Unfortunately, for as gorgeous as this cover is and as promising as the summary was, this story just fell flat for me.
The summary says fans of KristinUnfortunately, for as gorgeous as this cover is and as promising as the summary was, this story just fell flat for me.
The summary says fans of Kristin Cashore and Maggie Stiefvater will love this… I’m a HUGE fan of both, but the story telling here really didn’t measure up to those two authors.
I struggled to connect with our protagonist in this story. Salome had something happen when she was younger which has affected her life greatly and has fostered a fear of winter. This year… the year before she turns 18 finds her forced to deal with this fear.
But she soon finds she isn’t alone and she isn’t sure what to make of everything. Colton, the guy she’s crushed on forever suddenly is interested in her… Nevin, a strange boy who suddenly shows up in her grandmother’s backyard and keeps her company… and Gareth, a boy who has sworn to protect her all have her spinning in circles and trying to come to terms with her feelings.
You all probably know that I love my heroines and I really can’t tell you one thing that I liked about this one. She did dumb things, she was naïve and as much as I hate to say it, she was kind of stupid.
There is nothing I dislike more than when a heroine admits she’s thinking that the thing she is considering doing is stupid and could harm her… and does it anyway. And Salome seems to do that a lot in this story. And I found my eyes rolling each and every time.
Then you add in the love square and I just found it all very blah.
I know I said I struggled to connect with our main character, but I also felt this way about all the secondary characters as well. From Salome’s best friend (I can’t even remember her name) to her mom to her grandmother I just didn’t enjoy any of them and felt they all were one dimensional.
The story itself is a bit predictable. The actions of the characters I saw from miles away, and I struggled to understand the reason for the family ‘secrets’. Her grandmother basically puts Salome in harms way by leaving her to care for her home without giving her all the information she needed to protect herself. And to be honest, I really didn’t understand her mother and father and their need to be a part of the story… especially her father.
Anyway – like I said, this wasn’t for me… while I didn’t care for it, Purdy’s writing was still well-done and I found her story-telling easy to follow – hence the two stars not one. BUT if you go in expecting something to match the likes of Cashore or Stiefvater, you may feel like me once you turn the last page.
Thank you to Entangled & netgalley for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest thoughts. ...more
Ethan Chase knows he will never be normal. Caught between the human and the Faery worlds he’s aiming for as close to it as he can. Kenzie isFlails!!!
Ethan Chase knows he will never be normal. Caught between the human and the Faery worlds he’s aiming for as close to it as he can. Kenzie is a step in the right direction for him.
The Iron Traitor is book 2 in The Call of The Forgotten series, a spin-off from the Iron Fey Series, and it’s a strong second book.
Previously, Ethan has been angry, and closed off to any kind of friendships or relationships, simply because the fey always seemed to cause problems. Now that he has Kenzie in his life, he finds himself making an effort to try for normal.
That is until Annwyl pleads for his help in finding Kierran. Annwyl is fading and she’s afraid of what Kierran is going to do to make sure that doesn’t happen.
I’m not sure if I’ve said this before, but one of the reasons I love Julie Kagawa and one of the things she is amazing at is the incredible world building she does. From the worlds of the Never Never to the In Between I find her descriptions perfectly done and wonderfully described.
I also adore her characters. Kenzie is quickly becoming a favorite. She’s fierce and determined and despite the many times she could have given up on Ethan and this thing between them, she never did and she stands up for herself, demanding to be a part of this life that Ethan has always tried to keep hidden. Ethan is just as wonderful. His determination to keep Kenzie safe and help Annwyl and find Kierran are all telling as to his character. He’s loyal and strong… but he also issues with opening up to those he cares about. He fears losing those important to him and still struggles with the feelings of abandonment from Meghan’s leaving.
The Iron Fey series is one of my favorites, and it’s nice to be able to revisit those characters I met way back when… Grimalkin, Meghan, Puck and yes, Ash are even in this book in brief appearances.
And Kierran. I don’t even know what to say about him. He confuses me and I struggle to understand his character and motives… but I know Kagawa will fill me in at her own pace.
The end of this book will have you reeling and while I found the first half of the story slower paced and a bit harder to get in to, I still loved it all the same. I knew the story wasn’t going to be complete without something that would knock me over, and Kagawa delivers.
If you haven’t read the Iron Fey Series… go. Then pick up this series, I promise you’ll enjoy the world that Kagawa has created and the story she weaves. I’m looking forward to book three more than ever!
Thank you to Harlequin Teen and Netgalley for the advance copy in exchange for an honest review.
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I loved this story so much - you may have seen that I read this on our NYC trip for BEA - So you know how when you're traveling and you just want to gI loved this story so much - you may have seen that I read this on our NYC trip for BEA - So you know how when you're traveling and you just want to get to where you're going as soon as possible so you can stop traveling? Well, while reading this book I was hoping that the flight and travel would last longer because I didn't want to put the book down. I had like 4 chapters left by the time I got to where I was going and so I parked my but on the hotel bed and finished this book as soon as I got there.
I've only recently started making an effort to read more historical books and this one is everything I love about them. Aileana is kick-ass... she's smart, she's tough and marriage and suitors are the last thing on her mind. By day she has to fit into society's image of who she should be... a debutante and the daughter of a marquess, but when night arrives, she's out for revenge against the baobhan sith that murdered her mother.
May has filled this book with action from beginning to end and with that cliffhanger ending she's guaranteed that I'll be picking up book 2 as soon as I can get my hands on it.
Fans of fantasy/steampunk/sci-fi/historical (how do you even categorize this book!!) definitely need to pick this one up if you haven't already! ...more
I have nothing but love for this series. Seriously I think of Ash and I'm all
In this novella we get that last peak into Meghan's life as the Iron QuI have nothing but love for this series. Seriously I think of Ash and I'm all
In this novella we get that last peak into Meghan's life as the Iron Queen. It revolves around a prophecy from the Oracle "What you carry will either unite the courts, or it will destroy them."
Kagawa gives us that one last adventure with Meghan, Ash and Puck and it was lovely. I'm not going to spill a whole lot of details because I'm not going to ruin anything, but it's a perfect lead in to the Lost Prince.
Ash... My faery with a soul.
He lay on his stomach, arms beneath the pillow, breathing peacefully, his dark hair falling over his eyes. The covers had slipped off his lean, muscular shoulders, and the early-morning rays caressed his pale skin.
I totally have a fic crush on this boy...
"My queen," he breathed, one hand reaching up to frame my cheek, making my stomach jump and twirl. "I belong to you. No matte what Mab says, no matter how long I've been in Tir Na Nog, my life is yours. Nothing will ever make me leave your side."
So ... basically what I'm saying is that Meghan is one lucky girl. And also, I love Julie Kagawa for giving us this glimpse into their future.
If you haven't read The Iron Fey series- you must do so. It's one of my all-time favorites and I know you'll love it just as much as I do. I've read The Lost Prince and can honestly say that I'm just as excited for Ethan and the remaining books in his series as well!
I have to say... I finished this book last night, and I'm already biding my time for the next one. If you haven't started the Chicagoland Vampires serI have to say... I finished this book last night, and I'm already biding my time for the next one. If you haven't started the Chicagoland Vampires series I highly recommend that you do. I struggle with finding goood Paranormal Romance but one thing I can count on is that Chloe Neill will always bring it.
House Rules picks up shortly after Biting Cold ends. Cadogan House is making their move and parting ways with the GP but of course it's not going to be simple. Darius is out to take everything and a surprise alliance proves that maybe Ethan can't take care of his vampires like he plans.
Meanwhile someone is murdering vampires and Merit needs to get to the bottom of who's behind it.
I think that this is probably the best book of the series yet, and I have to tell you that I'm incredibly excited to see that there are going to be at least three more!!
Merit has to be one of the toughest heroines I've read about in PNR lately. She can wield a katana like nobody's business and she's smart and educated and doesn't really take shit from anyone. I'm not sure I could love her more!
Ethan ...*Sigh* he's centuries old, and he also doesn't take shit from anyone. He's everything you want in an egotisitcal, alpha male vampire, that's for sure. Yet that man can bring the swoon.
I'm no James Bond," he cannily said. "I loved the Mercedes. It fit me perfectly. The Aston just... didn't."
"So you traded up?" I asked, walking toward the car and opening the door. "Do you treat your relationships in the same way?"
"Yes," Ethan gravely said. "And I spent four hundred years shopping before I met you."
In House Rules, we get tons of action, from Merit trying to find out who's behind the murders, to Lacey trying to thwart her relationship with Ethan, to Merit working with Jonah as part of the secret Red Guard and I love the return of the cast of characters.
We get to see Merit and Mallory work to repair their relationship, we get to see bits of Luc and Lindsay, and we get a bit more of Jeff in this book than we have in the past.
McKetrick makes an appearance and I can't wait to see what kind of havoc he'll bring in the future books - I think Merit said it best in this book...
"Will there be a time when things are normal? When vampires are loved or hated just like everyone else? When we live simpler lives?"
Ethan settled himself on an elbow, and pushed a lock of hair from my eyes with his free hand. "I'm not sure you were cut out for a simple life, Merit. You don't seem like a suburban type of girl."
And I don't see them having any quiet, simple times in the near future... yay for us readers... not so much for the characters we love! The flow and pace of the story was really well done, and to be perfectly honest I had no clue who the big bad was until it was revealed to the reader.
Like I said, if you're a fan of Paranormal Romance this is the perfect series to start. House Rules is book #7 of a wonderful series that has the perfect blend of action, supernatural and romance and I'm pretty sure you won't be able to put it down once you start!
Thank you to Rosanne Romanello at Penguin for an advanced copy for review!
I'm always looking for a good paranormal series and book 1 in the McKenzie Lewis series certainly did not disappoint. But looking at it closer it's kiI'm always looking for a good paranormal series and book 1 in the McKenzie Lewis series certainly did not disappoint. But looking at it closer it's kind of a mashup between urban fantasy, paranormal & paranormal romance.
McKenzie Lewis isn't your typical human. She can track the Fae, and the fae king has had her at his beck and call as a 'shadow reader' to assist them in overthrowing the rebel fae that want him off the throne. McKenzie is one of the most accurate shadow readers around and that makes her valuable.
Her life isn't what she would like, she has no relationships other than her best friend who accepts her oddities, and she has yet to finish college. Definitely not how she has pictured her life for herself. Plus, she's in love with Kyol, the fae king's sword-master. But a relationship with Kyol is forbidden and so for ten years, they have fought their attraction.
When McKenzie is captured by Aren, a leader of the rebels, all her beliefs are turned upside down. He teaches her the fae language... something she wasn't allowed to learn by the court previously, and he opens her eyes to the misdeeds of the court itself. She quickly learns that this war that shouldn't be her fight isn't what the court has led her to believe it is.
First - The cover - it's gorgeous... but at no time does McKenzie seem as kick ass in this book as she does on that cover. I mean... she looks like she's going to do serious damage with that sword right? Nope- while she was stubborn, and determined, I also found her to be a little too dependent upon the fae around her. More than once she needs their assistance to get out of a jam of some sort. I just wanted her to be kick-ass. HOWEVER... I did like her as a character and even though I thought she was a bit naive, I think this book really showed her growth as a character by the end.
Now... on to the boys.
Kyol - we meet him first of course, and I'm not sure what it is but I totally get all mushy on the inside when guys have pet names for their girls and it's in a different language.
"I'm sorry, kaesha."
I catch my breath. Kaesha. It's a term of endearment he calls me only when we're alone. I don't think he knows he said it - there's no hitch in his stride as he leads me across the courtyard - bit if his soldiers overhear, if they report back to the king...
Yup... Kyol calls her Kaesha... and from the get go you could sense the connection between both of them. You can see that Kyol is an honorable man, but he struggles with the limitations he has simply because he is fae and she is human.
Now, let me get to Aren.
Aren is one of the rebel leaders and opens McKenzie's eyes to the lies of the fae court and along the way a bond forms between them that she hesitates to trust. Oh yeah.. and he has a nick-name for her too...
Dance with me, nalkin-shom," Aren says, leading me toward the dance floor.
I love Aren's personality. Where Kyol is rigid and structured Aren is the complete opposite. He puts himself out there regardless of what the rules might be. And yes yes yes this is a love triangle so there is always the 'who will she pick' question in the back of your mind while reading, but I completely felt that her bond with Aren had a bit more chemistry. Granted they don't have the history that she and Kyol have... they are so good together.
His kiss takes me by surprise. I'm aware only for a moment of Kyol's steps faltering, aware of him watching me, watching us. Then lightning pours from Aren's lips and there's only us.
My only defense is that edarratae make me lose my discretion because I kiss Aren back. Really kiss him back. Chaos lusters tickle down my face and throat, bolt across my shoulders and down my arms. They shudder through my entire body, and I lean into him, press my chest against his.
Now.. on to the plot. There is so much going on in this book it's hard to even know where to start in explaining it. So I'm not going to tell you much, but I'll just say that it starts with McKenzie's abduction and doesn't stop until you turn the very last page. Seriously. You get tons of information in every chapter and it really makes the world building here solid. I didn't feel like anything was missing at all while reading this.
What I also like is that Williams didn't make the romance part of this story the main plot. It certainly had a big role, mostly because it really made McKenzie think and consider who she trusted most, but the plot wasn't dropped just to make room for all the romance and love. I will say this... I can see why Kyol and McKenzie fell for each other... they had all this history, but what I wasn't sure of was why Aren was so interested in McKenzie to begin with. In his eyes she's a traitor, someone who has helped the court kill friends and family and yet from the very beginning I didn't sense any ill will towards her. What was his connection to her and why did he like her. That's what I want to know.
So there you have it... this is the book I was gushing over for the last two days, saying I couldn't put it down. I'm excited to see where the series takes us, though I might wait to pick up book 2 until book 3 is listed as I've perused a few reviews that were all "OMG WHAT IS THIS CLIFFHANGER" and well... you all know how I feel about those by now!
Definitely give this series a read or at least put it on your 'to read' shelf because I absolutely loved it!
Don't look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.
Solid 4.5 stars - When I found out this was on netgalley, I dropped everything and ran overDon't look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.
Solid 4.5 stars - When I found out this was on netgalley, I dropped everything and ran over there to request it... then I sat staring at my email waiting for the approve/deny response! I smiled like an idiot when I was approved.
Why, you ask?
This is the side character continuation of the Iron Fey books, by Julie Kagawa that I practically devoured while on vacation earlier this year. Now, in all honesty, I'm not a huge fan of stories that revolve around Fae and the fantasy worlds like this, but Kagawa pulled me in with her characters and the trials they faced and the decisions they had to make.
The Lost Prince brings us back to that world thirteen years later and our main character is Ethan Chase... Megan Chase's younger brother. When we meet him, he's the new kid in another school after getting kicked out of the last one for setting it on fire. Only the catch is that he didn't set it on fire. Ethan can see the Fae and they taunt and tease and harass him. He's isolated himself trying to protect those he cares about from his sister's world but this time there is no escape from what has to be done.
I started this book hoping hoping hoping for more Ash, because, let's be honest I love swoony boys and he is definitely that. What I got was Ethan. And I was not disappointed. Ethan plays that the tough guy routine with everyone to keep people away, but what it made me want to do was hug him, because underneath that exterior, you could sense how lonely he was.
Enter Mackenzie... or Kenzie as her friends call her. Unfortunate timing forces Ethan to do something he had hoped never to do ... return to the NeverNever and take Kenzie with him.
Kenzie was the perfect complement to Ethan - strong and willful and didn't take his tough guy crap one bit. She made her choices and when she did, she was all in. I'm not going to share any of her story because I don't want to ruin it for anyone, but she's got a lot going on that explains a lot of who she is and why she does some of the things she does.
These two together were sweet and you could see Ethan fighting the attraction .. it was futile.
"For a second, I couldn't look away. My heartbeat picked up, and my mouth was suddenly dry, watching the girl in the center of the winking cloud, smiling as the tiny lights landed in her hair or perched on her arm.
She was beautiful."
"I kissed her, stopping any more arguments. She made a tiny noise of surprise before she relaxed into me with a sigh. Her arms laced around my neck; mine slid into her hair and down to the small of her back, holding us together. No more illusions, no more hiding from myself. I needed this girl; I needed her laughter and fearlessness, the way she kept pushing me, refusing to be intimidated. I'd kept people at arm's length for so long, scared of what the fey would do to them if I got close, but I couldn't do that anymore. Not to her.
so yes, put Ethan in the swoony boy category because I loved him.
We do get to see a few glimpses of characters from the first books, Megan, Ash, Glitch, Grimalkin, Puck and Leansidhe all make their appearances, but this is very obviously Ethan's book and his story though there is one surprise character that I was excited to meet! (nope I'm not telling who it is!)
So much happens in this book, that I feel like I'm not doing it justice in this review, but I really don't want to ruin anything for anyone who might pick it up - I think this book is an excellent start to the series and I can't wait for more! Definitely give this a read - but if you haven't read The Iron Fey Series (4 books) head over and do that first! It will set all the groundwork you need and give you an incredible series to read in it's entirety first!
Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC of this book - Review can be found on my blog: ...more
I really enjoyed getting the Winter Prince /Iron Knight's POV. Lots of action and without giving too much away, it was a great ending. I will say thatI really enjoyed getting the Winter Prince /Iron Knight's POV. Lots of action and without giving too much away, it was a great ending. I will say that I felt it kind of dragged a bit for me compared to the others in the series, though that may be because I really wanted to get to the end to see what exactly happened. I would have loved to get a bit more at the end with Meghan.
Great quick series and would recommend it to fans of supernatural/Fey books. ...more
I think I'm officially in love with bad boys... I really enjoyed this first book in the series.
Our main character Meghan is quite the social outcastI think I'm officially in love with bad boys... I really enjoyed this first book in the series.
Our main character Meghan is quite the social outcast at school but on the day of her 16th birthday she starts seeing strange things. Her best friend becomes something/someone out of a fairytale and her life flips upside down.
On a mission to get her 'real' brother back from the land of Nevernever, Meghan learns her life isn't normal and boring at all.
Ash - the 'bad boy' of the story is someone she's immediately drawn to. In the land of Fey everyone is out to make a deal or pull the wool over someone's eyes and he is no different... or is he? LOL
I really enjoyed the pacing of the story and the world of Nevernever.