Favorite Genres: Urban/Preternatural Fantasy, Science Fiction, Knitting Favorite Story Components: character development, under-dog success stories
The premise of the book is kind of fun, but it was not easy to get into. Mainly, the heroine is written with an unbelievable level of ignorance of "fairy tales", and the fey are written up like they were copied from Shakespeare's plays.
The "unbelievable" about her ignorance comes in because there is never a clear (or even muddy) explanation of why she hasn't had even the briefest introduction to fairy stories, yet she's a white girl living in middle America. White girl. Middle America. That isn't just prime Euro-mutt territory, it's prime North and West Euro-mutt territory. Where most of the fairy stories come from? Yeah. So, that part bothered me a lot. Until about half way through, you don't even get a decent shot at guessing why she's such an utter dunder head.
Relying on Shakespeare's conceptualization of the fey, also not a winner, but again, get past the half way point and the character building starts to pick up so they don't feel quite so ... cardboard.
The narration wasn't half bad.
I loved that the fey realm is entered by one of "us" and seen through our eyes. I love details, like iPods not working, etc.
The dance where she meets the winter prince.
I love her interpretation of Puck.
I couldn't hardly put this down. I was captivated.
I don't care if its a "Tween" series. It is a well written story for any age listener.
I wanted to give this book five stars I really really did, but some parts of the story I just found missing something. Maybe because I'm older then a high schooler, and some of the love triangle storyline is just not for me anymore. I enjoy the throwback to Shakespeare. I had to read a lot of his work during school.
Khristine Hvam performance was great! She brought the characters and story to life.
"My test of a good book is dreading to begin the last chapter." - Thomas Helm
I loved this book because I friends, am a dreamer. If your into the make believe, fairy worlds, knights, mischievous friends w/ cool abilities, princesses and finding out what you hoped was always true really is, this is the book for you. Hey, life, real life, its hard and serious and ugh, at times, while it's a gift, can be draining. This series takes you to a place you always hoped existed. A place that is full of magic or as they say "glammer." Now, I'd never imagioned it as life threatening but I'll take what I can get.
The only thing that made me question if I was going to like this series but eventually fell away was this; the author uses characters from A Midsummers Night Dream as a foundation. At first I thought, how unoriginal. This world is so amazing she seriously could have made up her own as all the other characters are completely her own and absolutely amazing! But, as I stated above, it fell away as I continued to read. It was a foundation to the premise that what we read is actually truth and this world exists.
I'd love to start my day as I always do only to find out I'm something so much more interesting than I thought I was.
It's got adventure, some romance, fight scenes, cool characters and a world so creative you'll want to live there.
There is something to be said about a narrator than can pull you into a book, do voices, even w animals and keep you on the edge of your seat. This narrator did it for me. I NEVER wish to see a movie of this book if one is made. She made each chapter and scene and character come to life right before my eyes. It played out SO wonderfully in my mind! I'm NOT YA.......I'm a 36 yr old woman w 2 kids under 10. I'm a graphic artist and I have worked hours upon hours listening to this story. I can't wait for the next one. I PRAY it's the same gal reading it. A MUST for anyone looking for a book that will play out better than a movie w it being read from her! AWESOME.....really!
The story is the story. I almost feel like I "kind of knew" what might happen. For me, the most memorable was how it was read to me. The characters EACH had their own voice. I was in LOVE w Grim, the cat's voice. Even the whiny voice of the 4 year old brother. For me, it was how it was read that made this book what it is. Even doing whisper reading (reading from where the audio stops on my Kindle) before bed, I played the pages out w the voices from that I was familiar with, the narrators characters voices! While the story might be YA.....it's HOW it was read that makes you love it....sink into it and get lost in this little Fray World!
Over the MOON amazing. See my other comments. I hope she is paid WELL because she brought to life this story. What a talent one must possess in order to do this. I've heard a lot of audio books but only a few readers, like her, are this good. Really, Really.
Listen to it. Book and story aside....LISTEN to it. Ms. Hvam's does this book SO MUCH JUSTICE!
Characters were flat - my emotions weren't engaged through most of the story because I don't feel like I knew or cared about any of the characters. There was a 'romance' that just showed up out of NO WHERE! I do not by any means consider Twilight to be a great book, or their characters to be highly emotionally complex but they are compared to The Iron King! Iron King's Story line was rather slow and not that exciting. It felt very young YA with a few counts of words like "Shit" so I don't know who the target audience was. Too simple and flat to engage older readers (even teens) and some 'semi' adult words/ romantic themes. I wasn't expecting much.. but I still have to say I was pretty disappointed.
Everything! From the plot, the characters to the reader. It's a story you can easily get lost in.
The concept, it was really well thought out. The charscters... storyline.
Loved how she did different voices. She got into her chatacters.
It was entertaining and a good story. I like storied about the fey so I found it enjoyable.
Yes, but it is a little long for that.
I'm a long way from a teen but I love this book and the series. The characters are interesting and compelling. It has romance and adventure. I have a huge crush on the Winter Prince and Puck! The narration was great, capturing all the different characters. I especially enjoyed the cat.
Khristine Hvam, one of the best I have heard. She puts such feeling into the voices.
I loved the idea of the Iron Fey and how they come about.
This was my first of hers, but it won't be the last. I plan on looking for more of her books. She is great!
What would you do for family?
great book and series!