There's just not a lot of good things to say about Need. The characters are flat and the story doesn't flow well. I've read this story many times andThere's just not a lot of good things to say about Need. The characters are flat and the story doesn't flow well. I've read this story many times and seen it done much better....more
This was enjoyable, but more for the sexy times than the actual plot. There wasn't any suspense at all, the ending is revealed pretty early on and theThis was enjoyable, but more for the sexy times than the actual plot. There wasn't any suspense at all, the ending is revealed pretty early on and there's no twist or game changer.
I wanted to also point out that there's a female oral sex scene and I'm so pleased to see this in a YA book. It's a very PG scene, but it's still great to see female sexuality presented in a very positive and consensual way. With that said I really liked Seth and Aislinn (the couple in said sexy scene). They were really strong characters who didn't take any of the fairies crap.
The fairies in comparison were super wimpy. Keenan was super weak as a king and a romantic interest and Beira was a really ineffective villain. The only fairy that was remotely interesting was Donia, especially toward the end of the book.
So overall Wicked Lovely was enjoyable and I'll probably pick up the second book in the series but it's not life changing. For a fairy book it's a decent romantic adventure....more
HOLY CRAP. This sounds AWESOME! Do want now plz? (also, can we please have a book from Puck's POV? I would freaking LOVE THAT. Just a suggestion, J.K.HOLY CRAP. This sounds AWESOME! Do want now plz? (also, can we please have a book from Puck's POV? I would freaking LOVE THAT. Just a suggestion, J.K.)
ERMAGHERD I just got approved for this on netgalley!!!!!!! Thank you Harlequin!...more
I have to admit that I was very skeptical going into this book, but I am so glad I read it! I think this may be my favorite of the series. The settin I have to admit that I was very skeptical going into this book, but I am so glad I read it! I think this may be my favorite of the series. The setting in this book is just fantastic. It is so interesting and vivid, I wish it were a movie because I think I could sit and watch just the scenery for days. I also really loved the overall story of the book (no spoilers!). The quest that Ash goes on is really interesting and looks at the moral implications of being fey as well as what the future holds for the fey as humans move into a more technology driven society.
One aspect of the story that I really liked was how it addressed where fairies go when people forget their names and stories. What happens when you stop believing in them. I've been a huge fan of Peter Pan ever since I was a little kid, so I know that if you want fairies to be healthy and strong, you have to clap your hands and believe!
The characters were as fantastic as they always are. I absolutely LOVED Ash as the narrator. He has this sense of introspection that Meghan never had. Meghan was basically just trying to stay alive, but Ash really contemplates stuff. He's a deep guy, ya know? He also goes through some MAJOR trials in this book, and I really enjoyed (even though it tore my heart up) reading about the different tests he had to face in order to reach his goal. And of course the side cast of Puck, Grim, and the Big Bad Wolf (who we met in Winter's Passage, one of the short stories) are as hilarious as usual. Grim really is just one of the coolest characters ever.
This cat is Grim lol
Overall The Iron Knight is the satisfying ending that fans of the series craved. I am completely in love with Ash as a narrator and I really wish there was more to the series. (Though, there was some stuff with Puck at the very end that just has my praying there will be a 5th Puck book. I WOULD DIE OF HAPPINESS. Seriously, I liked Ash but I'm Team Ginger all the way!). ...more
Paranormalcy is very cutesy and a little cheesy but overall enjoyable. I'd really give it a 3.4, but not quite enough to earn a 4 star round up. The cParanormalcy is very cutesy and a little cheesy but overall enjoyable. I'd really give it a 3.4, but not quite enough to earn a 4 star round up. The characters are fun but kind of annoying at times, the plot is interesting but rather predictable, and the writing is definitely geared toward the younger end of the YA spectrum.
Evie, the main character, was equal parts obnoxious and endearing. I loved that her taser had rhinestones all over it, but hated that she called it "tasey". I loved her girly sense of style, but hot pink boots and a zebra dress? Come on. However, I think a character that starts off rather naive has a lot of room to grow. I loved her friendship with Lish and I wish we could have gotten to know Lish better. I understood Evie and her motivations and my inner 16 year old girl could totally related to her.
Lend, the love interest was also great. I thought their relationship was really well done, it developed at a believable pace and I thought their interactions were really cute. He definitely helped bring the overall rating up. The romance was believable and it also isn't the main focus of the book, which I found really refreshing for a YA paranormal book.
I did have some problems with the pacing of the story. I thought the characters were kind of going in circles and I wish the special powers and the mystery were explained better. I finished the novel with a lot of questions unanswered, and while I suspect they might be addressed in the next book in the series it wavered between cliffhanger and unsupported plotting.
Overall I found Paranormalcy a fun read that will appeal to fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Paranormalcy is a spunky coming of age story with a lot of heart, I would definitely recommend it for your summer reading list. ...more
The Iron Queen is a gripping conclusion to the main trilogy of The Iron Fey series. It's the final show down between fey, with the summer and winter cThe Iron Queen is a gripping conclusion to the main trilogy of The Iron Fey series. It's the final show down between fey, with the summer and winter courts teaming up to stand up against the full onslaught of the Iron Fey forces, and Meghan may be their only hope of winning.
The best part of this book is what I've been saying is the best part for the entire series, the fey lore. We learn even more about the iron fey and Meghan and the magic revealed in this book is awesome. Kagawa is just an excellent world builder, as I have said before. I kept thinking that there was no way that the setting could get any better or that the world could be more enriched with thoughtful detail, but man was I wrong. I also have to commend Kagawa on her choices she made with the ending. I won't post any spoilers, but I'm really glad she went in the direction she did, and I loved how the ending wasn't picture perfect, but realistic. It fit the mythology she spent three books building and left me tearing up with a broken heart.
I also have to say that after three books Meghan FINALLY because the awesome bad ass I knew she could be. The growth from The Iron King to this book is just awesome. I love it when characters find their inner Chuck Norris and just start kicking ass. I loved all of the characters in this book though, not just Meghan. Puck and Grim are as awesome as ever, and we also got to meet more really funny and interesting iron fey. I really liked the rebels, it showed that the iron fey aren't just heartless machines. They're fey too with feelings and fears. I actually found myself liking Ash a lot in this book, unlike The Iron Daughter. I found Meghan and Ash's relationship to be a lot more believable which was a total relief. The character development for the entire cast was very well done.
Overall The Iron Queen is a fantastic finale to Meghan Chase's story. We've seen her grow from a timid school girl to a kick ass faery queen, ready to fight for the people she has come to love. The mythology set up in this series is superb. It is a rich and detailed world that will stay in your imagination long after you've put the book down. I cannot recommend this series enough. ...more
The first 100 pages of this book are pretty rough, not gonna lie. I was expecting a lot more with the winter court, like what we experienced with theThe first 100 pages of this book are pretty rough, not gonna lie. I was expecting a lot more with the winter court, like what we experienced with the summer court in The Iron King. It felt choppy and rushed, like we were trying to get to the "good stuff" as quickly as possible.
once we got to Leanansidhe's house though, the book really took off. The story got super interesting, the romance spiced up, and I found the magic I fell in love with in the first book of the series. Ironhorse and Grim were awesome (as usual), Puck really stepped up his sexy, and Ash was his usual brooding (and hothothot) self. Leanansidhe was an excellent character, I really hope to see more of her. There were also some very interesting things foreshadowed about Meghan and her magical abilities, and I think I might know who the "Iron Queen" is, and if I'm guessing right I'm SUPER excited for the next book.
The ending wasn't nearly as cliff hangery as The Iron King, so I have no idea what will happen next. I'm looking forward to it though!...more
The Iron King is an adorable take on many classic fairy tales and also invents some interesting new ones! This book is a wonderful mashup of old and nThe Iron King is an adorable take on many classic fairy tales and also invents some interesting new ones! This book is a wonderful mashup of old and new ideas that are mixed around and tossed in the oven to bake up a batch of awesomeness!
I really loved the use of existing mythology to create this entirely new world. I LOVE the idea behind the iron fey. Why they exist, how they live, what their world looks like, it's something I've never read before and it MADE SENSE. I also really liked what Kagawa did with the traditional fairy characters. Their personalities were vibrant and I felt like I was in their world. Kagawa does a wonderful job painting the picture of the magical realm. Her words are descriptive and fluid and her characters are charming. The Iron King is the first book of a series, but what's great is this book is a complete story in itself but also still alludes to a greater overall story that will connect the series.
Other aspects that I really loved were the supporting characters. I LOVED Grimalkin, he is SUCH a cat. I also loved Meghan's two love interests. I would have liked to see more of Puck and I'm hoping that he will make a great appearance in the following books. Ash is a great character, but why I always fall for the bad boys? He's got a heavy sense of duty to his realm, but you can tell that deep down he's not so bad as the rest of his family. I really appreciated the subtleness of the love triangle. Meghan didn't immediately fall in love with one boy or the other (or both for that matter). Kagawa took the time to establish the characters as individuals first, so that when feelings did develop they were believable.
The only criticism I have of this book is the lead character Meghan. She seemed very helpless for the entirety of the book. She is very weak and needs other people to take care of her. Meghan does have a couple clever moments, but most of the time she's frozen in fear. The most frustrating part is that I knew she had so much power inside of her, and it seemed like she was just too scared to use it. I'm hoping that in the coming books for this series she will grow into her ability and heritage and be more of the fighting-kick-ass-warrior-fairy-woman I know she can be.
Overall The Iron King is an excellent first installment in a series that pays tribute to the traditional fairy stories while creating a completely new world that is just as unique and magical.