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I lost count of how many times I said "Idiot" outloud while driving. This book was promising but everything in it was taken from better writers or movies. The main girl is horribly shallow, and the cast of characters are so Storytelling 101. Oh, and speaking of 101, despite interesting worldbuilding (which was mostly already done for the author - see title of my review) there were random contradictions sprinkled throughout the book.
My first instinct was to give this book a chance - after all, I do like all the movies/plays/books I listed as this author's inspiration. But after the first bit where the girl thinks something to the effect of "today, super-cute quarterback guy will finally notice me" I knew it was downhill from there. Damsels in distress are okay every now and then as long as they aren't idiotic to the point of lameness. This girl had one thing after another happen and while she appreantly has enough brains to tutor people in computers, she has no common sense to spare and is like a doe running in headlights for most of the book.
Despite all this, I heard the other books get better and I am intrigued by the world despite the horrid main character and I'll probably keep going. Oh Shakespeare, what I do for you.
Without giving too much away, I will say that this book falls into a lot of standard troupes for pre-teen girl fantasy. The main character is a girl who is thrust out of the normal world into a fantastical one where she is harrowed by magical things she doesn't understand, but later comes to realize she has a power stronger than all. This book also involves dueling love interests, possible betrayals, and a number of sequels.
What I liked:
The idea of a third kingdom, the Iron Kingdom, being the magic of the future. Technology and gremlins, this idea that magic is not dead, just alive in a new way really appeals to me.
What I didn't like:
Having finished the book, I don't really remember any of the characters, just that they fit in the roles of "main girl who is fighting the good fight, but constantly in distress" or "broody super-hot boy whom main girl will eventually fall in love with and melt his frozen betrayed heart" and also "Alternate love interest who is funny and supportive, but will never get any"
In Summary, I just didn't feel engaged at all. If you are looking for something very light, this might be your cup of tea. But for me, it was just a little too light with convient escapes and character flaws. I won't be listening to this again
I would personally recommend Tithe by Holly Black if you are looking for a book with a supernatural girl, faeries, and a hott-sulky-betrayed love interest. I enjoyed it much more!
For as much as I read and listen you would think by now that I would know how to spell lol. I read at least 5 books a week there are times I have gotten up to 10 in a week.
If she would of stuck to what age group she was aiming for. One second it seemed like a fairy tale book and the next a curse word or two was being dropped. The writing was so childish there were times I almost forgot that this book was not aimed at a first grade level.
She can read very well but not act at all. Stick to what you know! When she tried to start acting out different parts from the book is when her performance was not good at all.
The only thing that is going to make me read the next book in the series is to see what happens. I hate to start a series and not finish.
My first book by Julie Kagawa was the Immortal Rules and I loved it! So I figure I give this series a shot. I was highly disappointed in the writing of this book so I assume it was one of the first she has written and hope the next book in the series is written much better. That being said if I could give this book away I would. It def would not be a keeper for me.
I did not enjoy the book.
Very disappointing. I was hoping for some excellent storytellling throught the creation of an interesting magical world - but there was none of that.
I don't think this book was as bad as some of the reviews, it is just meant for a much younger reader. An aspect of the book that was both a pro and a con was that there was a lot of action and the characters moved from one emergency to another. It kept the book moving forward, but there was almost too much of it. The characters were pretty unique and each had their own personality, something brought out very well by the narrator.
If I had a teenage daughter, I would recommend the book to her. It was just a little too young for me personally, but I can't fault the author or book because I chose to read a YA story.
The premise was, sorry, just like any other girl-with-secret-destiny-and-two-hot-guys book out there. The lead character was boring, indecisive, and overly emotional. Maybe it's I'm not a 16 year old boy crazy, unpopular girl who choose bad (jerk or douche) boys to crush on. The story has some potential but the lead character needs to develop more, I found myself more interested in the side characters.
I couldn't get past the first several chapters and had to delete it. Total waste of money. The story was so stupid and unbelievable that I couldn't take it one more minute.
The ENTIRE story sincerely needs a complete do over. I ReAlly tried to like this audiobook. So much so, I restarted this audiobook like 5 or 6 times and just couldn't get into it... AT ALL! The narrator was ok but still, the audibook needed a miracle.
Oh well... Flarf! I will have a listen of book two in this series called 'The Iron Daughter'. Ashamed to admit it but I bought the complete series without trying the first audiobook first. Ugh! Although I'm not hopeful at all that book two will cause this series to take a turn for the better, I believe in second chances, especially since I have the whole series already. There's alot riding on audiobook two now since book one is a blurr and a hot mess!
A valiant effort!
Save yourselves! This audiobook is LAME! Don't get this audiobook.
Yes, I have recommended it already. I bought this book during an Audible sale. The one reviewer thought it to be mediocre. Since it was on sale, I thought it was a safe bet. I was surprised how much I loved it. By the end, I could not wait to buy the rest of the series. They are even better the second time. There is so much detail, you really need a second listen. It's not boring the second time, I think I liked it even better.
My favorite character was "Puck" or "Robin Goodfellow" in the first book. I loved the sense of humor of this character. The author did a good job of portraying the affection and love he had for the main character.
I think she is excellent. All the characters had a personality and life of their own. She does an amazing male voice and Grimalkin the cat was perfect! Her voice makes this book special.
Twilight in the Never Never!
The first book was good, and the next three got better and better. The story really grew in complexity, imagination, and magic. The way the friends come together for each other is a good experience. It makes you really miss them when the book is over. It's a surprisingly good love story. It's like Twilight, but with faeries instead of vampires.
and Jason Potts
This is the 3rd audiobook I have ever listened to and I absolutely loved it! It was extremely well done. Khristine Hvam did an amazing job with the voices, pacing, everything. The story was very good. Kagawa does a beautiful job building a unique, yet believable Faery world. I adored this story and the rest of the series. The Iron Fey has become one of my favorite series to date. Highly recommend at least starting with the audiobook as there are a lot of gaelic terms that could be difficult to pronounce which slows down reading. =)