If he wasn't already, this would totally make Ash a swoon worthy kind of faery. Too bad he had my heart like 4 books ago. This letter is so short butIf he wasn't already, this would totally make Ash a swoon worthy kind of faery. Too bad he had my heart like 4 books ago. This letter is so short but packs such a punch of emotion and deep, eternal connection that it seems you can actually feel the weight of his words bearing down upon you. It is an amazing foundation for the journey that Ash undertakes in The Iron Knight....more
This book took Cassandra Clare back to her high esteem and brought out everything that made me love her in the first place. It was full of wonderful aThis book took Cassandra Clare back to her high esteem and brought out everything that made me love her in the first place. It was full of wonderful action, appropriate romance, and the same twists from left field that are her trademarks in my most humble opinion. There was even a point in this book where everything just clicked into place; when the connections and characters between TID and TMI just made sense and I just and held my head in my hands as the realization washed over me and the world settled back into place. By the of this book I was in tears and in a sweeping resolution that only Cassandra Clare could pull off, did I finally find closure and longing all at the same glorious time....more
This time it is different for Aria. Unlike in this first book Aria is not new to the aether and she is not a weak dweller; she is an Audile and she isThis time it is different for Aria. Unlike in this first book Aria is not new to the aether and she is not a weak dweller; she is an Audile and she is a survivor. The same holds for Perry; a boy-grown-into-a-man and now commanding Blood Lord of The Tides. That makes all the difference for their relationship and who they are.
And it made all the difference to me as a reader.
In Under the Never Sky, I was so drawn to Aria and Perry because they’re relationship wasn’t what this was all about; above all else, they put their love aside to strive for survival and to uphold their own duties to themselves and the ones they love. That was so relieving from what you normally find in YA romance. So when I read the synopsis and started reading the book to the sequel, I was a little beset to find that the romance was so upfront and prominent in this book.
But I quickly learned the truth and I found addiction to this book and its beauty. I don’t know if I have ever felt such pain, realism and heartache for another character as I felt through this book. She has been given so much growth and strength in this book that it is phenomenal. My heart pleaded with her and I felt like my soul wept for her; she is everything that you want in a heroine.
And the other characters are all on the same exact and astonishing caliber as Aria. What we get in this book is a new, deeper look at Roar and he has quickly become my favorite support character. He has his own story, his own existence and desires and drives but his loyalty and love for Aria is wonderfully placed. There is a new take on Soren and Hess. We are introduced to Liv and the infamous Sable. There is just the right amount of hints towards a love triangle while remaining utterly unique.
Veronica Rossi really raised the bar from her debut and it can only mean good things to come. She has developed her pacing and shown that she is capable of strong, masterpiece characterizations. I simply cannot wait to read Into the Still Blue and would recommend this book to anyone. ...more
If the overview of my thoughts is anything to go by, this book left me confused on whether or not I actually enjoyed it. In the beginning, we are introduced to Charlotte and her extremely unique situation. Charlotte has a beautiful gift that she refers to as The Need; this need compels her to people who need to be saved. In powerful ways, this gift changes lives but it also changes Charlotte because this is her destiny. Every time Charlotte pours herself into this need, she loses herself as part of the Forgotten.
Essentially, Charlotte is an angel in this breathtaking and unique spin on what it actually means to be an angel. Charlotte is a strongly defined and created character. She is loving, empathic, compassionate, and a teenager who wishes only to live. She doesn't have to be strong enough to fight wars or evil incarnate trying to take over the world, she only has be to be strong enough to live her life and fulfill her destiny and I think a lot of times we, as readers, struggle to do that very same thing.
I believe the aspects of this book that I didn't like stem from the note of mature content that I have included. I understand that the bond between Charlotte and Harlin is unique and special and that it requires illustration of just how powerful it is, but I felt this book was too focused around that illustration being sex. For all its beauty, this book was a incredibly sex driven. I believe it is strongly for this reason that it doesn't get a better overall "rating" because I was that distracted by the content and it honestly takes a lot for me to say that.
In the end, I was left with the perfect amount of closure but with a heartbreaking desire to read A Want so Wicked. I was also left with a hint of sadness for this could have been a beautiful and gripping stand-alone for it ended in such glory. It would have left readers with a rare ending not typically found in YA literature and with a radiant story, but alas our journey with Charlotte continues and I can't wait to embark upon it. ...more
Julie Kagawa has perfected the fairy tale ending. The ending to The Iron Queen was deThis review is originally posted at Within Pages.
Rating 4.5 stars
Julie Kagawa has perfected the fairy tale ending. The ending to The Iron Queen was devastating and left a void in our hearts where closure belonged for surely that could not be the end to Meghan and Ash. What Julie gave us in this book was magnificant; a journey of sheer impossibility but bold strength and devotion. Twists, turns and confrontations were the key to unraveling the mystery that Prince Ash was.
For the first part of this series, we were in our story from the eyes of Meghan, the human who's fate had become saving all of Nevernever. In Summer's Crossing, we have a brief glimpse into the chaotic yet striking personality of Puck. But here, in The Iron Knight, we grow intimately close with the monster, the pain, the anger, and pure love that Ash is as he begins to grow and sort through his mess of entangled emotions. The true depth of this character had been sealed off from Meghan, and the reader, and this book unleashes a flood of what it means to be Unseelie. In seeing Ash's history as Winter Prince and knowing who he is now, we can see that this is a tale about overcoming, a strong ideal that all of us are our own person.
The other character favorites we love, Grimalkin and Puck, accompany Ash on this treacherous journey and we are introduced to some new faces that bring an interesting dynamic to the trio. This book, while about Ash, gives a little more insight into Puck; through his interactions with Ash, the prince and the readers begin to have a little bit more of an understanding about the pain that Puck really tries to hide. As an extra bonus, you don't even really have to miss Meghan; Julie has done a fantastic job of intertwining all of the favorite characters.
I loved the characters and I loved the journey that Ash was on to maintain his vow but there was still something missing from this book that I thought was pretty prevalent in the other books: mystery. It isn't anything detrimental and I still loved this book, but from beginning to end we know the journey that Ash has embarked upon and it is only a tale of whether or not he succeeds; can he succeed? It traded mystery for suspense and a long, timeless journey and while the action that occurred was riveting, I felt the journey was just mildly off-pace for such a phenomenal ending.
This book comes with an Epilogue that returns to Meghan's point of view and serves as a non-encompassing ending that still allows our imagination to bloom into the "what shall become of them" and fills that void that we had after The Iron Queen. Also included in the book is a small interview with the author and some wicked guests. The interview actually made me giggle out loud. It was witty and a great addition/end to a book. Also be sure to check out the letter that Ash wrote to Meghan before embarking on his journey. This was released at the Twitter launch party and is a great piece to the puzzle.
Comparison Rating The Iron King 4.5 The Iron Daughter 5 The Iron Queen 5 The Iron Knight 4.5...more
Yet again, Julie Kagawa has produced a riveting fairy tale that has won my heart. In this third instaThis review is originally posted at Within Pages.
Yet again, Julie Kagawa has produced a riveting fairy tale that has won my heart. In this third installment in The Iron Fey, we find ourselves back in the land of the Nevernever and war has gripped this magical land. Meghan and Ash have been ripped back into the world of the faeries and now have the belief of the courts on their side.
With the fate of Faery on her shoulders, we have been able to witness Meghan as she grows through each book. In The Iron Queen, she isn't as whiney and confused as she was in the previous books and it is in this book that she fully embraces who she is. Stuck in the throws of denial, Meghan must quickly learn to accept her destiny if she is too save anyone, including herself. In this book, the concept of sacrifice is lurking around every corner. When to fight, who to fight for, and when it is over are all important questions that Meghan and her allies find themselves asking.
In this book, Meghan isn't the only one taking the forefront. In a daring act of unconditional love and devotion, we get to know Ash in an intimate way. Deep and rich in the lore of truenames, Ash has been deeply developed as a strong protagonistic character. If he had been construed as a heartless ice prince, this book changes it all.
In a tragic, yet empowering, ending we come to understand the finality that lies behind the love that Meghan and Ash share. In a gripping turn of events, we come to the end of Meghan's story, only to be set up for the journey that Ash will continue to take in The Iron Knight; Julie Kagawa has yet to disappoint.
Series Comparisons: The Iron King: 4.5 Stars The Iron Daughter: 5 Stars The Iron Queen: 5 Stars...more
Picking up in a perfect continuance from The Iron King, this book starts in a land of unbridled cruelty and selfishness. As promised in The Iron King, Meghan is being held within the Unseelie Court by Queen Mab. Having spent most of the first book in the land of summer or iron, the beginning of this book rounds out the world, giving us a since of completion.
In the harsh coldness that is the land of Winter, Meghan finds herself confused, alone, and untrusted. Again, the saftey of the Nevernever is at stake and only she knows the full force of what is occuring. The interaction with our favorite scores of support characters lead Meghan on a confusing chase, always questioning who to trust while we unravel a new change the has come about in Meghan.
I was pleased at the mystery surrounding the re-introduction of Ironhorse and the depths to which this character has been created. I love Ash and Grimalken, maybe Puck too, but the addition of Ironhorse was so solid and pivotal to the story; it was extremely well written.
The plot for this book takes us across many lands while Meghan battles for her life and struggles, yet again, to save the people who do not believe her. The battle in this book was considerbly more well-written than in the first and had us on the edge of the seat, waiting to see who lived or died. Battles were never set up with a tone that hinted the outcome before it happened.
Julie Kagawa has again, crafted an incredible faery tale with a mythical level of magic and understanding. Through the span of two books, we have seen the characters grow and change in remarkable ways and we have been on the adventure of several lifetimes. I strongly encourage having The Iron Queen on stand-by in the hopes that you can continue Meghan's tale.
Comparison Rating: The Iron King (Book 1): 4.5 The Iron Daughter (Book 2): 5...more
I can't figure out where I want to start with this book. I was madly in love with Crave after my eThis review can originally be found at Within Pages.
I can't figure out where I want to start with this book. I was madly in love with Crave after my experiment of no reviews and an unknown title. There was so much to love about the story; I loved the spin on vampire lore just as much as I loved the characters.
The first book ends with a monstrous cliffhanger and in one of the smoothest transitions I have ever read, Sacrifice picks up in perfection at the exact following moment. This was an exciting to start to the book; however, the thrill didn't continue to propel excitement through the first chapters. This was the only problem that I had with this book. In the first book, we had such intricate details of the characters coupled with a great and enticing story that pulled you through the entire book. In the beginning of this book, we are left with our desire to have more Gabriel and Shay but not the pull of what was coming next. It was, in the beginning, a constant ebb and flow of "I love Shay and need her" or "Gabriel loves me, he will find a way here" and any combination thereof with the two of them confessing their eternal love in the confines of their mind.
Once we break free of that cycle, it changes and the action picks up and we get a sense of the Shay that we fell in love with in the first place. We see "realistic" situations and scenarios as Shay takes on the world. In this book, we are introduced to tragedy, betrayal, and sacrifice. I was expecting Sacrifice to be more of a central theme, but it is only there, fleeting in the background and ending in a shocking turn of events.
Overall, I loved reading this book. I pushed through the lull of repetition to find a great story and a wonderful twist. So much of the background to the characters is woven into this story and I think it is a solid end, with no confusion and no questions. There is a possibility of another book, its end is not finite but leaves you with a solid feeling of resolution.
Favorite Quote (ARC): "'You're with me. That's all that matters'...Even though it wasn't all that mattered, it was the most important thing. To both of them."
I went into reading this book having nothing to go on but the cover and the synopsis; I picked it blindly ofThis is originally posted at Within Pages.
I went into reading this book having nothing to go on but the cover and the synopsis; I picked it blindly off the library shelf and I was nervous. But sometimes, that experience is when we find the true jewels of the stacks and this book is one of them.
This book has deep and complex characters that tell their stories in dual perspective voice. Shay, the Sick Girl, finds an addiction to life; but it isn't just her life she is addicted to because there is Gabriel...Gabriel's life. Who is Gabriel? What is Gabriel? These questions compel her actions and her addiction and you find yourself wanting to ride the roller coaster with her; you want to experience life for the first time and with Shay, you can.
Through Gabriel's eyes, Shay has a remarkable connection to Gabriel and her unique take on life makes her stand out, makes him forget she's human...she's Shay. Love blossoms and grows into a complex relationship; one inspired through hope but started from desperation.
Their stories wrap into each other as you witness more and more of the history and the visions unfold until finally you hit the end. This book quickly replaced Twilight for me because of the elaborate character creation. Gabriel has true and sincere complexities unlike the popular Edward Cullen who simply feels he is a monster and dangerous. Gabriel has genuine family ties, clear and concise memories of his human life, his emotions, his last sunset; all the things that make him who he is. All the things that make Shay fall in love with him.
The worst part of this book is the cliffhanger ending. Towards the end of the book, the plot had me flipping pages and reading as fast as my eyes could cover the lines, the plot had reeled me in, I was in character heaven, then it was over. Gone. Done. Finite. And I am stuck in miserable suspense until Sacrifice releases in September. I long to continue my love affair with the Sick Girl and the Vampire....more
The Iron King is a brilliant debut from author Julie Kagawa; it is a mystifying start to a fantastic series. There is so much to be said about this book that I am not sure where to begin.
The hardest part about reading this book was the speed at which we were introduced into the world. It is always a unique experience to learn things about the world (i.e. The World of Fey in this case) as the character(s) learn about them. I understand that Meghan is a strong, dedicated heroine but it is hard to believe she is as successful as she, given the speed and haste at which everything about Nevernever is thrown at her. There were times, in the begining, it was hard for me to keep up and I wasn't fighting for my life.
But that doesn't erase the magnetism this book holds over me. The character introductions were smooth and transistioned with great detail.
"...tall and lean, garbed in silver and black. A dark cape fluttered from its shoulders. Through the rain, I caught the barest glimpse of a face: young, pale, strikingly handsome..."
Julie Kagawa has a way with words and in my heart and mind, has created a wonderful male support lead when she developed Prince Ash. Dark and brooding, the iciness of his heart melts away in his obvious desire for the lovely Meghan. But the fragile companionship that Meghan, Puck, and Ash all share is tried and tested in the action and adventure the small group encounters in their haste to save the Nevernever and her brother.
Magical and entrancing, The Iron King, has a well rounded cast of characters with a well-paced action, albeit a hasrh introduction to the world. Within this one book, Meghan risks it all and makes the sacrifices that win her a place in my heart as a wonderful heroine. ...more
Again, Cassandra Clare has crafted another piece of art. Continuing from The Clockwork Angel, we join Tessa on the journey full of the twists and turnAgain, Cassandra Clare has crafted another piece of art. Continuing from The Clockwork Angel, we join Tessa on the journey full of the twists and turns that we have come to expect from Clare. Thick with drama and laden with glorious steampunk, wrought with drama, and completed with our favorite characters, The Clockwork Prince leaves us in waiting purgatory for The Clockwork Princess.