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Friday, December 7, 2018

#Audiobook #Review: 2 out of 5 stars for The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen @HarperAudio ‏

SERIES: The Queen of the Tearling, Book #1
AUTHOR: Erika Johansen 
NARRATOR: Katherine Kellgren 
PUBLISHER: HarperAudio
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 14 hrs and 30 mins
GENRE: Fantasy, Science Fiction/Dystopia
ISBN: 9780062332288
Her throne awaits . . . if she can live long enough to take it.

It was on her nineteenth birthday that the soldiers came for Kelsea Glynn. They’d come to escort her back to the place of her birth – and to ensure she survives long enough to be able to take possession of what is rightfully hers.

But like many nineteen-year-olds, Kelsea is unruly, has high principles and believes she knows better than her elders. Unlike many nineteen-year-olds, she is about to inherit a kingdom that is on its knees – corrupt, debauched and dangerous.

Kelsea will either become the most fearsome ruler the kingdom has ever known . . . or be dead within the week.

Combining thrilling adventure and action, dark magic, mystery and romance, The Queen of the Tearling is the debut of a born storyteller blessed with a startling imagination.


I enjoyed the beginning of this book, but then my interest in it started to wane.

Kelsea, future Queen of the Tearling, has been tucked away hidden from society for her entire life. It has been for her own safety as future Queen. After she reaches her 19th birthday, the Queen's Guard comes for the girl to take her to the castle and throne that await her.

I enjoyed the mystical elements, such as how Kelsea's necklace reacted at times. However my main pet peeve is how this book is wrongly categorized as Young Adult. It is not YA. It is wrongly shelved as YA on Goodreads, and it is also under YA reads on Audible. I went into this read thinking it was YA, but the language is just too vulgar for it to be YA in my opinion. I'm okay with f*ck and c*nt in an adult book and, depending on the genre, that language might be appropriate! It most certainly is not appropriate, in my opinion, for YA. So my conclusion is that this book was inappropriately marketed to the wrong audience. Later in the book, there is talk of a woman tweaking her own nipples. Okay, definitely not appropriate for YA! I hate to think that there are parents out there who are buying this for their tweens or teens thinking that this is an appropriate read. As a mom, I most certainly wouldn't want my teen daughter reading this.

My other issue with the book was the slow pace of the story. It just felt like it took forever for anything to happen. I keep waiting for some excitement, but that never happened. At 14+ hours on audio, my mind wandered. This definitely could have used some paring down.

There is a film adaptation in development starring Emma Watson. Even though I do not plan to continue reading this series, I probably would watch the movie because I enjoy Watson.

I've heard nothing but praise for narrator Katherine Kellgren, and this is my first narration by her so I was looking forward to hearing her at last. I enjoyed her versatility but, at times, she was just too over the top. It was almost as though she felt like she needed to shout to add some excitement, and I was constantly fiddling with the volume. Here is a sample of the narration:


2 stars!! Meh, it was just "okay."

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