Sixteen-year-old Kaye is a modern nomad. Fierce and independent, she travels from city to city with her mother’s rock band until an ominous attack forces Kaye back to her childhood home. There, amid the industrial, blue-collar New Jersey backdrop, Kaye soon finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms – a struggle that could very well mean her death.
©2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc. (P)2005 Holly Black
Often during the book I was confused as to where the characters were. The narrator almost seems to read new chapters like she was reading the next sentence. The action would pass from one location from another without much transition and if you are like me and listening to audiobook is something you do when you do something else then it's mighty confusing. Book wise this is ok but it doesn't translate well into audio. The story was alright but I might have enjoyed more if I could have followed the pace.
Divorce attorney needing a break from reality!
I enjoyed Kate Rudd's narration, so yes. As for Holly Black, she writes with vivid pictures and has some great ideas. However, it took so long to get to the story and by the time I did, I was a bit bored with the book. I hung with it and I wonder about the next book, so maybe.
The ending was unsuspected. Holly Black has some great ideas, but getting to the next concept or story moment is sometimes disjointed and harsh. I wish she would take more time and make it a more fluid story line. You end up not liking the characters until the end and not really understanding their decisions or who they are all that much in this book. Maybe the second one helps with those issues?
Kate Rudd really gave the book's imagery a vivid photo. The book has wonderful images that are tangible and create ideas that are new to me. It is the characters that I wanted more of at the end of the book. Who are they really? I wanted to like them more, but found myself simply watching them as an observer versus cheering for them.
Yes, as the characters have more to say and there is clearly a sequel left to be written/read.
I read Holly Black's book because she is seen on the internet with Cassandra Clare often. I had hoped for that magical quality of Cassandra Clare's character development with new and interesting plot lines. That did not happen for me, but I may have been asking too much of Ms. Black and came with different expectations. Holly Black's book is insightful, creative, and has great imagery.
Unfortunately, I agree with the reviewer who described this book as morally confused and miserable.
Even a willing suspension of disbelief isn't enough to save this novel. The lead character, Kaye, is introduced as a 16-year old who smokes, drinks, has sex, and hasn't been in high school since she was 14. But it's okay, because she travels around the country with her mother who sings in various rock bands when she can get gigs.
Then Kaye experiences the world of the Faeries and ends up discovering that she's --- gasp -- a pixie (or some such nonsense). None of the characters or the situations in which they find themselves is sympathetic. I kept wishing that Kaye would end up being sacrificed after all, but was disappointed that she managed to survive her way through the book.
There's some intresting development of the faerie lore involving the seelie and the unseelie court, and some of the myths surrounding faeries and faery folk.
The narration is adequate, but no performer could save this novel.
I discovered that I have purchased all three books in this series. What on earth was I thinking? The third in the series appears to relate back to this book. I'm not sure I'll be able to listen to either one.
In all, this is a big disappointment. If you want interesting faery stuff, read Karen Marie Moning instead.
Extremely disappointed. We bought this because my kids like Spiderwick Chronicles by the same author. My teens hated it. It was morally confused, miserable and a terrible plot. Not recommended for young teens/pre-teens.
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