Well dammit. That was amazing! I finally finished. Yes, I'm late to the Iron Fey party. But better late than never, right? So glad I gave this book aWell dammit. That was amazing! I finally finished. Yes, I'm late to the Iron Fey party. But better late than never, right? So glad I gave this book a chance. I love the story of Alice in Wonderland and this had a similar feel to it. I love the characters. Grim was hilarious. Meghan was a great heroine. And then of course Ash. Oh how I love that sexy prince. I can't freakin wait to continue this incredible journey with these awesome characters. Thanks to my awesome friends who pushed me to read this. It was definitely worth it!
What an awesome treat this was. I started this last year but so many bloody books got in my way of my Ash love. Grrrrr. Most of my friends had read this series and talked non-stop about it. I knew I was going to like it because I love faery books. But it just took time to get to it. When I started it, I was instantly hooked, though like I said, other books got in the way. I am so glad I finally finished it. It was an amazing journey, one that I am loving every bit.
Meghan Chase, an ordinary teenager is an outcast at school. She doesn't fit in anywhere. All the kids make fun of her because she's different. The only person she has to lean on is her best friend Robbie Goodfell. He's the perfect companion and best friend to turn to when she's having a shitty day. Weird things start happening, especially on her sixteenth birthday. Unexplainable things. Unimaginable things. And soon she finds that the world she's been living is nothing as it seems.
Her best friend Robbie is not who he seems either. And soon her world is changed forever...
Robbie happens to be Robin Goodfellow(Puck from A Midsummer Night's Dream) Ash, the icy hot Winter Prince who is like my favorite character above all. Grimalkin...or Grim, the Cheshire cat who is a big part of the book. Ethan, Meghan's brother who is kidnapped by the faeries. Oberon, Meghan's father...the King of the Summer Court. Mab, the Queen of the Winter Court and Ash's bitchy mother. And so many other characters that we meet throughout the book.
Meghan finds out that she's half-fey half-human. She takes us on an adventure when she finds out her little brother has been kidnapped and taken to the faery world. She must get him back but in order to do so, she has to overcome so many obstacles that stand in her way of rescuing Ethan. So we get to go to the Nevernever, home of the faeries.
Meghan enlists in Puck's help since he knows the faery world and well, she doesn't. Along the journey she runs into so many problems that it's amazing the poor girl survived. Puck and Ash are rivals. Ash being the Winter Prince and Puck being the Summer Faery, they are enemies. When Meghan gets lost, she runs into Ash who is actually on the hunt for her by orders from the Queen to bring her back to the Winter Court. Everyone knows of Meghan and who she is, except for her so she is a wanted girl.
Ash and Meghan go on the journey together and learn a lot about one another. Their relationship starts off rocky and it still ends up pretty rocky, considering they are enemies; Meghan is the daughter of the Summer King and Ash is the son of the Winter Queen. They've been at odds for centuries, and still their connection is tense. They have tender and sweet moments at times. But Ash keeps his icy exterior in place as much as possible. He knows it is dangerous for both of them to get involved. But Meghan can't help the pull towards him. She's fascinated and utterly captivated by the sexy Prince. But then again, who wouldn't be?
Puck, Ash, Meghan and Grim take us on this incredible journey filled with lots of sword fighting, running from goblins, faeries, Red Caps and many other vicious creatures, magical powers, action and so much more. The world Kagawa created is utterly spectacular. It sucks you in where you feel like you're along for the ride. There's never a dull moment for these characters and at every turn they're fighting for their lives. I loved the details and descriptions of the Nevernever and other locations this book takes place in. These are characters you'll love from the get-go.
Ash is the ultimate love interest. He is a bad boy with an icy heart but when he gives you a glimpse of his soft side, you just melt along with Meghan. I wanted nothing more than for them to get together. There was some kissy kissy scenes and I smiled so wide...but then Ash would close himself off again and I'd mentally curse him for being a jerk. Though I understand his reasoning but it still sucks. I still love him. He's the ultimate Prince...so swoony. Sigh. Ash. Sigh,
Puck. I loved Puck in the beginning. As Meghan's best friend he was always there for her even before all this magical faery stuff started happening. He was just really sweet and amazing. Then as Robin..Puck he rocked. I loved his sense of humor. He really makes you laugh. It's especially awesome during this crazy journey that Meghan has to embark on to save her brother. He makes the adventure so much more fun with his witty remarks and sarcastic demeanor. There's never a dull moment with Puck in the room. I love him. Maybe not as a love interest, but I just love him...period. He's one of my favorite characters too. The banters between Puck and Ash are epic!
Grimalkin. Oh Grim. I love this cat. I swear, when he's around I picture the cat from Alice in Wonderland. He's so much fun. He's always making me laugh. He will appear out of nowhere and then the next minute, he's gone. He's unpredictable. But I love it every time he walks off with his head up and tail straight in the air. I can see him swaying his little furry cat hips. There was one scene, where he was leading the gang in the forest and then it said his bushy tail was in the air as he walked off. I laughed out loud because it's typical Grim. He's so funny. It does make me irritated though when he vanishes at a time they need him. But he's a cat and not much use to them when they're fighting a bunch of goblins and dragons and such. I guess it's every man for himself in Grim's world. I'm glad he's part of the series. He really makes it so interesting.
Meghan. Oh how I love this girl. She's so brave and courageous and loyal. She'll do whatever it takes to save those she loves. I admire her strength and good heart. I read a lot of reviews where people would say she's too whiny and immature, I'll disagree. I think she kick major ass. She's only 16 and her life has changed drastically so what the hell do people expect her to do? How should she act? I think she's awesome...better than awesome. She's probably the best heroine out there! I'd love to be friends with her. If I were to choose, I'd say she's better than Clary Fray from the Mortal Instruments. Either way, I love Meghan. She's just awesome!!!!
So in other words, this book rocked my world. I loved it so much. I am flying through this series. I love being immersed into this world that Kagawa has so amazingly created for us. Thank you for writing this awesome series. I know everyone in the world(practically everyone) has read this series already. But I am glad to finally be a part of it and experience the awesomeness that is The Iron King.
If you haven't read it, hurry up and read them. You don't want to miss out on this fantastic series!!
Fanfuckingtastic!!!!! Absolutely brilliant! Mind-blowing, edge of your seat intense. I devoured this book. The characters were incredible...especiallyFanfuckingtastic!!!!! Absolutely brilliant! Mind-blowing, edge of your seat intense. I devoured this book. The characters were incredible...especially Anna and Cas. Omg I loved it. MUST. GET. SEQUEL. NOW!!!
Just your average boy-meets-girl, girl-kills-people story...
Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.
So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.
When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn’t expect anything outside of the ordinary: move, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, but now stained red and dripping blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.
And she, for whatever reason, spares his life.
So I picked this up about 2 months ago, on my nook. I started reading it....and was instantly hooked. The writing was fantastic from the first page. It was vivid and very descriptive and because of that I started having nightmares. I normally don't read ghost stories. They terrify me because I know they're real and in my dream, it felt real. So real, I had trouble sleeping. Well, that was stupid of me anyway to read ghost stories right before bed. I didn't want to stop reading it though. It was so intriguing and I felt compelled to keep going. However, I couldn't continue. So I put it aside for a bit and went on with other books.
It started eating me up. Every time I went to the book store and saw this book staring me in the face, I was so tempted to buy it and read it. I didn't. I kept on going. Stupid mistake. Ginormous mistake. When Girl of Nightmares came out, I was instantly IN LOVE with the cover. I wanted to read it so bad, but I knew I couldn't read that one without finishing this one first. That would be stupid. So, I picked this book up over the past weekend finally because I couldn't take the pressure anymore. I HAD to have it. There are certain books that I can't read or finish on my nook but paper/hard back...oh yes! So after people telling me it wasn't that scary or it was spooky but so good. I decided to man up and grow some balls. HOLY SHIT I'M GLAD I DID!!!! THIS. BOOK. WAS. FANTASTIC.!
First of all, let me give a little cover love. I am such a cover whore and this cover is simply beautiful and eerie! But it's so freakin fabulous! I wanted this book on my shelf simply because of the artwork. I can't get enough of it. I love dark and eerie and this clearly says....READ ME I'M WORTH IT.
Next I am going to say how much I love the writing. I was blown away by the detailed, haunting, gory, compelling words that were on each page. I was at the edge of my seat, panicing, clenching my teeth, crying, gasping for breath, on the verge of puking my guts up, breathing again, smiling, wide eyed, frantic, etc.....every bit of emotion I could muster, I was doing. The writing flows perfectly and smooth and I could picture EVERY SINGLE SCENE. OH. MY. GOD. Bravo Kendare...this was a masterpiece!
Not to mention....I LOVED THIS BOOK IN CAS'S POV! Wow! I was so glad to see his perspective the whole way through. He painted a picture that was so clear, sometimes I had to take a deep breath and a short break to gather my bearings. I loved Cas. He was a true hero with flaws but his voice was what had me at hello. I was instantly drawn to him in ways I never saw coming. I felt bad for him because of what his life was...always been and always would be. It's hard to have an abnormal life...but he made it work, and made friends along the way. His character development was utterly mesmerizing. He was kind, thoughtful, protective(of not just Anna but everyone around him) and the perfect hero. Gaaah, when I wasn't reading it, I would think about him. He consumed my thoughts. I wanted to know what his plans were, what the gang was going to do, if he and Anna were ever going to be together. All in all, I loved Cas to the very core. And I can't wait to be with him again in the sequel.
Anna. Oh how I loved this poor, lost, broken down little girl. Even as a ghost, I loved her. I hated what happened to her. Her story is heartbreaking and disturbing. I almost puked at one scene...it was so vivid. I love her character throughout the book. I love how she protects Cas in the beginning and then never tries to kill him when she's cleary stronger than him. You can tell she does not want to kill, but after what happened to her you understand why she does. I just wanted to hug her and protect her myself. She was only 16 years old for Christ sake. How could that happen? Ugh, it wasn't fair. So sad. I loved how she and Cas connected. Their love was wonderful but also heartbreaking to watch when the inevitable came. All in all, Anna is a character you won't forget.
Carmel, Thomas, Morfran and Cas's mother....all the secondary characters were remarkable. They each played a special role and they played it well. I loved their friendships blossom as things started to get intense with the ghost hunting fiasco. Oh and I LOVED the whole Ghostbusters and Buffy the Vampire Slayer references. These characters were phenomenal and they made me so happy. I love them all so much and can't wait to be with them again in Girl of Nightmares.
The end. Ugh. The end was devastating. Although I was literally holding my breath during that battle and it was pretty intense and I was groaning and moaning here and there. And then I was like "Nooooooooooooooooo!" And then I cried.
So the moral of this review is...if you have NOT read this book, what the fuck are you waiting for????It's A MUST READ!!!! No putting it off, not putting it on hold, no no no. Just read it! You'll be hooked. I promise! I got the sequel...and I am soooo ready to get back into the story again!
It is defintely not just your average boy-meets-girl kinda story. IT'S SO MUCH MORE!!!!!! Now, go get it already! I mean it!...more
I couldn't finish this book. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't do it. I HATE leaving books unfinished. Especially because this was one where I reI couldn't finish this book. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't do it. I HATE leaving books unfinished. Especially because this was one where I read the blurb and was highly excited about for weeks before release. But sadly, I just....couldn't do it. I ordered it in paperback and wanted to devour it but even from the beginning, I was not at all enthused. I see alot of high ratings and while I wanted to be one of those that gave this book a 4 or 5 star review, I couldn't.
First of all I couldn't connect with the characters. None of them. Not one single character grabbed a hold of me. Liam pissed me off with his "angel" this and "angel" that and then sleeping around and talking about Amber's ass all the time and it just creeped me out. I love my book boyfriends rough and all, but seriously, he did nothing for me. And Amber, dear God...she was an immature child. I swear, I had to keep reminding myself she's only 16. And the way she talked, well it was so ridiculous. I really couldn't stand her. I hate when I don't connect with the MC's. And none of them made me jump for joy or clap my hands or root for them to have a happy ending. Of course I didn't get that far, and I just felt I had wasted enough reading time so I had to stop. I had to stop and put the book on my shelf and leave it there.
I love the cover and this book had potential, I think. But I couldn't follow the writing very well either. It was choppy and confusing at times. And the words "slut" and "manwhore" was used more times than I would have liked. I know I will be in the minority with this book and I hope to not offend anyone or make enemies. This is just my opinion. So I don't want to come across as a heartless bitch and I'm not bashing the author by any means. This book just didn't do it for me, which was disappointing since I was so sure this would be up my alley and one of my favorites. Sigh. I guess we can't like them all....more
Loved this book, minus the many moments of sobbing I did. It really was so sad. I found myself wishing I coul***4.5 heartbreaking and beautiful stars!
Loved this book, minus the many moments of sobbing I did. It really was so sad. I found myself wishing I could wrap Lucas up in a ball and cradle him. He's such a sweetheart, dealing with a tragic that he survived, but his girlfriend and 2 best friends didn't.
It's about letting go of the past, forgiving yourself for circumstances that were out of your control, healing your heart and finally moving on to something amazing. Lucas had it rough, and all the shit-talking the kids at school threw at him, the animosity, the blame, it was really unbearable to witness. But I can't imagine being in his position and how he felt going through the motions of everyday life, yet wanting to end it all because of his pain and turmoil. The loss of one person is bad enough, but the loss of THREE? And especially when they were all so close, my heart broke so much for him. But after meeting a new student, a girl, Sawyer...things were changing. Although it took time.
Sawyer had no idea who Lucas was, and despite the rumors going around, about him being drunk while driving, which was not the case, she had no reservations about him. She helped him to cope, to let go and eventually to see that in light of all the heartbreak and tragedy, there is still hope for happiness.
I loved this story. SC Stephens is a great writer, and good at giving the readers all the FEELS that we want while reading. Although, I was not a fan of the Thoughtless series, I'm glad I read this book. It was emotional and sexy and heartbreaking and sweet. The connection that Sawyer and Lucas had was very sweet and hot! Although, he had trouble letting go of his current girlfriend, so the moments between him and Sawyer were cut short at times. He couldn't let go of his friends. He'd go to sleep and dream of them...and that's when things got complicated. He wanted to stay in his slumber-filled fantasy, rather than live in reality. There were times shit felt so real during his dreams. Like the sexual fantasies between him and Lil felt so vivid, I forgot it was a dream. And damn did I get HOT! Lucas himself is sexy as hell. He's so sweet and it broke my heart that he couldn't move on. Sawyer was so patient with him, but I got so angry at times, caught between wanting him with Lil, and then wanting him with Sawyer.
It's true. I felt his connection with Lil was so beautiful that it hurt to remember she was dead. Yet on the other hand, Sawyer was right there, always willing to comfort him, become his rock, while he was coping or not coping. It was just sad.
But overall, this book was a great surprise. I was happy there wasn't any useless drama and bull shit. No stupid love triangles that made me want to punch the shit out something. No stupid, frustrating heroines. It was just a nice, tear-inducing, hope-filled story of letting go and finding love again. ...more
So, it only took like...forever to finally get through this. I love this couple, I really do. And I was hella excited when we were told there'd be3.5
So, it only took like...forever to finally get through this. I love this couple, I really do. And I was hella excited when we were told there'd be a sequel. In fact, I was one of the many that hounded Jessica to write a sequel after I finished TEoN. Because we HAD to have more Andrew and Cam. I fell in love with Andrew, and I loved him in this book. But really...it should've stopped there. The sequel really wasn't needed and I hate that I have to say that. It saddens me. But sometimes the sequels aren't really keeping my excitement anymore. But I still enjoyed it, just not as much as TEON. That one will always be one of my all-time favorites. However, the epilogue was pretty good. Didn't see that coming.
EXCERPT Camryn shrieks and I start laughing as we dash away from the cows and toward the car.
“Awww, shiiiit!” I yell when I step in a huge pile of it.
Camryn cackles with laughter and we both practically stumble the rest of the way through the field, me trying to scrape the shit off the bottom of my shoe while running at the same time and Camryn’s flip-flops getting caught on the ground trying to keep up with her feet.
“I can’t believe that just happened!” Camryn laughs as we finally make it back to the car. She arches her body over forward and props her hands on her knees, trying to catch her breath.
I’m out of breath, too, but I still relentlessly scrape the bottom of my shoe on the asphalt. “Dammit!” I say, rubbing my foot back and forth.
Camryn jumps up on the hood of the car, letting her legs hang over the front. “Can we finally say that we did it?” she asks with laughter in her voice.
I stand still finally and catch my breath. I look at her, at how beautiful and bright that smile of hers is and I say, “Yeah, babe, I think we can safely mark it off our list.”
“Good!” she says.
Then she points behind me. “Do it on the grass,” she says with one side of her mouth pinched into a hard line. “You’re just spreading it around doing it like that.”
I hop over into the grass and start rubbing my foot back and forth again. “Since when did you become an expert on shit?”
“Better watch your mouth,” she warns, getting into the driver’s seat.
“What are you going to do?” I taunt her.
She starts the Chevelle and revs the engine a few times pressing on the gas. There’s a cruel gleam in her eyes. She props her left arm across the top of the open window and next thing I know she’s driving slowly past me.
I give her the warning eye, but her grin just gets bigger.
“I know you won’t leave me here!” I shout as she goes past me.
Surely she wouldn’t….
She gets farther away and at first I call her bluff and just stand here, watching her get smaller and smaller…
Finally, I take off running after the car."
Woohooooooooo I love it! Can't wait for November!!!!! It's so far away!!! More Andrew please!!!!! Woohoo!
HOLY SHIT!!!! I am just the happiest girl today!!!! This makes me happy happy happppppppppy!!!!!!!!!!!!! SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE More Andrew Parrish.....yes, yes yes! More Andrew Fucking Parrish! Ahhhhhhhhhh I can't contain my excitement! SO SO SO SO SO SO SO excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *deep breaths deep breaths*
I may as well give this book FIVE stars right now because I don't think it will be anything less than perfect!!!!!
I really enjoyed Maddy and Reid's story. It was an emotional one. I felt both their pain and heartache. Reid's story hit me harder and I could sorta rI really enjoyed Maddy and Reid's story. It was an emotional one. I felt both their pain and heartache. Reid's story hit me harder and I could sorta relate to it in a way. I didn't care for the end, but hopefully I'll find time to read the next book. ...more
Too much. I can't get into this. I wanted more Echo and Noah, was over the moon excited for them! But...*looks at the floor in shame and sadness* thisToo much. I can't get into this. I wanted more Echo and Noah, was over the moon excited for them! But...*looks at the floor in shame and sadness* this just hasn't worked for me. So now it's going on the "on hold" shelf. Maybe I'll come back to it later. Sorry Noah. Still love you.
Yipppeeeeee! More Noah and Echo!!!!!!!!!!!! More Noah!!! Noah Noah Noah! Can't wait for this! ...more