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!
Yes, it is well written and interesting.
Throne of Glass
Puck and Ash.
It is a easy, predictable book that you can easy follow even when distracted. It was well written and has more action then I would expect.
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.
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.
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!