CATCHALL Wow. Nothing will ever replace the original Iron Fey series, not even this. I literally lived for the mome*****FINAL RATING: 4.80 STARS*****
CATCHALL Wow. Nothing will ever replace the original Iron Fey series, not even this. I literally lived for the moments where Ash, Meghan, and Puck showed up. They were definitely my favorite parts, and I just cannot let those characters go. I never will. Still, even though this can't compare to that series, it is a wonderful book in its own right and I loved loved loved it! It was beautiful. Enchanting. The kind of book that makes you close your eyes and fall into another world. You'd be crazy not to get a copy of this is your hands as soon as is humanly possible. I completely and totally adored it.
THE HERO ETHAN Ethan is no Ash, but I love him nonetheless. He's not without his faults—to begin with, he's kiiind of a hypocrite. He talks a lot about Meghan leaving to protect him and his family and complains about it, but he does the same thing to other people, so, um, yeah. Didn't think that one through, hmm? Despite this, I still thought he was an awesome hero. He has to make some difficult choices and he handles them really well. He's protective but not overbearingly so. Ethan is intelligent. He doesn't make stupid decisions, and he does what needs to be done. He's also apparently very handsome, so, you know.
THE LOVE INTEREST KENZIE The instant Kenzie showed up, I knew I would love her. She's bright and bouncy and sweet and fun, and I seriously couldn't get enough of her. She's bold without having too much of an attitude, and she doesn't back down when there's something she can do to help, even when the danger is severe. And even more amazingly, she has a serious character arc, which is awesome. We learn something heartbreaking about her near the end that shows how strong she is, too. And she's so full of life. Even when dropped in Faery she accepts it and moves on, doesn't let it hold her back.
THE PRINCE KEIRRAN Keirran is, of course, Ash and Meghan's son, as so named in The Iron Knight and The Prophecy. He's therefore the prince of the Iron Realm. He quickly joins up with Ethan and Kenzie, helping them seek the truth from what has been happening to the disappearing fey. I like him a lot more than I thought I would, and he definitely reminds me of both Ash and Meghan. Stubborn but not too stubborn and brave but not foolish, he quickly made his way into my heart. Keirran is obviously an important character, and I know that we'll be seeing more of him in The Traitor Son. (I wonder who that son is…*cough*)
THE PLOT What can I say? I've already used beautiful and enchanting. The plot of this book is so full of action. There aren't too many things that are long and dragged out, and yet enough information is given to keep from total confusion. I love that. I don't feel left in the dark but at the same time I don't feel bored from too many infodumps. Instead, it's perfectly balanced. There's action and info in perfect proportions. It was totally unputdownable. I read this book in one sitting.
And yes, it was original. Julie's Iron Fey series was awesome with its originality, and so too was this book. The Forgotten are an interesting bunch, and nothing like I thought they would be. I'm not sure what I expected, but it was nothing like what I got. And that's a good thing. I loved the surprise. The Forgotten, like the Iron Fey, are such a unique concept that I couldn't help but fall in love.
And there were so many plot twists. Some things I should have seen coming but didn't, and that's okay! And then some things were completely and utterly unexpected and I would never have seen them coming. First it would go one way, and then another. I was forced to stay on my toes, jumping at every turn, feeling crazy anticipation. The suspense was almost too much to take, but it was absolutely worth it.
To sum it up: Gorgeous. Stunning. Fabulous.
THE ROMANCE Oh, wow. Julie has done it again. Ash and Meghan are still my favorite couple, but Ethan and Kenzie are pretty awesome too. They have chemistry from the beginning, and they stick together through everything, even when things get rough. Each of them reuses to leave the other, somehow binding them together. They're strong apart, but they're even stronger together, and it's so sweet. I love them together. I love to watch them grow together throughout the book. It takes a while before they'll admit their feelings for the other, but when they do, it completely beautiful. A wonderful moment, perhaps my favorite in the novel.
THE WRITING Julie's writing has always been beautiful, and it has remained beautiful. The voices of her characters are achingly real and I can literally feel Ethan's emotions as if they were my own. Her dialogue just sparkles and glitters on the page. It's so real. Furthermore, her descriptions are just gorgeous—she never fails to make me feel as if I really am in Faery. I absolutely without a freaking shadow of doubt LOVE Julie's writing. It takes something amazing and makes it even more amazing.
THE ENDING WOW. Julie knows how to end a novel. And the best part? You know there's definitely going to be more, and you can even see what's going to happen next, but she never leaves you with a cliffhanger so severe that you're practically in agony. Instead, she leaves you desperate for the next book without needing to do that, and that takes some serious talent. It ended on literally the perfect note and I honestly don't believe it could have been better. Why mess with perfection, right? The ending tied everything together so nicely, but there are still tons of loose ends for our next installments.
WRAPUP As aforementioned, nothing will ever beat the original Iron Fey series, but I still completely loved this book and I highly, highly recommend it. Even if you haven't read the first series (and if you haven't, then what are you waiting for??!) you could still easily read this book. Easily. So you really should read it! Of course, I'll read whatever Julie puts out, and of course I'm definitely reading the rest of this series. Eagerly. I'm highly anticipating the next novel and I already cannot wait! One of the most amazing books I've ever read. I say that all the time, but I mean it all the time.
CATCHALL I put off reading this series for forever, and I now regret that. Thank goodness for my friends, who slapp*****FINAL RATING: 5.00 STARS*****
CATCHALL I put off reading this series for forever, and I now regret that. Thank goodness for my friends, who slapped a copy of The Iron King into my hand and demanded I read it. It was amazing, and I quickly rushed through the entire series. While I loved each and every one of the books, this one was definitely my favorite.
THE HERO ASHALLYN'DARKMYR TALLYN Ash had me at hello. Seriously, he is ridiculously hot. In this book, we get to see even more of him than in previous books. After all, this is his book. He grows beautifully as a character and is fleshed out like never before. He becomes more than he was. His transformation is slow, but easy to follow. A new side of him is shown and his determination is so strong and beautiful. He was absolutely amazing and I fell for him even more. He's beyond gorgeous and he becomes so wonderful.
THE BEST FRIEND TURNED ARCHENEMY TURNED...? ROBIN GOODFELLOW I actually came to love Puck in this book too, although Ash will always be first and I didn't even really like Puck in the previous books, so. But in this book, the fact that he was willing to help Ash to assure Meghan's happiness shows just how much he loves her. It's absolutely, heartbreakingly beautiful. Puck is actually nicer in this book, and his sense of humor still brings a smile to my face.
THE PLOT I love Ash's story. It's probably my favorite of the whole series.
I mean, a quest to be with true love? My romantic-to-a-fault heart finds that devastatingly romantic.
So, yeah, I loved this book. The plot was, I swear, made for me.
The story is interesting, there are some major unexpected twists, and some things I could see coming and some things I would never have imagined.
I couldn't put this book down. I literally read it until 6:30 in the morning, knowing I would have to get up half an hour later for Mass. But I didn't even care, because it was so freaking good.
I absolutely adored it. It was everything I could have hoped and dreamed for.
THE ROMANCE Even though there's very little romance in this book, what romance there is is very sweet and a bit sad, but it works its way towards happiness. I loved everything about it, and the way everything smoothly works out. The romance is believable as always, and I love the true feelings that there are and the sense of belonging.
THE WRITING Julie's writing is always beautiful, but Ash's voice was like freaking icing. It was amazing and wonderful and beautiful and I loved loved loved it. He has a way of speaking that's bold and sometimes amusing. He describes things so accurately, so that I could picture everything in my head perfectly. I felt what he felt and wanted what he wanted. It was perfect.
THE ENDING I freaking love happily ever afters, and, oh, this one was so perfect. It made my heart ridiculously happy, but I loved it s much. Everything worked out completely perfectly and it was complete and total happiness. I thought everything was perfect, and it was the best ending this series could possibly have had.
WRAPUP I loved Julie's Iron Fey series. I'll be buying The Iron Legends when it comes out to complete my Iron Fey collection, and I'll definitely be reading The Lost Prince and the entire Call of the Forgotten series. I also have a copy of The Immortal Rules that I need to read. I love Julie's writing, her worlds, and her stories. I am officially a fan for life.