Pros Julie Kagawa's writing. I mean, you just can't go wrong. She constantly delivers since the Iron King and I have no doubt she will continue t4,5/5
Pros Julie Kagawa's writing. I mean, you just can't go wrong. She constantly delivers since the Iron King and I have no doubt she will continue to do so. There is not a dull moment in The Lost Prince, the writing is rhythmic and fluid, which makes the book practically unputdownable.
I loved how we get to see characters from previous books, it's no secret that Meghan, Ash and Puck make an appearance (along with others...). What I liked most about it though, was that they didn't over-stage the new characters, the story was all theirs to tell and not the old timers'. That way we get to see what our favorite characters are up to, without them being tacky, as I've personally witnessed in other spin offs.
Speaking of characters, I really liked Ethan and his goofy style. I know "goofy" is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Ethan, but I think that beneath all that tough guy act, he's hopelessly goofy and dopey. I don't know, he just seems that way to me. If there was one character I really really loved (besides a certain faery queen who I'm not gonna name), is Keirran. I was terrified at the beginning thinking that this was gonna be yet another triangle. Kagawa is much more clever than that though, and I totally give her credit for not taking the easy way out. So yeah, Keirran, apart from being dreamy and all that, is a really complex character. You never know what he's thinking or what he'll do. His story is definitely not over and the ending of Lost Prince suggests so. Can't wait to read more about him. For those of you who are like "What is she talking about?", you probably haven't read The Iron Knight. Pick it up now!
Cons The name of the next book and me coming across it :( Granted, I would have found out some day but did it have to be so soon? Now a million things are going through my mind, and let me tell you, not one of them is good!
In all honestly, I still don't know what the bad guys were about. I really don't. I had an idea but then I see them killing their own kind so I'm like "Yeah. No." I mean, I get the Iron Fey, born of the modern age and the progress of technology, I get Winter and Summer Court, I get the fairies that are in the InBetween, but these guys? I have no clue. I probably come off like a real moron here, but I really don't know. If anyone would care to enlighten me, I'd be forever grateful.
I don't get Kenzie. I'm sorry but I don't get her. I don't see the chemistry between her and Ethan. Ethan is awesome and Kenzie is a great girl undoubtedly, but together, they just don't click for me. They could easily be brother and sister.
But I'm just nitpicking here. The book is great, pick it up, read it, you'll have a great time....more
Oh my God. What happened to this series? I used to love it! Now, I'm actually terrified of picking up the next book!
There's not a lot happening in DeaOh my God. What happened to this series? I used to love it! Now, I'm actually terrified of picking up the next book!
There's not a lot happening in Dead Reckoning. For me, it was yet another filler, like Dead In The Family. The only cool thing that happened, was Sookie discovering a faery trinket that has some magic powers. Nothing much was said about it, but I guess we'll find out in the next book. Although, way things are going, I wouldn't be at all surprised if we never hear about it ever again.
Something semi-important happened between Eric and Sookie, which would have been majorly important if Eric's character wasn't completely butchered by Harris. I guess it has been going on for a long time now, but in Dead Reckoning it was officially confirmed. Eric, the huge Viking guy who took no shit from anyone, has become everyone's lap dog. I knew he was Sookie's but this? Come on! Was it maybe an attempt by Harris to get the books closer to TrueBlood's story by bringing Sookie closer to Bill after utterly humiliating Bill in readers' eyes? Whatever it is I'm not buying it!Emasculating Eric is NOT the way to go!I'm a huge fan of Bill's and as much as I like Eric I still believe that somehow Sookie and Bill would get back together, but not like this. And I'm not saying they're getting back together. It just seems to me that the books are taking a turn to that direction after doing a lot of unnecessary U-turns first.
I think after Dead Reckoning there are 2 books left in the series and I never thought I'd say this but I'm really glad it's coming to an end. Dead Reckoning was a huge disappointment for me and if I wasn't so damn curious to see how the story will end, I would think twice before picking up the next installment. ...more
If someone told me these books would be even better the second time around, I'd have laughed. Well this is as serious as it gets because these books aIf someone told me these books would be even better the second time around, I'd have laughed. Well this is as serious as it gets because these books are not even better, they're freaking genius. Speechless....more
I love the Iron Fey series and when Iron Knight was announced I was more than thrilled to read it. Who cares if Kagawa initially said she'd write a trI love the Iron Fey series and when Iron Knight was announced I was more than thrilled to read it. Who cares if Kagawa initially said she'd write a trilogy and then changed her mind? Did she do it for money? Well, duh. That's her job and she gets paid for it. If she did it for free would people stop having problems with the 4th book all of a sudden? Geez, some of you need to seriously lighten up.
So, Iron Knight. Iron Knight is an adventure book through and through. Ash, Puck, Grimalkin along with some unexpected additions, travel to the End Of The World where Ash will forego a number of trials in order to become human and return to the Iron Kingdom and live with Meghan until the end of his days. Now when I say adventure, you have to realise that I mean the whole package: magic, sword fighting, quests -the whole nine. IK is a pure,100% fantasy-faery novel. Which added to the fact that the book was quite long, got a bit tiring at times. Also reading about 4 guys on a fantasy adventure-quest, felt like I was a 13 year old boy with light sabers hanging over my bed and tons of sci-fi DVD box sets on my shelves. Nothing wrong with that, other than I am a 29 year old woman :) Anyway, I'm sure I'm overreacting. It's just that the book was long and it gives you the impression that the quest along with the guys' testosterone levels, goes on and on and on. Also Ash, you know I love you but sometimes your emo-ness is off the charts, even for you babe.
World building was awesome as always. The places Ash and the gang had to travel through in order to get to the End Of The World, the new characters, the final trials, everything was very well thought out and fell in to place nicely. Which goes to show that Kagawa didn't leave anything to chance and Iron Knight was NOT another way for her to earn money(like that's a bad thing!) I specifically loved the flash-forward chapter. It was so creepy, it added a gothic touch to the fantasy and I liked that a lot.
I was pretty contempt with how Iron Queen ended, I wouldn't mind if there was no book 4. But it was heartily welcome, as will every book that Kagawa writes from here on. Those of you who are HEA suckers, you will absolutely love the Iron Knight! ...more
I know. Too little too late, uh? Wicked Lovely was published in 2007. Almost 5 years ago, people!! And it's only now that I decided to read it aft3,5/5
I know. Too little too late, uh? Wicked Lovely was published in 2007. Almost 5 years ago, people!! And it's only now that I decided to read it after a lot of coaxing from friends.
Well, it surely wasn't the best book I read this year, but thanks to Donia, it wasn't the worst, either. As for the other characters, well. In a nutshell, I didn't like Aislinn AT ALL, I thought Seth was the blandest goth ever, Keenan was somewhat interesting and Beira was like the witch in the TV show Once Upon A Time. And Donia was awesome :)
Let me start from the beginning. Reading into the first couple of chapters you might feel your jaw dropping a little and not in a "Dude, this is amazing" kind of way, but more in a "Dude, what the frak am I reading?" way. And the book pretty much continues on that theme. The reason for the jaw-dropping is that nowhere in the book is the fairy world explained. Nothing. Everything gets thrown in there to the point where you're sure there must be a 0,5 book you aren't aware of. There is no description of the fairy world, fairy subjects, hierarchy, rules. If I hadn't read a couple of fairy books before Wicked Lovely(pretty much the same rules apply)I would be completely lost. An exposition chapter would be much appreciated by the readers, in my opinion, because believe it or not, not all of us were born knowing what sprites and hags are. I know, shocker.
So, to cut right to the chase, Aislinn is one of those girls who don't want to lose their virginity no matter what. They prefer to get run over by a truck than lose the big V. Exaggeration? I think not. She herself says that she considers losing ones sight and ones virginity equally important. What-who-what?? *blinking rapidly* For my sanity's sake I decided to leave this little tidbit aside and respect her no-virginity-losing enthusiasm, even though I find it beyond moronic. A bunch of chapters later, Aislinn still feels strongly about not losing her virginity and she talks about it with Seth. However, she adds that she has no problem doing eeeeeverything else. No way. I was patient and forgave a lot of things when it came to Aislinn, but that's where I drew my line with Wicked Lovely. No offense to the people that liked the book, but that is just ridiculous. When someone supports ideas like these is either a hypocrite or a complete idiot, in my book. My money is on the former.
Then there is Seth. Seth was a goth, with way too many piercings, and had a bet boa. So, no. Also he was pretty boring. Keenan was not all that more interesting than Seth, but what I found intriguing about him was that he was not the emo third wheel I thought he'd be. He stood his ground, even when things didn't go exactly his way and didn't throw a hissy fit or get into a pissing contest with Seth. Best character in Wicked Lovely in my opinion was Donia's. She was covered in ice and still showed more emotion that all the other characters combined. She was a melancholic, heart broken, ice fairy. And she had a cool pet(not at all like a boa!). Also because of Donia and what happened to her character(no spoilers, don't worry. Although, I'm pretty sure all of you have read it), I consider reading book 2. I think it doesn't have Aislinn in it so yay!
Overall, Wicked Lovely was not a bad book. Its female protagonist was a miss, sure, but its story and the world Marr has created are interesting. Maybe I'll pick the book with the Dark Fairies next. That would be cool, I guess. ...more
Why is it so difficult to write reviews for books I love??My finger is stuck on the backspace button, immediately erasing every word I dare put down.TWhy is it so difficult to write reviews for books I love??My finger is stuck on the backspace button, immediately erasing every word I dare put down.They all seem insufficient somehow, redundant. I am afraid, this is also the case with Iron Queen because Julie Kagawa's world has left me speechless once again!
Iron Queen picks up where the Iron Daughter left off.Meghan and Ash have been exiled from the Nevernever but when the forces of the false Iron King threaten to destroy both Summer and Winter court, Oberon and Mab ask for their help to destroy the Iron Fey once and for all.
Julie Kagawa's writing is simply amazing!Apart from the captivating descriptions of the fascinating world of Tir Na Nog and the fey, the characters she's created and the way they were developed throughout the whole series, is really unique.
Iron Queen is a book dedicated to Meghan.Of course, it has many other characters in it and all play their part, but I believe that IQ is about Meghan and her growth from IK till now.How from a normal teenager,part of a normal family, she ended up yielding swords and fighting to protect the existence of the fairies.This book I feel is the end of her adventure, of her journey to find herself and her destiny. Always with her, Ash, the love of her life.Ash has also matured a lot through all this.The story he tells Meghan of what he used to do to mortal girls and of his total disregard for mortals in general, is disturbing to say the least!And to come from that,an emotionally detached and cruel being to this loving and caring person, willing to risk and sacrifice everything for the people he loves, is incredible.And all that because he fell in love with Meghan.Meghan is the common denominator of every character changing and growing in the book.Oberon, Mab, Puck, Ash, even Grim and Iron Horse changed because of Meghan and the way she chose to interact with each and everyone of them. Meghan is the indisputable protagonist of IQ.And that is totally fine by me, since she is a very likeable character.But personally, I don't think it's her likeableness that drew me to her and the other characters, consequently making me like these books so much.It's because I feel for her,I care about what happens to her, to her family to her friends.My eyes well up with tears when something terrible is happening and I instantly feel calm and at ease when everyone is happy.I know you are going "Hello?That's the whole point!" and I agree.But please try and remember which books really made you feel that way about its characters.After finishing IQ I gave it some thought and I found the number of these books disappointingly small,so I try to appreciate and treasure the ones that make me feel that way.So a huuuuge thanks goes out to Julie for writing these beautiful books and for making me believe in the power of good story telling!
I know my review is very sloppy, I try not to reveal anything about the plot and that's why I talk about everything else but.
Besides, the only thing that you really need to know is that Iron Queen is an awesome, awesome book and so is the entire Iron Fey series.If you haven't read it yet, you are most definitely missing out! Can't wait for The Iron Knight, the 4th installment in the Iron Fey series! ...more
I am always terrified of reading the second book in a series.Authors usually go all out in the first book,thus not left with any good ideas for the seI am always terrified of reading the second book in a series.Authors usually go all out in the first book,thus not left with any good ideas for the second.There is a reason they have a bad rep and the comparison to its predecessor is unavoidable.Well, I am more than happy to say that this is not the case with The Iron Daughter!
Kagawa's story is,once again, perfect in every way.There are no plot holes,no questions lingering in your mind "Yeah,but why did she...","No,it can't be because...." , there is none of that.You get sucked in it from the very beginning, never wanting to come up for air, until the last page when you just feel so sad that something so good is over so quickly.I love the fact that even though The Iron Daughter seems like it's just another typical fey story, it really isn't.If you look close enough you can see the myriads of hidden but strong messages inside it.The hunger for power and how it can ruin and infect the minds of even the greatest of men while a kind heart can turn a monster into a noble and honorable man,our generation's obsession with technology and how it has become such an integral part of our lives, and most importantly how easy it is to feel and express emotions such as empathy, compassion, love, and our perpetual failing to do so.
When it comes to characters, The Iron Daughter delivers once more.This time, things get pretty heated up between the Puck-Meghan-Ash triangle, as Meghan is trying really hard to sort out her feelings for both of them, all the while trying to save their world.We also get introduced to some exciting new characters (I absolutely loved Lea!) and some who we have been dying to meet!
The Iron Daughter was a brilliant continuation of The Iron King and I am telling you:I already mourn the end of this fantastic series, as the next installment will unfortunately be the last!So, enjoy it while you can guys because it really is worth it! ...more
To be honest, I have mixed feelings about this book.I found it really hard to get into it at first.Characters didn't have the chemistry I exp3,5 stars
To be honest, I have mixed feelings about this book.I found it really hard to get into it at first.Characters didn't have the chemistry I expected and things were happening completely out of the blue,making them not quite believable.The first half was a bit slower than I would have liked,not a lot of action going on,thus not giving you the chance to get very excited about what's going to happen next.
However, the second half of the book was completely different from the first.It was fast paced, action packed and you see all the characters playing a vital role to the story and its progression. Teagan is not the kind of the female lead that I usually like, but you can't help but adore her little brother Aiden and his incredible gift.The world that Hamilton created and the mythology around it, is absolutely brilliant!You find yourself getting sucked into a world full of goblins, fairies,sprites, angels,everything you can expect reading a fairy tale and more, leaving your imagination go wild. Also, I absolutely loved her humor, which fit nicely,even in a gloomy and somber book such as Tyger,Tyger.
Overall, I enjoyed reading Tyger,TygerIt is a beautiful fairy tale that gives you the opportunity to explore Hamilton's vast imagination through her amazing writing.I just wish the first half was as exciting as the second, but in general,Tyger Tyger it's a good start to a series and a great debut YA novel....more
Guardian Of The Dead is a story filled with myths and legends from a rather book-wise unexplored country,New Zealand.
First and foremost I hav4,5 stars
Guardian Of The Dead is a story filled with myths and legends from a rather book-wise unexplored country,New Zealand.
First and foremost I have to admit that after reading so many books set in the US, the change of scenery was exhilarating, to say the least!I loved every bit of Maori myth Healey added to the story, even though I have no idea which parts of it is the "real" myth and which parts were altered to fit the story and to be honest, I don't really care! Healey's writing pulled me in from the very beginning until the very end. I loved the fact that I learned so may things I didn't know about New Zealand, a country I had always wanted to visit. From its fascinating mythology, presenting me with new takes one the creation of the world, which includes beings such as Sky-Father and Earth-Mother, patupaiarehe(a kind of Maori fairy) and Hine-nui-te-po, the guardian of the dead herself, to the beautiful and picturesque scenery.The idea of this book was so fresh and different and unique, like nothing I have ever read.Also, Healey's clever use of the mask, the story behind it and what it represents, was in my opinion the best aspect of the book.
The characters were also amazing.100% believable characters in a 100% fictional story.Ellie, the lead, is a 17 year old girl, with all the angsts and insecurities of girls her age.She is also brave and giving, willing to do anything for her friends.She is strong,determined and can take a fight any day, all the while maintaining her feminine side with a humorous awkwardness.She had a very good chemistry with Mark and I liked that she tried to keep her distance from him when she found out some things she didn't like, instead of falling straight into his arms.
The only teeny tiny problems I had with this book was that the Eyslasher story,which I'd like to know more of, was pretty much a dead end and the taniwha situation in the end.I really hope the latter won't be a problem if Healey decides to make it into a series.
All in all, Guardian Of The Dead is a very fresh,original and intriguing story, set in an beautiful country, with amazing characters.What's not to love? Anyone who is even remotely into mythology of any kind, should definitely read this! ...more
I don't know how to start this review.I wanted to read this book,like really really bad,from the moment I heard about it and I am afraid I was eventuaI don't know how to start this review.I wanted to read this book,like really really bad,from the moment I heard about it and I am afraid I was eventually let down by it :(
For starters, I found the writing to be inconsistent and all over the place sometimes.I read a sentence and I thought that it would lead somewhere and then bam! finished, and eventually led to nowhere.I so wanted to be absorbed and drawn by it, but try as I might, I just wasn't. I could not connect with the characters at all.They were all likeable, but not believable. I love myself a male lead, but Mackie just didn't do it for me.He is a Changeling and I was constantly surprised and confused that he found his own kind terrible and disgusting, appearing totally oblivious of their ways.Unfortunately, I felt there was no chemistry between him and Tate at all.However, his scenes with his sister Emma were amazing.They just clicked way more than he and Tate did. His 16 year old friends had no idea about faeries and changelings,however they didn't seem the least perturbed when they were asked to help him save a girl from the depths of some cave where she was kept by faeries, which we just assume were faeries, we were never told what they were exactly. Also the big baddie, who can reek havoc across town and could annihilate anyone in a blink of an eye?Yeah, well, not so much, it turns out.
The one character I did like was the Morrigan, who was a perfect combination of disgust and innocence. I also liked the story and the premise of the book.I was always fascinated by changeling stories.Plus, there are many very, very creepy and ghastly scenes in this book,you'll probably not want to read it at night!However, I felt that the idea behind The Replacement did not live up to its potential nor to my expectations.
3 stars go to The Replacement for its irksomeness and its ghoulish story.Other than that, I am afraid it will remain memorable only for its stunningly beautiful, amazing cover. ...more