It's all she's ever wanted to be, but it couldn't be further from her grasp....
Dana Hathaway doesn't know it yet, but she's in big trouble. When her alcoholic mom shows up at her voice recital drunk, again, Dana decides she's had enough and runs away to find her mysterious father in Avalon: the only place on Earth where the regular, everyday world and the captivating, magical world of Faerie intersect.
But from the moment Dana sets foot in Avalon, everything goes wrong, for it turns out she isn't just an ordinary teenage girl-she's a Faeriewalker, a rare individual who can travel between both worlds, and the only person who can bring magic into the human world and technology into Faerie.
Soon, Dana finds herself tangled up in a cutthroat game of Fae politics. Someone's trying to kill her, and everyone seems to want something from her, from her newfound friends and family to Ethan, the hot Fae guy Dana figures she'll never have a chance with... until she does. Caught between two worlds, Dana isn't sure where she'll ever fit in and who can be trusted, not to mention if her world will ever be normal again....
©2010 Jenna Black (P)2010 Macmillan Audio
The writer's prose is solid and the book flows well. Its a medium pace throughout with no overly boring bits. The tradition of the Fae is that they are mischievous and their motives are hard to decipher until it is too late. Ulterior motives were a constant theme in the book that kept things interesting; everyone the lead character meets seems to have an angle to play and seeks to manipulate her.
This is the first time the Seelie and Unseelie Fae courts have been explained to me which is a marginal knowledge benefit.
There are a couple of logical inconsistencies around Avalon and its nature but these did not jar the story too much for me. Its more of a teen book but the writing is good enough for this to be forgiven. One of these days I'll read a fantasy story without glaring love interests or over-fascination with the body beautiful. This story has these but isn't too lurid.
I didn't like that she seemed rather helpless throughout - too much of a damsel in distress. I would have liked to read a female character that has a bit more self sufficiency. The manipulators would have to up their game and that would be a more interesting story to tell.
Speaks very slowly and clearly, too slowly for me so I sped it up, other than that it was fine.
Single variable calculus is not very advanced at 16 but at say 10 years old it would be impressive.
I was split between giving this book 3 or 4 stars. I'd certainly say it was appropriate for teens because the writing quality is good enough for it to be educational and the story of benefit for teens. The lead character and story needs to be stronger for 4 stars. Jenna Black has only one story on Audible and I think there should be more based on the quality of writing in this book.
"Fun Story,Monotone Narrator"
I really wanted to like this audiobook. I liked the story and it was very fun and enjoyable for the most part but I really disliked the narrator's deadpan/monotone voice while she was reading. The narrator sounds a bit too old for this book. I think we need someone who sounds a bit younger and less monotone.
This book had some very good sections.
I almost never skip ahead in an audiobook, but I did on this one, just to get it over and done.
Not all books make the transition from paper to audio well, and I suspect this is one of the others.
I enjoyed both the story and the narration very much. I am looking forward to the second book.
"Needed younger Narrator"
I enjoyed the book. The only problem I had was with the narrator. The story is told by a 16 year old girl yet they have a 50-60 year old woman reading it. Due to that, it was difficult to actually get into it.
"Great story overall, but narrator intolerable"
The development of the fae world within modern society
The way Avalon fit into both worlds
Voice is always quavering and shaky for main character - always sounds exaggerated like she is about to burst into tears, or have a panic attack, throughout every moment of the story. Sounds like she is trying to warble while speaking and is one of the most annoying voices I have ever heard. Other characters voices are just fine, in fact Kimber's chosen voice was great. I don't understand why she chose to speak that way for main character. Reminded me of a stuttering cowardly lion type character. Story would have been great without that
Voice was extremely annoying - couldn't keep playing for too long time.
Really enjoyed the book. would recommend to lovers of faeries. easy to listen to, can't wait to listen to the next one!
This was a great Fey book that took you an a grand adventure to many places and the heroine has to find her way in more ways than one.
"A Good Book for Young Adults"
This was not quite what I was expecting. But it is a good book for young adults or if you liked the Twilight books. It reminded my of them in alot of ways.
The reader in this book's voice is so awful that I couldn't listen to it. :(
Creole Belle by James Lee Burke
I liked this campy approach to the intermingling of Faery and the human world. It was entertaining and fun to read. I had to subract points for some inconsistencies such as attempting to deal with the tragedy of having an alcoholic mother and yet condoning underage drinking. I've been self-editting my second book and so all the chiches popped out at me. There was a touch of clean romance with a charming love interest and another possible one. I'm sure there will be a sequel and I'll buy it.
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