I love the Graceling realm!! Another fantastic addition to this series. I loved Bitterblue -- and the romance in this book was beautiful, even if it d...moreI love the Graceling realm!! Another fantastic addition to this series. I loved Bitterblue -- and the romance in this book was beautiful, even if it doesn't have a happy ending (yet.) Hoping there's more to come in this wonderful series! I also loved the connections between the Graceling Realm and the Dells.
One of my favorite things about this book was that unlike Katsa and Fire, Bitterblue does not have a special power. Katsa and Fire are physically strong women, whereas Bitterblue is small. Bitterblue's strength comes from her mind -- her way of not allowing Leck to control her mind was by doing complicated math problems in her head, and this mental way of overcoming a problem symbolizes Bitterblue's general method of dealing with anything that crosses her path. She is strong, but still vulnerable. Her love for others and determination to do what is right even if it's hard for her is what makes her a great and respected ruler.
And the LOVE STORY is fantastic! It reminds me of the beginning of Aladdin, when Jasmine sneaks out of her palace as a commoner. When Bitterblue is pretending to be "Sparks," the reader gets to see a side of her that we might not have otherwise, a side of her that isn't weighed down by royal obligations and can have fun and have a romantic tryst. This makes her such a three dimensional character. And the royal reveal scene was done so wonderfully! It was heartbreaking to read!
There are also so many great mysteries in this book that are solved through the story. Yes, it's long, but I found myself needing to know what was going to happen next.
I hope Kristin Cashore continues this series, because I want more of the Graceling Realm!(less)
I loved Incarnate by Jodi Meadows! I wasn't sure what to expect going into this book -- all I knew was that reincarnation was involved, and in a way I...moreI loved Incarnate by Jodi Meadows! I wasn't sure what to expect going into this book -- all I knew was that reincarnation was involved, and in a way I'd never seen it before. It seemed like something I would like, and I was right. Jodi Meadows created a beautiful fantasy world, where for thousands of years, a million people have been reincarnated over and over again. I had lots of questions about why this happened, some that were answered in Incarnate, and some that were not. I'm excited to learn more about the mythology of the world as the series progresses.
I loved the romance between the two main characters, Ana and Sam. From the summary it was clear that Ana was a new soul, meaning she was a teenager, and Sam has been reincarnated for thousands of years, meaning he's a lot older than her, so at first I was worried that their relationship might come across as wrong because of their age gap. Luckily this wasn't the case. The author made it clear that even though the souls are reincarnated, body chemistry and age also contribute to how a person acts and behaves. Also, Ana and Sam were so perfect together that their age gap was easy to overcome. Their relationship grew throughout the book, which I liked.
Ana is a likable, relatable character who I found myself rooting for throughout the whole book. She's unsure of herself, but strong and determined at the same time. I'm excited to read more about her and the world Jodi Meadows created in the next book in the series. Also, there was a masquerade scene in this book, and it was done beautifully! So enchanting and magical. It was my favorite scene in the story. Incarnate is definitely a book I recommend picking up when it comes out in 2012. (less)
Shadowspell was such an awesome read!! I read the first book in this series, Glimmerglass, a little less than a year ago. I'm not sure why it took me...moreShadowspell was such an awesome read!! I read the first book in this series, Glimmerglass, a little less than a year ago. I'm not sure why it took me so long to read the second book! The adventure and mystery in this story led me needing to know what was going to happen next. Faerie deals are made, but anyone who likes reading about faeries knows that means there are sure to be tricks involved. I liked Dana a whole lot more in this book than I did in the first book of the series; I think she was a lot more developed in this book. And I LOVE the conflict that the introduction of the Erlking brought into the story! I definitely didn't see his big trick coming until it was revealed. I also love how the romance between Ethan and Dana has evolved through these two books. Their love is growing at a pretty natural rate, which is refreshing in YA. Also, the friendship Dana has with Kimber is awesome! Kimber is super cool, and I would want to be friends with her if I lived in Avalon, too.
If you're a fan of the Faeriewalker series, don't wait as long as I did to continue with the second book! It's fantastic, and I can't wait to read Sirensong and see how Dana gets out of the mess she got into in Shadowspell.
I also want to try hot posset at some point :)(less)
I recently finished the IRON FEY series by Julie Kagawa and was looking for another faerie story to read when I found GLIMMERGLASS. The two books are...moreI recently finished the IRON FEY series by Julie Kagawa and was looking for another faerie story to read when I found GLIMMERGLASS. The two books are totally different, and I definitely recommend GLIMMERGLASS to fans of YA Lit, even if you're not usually into the faerie genre.
In the world Jenna Black created, Avalon is an area in England where the mortal world and the world of Faerie intersect. Both humans and Fae can go there, and everyone knows that it exists! Meaning that everyone knows the Fae exist, too. This was really cute when there were human tourists in Avalon wearing "I <3 Avalon" t-shirts. There's also a Starbucks in Avalon, and a Victoria's Secret! If it existed in real life, I would definitely add Avalon to my itinerary while visiting the UK :)
Our protagonist, Dana Hathaway, is half-mortal, half-Fae. But of course she's not a normal half-blood -- she soon finds out there's something special about her, and suddenly it seems like everyone in Avalon and Faerie is after her, leaving her no idea with who to trust. She also meets a few friends who are around her age. Ethan, the hot Fae boy who she's not sure she should trust or not, but still wants to believe the best in him. Ethan's sister Kimber, who I think is awesome and could definitely see myself being friends with if she existed. And lastly Keane, the rebel Fae who appears later in the book, hinting at a possible love triangle for the rest of the series. At this point I'm torn which boy I want Dana to end up with, and am excited to see her relationships with both of them develop.
There was a big cliffhanger at the end, and I can't wait to pick up SHADOWSPELL, the next book of the series, so I can see what happens next!(less)
The Iron Fey is the kind of series that's so amazing, I want it to last forever. Going into The Ir...moreThis review was originally posted at Novel Thoughts.
The Iron Fey is the kind of series that's so amazing, I want it to last forever. Going into The Iron Knight, I was excited because it's in Ash's point of view (I love Ash and all of his devotion, determination, and hotness!), but also sad because it's the last book in the series. I knew when I finished I would miss the characters I've grown to love after all this time, and I was right.
First let me tell you, if you haven't yet had the opportunity to venture into the magical world Julie Kagawa created within the Iron Fey series, pick up The Iron King and start reading now! You'll be glad you did. If you've finished The Iron Queen and are eagerly anticipating reading The Iron Knight, you won't be disappointed. Julie does an amazing job making the reader feel every emotion intended, with some scenes being so incredible that I tensed up while reading because I needed to know what happened next. She also does a great job with imagery. Her descriptions are so vivid that they make it feel like you're actually there in the world she created, right there by the characters sides every step of the way.
Throughout the first three books in the series, we see the world through Meghan's eyes. We see her love with Ash grow, from the first time they saw each other in the wyldwood, to the challenges they faced in the Winter Court, and through many tough battles and sacrifices that ultimately led to their heart-breaking separation at the end of The Iron Queen. Now, in The Iron Knight, Ash has set off on a quest to obtain a soul -- a quest that no known being in history has ever succeeded in accomplishing -- and through his point of view, we get to know the icy Unseelie Prince on a level like never before.
The quest is full of traveling and adventure, and of course Ash doesn't set off on it alone. Puck accompanies him, and the complex history of their long friendship is much better understood while reading about it through Ash's eyes. Puck always makes me laugh with his funny comments, too! Grim is also with them as their knowledgeable, logical, and sometimes smug guide, along with others, one in particular whose appearance will be sure to surprise you. I was glad to learn more about this mystery person and their part in Ash's life, even though their relationship with him did add a new layer to the love story, leaving me conflicted at times about how I wanted everything to end up. (When it comes down to it though, I'm all about Ash and Meghan being together!)
My understanding of Ash has grown so much from reading The Iron Knight. I love being able to know what's going on inside of his head, and it's interesting getting to see a lot of his past that we haven't had a chance to learn about in the other books in the series. There's a reason he's known throughout the realm as a cruel, feared ice-prince, and this book demonstrates the horrible ways he's earned that reputation. But even so, his love for Meghan is unwavering, and he's willing to go to the end of the world (literally!) to be able to be with her. She's the most important person in his life, and this all-encompassing loyalty and devotion he holds towards her is part of what makes me love him so much as a character. I also love his determination to see things through. His quest for a soul is tougher than anything he could imagine, and along his journey it becomes clear how vast the differences really are between humans and fey, leading him and the reader to contemplate the meaning of humanity, and what it truly means to have a conscience.
Even though I'm sad that it's over, I loved the ending of The Iron Knight, and I'm going to miss the characters that I've grown to love throughout this incredible series!(less)