I really liked Fairy Tale. It was a very sweet, nice novel. The beginning didn't quite capture my attention, but later I was captivated with the story...moreI really liked Fairy Tale. It was a very sweet, nice novel. The beginning didn't quite capture my attention, but later I was captivated with the story and eager to see how it would end. I didn't really care for Morgan, I just didn't like her attitude. I really liked Pip; after he became 'hot' that is. He was super sweet and cute. I loved the romance in this novel. It was original and beautiful. I loved the scene when Morgan finally realizes her feelings for Pip.
The Iron Daughters is so incredibly amazing. So much better than I was expecting, and I was expecting nothing less than amazing, just like the Iron Ki...moreThe Iron Daughters is so incredibly amazing. So much better than I was expecting, and I was expecting nothing less than amazing, just like the Iron King. The writing was beauitful. It flowed along easily, with beautiful descriptions, pulling me willingly into the world of the fey. The characters were perfect. I really liked Meghan in this book. She's so strong, and knows what she wants. I really liked her voice in the story. I loved Puck, with his sense of humor and unrelenting love for Meghan. And Grim, with his usual air of cat boredom. He makes me smile :) And Ironhorse, I ended up loving him, and his deep, booming voice in all capital letters. And then Ash. Oh, Ash. So perfect and cold, and swoon worthy, and so completely in love with Meghan. The love triangle that Julie did was incredible. I was so torn. I knew Meghan had to be with Ash, but I love Puck, and I didn't want to see him hurt. The love between Ash and Meghan was sometimes so heartbreaking, and then so perfect and romantic. I loved it.
The Iron Daughter was such an emotional, thrilling read. It was so beautiful and achingly perfect. I loved every single thing about it. I couldn't put it down, so riveted and captivated was I with the story. This book is perfect, one that I will treasure and continually go back to relive the beautifulness of it. Thank you Julie, for such a remarkable story. (less)
The Iron King was amazing! Simply brilliant. I got caught up in the pure thrill of it. The characters were written to perfection. I felt their sorrow...moreThe Iron King was amazing! Simply brilliant. I got caught up in the pure thrill of it. The characters were written to perfection. I felt their sorrow and love as they went through their journey. The way Julie was able to bring vivid images to mind with her intricate writing was incredible. The book reminded me of Labyrinth, with David Bowie, what with the girl traveling through a world unknown trying to save her little brother, and the creatures-gremlins and pack rats and what not-and then the end with the Iron King and Meghan. It also reminded me a little of Alice in Wonderland, but they do mention it in the book. The beginning was a little creepy, but it got me hooked.
I loved Puck and his mischievousness (I also think he's in love with Meghan, ah, so sad); Grim was funny with his air of cat boredom throughout the book; and Ash, mmm, Ash. He was cold and intriguing, but his love for Meghan was sincere. And I really liked Meghan, despite her always shrieking at everything. She was determined to rescue her brother (half brother) no matter the costs; and in the process she found her true destiny, and a forbidden love. It was a beautiful love story, and a trying adventure for the characters. I absolutely loved it! I can’t wait for the Iron Daughter!
I love Wings. It’s creative, not like other faerie stories. I love Aprilynne's creatioin of faeries, the bio makeup and such. And how she made them ha...moreI love Wings. It’s creative, not like other faerie stories. I love Aprilynne's creatioin of faeries, the bio makeup and such. And how she made them have coloring of their hair and eyes. It's just so creative. And then we got to glimpse the fearie world. We heard a little about it, and how fearies live and the magic of the seasons, but we didn't get to see it. But in Spells we do, so I"m excited for that. And I liked the idea of having trolls in the story, it made the story more original and intriguing.
The characters were done well. And I feel so bad for Laurel, she has to decide who she wants. David is nice, and the perfect human boyfriend, and she really likes him. Tamani on the other hand, sparked intense feelings inside her, and she couldn’t deny it; he’s intriguing, intense, cocky and daring. He’s pretty much the dream boyfriend. David and Tamani are both so likable, I can’t decide who I think should end up with Laurel. I probably lean towards Tamani, because he’s, well, so cool and intense. But David is so nice, and he deserves Laruel. Why did Aprilynne have to make them both so likable? Neither of them really have a flaw. David is kind of unsure, and shy at times, but that just makes him that much more likable. But, I think I would be sadder if she chose David. I guess I just feel like Tamani likes her more, like his feelings are so much deeper and meaningfully, than David’s feelings; he likes Laurel because she’s pretty, and different, and there’s something about her that just draws him to her.
I love this book. It's pretty much amazing. A really nice, fun read. Now onto Spells to find out what happens! (less)
Wow. This book was really good. Lesley did an incredible job at creating a magical fay story based on a Midsummer Night’s Dream. It was fantastic. The...moreWow. This book was really good. Lesley did an incredible job at creating a magical fay story based on a Midsummer Night’s Dream. It was fantastic. The writing was beautifully done- it pulled me in from the beginning. I had a hard time putting the book down.
The characters were amazing. Kelley was perfect. I loved that she would not believe Sonny about what he was trying to tell her. She would have none of it, convinced that Sonny was stalking her, which any woman in her right mind would think about some guy always showing up where she is and taking intense interest in her. She was smart to not let herself get caught up in his handsomenes, which a lot of girl protagonists do. Kelley was for real, she actually acted like how a real person would act, and not just the way some lovey-dovey girl swooning at the regal, beautiful mythical man would, and believing everything he says because he’s so perfect and beautiful. Gah.
And Sonny, mmm. I fell in love with Sonny the moment he jumped up on the railing in the beginning of the book. He was so frustrated that Kelley wouldn’t trust him and believe him, and that she just wouldn’t stop telling him to shove off. It wasn’t the typical story where the girl falls hard at the first sight of the boy, and would do anything for him, believe anything he says. Although she ended up doing this in the end because she realized she loved him.
The plot was well thought out and written. The ending kept me on the edge of my seat, quickly turning the pages in the thrill of it. An incredible read-another outstanding novel by an amazing author. I’m excited to read Darklight, and am anxious for the last book to come out. (less)
Well, for the most part I really liked it. After the disappointment of Spells, I was very wary of how well I'd like this book. I enjoyed the world of...moreWell, for the most part I really liked it. After the disappointment of Spells, I was very wary of how well I'd like this book. I enjoyed the world of fearies and trolls that Pike created, (as I did in the previous books) and I like Laurel's roll of Mixer, and how Pike explained the biology makeup of the mixing and such. So I was intrigued with the story. But I DID NOT LIKE THE ROMANCE. I am so sick of it, this stupid love triangle that Laurel refuses to get out of. I was sick of it in Spells, and even more so in Illusions. After three books, and twoish years, you'd think Laurel would have made up her mind. She's David's girlfriend of two years, and yet she moons over Tamani. Though she loves David, and loves being with him, she can't help but thrill at the feelings she gets when she see's Tamani, or when he touches her. Personally I like Tamani better. I like David, for the most part, but I don't think he's for Laurel.
Anyway, the plot was very interesting, I liked it better than Spells. There was too much focus on the tiring love triangle, but there was a pretty good blend of romance and the actual plot of trolls and finding out who Yuki is. And the ending was pretty surprising, I’m excited to read the last book. And seeing as there's only one book left in the series, Laurel will have to choose who she‘s going to be with, and this triangle will finally end. Hopefully David and Chelsea will finally hook up. But, you know what, I would not be at all surprised if Pike announced that there are to be three more books in the series, thus not having to end the triangle yet, letting it fester, make the characters go through more unnecessary pain instead of having Laurel and Tam finally together like they should be. Well, that’s what I would like at least.
So, I gave this book a higher rating than I did for Spells, because there was more action and plot, but the romance tired and annoyed me too much to like the book as much as I could have. (less)
Magic Under Glass pulled me in the moment I picked it up. It was magical. Beautifully written, with descriptions that unveiled to me the pictures Dola...moreMagic Under Glass pulled me in the moment I picked it up. It was magical. Beautifully written, with descriptions that unveiled to me the pictures Dolamore clearly wanted depicted. The story is original and captivating. I wanted more after turning the last page! I want to see more of the fairies and Erris’ home. It did remind me a little of Jane Eyre, but quickly steered away, as this story holds its own secrets and intrigue. This book was truly enchanting, definitely one of my new favorites. Also, the cover is purley brilliant. It's beautiful. What first drew me to this book. Great job Jaclyn!(less)
Oh my gosh. My heart is breaking. Sonny, ah, poor Sonny! The ending left me reeling, wanting to weep. I just couldn’t believe it. Lesley left the most...moreOh my gosh. My heart is breaking. Sonny, ah, poor Sonny! The ending left me reeling, wanting to weep. I just couldn’t believe it. Lesley left the most bitter, heartrending cliff hanger. What am I ever going to do until the third book comes out? I don’t know if I can possibly stand the wait.
Darklight definitely topped Wondrous Strange fantastically. Brilliant scenes portrayed vividly, with characters deftly created and envisioned to perfection. The writing was amazing, almost poetic like, beautiful. I loved these lines: When Kelley woke, Sonny was gone-his suede riding coat was draped over her. Lying curled up on the wooden pew, she thought she could still feel the tingle of his kiss dancing on the curve of her cheek. So sweet. It shows the gentle caring and love Sonny feels for her, and that he just can’t resist kissing her as she sleeps. I really liked Lesley's writing style, but one thing that kind of bugged me was all the stupid italics that were practically on every page. It got pretty annoying, and just kind of stilted the dialogue.
There was a part that I thought wasn't done very well. The part at the end when Sonny was unconscious and he was in his bed in his room. I felt that Kelley should have been in there with him, laying with him. I guess it could kind of be seen as Kelley setting up for the ending. But still- feeling the way she did, and with Sonny unconsious, why didn't she stay with him until he woke?
The plot was done very well- with an intriguing twist about Sonny that made me perk up, wondering what that will be like. Kelley and Sonny’s love is so beautifully sweet, and vibrantly strong. Yet it is very nearly shattered at the end. I’m still aching for Sonny. But, depressing ending aside, the book was wonderful. It was so exciting, I couldn’t put it down. Now I have to wait for the third book to come out in January. January?! Ah, agony! (less)
Tempestuous, just wasn’t what I was expecting. I was left with such a bitter cliffhanger after Darklight, and was a...more**spoiler alert** Actual rating 2.5
Tempestuous, just wasn’t what I was expecting. I was left with such a bitter cliffhanger after Darklight, and was anxious for this book, but it fell flat. I was ready for some heartbreaking moments between Sonny and Kelley, fighting, tears, passionate love as they confessed their undying love to each other. But there wasn’t. There was some love, they did kiss, but I didn’t really feel it. And their reunion and trust in each other happened too suddenly. Kelley had just said that she didn’t love Sonny, and he left heartbroken. Though it was a lie. But he didn’t know that. And when they finally see each other again, they fall straight into each other’s arms, and start kissing. No questions first, no anger, no pain. Just all of sudden together where they both wanted, and this lie still hanging in front of them. And they were rarely together in the book. They were together for all of five to ten minutes through the whole book. Like three little scenes that were not nearly enough time to work through these problems, and for Sonny to understand why Kelley said what she said.
The whole book was rather anticlimactic and boring. There were battles and such, but they just didn’t grab me. I felt disinterested. I didn’t really like Kelley here. The first two books I did, but in Tempestuous she made some decisions that weren’t right. Like Fenn! What the crap? She loves Sonny, but she kisses Fenn as a farewell. IN FRONT of Sonny, no less! Does she think that’s okay? To kiss any guy who loves her, who she kind of likes, just because she can? Does Sonny mean nothing to her? Are his kisses really not that meaningful, that she has to kiss someone else? Sonny doesn’t need to know that this wasn't the first time she kissed him. Seriously? Do you not love him enough to not keep secrets from him? To let him believe that he’s the only one you love, the only one you’ve kissed and want to kiss? I just think that that whole side love triangle thing was a waste of time and space, and did nothing for the story.
I didn't hate Tempestuous, I just didn't love it. I really wanted to like it, but I just couldn’t. I still like her first two books, and am excited to read her future books, but I just couldn’t connect with Tempestuous. (less)
Wow. Oh Julie Kagawa, once again you manage to stun me with the absolute brilliance of your story. Your breathtaking, adrenaline rushing, swooning hea...moreWow. Oh Julie Kagawa, once again you manage to stun me with the absolute brilliance of your story. Your breathtaking, adrenaline rushing, swooning heartbreaking story. The Iron King and The Iron Daughter are amazing, but The Iron Queen blew me away. It was epic, a truly enlightening, action filled, intriguing novel, based upon fey stories of old, but built with the majestic world you created, one full of pain, longing, laughter, joy, anger. And nothing could have prepared me for the ending. The ENDING! So unexpected and heartbreaking, but so perfect! It showed Meghan’s changed character, from the shy, unsure human girl way back from the beginning, to this strong, determined faery who is willing to give up everything she worked so hard to keep, to save everyone and everything she loves. And in the end it was worth it. Meghan rose above the trials and pain and possible defeat, enduring to the very end and claiming what is rightfully hers.
The Iron Queen is full of darkness and foreboding danger, created with sharpness of war and danger, but it is infused with light, with tendrils of hope, love, humor. That is what makes this story alive, the balance between light and dark. But it’s the characters that make this happen. An action packed, incredible storyline with dull, unintriguing characters means nothing to the reader. Real, complex characters with stark emotion are needed to make the story pulse with life, to draw the reader in and love it.
Puck was brilliant. His usual playful, sarcastic, mocking goodfellow self. Every time he materialized onto the page, he did or said something that made me laugh. Even though I know Ash and Meghan belong together, I feel sorry for Puck, though he doesn’t let lost love crush him, making him a whisper of his former jokester self. And Grim. I love him! He is the perfect portrayal of an indifferent, bored, proud, playful cat. He may be a cait sith, but he is, afterall, just a cat. And I loved getting to see Meghan’s father come slowly back into her life. Though he wasn’t a prominent character with a lot of depth, I grew to care about him, and only because of Meghan, for her love for him and never giving up.
Then there’s Ash. Oh, he made me swoon in this book. He becomes more laidback and tender, showing his true self that has been hiding underneath his icy heart that only the love of Meghan could melt. But he never veers from his natural warrior instinct. He protects Meghan with his life, her literal faery knight in shining armor. But what I loved most was his respect for Meghan, his developing trust to let her decide what was best for her, and to believe in her. He let her fight for herself. It’s the strength of their love that allows this, that lets them trust each other and understand what they have to do, though that won’t stop them from striving to save each other.
The battle scenes were incredible. They kept my nerves on edge, my adrenaline swirling. It was executed amazingly well. I could just picture it happening in movie-form. And the end battle would be amazing to watch. Kagawa wasn’t afraid to get to the heart of the battle, the horror and rage and desperation of it, and she didn’t keep Meghan out. Meghan was in the very thick of it, fighting with all her energy, all her fury and determination and burning love to save Nevernever and those she loves.
I just can’t believe the way it ended. How in the world am I going to wait for The Iron Knight?! I didn't want this book to end. It’s the mark of an amazing author who can make their readers connect with their characters, and yearn for more. The Iron Queen was amazing, and I am breathless for Ash’s story, and to see everything get resolved, and have Ash and Meghan together forever at last.(less)
I was so anxious to read this book. The premise sounded intriguing, and I thought the cover was pretty cool (not that the cover honestly says anything...moreI was so anxious to read this book. The premise sounded intriguing, and I thought the cover was pretty cool (not that the cover honestly says anything about the story behind it or that I read a book based solely on the cover, although *cough cough* I kind of do :P). Then I read a couple reviews that said the book wasn’t so great, and my excitement deflated a little, but I still wanted to read it and find out what I thought about it. And, if truth be told, I was kind of disappointed.
The Iron Witch had so much potential, it could have been a really intriguing novel, but it just fell flat with me. I felt no emotion in it; I felt no connection with the characters. And that is what really brings me into the story and makes me love it, the undeniable connections I feel with the characters because of their emotion. In The Iron Witch, I felt nothing. The characters weren’t developed well. What really irked me was Navin and his reaction when Donna told him about her life. One second he’d be fearful, the next he’d be making a joke, then he’d be worried, and then he would shove Donna playfully and smile, and then he’d have a pale face at the end. It was honestly like that with all the characters. It was like they couldn’t settle on an emotion, or they didn’t feel anything deep enough. I don’t know quite how to explain it, but they just didn’t feel or act real.
And the plot was just, anticlimactic. I felt no danger, no fear. I didn’t feel that it was executed well. And It was rather short, some parts told too quickly or glossed over. I really did want to love this book, and I’m sad that I couldn’t. But I just felt bored while reading it, and I can’t say I have any strong urge to read the sequels. I might, but I certainly won’t rush to read them. (less)
Loved it! A wonderful little journey back into the beautiful fey world Julie created. Once again, I was sucked into the story with Julie's descriptive...moreLoved it! A wonderful little journey back into the beautiful fey world Julie created. Once again, I was sucked into the story with Julie's descriptive, beautiful writing. Only problem was, it wasn't long enough! The ending just left me starving for more! Now I just have to wait for The Iron Daughter to arrive tomorrow or friday. *sigh* I guess I can stand the wait. Oh, and Ash? So perfect, if cold and slightly infuriating. The perfect swoon worthy character.(less)