Never trust anyone who doesn't enjoy reading.
YEEESSSS!!!! This book was “Alice in Wonderland” meets “Labyrinth” meets “Percy Jackson”. In other words, it was GREAT! I was sucked in from the very beginning! There was so much action and adventure that I wanted to listen to this audiobook all in one sitting, and would have if time would have permitted. The characters, concepts and the Nevernever World were completely mesmerizing.
It's a 3way tie -- Meghan was such a wonderful character and I loved watching her come into her own. She grew up and gained so much strength and independence. It was very refreshing as I hate weak women in books. I love her selflessness.
I love Puck’s bluntness and sense of humor as well as the fact that he’s always there for Meghan. What a whimsical character! "Will it be dangerous?" "Oh, extremely. That's what makes it fun. You can die in so many interesting ways - skewered on a glass sword, dragged underwater and eaten by a kelpie, turned into a spider or a rosebush, for all time."
Ash is your typical male character (good-looking) from every fantasy book. The brooding hot guy with vulnerabilities. And ooooo I am happy about it! I was never quite sure if he was going to kill Meghan or kiss her! Epic kiss scene btw.
I loved her voices of all the different creatures. She did a fantastic job!!!
Whenever I think of Ash and Puck fighting all I can picture is the scene from 21 Jump Street – “Have some fairy dust, b****!” LOL
I still haven’t figured out yet if I’m Team Puck or Team Ash.
Now onto the 2nd book!
This book has an interesting premise, but falls short due to lack of character development and a lack of story building. You are just moved from one event to another without much emotional investment. The farther along I got in the book, the more I realized I was reading a book for preteens or young teenagers. I was soooo bored...and I bought all the books in the series...curses! The one bright spot was Khristine Hvam. She is an excellent narrator and saved this from being drivel. If you are over 14 and want to hear her read an exciting, well written series, check out the Jane Yellowrock books. If you want to read a well written YA series, read Vampire Academy.
While I generally love YA fantasy reads, I couldn't get into this one because I did not like the main character, Meghan Chase.
In this genre, I'll probably listen to "Poison Study" (for the second time) next. I purchased the other books in this series, but after struggling to finish this one, I will not be listening to them.
Meghan, the narrator as well as main character, came across as whiny and bratty. This may may have to do, in part, with how her sections were read. Hvam did, however, do an excellent job distinguishing between characters and gave some of the characters excellent voices.
The way the book spun off the character framework from Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" was interesting and a lot of the secondary characters were intriguing- I just found Meghan Chase too annoying to enjoy the the book.
I've listened to the whole Meghan Chase arc of the Iron Fey series now including The Iron King, Winter's Passage, The Iron Daughter, The Iron Queen, Summer's Crossing, The Iron Knight and Iron's Prophecy. Largely due to this book and, if we're entirely honest, the sale recently on the titles. I am also going to continue listening to the Iron Fey series in the new Ethan Chase arc.
Julie Kagawa paints lovely word pictures and her battles are suspenseful.
Khristine Hvam performs each character in a distinct voice which makes a conversation between characters a lot easier to follow. It also makes Grimalkin a lot more entertaining.
It was expected and inconclusive - as is expected from the first title in a series.
She does distinct voices for all the characters.
I would definitely go and see this movie. It would be beautiful and it would have insane special effects and, I have a feeling, great music.
This is good for anyone that likes love triangles, or can get past a love triangle and likes Fae stories.
I got of my typical genre for this one. I typically stick to dystopian. This reminded me of what I would expect listening to a Harry Potter audio. The voice was at time awful. Her "child" voice was like nails on a chalkboard. I'm sure its hard to do several voices of mythical creatures but it was just annoying to me. The book was mediocre. I finished it because I paid for it but I wouldnt recommend it, Maybe reading it instead of listening to it would be better.
Loved the book, loved the narration -- and I've just started book 4, so obviously I became invested in the characters. Don't let the bad reviews throw you off...I really enjoyed it.
Loved the story. Modern vs. old fantasy. It's a good time for elvenkind and their worlds.
Iron Druid series.
Yes, but there's no denying that nasally hnnng is rather annoying, especially since it comes and goes. She's a wonderful actress but at times her voice sounds like she's got the worst cold ever! She also can't pronounce the word "feral."
Not extreme, just enjoyable.
I'm always happy to find a new series. I'm looking forward to the rest of the books.
I enjoy reading -romance, mystery & paranormals. Some of my favorite audios are: Harry Potter, Fablehaven, Cat & Bones & JD Robb.
I finished the "Immortal Rules" and HAD to check out Julie Kagawa's other series, but the Fey world she created here did not really interest me. I had to force myself to finish this. The story was not bad, but not fresh either. I don't care about any of these characters and I do not feel compelled to buy the rest of the series. The narration was very well done and the reason I finished the book.
I did like this book as a diversion from the heavyweight mysteries that have so much more to them. I would give it a three at best but sometimes light is right for the moment.
A nice fantasy love story for a day when you do not wish to engage but just enjoy something light. Not for the serious minded who want an intense story. I am sure there are lots of folks who enjoy this sort of book.
I would recommend this book to my teenaged daughter.
I love the fantasy of it all. The familiarity of Oberon and Mab but with the twist of the Iron Fey is very intriguing.
The narrator does a good job of speaking for all the characters and still sounds believable.