I adore this series. I love the mystery involved. It definitely keeps you guessing. Verday provides just enough information to pick up on important cl...moreI adore this series. I love the mystery involved. It definitely keeps you guessing. Verday provides just enough information to pick up on important clues and characters without revealing too much as to make the ending predictable. Plus, ghosts are way more awesome than vampires, werewolves, and zombies. I think it's because ghosts have a better chance of actually existing than the others. It makes the story seem more realistic (Not that I believe in ghosts, just that out of the four I would put my money on ghosts being real over the other three).
The main characters are fascinating. Many of the questions I had about Shades were answered. Caspian is a great character. He isn't possessive or freakishly jealous. He trusts Abbey completely. Abbey is still stubborn, but seems a little less sure of who she is. I did feel that the whole shrink situation was a little out of touch with the rest of the storyline, but I understand why it was there. We learn more about Ben in this novel as well. Although he's not a particularly dynamic character, he provides more depth to the story. I loved the car scene when Caspian, Ben, and Abbey were headed up to Caspian's home town. I cracked up laughing so hard that people were giving me weird looks. More backstory is provided for Caspian, Nikolas and Katy. I love the way Sleepy Hollow is intertwined with the plot. Nikolas and Katy add another side to the story. We are also introduced to some new characters. Vincent is the only one who is really being developed in this story; however, I have a feeling the others will play a larger part in the third and final novel.
The pacing is better in this installment. The Hollow seemed to drag out in places to me, but The Haunted provides more minor plot conflicts which keep the book moving. One aspect of this novel that I felt was perhaps less impressive compared to the first book is the relationship between Caspian and Abbey. I enjoyed immensely the realistic feel of it before. While it was still good in The Haunted, it did focus considerably more on the paranormal aspect. All in all, I give this book my complete recommendation. If you adored the first novel, you'll love this one too.
Other thoughts: I like the revamped covers better than the direction they were going with originally. My only disappointment is that my The Hollow hardcover isn't going to match.
Favorite quotes: Surely I would bleed. I was cut. But the blood didn't come. Instead my pinkie just began to throb. I held it up and watched as my finger pulsed, each movement in sync with my heartbeat, like there was a gossamer string attached from my heart to my hand. The noise of the traffic and reverberation of people began to fade. Only white static filled my ears, and I couldn't turn away. - page 49
Caspian leaned in and put his lips right next to my ear. I fought very hard not to shiver. "You want me to have feelings?" he said. "I already told you that I love you. What else should I say? That I long to be near you every second of every day? I see colors, only around you...I smell perfume, only around you. God, it's like...like I'm alive again. Sometimes I go crazy just wondering if I've imagined it all, and I wait to see when it...you...will be taken away from me." - pg 148
Everything was making sense now. All the puzzle pieces were fitting together. The reason why he kept making these gorgeous necklaces for me..."Since you can't touch me, you made something that could, didn't you?" I said. "Yes." My world slowed and I closed my eyes. "I am going to give you my heart now," I whispered. "Please don't break it again." - pg 222
The plot was absolutely fantastic. Julie Kagawa is truely a wonderful storyteller. The blend of mystery, action, adventure and love story weave a tale...moreThe plot was absolutely fantastic. Julie Kagawa is truely a wonderful storyteller. The blend of mystery, action, adventure and love story weave a tale which is inspiring and bittersweet. All I can say is I'm sorry I waited so long to read it. In this book, Ash and Meghan have been exiled from the Nevernever while the Iron court threatens to swallow all of the Wyldwood and both Summer and Winter courts. Puck and Grimalkin join up with the duo early in the book, and the four fight to save Nevernever from the deadly iron. I felt like slapping Puck several times throughout this installment. That is not to say he is a bad character. Quite the contrary, he's a great character, just a slightly annoying one in the beginning. It takes a gifted writer to create a character which you love and want to throttle at the same time. His childish act early in the book fades into a better acceptance of his role as the best friend as the story moves quickly along. Meghan's reactions to his attitude do much to show her character and growth through the series. She never backs down from a fight, never shies away from danger, never puts herself before those she loves. She's one of my favorite heroines in any book I've read. Ash is a swoon-worthy character and much more open with his emotions (I have forgiven him for his icy cruelty in book 2). He is protective of Meghan, but not in that crazy possessive freak way which seems so popular with YA novels since Twilight. He recognizes her worth and appreciates it. He matches her character well; winter to her summer, so to speak. All of the characters, Puck included, are very dynamic and well developed. I could sense the time put into creating even minor characters like Razor and Glitch. This series comes highly recommended from me.
Other notes: The book cover was not my favorite in the series. That honor still remains with The Iron King. I'm just not a big fan of pink. I love the vines that wrap around the book and are featured on the chapter pages.
Favorite quotes: "Let it be known--from this day forth, I vow to protect Meghan Chase, daughter of the Summer King, with my sword, my honor, and my life. Her desires are mine. Her wishes are mine. Should even the world stand against her, my blade will be at her side. And should it fail to protect her, let my own existence be forfeit. This I swear, on my honor, my True Name, and my life. From this day on..." His voice went even softer, but I still heard it as though he whispered it into my ear. "I am yours." - pg 128
I absolutely loved this book. It's the second in the Iron Fey series. I have to say I usually hate fairy stories. They just aren't believable enough t...moreI absolutely loved this book. It's the second in the Iron Fey series. I have to say I usually hate fairy stories. They just aren't believable enough to get me into the story. However, the Iron Fey series drags me in and keeps me there. I also must say I liked this one even more than the first book, The Iron King.(less)