This was a cute, sweet story. Shayla is half human, half faerie, who is trying to discover herself while living in a world of humans who couldn’t poss...moreThis was a cute, sweet story. Shayla is half human, half faerie, who is trying to discover herself while living in a world of humans who couldn’t possibly understand her if they knew who she really is. But then she starts to make friends in her new school, and they understand her, and treat her no differently when they find she’s not entirely human. Shayla gains confidence in herself and her abilities. I liked seeing her journey and growth. She isn’t the strongest, independent heroine I’ve read, but she learned to become stronger, and in the face of adversity, she challenged it head on, if only to save the people she loved, and I appreciated seeing that in her.
This was a more simple tale. It wasn’t really original, and didn’t have a terribly exciting plot, but I still really liked the story. I enjoyed all the characters. They were written well and felt real to me. I liked the plot, and the fairytaleish feeling the writing and story had. The end of the book kept my attention more thoroughly as the plot thickened, and events were unfolding, presenting a clearer, intriguing picture. I also liked the romance. It was cute, and simple, and I enjoyed seeing Shayla and Jace fall in like.
I would recommend this book to young readers looking for a cute faerie story with a little romance in it.
Thank you to Cedar Fort and Netgalley for the arc. (less)
O.O What?...*Looks closer* No, I'm not seeing things. It is what I think it is. *cue the major fangirl screaming* Seriously?! A new trilogy from one o...moreO.O What?...*Looks closer* No, I'm not seeing things. It is what I think it is. *cue the major fangirl screaming* Seriously?! A new trilogy from one of my favoritest authors taking us back to the world of the Iron Fey?! *me jumping up and down unable to contain my excitement* That completely made my day! Oh, I cannot wait!!
Julie, you evil genius, what will you come up with next?
Edit 8/7/12: I got approved for this! I got approved for this! I GOT APPROVED FOR THIS!! Netgalley and Harlequin Teen, I love you.(less)
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.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)