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.
Megan Chase, half human and half daughter of a summer faerie king, learns of this true heritage on the day she turns 16. Suddenly immersed into a world of faeries, goblins, and even a dour magical cat, she braves the unknown all in an effort to save her four-year old brother, Ethan. She faces her father, the Summer King, for the first time, as well as meets Winter Prince, Ash. Ultimately she faces the Iron King, the newest in the cast of faeries, in order to save the fate of the Winter and Summer faerie courts. The book successfully suspends the reader's belief system as Julie Kagawa creates a faerie world which you can join right along with Megan Chase. She finds things out about herself, and her dual nature, although that aspect of her character, and powers, are not developed as well as they could be. You find yourself wondering why she hasn't figured it out yet, or why she forgets what she already knows. The love interest between her and Ash is appropriate for 16, although some of the danger she faces makes you raise an eyebrow; however, when compared to television shows it's probably minor league. The plot moves along nicely, with plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader engaged. Khristine Hyam does a fabulous job reading the tale. I highly recommend the book and the series.
I'm a grad student with very little time to edit reviews because I'm editing research papers. Forgive the typos. They're made with love.
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.
Even though I really loved this series, it was more for YA, which is great, but I;m more of "in the heat" kind of book gal... that being say, this book has storyline that is loving, sad, wonderment and strong bonds of friendship. The story moved a little slow for me, but it did keep me interested through out, it makes you wonder....the what if?? this is a great series for young adults, no bad laungue, no sexual content , just a very good story of friendship, love and loss..
Entertaining if a bit transparent in plot, definitely young adult literature. I enjoyed the world of the fairies and the mythology woven into the story. The narrator did a good job bringing the characters to life.
I did some eye rolling for the amount of run of the mill "faryland" fantasy and the author spent a lot of time ground laying
but once Kagawa mixed it up with her Iron Fey the plot truly started and it was worth sticking with this book.
Don't listen to the people on here giving the book bad reviews. I was hesitant at first due to those "most helpful" reviews...but they are lies.
One of my favorite lines is when puck says "Oh, we're playing nice now? Shall we have tea first? Brew up a nice pot of kiss-my-ass?" lol
The storyline was great! There wasn't any holes in the storyline! (whoever said that wasn't paying attention, the book explained that overtime her features changed while in the Fey realm) It wasn't boring or slow going. Yes it is aimed at a younger audience. (not for those wanting an erotic romance book with sex scenes in every chapter) Hello, the main character is 16. All in all a really good mostly clean book, and I can't wait to read book 2!
I listen to a bit of everything. Mostly Fantasy and paranormal romance with my wife. Along with mysteries/thrillers, even some sci-fi.
My wife and I listened to this book. She liked it more than I did.
There's some interesting concepts here. From the Nevernever to Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream themes, this book has a lot going on. I just don't think it's executed well.
The main character Meghan is a 16 year old girl, not one of the popular girls, but she's got a few friends. She lives at home on a pig farm with her mom, step-brother and step-father. When her step-brother is kidnapped, she embarks on a quest to find him with help from her best friend Robbie, they travel to the land of the fairys to get him back. There she learns she's the daughter of Oberon, King of the Summer Court. He was none to pleased to see her arrive in the realm.
She doesn't believe her lineage, and tries to find a way out of the kingdom to find her brother. During a party she meets the son of the Queen of the Winter Court, Ash. He's the love interest, but I don't know why. She hates him at first of course, then all the sudden he's the best and Meghan loves him. I don't get it. There was no transition from disgust to love. Perhaps the best character in the story is Robbie (Robbin Goodfellow, or Puck). Too bad he gets relegated to a minor role as the story goes on. We get some back story on him and his relationship with Ash which is OK, but it's nothing too surprising.
It's got too many common themes that seem to be in YA books. Girl is a damsel in distress, she has secret powers ( that I still don't get how they work). She makes a lot of deals without thinking about the consequences.
The climax of the story wasn't much. The final fight scene wasn't epic, it started to build up, then it's over. The end, sets up book 2 nicely, but Meghan is ready to embrace her destiny now.
I think the worlds she weaves together from A Midsummer Nights dream, Labyrinth, even some Alice In Wonderland, pretty well. She puts her own twists on it, but it's not completely original. I enjoyed that part of it a lot, as well as Puck. He was by far the best character, too bad there wasn't more of him.
Khristine Hvam does another great job, but she reuses a lot of her characters from the Smoke and Bone Trilogy. It's fine, but I was reminded a lot of Karou and the others from that series. However, it works, and she did her best with some mediocre source material. There were a few inconsistencies with some of the terms that an editor could have caught, but it could be a regional thing.
Without spoiling the book, my review feels like a hot mess. I cover the important points, but
there's just not enough substance, original ideas and character development (don't let characters 180 on beliefs in a paragraph, let it develop)to make this a great YA book. It's OK, but there's better out there.
I truly enjoyed this story. The main character showed courage, strength, a good sense of loyalty and growth. In a story full of incredible creatures and fantastic worlds, I found the interesting parallel between reality and fantasy.