So yeah.... I am glad I listened to the first and the 2nd book before I wrote this review because whilst this book left a bitter taste in my mouth......Show More » the 2nd book left me downright gagging. But yeah, this review isn't about the 2nd book.... It's about the horror that was the first book.
Let me start off by saying I am a big fan of fantasy literature... It's more than likely my most preferred type of book to read. I also really like the concept of this book. I actually found myself more intrigued about the 'world' they were living in within the confines of the book than the actual story itself. This goes to show how much potential this book had. In fact one of the main reasons I went to the second book in this series was because I was fascinated by the world they were living in.
The story though.... The story.... was just upsetting to me. I am hardly too gung ho about the whole 'fated' lover thing, I mean not that I am completely grossed out by the thought of being in love but at 15, 16 or 17.... But that's just one thing, the writing is far from a work of art, it sounds like something a high school student would write (an above average high school student but a high school student none the less). I'm confused as to how and why the adult characters in this book can be so utterly irrelevant (except maybe for one or two adult characters in the book). The 'twist' in or near the end... Sadly I saw it coming... I was hoping the author wouldn't go there... but the author went there.... and it was and is disturbing.
The narration leaves much to be desired. It wasn't the worse that I have ever heard but it's right up there.... or maybe I should say down there.... either way it's not good.
After I finished listening to City of Bones I couldn't wait until book two, City of Ashes was released. To fully appreciate it, I re-listened to book ..Show More »one and then continued straight into book two.
The first thing I noticed is the different narrator, which at first I thought would be an issue, but it wasn't. Natalie Moore did a wonderful job and after only 15 minutes or so I forgot she was a different narrator.
As the adventure continued in this book you find yourself in a world full of thrills, excitement, puzzlement, joy, sadness, love, war, and the want for more. Could there be in the future?
I have been waiting on pins and needles for the final installment on this series. And Cassandra Clare definitely delivers. She has so many plot twis..Show More »ts and shocks, that continues in this book. Action packed and brilliant. Definitely not a disappointment, I am just sorry this is the last one. I fell in love with her characters and wish to read more about them. She could definitely be ranked up there with JK Rowling on her brilliant ideas and shocking plot twists. I even bought the books on hardcover because I loved them so much!
I was so excited for this book, but my excitement turned to disappointment when I heard the first narrator. Did anyone listen to this before it was re..Show More »leased?? Obviously not. The voice the male narrator uses for Simon sounds sounds like a cross between a Brit with a sore throat and Marlon Brando in the Godfather. And the female sounds like a third grader giving an oral book report.
If I were not so busy, I would have just given up on this production, bought the hard copy, and read this AWESOME book the old-fashioned way.
I don’t know about you, but putting the three of them together seems to work extremely well. To be honest, there are some relationships in this book I..Show More » just don’t really care about, especially Maia and Jordan. They are simply boring and can’t seem to fit into this book at all. But all of this is fine as long as the story of Clary and Jace is still good. And it was. They have one of the most torturing, yet fascinating relationships I’ve ever read. As for Sebastian……I don’t even know where to start. He is possibly the best villain ever created. Charming, intelligent, manipulating, handsome, cunning…….a true mastermind. Overall, I am still a huge fan of The Mortal Instruments and cannot wait for the last installment, City of Heavenly Fire!
Molly C. Quinn is a total disaster! Why doesn’t Simon & Schuster ever listen to us? She had already ruined City of Fallen angels for me and now this? All the characters sounded the same to me and everything that came out of her mouth was unbearable! Please change the narrator for the next book!