*Spoiler Alert* If you haven’t read any of the Iron Fey books, please do not proceed. This review will be a spoiler fest.
The Iron Traitor is the 6th book from the Iron Fey series. I have been following the the Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa for quite some time now, and the latest Iron Fey book, the Iron Traitor, is by far the most frustrating one among all other Iron Fey books! It’s a good that that instead of buying the books, I read iron fey series online free. Well, sort of. I’m a Netgalley member, and an advance reader, and therefore, I’m entitled to review books before it’s published.
So the story starts where the The Lost Prince left us off. Ethan and Kenzie is back in the real world, but trouble ensues and they are forced to go back to Nevernever in quest to stop the Forgotten from destroying faes from all court with their glamour sucking abilities.
The story is pretty much infuriating, really. Well, at least to me it feels infuriating, especially when I can’t really feel the chemistry between the characters the way I felt for the original characters, Meghan, Ash, Puck and Grimalkin. Unlike reading the original iron fey series where I could actually feel that I’m thrown into Nevernever and experienced the adventures and romance first hand, the Iron Traitor did not give me the same feeling. It feels like I’m standing outside of an aquarium and just looking at the fish swimming…yups, it feels like I’m reading something from a third person point of view, and it’s not really fun. Reading the new Iron Fey series is like reading a fanfiction, and to be able to really enjoy the new iron fey series, I really have to forget about the original ones….something I cannot do….not when I could actually feel the intense chemistry between the characters. So far Iron Traitor felt like a fanfiction, through the storyline and plot is quite amazing.
To be honest, I struggled to read the first few chapters of the Iron Traitor. It not only lacks chemistry, but draggy as well in the beginning. The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa only gets interesting after awhile, where readers are thrown into the whirlwind of adventure once again.
But I’ll give credits where it’s due. There’s major character’s development where Ethan and Keirran is concerned. If you hate Ethan Chase in the previous book, then you’ll probably find that he is much more likable in the new iron fey series. In this book, you’ll see that Ethan has matured greatly. From an obnoxious brat, he became somewhat a man who will do whatever he can to protects his family and his loved ones, though not to an extend where he would do something foolish in order to accomplish his goal, unlike Keirran, the prince of the Iron Court (Keirran is the son of Ash and Meghan Chase. He was first featured in an alternate universe, where his personality is different and altered. In Iron’s Prophecy he is seen by his mother, Meghan Chase in the Dreaming Pool. He is immortal and ageless)
Ethan knows the limit of his sacrifices, and despite the fact that his girlfriend is dying from cancer, he refused to make a bargain with the faeries to keep her alive any second longer should the time come. Now, that is something I applaud; his bravery to let go instead of hanging on to something inevitable. Apart from that, Ethan finally understood and forgave Meghan’s action and kept a distance from him once he saw what the Oracle showed him; the prophecy that starts it it: his death at Keirran’s hand. Another brownie point for Ethan Chase.
Keirran, on the other hand, did the most terrible thing just so that he could keep his love, Annwyl, a former handmaiden to Queen Titania who was banished and exiled from the Summer Court alive when her existence is threatened by the forgotten. Yes, Keirran is willing to do anything for that summer sidhe, and that includes killing Ethan without giving it a second thought. He’s willing to destroy everything and starts a war just for her, something that irritates me greatly because I know so little about his love story with the summer fae, Annwyl.
I felt that what he did was not justified at all. All we know about Keirran and Annwyn is just a tidbit here and there. I couldn’t relate. I couldn’t feel the passion, and couldn’t empathize with their relationship because all it was revealed in the Iron Traitor is just snippets of their initial meeting. And to make it worst, it was revealed at the end of the story that Annwyl was commanded by Queen Titania of the Summer Court to get the attention of the said Iron Prince and seduce him before betraying him. (Though we come to understand later that Annwyl really did fell in love with Keirran for real afterwards). To me, it is not worth to destroy everything for just one girl, who in my opinions, lacks backbone and character.
The Iron traitor ends with a terrible cliffhanger, where Keirran stabs Ethan with his sword, and the last page ends there: Ethan Chase all shocked, bloodied, and dying; just because Keirran thought that it is all right to kill his own uncle so that Annwyl can be saved. So great! First Kierran made a bargain with the Queen of The Summer court, Titania so that she would consider lifting Annwyl’s exile and allow her to go back to the Summer court only to kill off a mystical creature deep in Tir Na Nog and starts a war with the Winter Court, then he go and stabs his own uncle, Ethan just because The Queen of The Forgotten told him that’s the only way to give Annwyl a chance to live and make the human believe in faeries again. Can it get any stupider? Well, I don’t doubt it can, but of course, I will have to wait til 2014 to read what happened to all of them.
So, did I enjoy the book? Well, yes. Kinda. In a way I enjoyed it…the adventure part, but not the rest of the book. Like I said earlier, I couldn’t feel the chemistry, passion and romance between the characters, and therefore I find it difficult to relate, unlike the original iron fey series where I felt that I am one of the characters. Reading the new iron fey series is like reading fanfiction, and from author;s point of view, I feel that the entire spinoff is just portraying the author’s writing skill instead of a real storytelling. :( The saving grace for this book is still the minor appearance of Meghan, Ash, Puck and Grimalkin.
Overall, it is an okay read…if you’re into teen angst, that is. I rate this book a 3 out of 5 stars for the story and plot development. I received an ARC of the Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa from Netgalley, and I was not compensated in any ways for writing this review....more
This is an okay read. Just an okay read to me. Nothing I can really shout about. The storyline is fine and I’Reviewed at: http://mykindaland.com/?p=782
This is an okay read. Just an okay read to me. Nothing I can really shout about. The storyline is fine and I’m okay with how the characters develop. The story is not fast-paced enough for me and I’m not very intrigued on how the mystery unfolds. It’s rather draggy and slow for me. I know the author intends to build up anticipation and climax, but it does not work for me. Plus, I can’t exactly feel the chemistry between the characters.
I rate this book a 3 star out of 5. I received an ARC of this book from Carina Press via Netgalley. I was not compensated in any ways for writing this review....more
A historical romance with a twist. A paranormal twist, that is. I salute the author’s imagination and I likeReviewed at: http://mykindaland.com/?p=771
A historical romance with a twist. A paranormal twist, that is. I salute the author’s imagination and I like how the mystery develops and unfolds in this book.
It is indeed and enjoyable read. But be forewarned, if you’re looking for a maiden in desperate need of rescuing in this story, I can assure you that you won’t find any. The heroine of this story holds her own and is the hero’s equal.
I rate this book a 4 stars for the sheer brilliance. I received and ARC of this book from Carina Press via Netgalley. I was not compensated in any ways for writing this review....more
This books is a pretty easy and flirtatious read. Nothing complex and surprisingly easy. I like how confidenReviewed at: http://mykindaland.com/?p=780
This books is a pretty easy and flirtatious read. Nothing complex and surprisingly easy. I like how confident and enigmatic the hero is and knows how to get what he wants. His blunt, easy-going and honest attitude is pretty refreshing for a sexy romance.
Nothing draggy here. The storyline and romance between the characters is straight forward. The sexy scenes were not overdone, and the dirty talk is without a doubt, sensual and arousing.
A very light, sweet and easy read. Perfect for a beach or a quick summertime reading.
I rate this book 3 out of 5 stars. I received and ARC of this book from Carina Press via Netgalley. I was not compensated in any ways for writing this review....more
Oh! This is such a naughty read. Not dirty, just plain, good old naughty and tongue in cheek read. InitiallyReviewed at: http://mykindaland.com/?p=767
Oh! This is such a naughty read. Not dirty, just plain, good old naughty and tongue in cheek read. Initially I thought that this will be one of your standard wham, bang and thank you maam kind of sexy read, but it’s more than that. The book has more depth though I suspect that the author’s primary aim is just to arouse women’s deepest, naughty fantasy.
There are alot of aspect that one could take note and explore through this book and implement it in your own sex life. I find it amusing how this book managed to encourage me to be more bold with my sensual side.
Loved the steamy hot scene, the sexy and passionate banther and of course, the fast-paced storyline.
Very well written and I definitely would not mind a second or a third read of this.
I rate this book a 4 star. I received an ARC of this book from Carina Presa via Netgalley. I was not compensated in any ways for writing this review.
One word. WOW. Yes. This book is THAT good and yummylicious. The storyline, the setting and the characters iReviewed at: http://mykindaland.com/?p=765
One word. WOW. Yes. This book is THAT good and yummylicious. The storyline, the setting and the characters in this story is simply amazing and I absolutely love the fact that the heroine of this story is not your regular whiny damsel in distress, despite of her pitiful and lonesome predicament. The heroine is a warrior both in body and soul, and I like her spunk. This book is magical. I have difficulties in putting it down.
The hero is perfectly portrayed and I couldn’t help but swoon whenever I read his effort in making the heroine fall for him and melt whenever he patiently seduce her and vanguish her inner fear and demons.
This book ia fast-paced with plenty of adventures, plenty of sensual romance and plenty of action. I could not ask more for a paranormal romance.
I wish the publisher would give a nicer book cover for this book. It certainly deserves more flattery. And my only grouse about this book is that it is too short! I found myseld wishing for more by the end of the book, but I guess this is as perfect as it can be; short, sweet and fantastic.
I easily rate this book a perfect score of 5 stars. I received an ARC of this book from Carina Press via Netgalley. I was not compensated in any ways for writing this review....more
Find it difficult to stay focus with this one in comparison to Dan Brown's other books, but the book is escapism enough and entertaining nevertheless Find it difficult to stay focus with this one in comparison to Dan Brown's other books, but the book is escapism enough and entertaining nevertheless. It's good, but not good enough to tempt me for a second read like Da Vinci's Code and Angels Demons. ...more
Looking for a quick, historical romance with a difference? Well, you might as well pick up ‘A Dream Defiant’ by Susanna Fraser. Unlike most historicalLooking for a quick, historical romance with a difference? Well, you might as well pick up ‘A Dream Defiant’ by Susanna Fraser. Unlike most historical romance that are long winded, A Dream Defiant is surprisingly short, sweet and emotional.There’s unlikely hero and heroine in this book so you’ll be in for plenty of surprises.
Packed with sensual and emotional romance, you’re guaranteed to be spellbound with this book. If you’re a big fan of historical romance, you might want to pick up this book. It’s just so perfect for a quick, lazy Sunday read.
Expected publication date for this book is Jul 29 2013. I received an ARC of this book from Carina Press via Netgalley. I was not compensated in any ways for reviewing this book.
Love Letters Volume 3: Wicked Whispers is a compilation of 4 novellas that all use dirty talk as foreplay. WReviewed at: http://mykindaland.com/?p=735
Love Letters Volume 3: Wicked Whispers is a compilation of 4 novellas that all use dirty talk as foreplay. Written by four different authors, the four stories in this book is sinfully and wickedly delicious. I find that this erotica is wonderfully and passionately done. Exquisitely crafted for your innermost wicked desire and the stories are written in a way that makes you feel that you could burn up and combust immediately.
Highly recommended for those who are looking for a tastefully written erotica and for those who enjoys foreplay as much as sex itself.
Kudos to the authors. I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars. I received an ARC of this book from Carina Press via Netgalley and I was not compensated in any ways for writing this review....more
I was really excited when I saw this book in my mailbox the other day. It’s been awhile since I received a paperback for reviewing purpose ever since I moved in to the new (but inconvenient) place. This book was sent to me by the author Shamini Flint herself. I’m not sure if any of you remembered her or not, but I’ve blogged about her last year. She’s well noted for her ‘Inspector Singh’ series, and to say that I have high expectation on her books is an understatement.
This book is not a part of her famous Inspector Singh series, but a standalone Children/YA fiction. Yup. You got it right. A children book. It’s been awhile since I devoured a children book for escapism purpose, and I was expecting something really light, something that could take my mind off from things, but to my surprise, this book does not have the same effect on me.
This book is more like a coming of age book where the story is about a girl who loves playing football but lives in a conservative society where playing football is frowned upon, and she practically had to fight in order not to succumb to society’s expectation on her.
Quite a serious story, and so, I followed the girl’s journey with immense interest and I have to say that I could relate with her, even though I’m a child no more. I suppose, like the protagonist, I too have dreams that I feel hard to achieve because of the ‘roadblocks’ in the form of family, relatives and friends.
There’s plenty of things you can learn from this book, and that include perseverance and not sticking to the status quo. I definitely recommend this book to both parents and children alike, and could easily rate this book a 4 star out of 5 star. Recommended reading for children of 8 years and above.
I received a review copy of this book from Shamini Flint herself. I was not compensated in any ways for writing this review....more
I enjoyed ‘Changing Gears’ by Nancy Sathre-Vogel very much and I found myself wishing that there’s more by the time I reached the last page. Very ins I enjoyed ‘Changing Gears’ by Nancy Sathre-Vogel very much and I found myself wishing that there’s more by the time I reached the last page. Very inspiring to say the least, and I’d highly recommend this book for those who wants to be inspired to live their dreams. There’s plenty of things you can learn from this book. The book was really easy to read, and if you’re looking for something that will allow you to escape to another world without having to leave your home, you might want to pick up this book. Overall, the book is a very enjoyable read and I’d easily rate it a 4 star....more
First of all, I have to say that I find it difficult to start this book, because the first chapter was very descriptive, horrifying and not to mentionFirst of all, I have to say that I find it difficult to start this book, because the first chapter was very descriptive, horrifying and not to mention absolutely morbid. I could barely stop myself from retching when I read the first chapter of Inspector Singh Investigates: A Deadly Cambodian Crime Spree. Ms. Flint did a very good job with the opening salvo.
The opening salvo was too good, in fact that it almost scares me from reading further. But as I flip the pages, I found that it’s not all morbid and the beloved Inspector Singh is as humourous as ever in his investigative endeavor.
I had a good laugh at some point of the book, and I could not guess who had done the killing, even when I was near the end of the book. Inspector Singh Investigates: A Deadly Cambodian Crime Spree is well written and definitely thought provoking. It brought up various issues, especially violence and human rights.
I highly recommend Inspector Singh Investigates: A Deadly Cambodian Crime Spree to all mystery lovers and I rate this book 4 out of 5 star. A must read, and definitely a keeper....more
I don't usually read books from Harlequin Super Romance as they're usually long winded and lack hot steamy romance in it, but boy am I glad I picked up this one against all odds. Unlike many books published by Harlequin where the featuring hero is usually macho and domineering, this one is not. In fact, the hero in this story is somewhat helpless due to his illness and I like how he was persistent in resolving the heroine's insecurity issues.
Quite a good book to pick up if you like unconventional heroes who are strong even when they are weak.I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars. I received an ARC of this book from Harlequin publisher via Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review for this book and I did not receive any compensation of any form for it.
Dealing Her Final Card by Jennie Lucas is another one of those typical Harlequin romance that you’d probably pick up to read during one of those lazy Sunday afternoon. I usually enjoy Harlequin books, but to be honest, I did not really like this story despite the fact that I admire the heroine’s character. Nope, I have nothing against the heroine besides the fact that she’s way too overprotective over her younger sister.
The plot was smooth and the setting was marvelous, but I did not like the hero of the story. In my humble opinion, the hero of the story is too obnoxious and not to mention ruthless to my liking. He’ll do whatever he pleased to get what he wants and take revenge on the woman whom he actually left 10 years before. The man is also domineering and made too much assumption not only about the heroine, but everyone around him in general and hence, makes the story less palatable for my reading pleasure. I like heroes who are less jackass in nature.
I rate this book 3 out of 5 stars. I received an ARC of this book from Harlequin publisher via Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review for this book and I was not compensated in any ways for this review.