Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The Bane Chronicles (T.M.I. and T.I.D. Companion)- Various Authors

This is the bind up for #1-11 Novellas/Short Stories of Magnus' Story throughout his life.
Many stories, I may just have ratings for, some, I may do "My Thoughts" on (some longer than others).

(Various Authors: Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson)

Series/Trilogy/Stand-Alone, etc: Novellas/Short Stories bind up
Release Date11/11/14
Page Count507
Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic
Date(s) Read: 4/6/17-4/12/17
Rating: [Overall]      Book: 4/5         Audio: 4.5/5


What Really Happened In Peru by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Breenan

💥BOOK:  3/5                          

💥AUDIO: 4/5                                                      💥Read by: Jesse Williams

Magnus was taking Churango lessons and he was horrendous. Imasu (the person training him) was finally honest with him and for me, it was the funniest reaction when he finally told him how horrible he actually was:

".....When you play, all of my mother's flowers lose the will to live and expire on the instant. the quinoa has no flavor now. The llamas are migrating because of your music, and the llamas are not a migratory animal. The children now believe there is a sickly monster, half horse and half large mournful chicken, that lives in the lake and calls out to the world to grant it the sweet release of death. The townspeople believe that you and I are performing arcane magic rituals-." (page 27)

I cracked up so hard at that. LOL...

Although I did like the story a lot, I found the ending rather annoying.


The Runaway Queen by C. Clare & M. Johnson

💥 BOOK: 3/5

💥 AUDIO: 4/5                                                       💥Read by: George Blagdon

It was good, but not amazing. I just felt like something was missing. Too rushed. 


Vampires, Scones and Edmund Herondale by C. Clare and S.R. Brennan

💥 BOOK: 2.5/5 

💥AUDIO: 4/5                                                        💥Read by: Andrew Scott

I didn't have a lot of interest in this one. I kept zoning out when listening to the audio. I couldn't tell you a whole lot except a girl, a demon, meetings, scones and a hungry mermaid in a tank. Oh, love and changing. 


The Midnight Heir by C. Clare and S.R. Brennan

💥BOOK: 4.5/5

💥AUDIO: 4.5/5                                                        💥Read by: David Oyelowo

It was good to catch up with a few Shadow-Hunters and their families from T.I.D. And even some not so wonderful Shadow-Hunters and where they "ended up". I wanted a little more detail on the Herondale children and I got that. 


The Rise of the Hotel Demort by C. Clare and M. Johnson

💥 BOOK:  4/5

💥 AUDIO:  5/5                                                                💥Read by: Stephen Lunsford
I enjoyed this one as well. Grateful that the last couple of stories got better and not worse. I do think the narrators helped a lot. Not that the other narrators weren't good, they did help me get through the other stories, but I think sometimes, the narrators can make a story better. 


Saving Raphael Santiago by C. Clare and S.R. Brennan

💥 BOOK: 5/5 

💥 AUDIO: 5/5                                                             💥Read by: Michael Triveno

Now, I finally know what Raphael meant by Magnus saving him before. This one is another good one. 


The Fall of the Hotel Dumort by C.Clare and M. Johnson

💥 BOOK:  4.5/5

💥 AUDIO: 3/5                                                                 💥Read by: Cecil Baldwin

The narrator was really good, I just don't think his voice fit this story. Maybe more sci-fi, thriller/horror/suspense? I don't know, but I just wasn't feeling it for this particular type of story. Not a bad thing, not at all, I do love the tone of his voice though. This is another story that I did enjoy, a lot, although I did find myself losing focus sometimes, but that's mostly because I was doing other things that would take my focus away from it. When I would come back to it mentally, I was able to still figure out what was going on. 

A part of the story that made me giggle a bit: "....We are supposed to get pizza, not do the nasty."-Catarina (page 343). I just got a kick out of it because I don't hear "doing the nasty" as much as I used to. I guess those of us in our 30's, 40's+ used to hear it a lot throughout the 80's and 90's but not so much today. So, when I hear it, I crack up because it's such an "old" way of saying certain things. lol


What to Buy the Shadowhunter Who Has Everything (And Who You're Not Officially Dating Anyway) by C. Clare and S.R. Brennan

💥 BOOK: 4/5

💥 AUDIO: 5/5                                                                  💥Read by:  Jordan Gavaris (Loved his                                                                                                        reading within the first couple pages!)                    
Caroline Connor was an annoying, outspoken entitled brat who I did not like very much at all. Thankfully, she didn't get a whole lot of time in the story or that may have knocked it down some more if Magnus hadn't told her about herself by the end of their dealing with each other! I did love the vulnerability Magnus showed in this story when it came to Alec. Let me know he wasn't as well put together as he tries to make himself seem. Not that he isn't a strong person, but he is a strong person who finally showed his 'weaknesses' as well. 


The Last Stand of the New York Institute by C. Clare, S.R. Brennan, and M. Johnson

💥 BOOK: 5/5

💥 AUDIO:  5/5                                                                      💥Read by: Jamie Bamber                       
As always, Magnus being Magnus, made me laugh and shake my head. He is just too much for me sometimes. There isn't much more for me to say that hasn't been said when it comes to getting more details on certain stories. So, I won't repeat all of that again. :-)


The Course of True Love (And First Dates) by C. Clare, S.R. Brennan & M. Johnson

💥 BOOK: 4/5

💥 AUDIO: 5/5                                                                  💥Read by: Gareth David-Lloyd               

I love the narrators voice. He speaks softly but you can still hear the deepness of his voice with a slight accent. Again, I got busy and tuned some things out, but pretty much could figure out what was going on when I tuned back in. And, I can always find that part of the story again to read the part I think I missed (maybe a paragraph or so). 

The Voicemail of Magnua Bane by C. Clare, S.R. Brennan and M. Johnson

💥 BOOK: 5/5
💥 AUDIO: 5/5                                                💥Read by: Seth Numrich & Molly C. Quinn  

Okay, this one was the most hilarious of all the novellas! I kind of figured I would like it and looked forward to this one the most. I got all I expected and more out of it! Isabelle? We all know how Isabelle can be when she is being her mean, protective self, but to hear her voice her frustrations on voicemail and/or trying to think of different ways to get Magnus to answer or come around or just period! She had me cracking up with almost every voicemail and of course, shaking my head. Raphael's message was one of the best, especially the intro line to the message! Of all the novellas/short stories, this is of course, my favorite! 

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