"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!
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.