This was my first Badacci read, and I did enjoy it. Both the leads I very much enjoyed; Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are very different from one ano...moreThis was my first Badacci read, and I did enjoy it. Both the leads I very much enjoyed; Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are very different from one another but still feel real. Michelle's a tough chick and extremely accomplished, but flawed in her own way. The plot seemed a little squirrely, and a little...much but King and Maxwell remain even-keeled throughout the ordeal. I'm looking forward to picking up the next book in this series.(less)
When the school field trip depends on the earnings of a school wide bake sale, it's no good when the goods go missing! Luckily, Lunch Lady is back and...moreWhen the school field trip depends on the earnings of a school wide bake sale, it's no good when the goods go missing! Luckily, Lunch Lady is back and on the case to keep an on the Breakfast Bunch and figure out who is behind the nefarious cupcake theft. This is a great series for young readers, reluctant and voracious, with appealing black/white/gray/yellow illustrations, funny characters, and a clever story line. Exclamations like "spicy salsa!" and cool tools like the Spork Phone will have everybody wishing their lunch person is secretly a super hero. (Plus, Betty could give Alfred a run for his money any day of the week!) Find out the fate of the cupcakes -and the field trip- in this Lunch Lady adventure. (less)
If you've never read anything by Clamp, Magic Knight Rayearth is a pretty good place to start. A shojo fantasy journey story, MKR weaves the story of...moreIf you've never read anything by Clamp, Magic Knight Rayearth is a pretty good place to start. A shojo fantasy journey story, MKR weaves the story of three high school girls, Hikaru, Umi and Fuu who are transported from our world into another world called Cephiro. In Cephiro, they learn that they, like the Hobbits and Jedi before them, are someone's (in this case Cephiro and the princess - who is in a different castle) only hope. Only, it isn't that easy. And there's Mokona, who drove me crazy until a different series entirely. (less)
I bought The Iron King as an ebook ages ago, but hadn't gotten around to reading it until recently. I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. Do...moreI bought The Iron King as an ebook ages ago, but hadn't gotten around to reading it until recently. I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. Don't get me wrong, the cover is gorgeous and the premise sounded fun, but as much as I love Shakespeare (and I do love me some Shakespeare) I wasn't sure I wanted a whole story about an American Teen in King Oberon's Court.
Ye who fear Shakespeare, fear not! Kagawa's world building is magnificent - and no stuffiness to be found. (The Bard forgive me.)
Meghan Chase, our heroine, is an average teen girl whose insecurities and difficulties mostly stem from economical and social class issues. Her family is poor, and all her classmates are aware of it. Meghan at points seems to wear it as a badge of honor. She's not a genius, but she's smart. She doesn't think she's the hottest thing since sliced French bread, but she (as far as I remember) doesn't think she's the ugliest stick in the woods either, which I appreciated. I like my lead characters to have some semblance of self-confidence.
For example, after she discovers Robbie's true identity and he does his "trick" with the crows, I especially appreciated her total and complete freak out. It wasn't some ho-hum moment where she knew it all along or wasn't phased because he'd been her best friend forever. It's a legitimate what-the-heck-is-my-life-right-now moment and it's fantastic.
Also fantastic? Puck. He's hilarious and dangerous and is willing to defy his King to assist Meghan in her quest to rescue her little brother. *insert girly sigh here*
I also loved Ethan, Meghan's younger brother. He's absolutely adorable.
There's a lot of action and adventure in this story, which keeps it moving at almost break neck speed as Meghan and her companions try to navigate the NeverNever to accomplish her mission of finding Ethan and discovering her own identity in the world of the fey. Meghan grows as the story goes along, and she becomes pretty savvy, even if she makes a few unfortunate deals. (The fey take their deals very, very seriously.) All though, one such deal brings us the character Grimalkin, who is the most awesome cat. If this ever gets made into a movie, Alan Rickman needs to be the voice of Grimalkin. That's how awesome this cat is.
And yes, there is the complicated fact that Meghan finds herself attracted to the Winter Prince, Ash. I'm not overly fond of Ash in this first outing, but I'm willing to give him a chance in volumes to come.
Over all, I very much enjoyed the Iron King and will certainly be continuing on with the series to find out what happens to Meghan, Puck, Ash, and Grim.