume up super high to hear the guy. he kept going quiet then he would talk loud. so annoying. and the girls voice was ike nails down a chalkboard.nothing at all like the other 3 books. they should have kept the narrator the same from those books. she was great! i had to stop listening to this and buy the actual book.
anyone instead of these 2 would have been better. they were horrible. the woman from the first 3 books rocked.
If Molly C. Quinn DIDN'T narrate it.
Something WITHOUT Molly C Quinn.
Ed did yes!! I love how he can make me get lost in the characters. Like the Clockwork series. So passionat. Molly C. Quinn was horrible. She took me out of the fantasy. I had to try and figure out who was talking. All her characters sounded the same. She sounded bored, which in turn made ME bored. She sounded like everything was in question. And she narrated Lost Souls, which I wanted next? I don't think so! There has to be other versions without her somewhere. Maybe iTunes.
I didn't get that far
No more. Molly C. Quinn. Ever.
Like the books, but couldn't get over the new readers. Had to read this one instead of listen
The old readers
I find myself yelling at Molly because she's pronouncing words wrong or different from previous narrators, it's very much like a young child reading a book and during the intimate scenes it's kinda creepy. Please consider a redo, I am not sure I'll be able to finish this one, and yikes I notice her name on other books.
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