It's hard to capture in words just how turbulent Click to Subscribe is. It captured so many different stages of falling in love in a beautiful, heart-warming story like a photo series done by the most renown photographer.
Click to Subscribe will make your heart pound ridiculously. We had romantic tension between our two characters Cat and West, and with that romantic tension came the unspeakable awkwardness that will make you laugh and want to hug the characters. It's impossible not to smile from page one, if only at the clever dialogue. Its brevity doesn't matter, because LM makes use of every single page, and it's kind of scary how well he uses the pages. The beginning sets you up for the turmoil and romance that is the middle and very end. You'll fall in love for its cuteness, awkwardness, and romance. And you also may cry at the end.
There were so many different little comments that made me laugh out loud or smile ridiculously, and you could feel yourself falling more in love with West as he told you his favorite M&M color (but he was wrong, red is the best color) or how great ice cream was. Furthermore, Click to Subscribe is so compelling and powerful that I now have a legit phobia of winky faces. All because of one little moment where Harper/Cat admitted how much she hated winky faces. Everything about this book is clever, witty, and hilarious. I couldn't get enough of how real it was, especially when the characters were talking to each other. They bantered and called each other names—in good faith—and they acted exactly like a high school student might, which was refreshing because sometimes you lose sight of how carefree some students really are before college.
My favorite part was how LM captured exactly what being best friends with someone is like. When you're best friends with anybody, boy or a girl, you're not going to be afraid to be like, "I hate you!" or "You're such a dork" or make fun of them in general. Cat and West shared these moments with each other, and you could tell they really were best friends who had known each other for as long as they could remember. They were goofy and crazy and I loved them for it. Not only were they so entertaining to watch, they made each other better when they were with each other. Cat and West didn't care what other people thought about them; they just had fun together, and isn't that what being best friends is about? I don't read a lot of best friend romances, but Click to Subscribe has restored my faith in them.
You'll be in stitches the entire time, cracking up, falling in love with the characters, and just enjoying everything. Click to Subscribe as a whole is just an awkward, adorable, and beautiful bundle of pure joy. If you love fluffy and cute stories, do not hesitate to check this one out.(less)
A tale about three "nerds" deciding to take a stand against social invisibility Smart Girls Get What They Want isn't just regularly amazing; it is epically amazing. It's cute, funny, and totally realistic, with just a hint of romance thrown in.
What Sarah Strohmeyer captures so eloquently in Smart Girls Get What They Want are the nerds. As a nerd myself, both academically and also outside of those confines, you all hopefully know that I'm not a monotonous drone that buzzes "School. School. Must. Do." 24/7. Yes, school is a very important factor in my life, as with many other people, but it doesn't dominate my life and I'm not one to say that my grades are something that I stress about the most. Gigi, our protagonist, is exactly like me when it comes to the nerd department, which made her very personable and relatable. She was funny, she cared about how she looked, and she valued things other than school and getting straight As.
Another thing I loved about Smart Girls Get What They Want was the romance in itself. It was that kind of sweet high school romance that had everybody "Ooh"ing and "Ah"ing over it. We don't go through a case of insta-love, and the love interests change throughout the story, like most high school romances do. Gigi originally had a crush on Will, but then started to develop feelings for another boy who wasn't who she thought she was. In my opinion, that just made Gigi an even more endearing character because of the way she learned things about herself and the people around her.
In fact, most of the time the romance sits on the back burner while Gigi, Bea, and Neerja went through their journeys as teenagers and found their way through their lives. Gigi conquered her fears, Bea faced her past, and Neerja confronted her feelings for her all-time crush while participating in what she loved most. The thing about Smart Girls Get What They Want is not only the romance aspect of it, but rather how these characters grow and change throughout the novel. We see them change from invisible beings to socially accepted, with friends.
A compelling story where finding oneself and reevaluating one's thoughts on his or her peers are closely related, Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer will not fail to completely lure you in and keep its grip on you until the very last page.(less)
After reading Pushing the Limits, Katie McGarry's debut novel, I had high expectations for Dare You To. It's an understatement to say that they were completely demolished and left on the floor in a pile of rubble.
Is it fair to say that I love Ryan? I even made a graphic. Although it's horrible.
This is basically what I went through the entire novel. I was battling with my strong urge to steal Ryan, and my even stronger urge to just keep reading and shut up so Beth and Ryan could have the adorable moment. This time, Ryan was the person that helped Beth heal from her broken, ruined home. The even realer thing was the fact that Ryan wasn't just a spoiled rich kid that got whatever he wanted; he also had all of his own demons and had to learn to get rid of them, as well. He seriously was so swoon-worthy! Additionally, just look at that cover! And then zoom in on Ryan. Zoom in even further...and...FANGIRL! There we go! He was so insanely compassionate, tough, and realistic. The way that Katie McGarry can portray such compelling and strong male voices with what seems like no effort at all is so baffling to me. That is talent right here, people.
Another character that I loved with all of my heart was Beth. She was originally part of the trio with Noah and Isaiah, and in Dare You To, she was forced to move out of her home and into her uncle's, where she started a new school, with new people, and Ryan Stone. It broke my heart to see how broken and guarded Beth was because of her family. But the best part about her broken home was watching her heal, moving on, and coming to the terms with the fact that her house needed to be fixed, and soon. Beth's character development was just so amazing, and she had so many emotions, which we experienced in full spectrum.
Now that we've discussed both characters separately, we have to discuss them as a couple.
I have a slight obsession with gradients these days, so don't mind little old me and my pictures. However, it's totally true! Their romance was so hot, but at the same time it was so unbelievably sweet. It started off as an innocent dare from Ryan's friends, but it soon spiraled into a whirlwind of emotions and, most importantly, love. I couldn't get enough of them, and Katie made their romance seem so believable. I even thought that I was Beth or Ryan for a few minutes before snapping back into a crazed reading frenzy.
Everything about Dare You To by Katie McGarry was just so beautiful. The romance was electrifying, and the character development of our two main characters was as memorable as could be. Easily enough, Dare You To has taken its spot on my favorites list, and it may just end up on your list, too.(less)
Just like the first book Croak, Scorch delivers a witty and imaginative story, adding suspense to the series and setting up for a fantastic ending.
Easily enough, the banter between Lex and Drigss is ever-present and hilarious. Gina Damico manages to balance the intense story line of Scorch with a light, fun dialogue between all of our characters. Lex, our protagonist and narrator, is a very complex character, who doesn't really agree with the standard reaper rules but still wants to stay true to these same exact rules. We are introduced to these characteristics fairly early on, and what I loved the most about Lex was how badly she wanted to do good with her ability as a grim reaper. Our other leading characters, where most of them were Junior reapers, but they were all so compassionate and real and tough. On a side note, I just need to tell you how much I love Lex and Driggs as a couple. Driggs was just as hilarious as Lex, and they were both so awkward and real and...it was just entertaining beyond belief.
Funny person + another funny person = MAGIC!
Most of Scorch centered around an uprising in the reaper town of Croak, kind of like a dystopian rebellion. All of the adult reapers, or Seniors, were fighting against the reapers-in-training, or Juniors, arguing that Juniors should be banned from Croak, given what happened before. This got me so pumped up and prepared for the third book because of how unjustly the Juniors were treated. I was all like, "NO DON'T BE MEAN POTATOES!" Because the amount of judgment on the Seniors' parts because of a FEW Junior's actions was totally unspeakable. It was despicable and at the same time made me love all of our characters (not the evil ones) so much more.
Another thing I loved was how suspenseful and utterly shocking Scorch's plot was. Since it's told in third person, everyone has secrets, even our narrator Lex. Some of the discoveries we made were so heart-wrenching and nerve-racking that I was about to break down into tears if the current situation wasn't solved, and fast. I couldn't put it down; everything about it just grabbed me and refused to let go. Gina managed to tie everything together so the revelations made actual sense, and she ended the book with a satisfying ending that, at the same time, created a perfect set-up for the third book in the series.
Hilariously awkward yet utterly shocking, Scorch by Gina Damico will capture your soul from page one and rip it apart and put it back together and then rip it apart again. (Kind of like Voldemort!) Fans of hilarious action novels will devour this series.(less)
What. Did. I. Just. Read? At first glance, you expect an intense thriller riddled with secrets, deceits, and plot twists that take you around and around like a loop-de-loop. The Madman's Daughter is so much more!
Juliet Moreau, the daughter of Dr. Moreau, has a lot of responsibility to bear, and from the very first page, you can't help but feel an undeniable sympathy for her. She's a flawed character, but she's determined, and she's curious, and she's compassionate. I loved her to absolute bits. Juliet was a very forgiving person, and she believed in second chances. Every time something bad would happen to her, or every time something climactic occurred, she handled it, and very realistically. Someone screwed her over? She would feel betrayed for a while, and move on. She wasn't the type to whine.
Now, from the synopsis, you hear of a love triangle, correct? Even if you hate love triangles, don't let that deter you because every other aspect of The Madman's Daughter makes up for the love triangle, big time. That isn't saying the love triangle was flimsy, but as a person who is generally impartial to any form of love triangle, I just have to say: well done, Megan! The love triangle actually plays a huge part in the plot. It's not just a plot device used to add a little romantic tension to the story; the plot and the love triangle bounce off each other, and they give each other fuel to propel each other forward, and that was my absolute favorite part of the romance part. But, in case you want to know where I stand, Team Montgomery, yo!
The best part of The Madman's Daughter was, most definitely, the plot. Every single plot twist was completely unexpected, but that particular twist was tied in so well to the remainder of the story that, were you scrutinizing every line, you had an inkling of a chance to correctly predict what would happen next. The pacing was so well done, and even when Juliet was on a boat—a sailboat with pirates—I kept turning the pages faster and faster. The plot went from a spike, to a brief period to regain your state of mind, and then a spike again, over and over until the very end.
And the cliffhanger? Let me use a gif—only one gif, I promise—to express how I felt.
Totally creepy yet utterly addicting in the best possible way, The Madman's Daughter won't just have you begging for more; it will have you lying on the ground, crying your eyes out, while you internally scream, "WHY" and possibly throw a chair against a wall.(less)
I will not hesitate to tell you that I was more than scared to read The Iron Traitor. I didn't know what opinions my book slump would provide for me, and I didn't want to be let down by one of my favorite authors. Luckily, that wasn't the case and I ended up loving it, the first book I've truly loved since May.
Apprehension was the first emotion I felt upon beginning. But those hesitant feelings slowly faded away to nothing as I found myself re-immersed in the Nevernever, Ethan and Kenzie, the fey, and all of the characters I fell in love with in the original series and The Lost Prince. I find myself becoming even more repetitive as I write my reviews for the Iron Fey books, but Julie Kagawa is nothing if not consistent in her storytelling. She grips her readers and drags them into the world, embodying us in some of her characters. You care about these characters more than anything in the world, and gushing over them is almost like breathing: easy and routine. Ethan was so fiery, passionate, and realistic. His grief and anger towards his older sister Meghan leaving him when he was four was palpable, tearing at my heartstrings. His love and protectiveness towards Kenzie had me swooning, and his strong bond to his family left me delirious with compassion and appreciation.
The Iron Traitor not only delivered with a fantastic narrator and main character, but it also touched upon our side characters, such as Kenzie, Keirran, and Annwyl. The way their emotions read across the page captured my heart and soul completely. I fell in love with them originally in The Lost Prince, but by the end of this beautiful, gorgeous book, I could have given up my life for their happiness. But don't mention Ash and Meghan to me. They made my heart melt to a pile of goop on the floor. They loved Ethan and Keirran so much, and their emotions flew off the page as well. Meghan and Ash should have gotten an award with a name similar to the Best Parenting Award. I recognized traits they had as parents in traits that my parents have. I love my parents, and I think they're fantastic and the best ones I could've asked for, therefore seeing Meghan and Ash perform so well in that field made me squeal.
Other notable features were the romance, the romance that almost induced cardiac arrest. (I think I've made about fifty new synonyms for the phrase "made my heart pound" in this review alone.) Kenzie and Ethan were so tender towards each other, loving so ardently. The plot flowed from place to place like silk, making it hard for me to put my Kindle down so I could go to school, do homework, or sing. I found myself drawn to The Iron Traitor like moths to a lamp, drawn to its promising plot. Finally, the care incorporated into every scene stood out above the rest. Julie described each setting with extreme care, just as she always has, especially in a place as versatile as the Nevernever. I just couldn't get enough of it!
As for the ending, I can make no comment for fear of bursting into tears at this very moment.
From the lovable characters to the lovable plot to the lovable romance, it is impossible to use up all of your love while reading The Iron Traitor. The characters leap off of the page for an elaborate tango with your body and soul, the plot makes the end come to soon, and the writing ties everything together into a perfect package. Julie Kagawa will not disappoint; she has delivered another spellbinding book that not only touched me but also resurrected my love for reading.
IT HASETH A COVER!
I MUST GO DIE IN A HOLE RIGHT NOW.
*dusts off pants* Ahem. Back to your fangirling.(less)
Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend by Louise Rozett is just as beautiful as the first book, if not more, and it did not fail to catch my breath. It's become one of my favorite young adult books, even.
The thing that managed to get me every single time is how well I could relate to Rose. I didn't understand how Louise could create such a compelling teenage character, but I got her like no other. Rose was confused and lost, like many teenagers are. I can say without a minute's hesitation that sometimes I hate looking at myself in the mirror, that sometimes I wish I could look like someone else, that sometimes I wish I was prettier and better for the sake of the person I'm talking to. Rose underwent those same exact feelings, which was what made her such a real character. She had insecurities, and she doubted herself, and she was utterly furious at her parents. What teen has never thought that before?
Furthermore, Rose discovered a passion for singing that ultimately helped her cope and grieve for the death of her father eighteen months ago. Not only do I love any character by default who shares a passion for singing, but it added so much to the story. It created a channel by which to drive her emotion through, and how much my thoughts pertaining to singing parallelled hers amazed me. Through her singing, she grew and evolved, from a freshman who was unsure of her life to a beautiful girl who grew to learn what she needed to heal and how to get it. I loved seeing this new side of Rose, where she wasn't as lost and confused anymore.
Rose was more different than me in ways that made me look up to her as a role model. She had this amazing heart that wanted to help everybody around her, even if she was afraid. I couldn't help but admire how she stood up for herself and those around her whom she cared for—while she was afraid of what everyone else thought at first, she broke through and was a hero by the end. She was inspiring just by the way that she looked at life. Even though she was insecure, she got over it, and she found something beautiful in herself along the way. I knew that I'd formed more than just a character-reader bond with Rose upon completion of Confessions of an Angry-Girl; I felt as if she was my close friend.
Jamie. Jamie. Jamie. Jamie. Jamie Forta. Can I discuss Jamie for another, like, three paragraphs? Holy balls I loved him so hard! If I didn't love Rose and Jamie as a couple more, I would throw myself into the book and take him. Actually, I would still jump into the book, and then promptly grab him, clone a perfect copy of him, and take the perfect copy back with me. (He would learn to love me, but totally not in that really creepy kidnapper way.) Jamie was protective of Rose, Regina, and Regina's brother in a manner that can be related to a mama bear (only infinitely times hotter). He was loyal, caring, and utterly romantic. If I wasn't repeatedly swooning over him, I was wishing he would come into the picture because I NEEDED TO SWOON OVER HIM OKAY.
However, Confessions of an Angry-Girlfriend wasn't just about the romance and Rose's magnificent character development. The romance was a subplot, the character development was a giant portion, but it was the plot that delivered and triggered my undying love. It was full of angst and drama, which I ate up. The plot was the medium to which the character arcs and the romance traveled on just like any mechanical wave. The plot gripped me, and I couldn't stop thinking constantly about how amazing the plot was laid out for us to enjoy.
I even had a book hangover right after finishing.
The poignant and realistic voice of Rose Zarelli will appeal to teens across the board, and they'll look up to her as an inspiration, thanks to her drive and kind heart. With an addictive plot, electrifying romance, and beautiful writing, Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend by Louise Rozett is perfect for any teen who's trying to find his or her way in life.(less)
Renegade by JA Souders, her debut novel, isn't just addicting; it's romantic and heart-pounding. As a fresh take on our classic dystopian, Renegade takes place underwater, and it's insanely creepy!
Evelyn Winters, who has been taught that her world is "just about perfect", is our protagonist, and from the synopsis, you can tell she learns that who she is, what she's known, is completely false and she kind of goes through a transition from a complacent model-daughter to a fierce, defiant fighter who's ready to turn her back on everything that she's learned before. Since she's always had a curiosity for the Surface before, getting the chance to become immersed in a new world is kind of something that Evelyn wants to take head-on.
What's interesting about Evelyn is that when she starts to break free from her metaphorical prison cell, she is kept under control via a drug that Mother feeds her. As a third party, we see what's happening to Evelyn, and we also see what this drug is doing to her. It sounds like it would become repetitive and highly boring after a while, but that is anything if not the completely opposite. The more times it happened, the more I wanted to see Evelyn heal and break free. JA made this whole ordeal seem enticing and very much addictive.
Another thing I loved about Renegade was the plot. It always kept you guessing, and it never let you have a break. It's like sprinting for ten miles without stopping. Of course, it's much more intense! (Reading Renegade: the new exercise craze! Only ten times more fun!) The pacing was done perfectly, and poor Evelyn and Gavin never got a break. Mother was constantly on the hunt for them (can you say TOTALLY EVIL for me?) and halfway through I was thinking, "Jeez, JA you're going to kill your characters before they go anywhere!" It's that intense. And Gavin, our love interest, was so sweet and amazing and hot that I wanted to steal him from Evelyn, but that would be mean and wrong. Especially since I love you Evie!
Creepy, romantic, and so heart-pounding all your neighbors will hear you, Renegade will sink its fingers deep into your soul and keep shaking you around.(less)
Breathe was...how do I give it justice? It was amazing. It was epic. It was one of my favorite books this year. After hearing some mixed things—it seems like everybody either loves this novel or hates it—I was a little reluctant to start it. But, soon, I fell in love with this book and I could NOT put it down. When I first found out I won this my immediate reaction was:
And then I was to Sarah Crossan:
Then I found out we lived in the same state. That's always awesome. And then I started reading the book. The idea of it is just amazing. I immediately fell in love with the idea of having a limited air supply. Because, it could happen one day to us. I loved how Sarah took something so possible in our future and crafted a gripping story from it. The story was so compelling and it just emphasized the idea of progress on the earth. Also, there was a background to back it up. Along with the idea, there was a strong foundation in which to support it.
I also loved her characters. They were relatable and unbelievably strong. I mean, if I were put into Bea's situation or Quinn's situation, my reaction would first be:
And then I would realize that I was taking up even more air than I was supposed to so then I would:
Her characters were fantastic. I loved how the point of views alternated from Bea, to Quinn, to Alina. Each character's voice was believable and so compelling. Alina was fiery and independent, Bea was strong and compassionate, and Quinn was...well, he was Quinn. But I still loved him. Each character had insecurities and flaws, but they wanted to make sure they fixed their mistakes and remedied them. Sarah's characters were each so original that I could easily distinguish the difference between the characters as they switched point of views. And as soon as I met Quinn, my first thought was:
Filled with lyrical writing and prose, Sarah brings you through the story flawlessly and effortlessly. I was glued to every page and soon, one page became ten, which became a hundred, which soon became the entire book. The plot moved quickly and there was action in every page. I ate up Breathe and at the end was left desperately wanting more. As soon as I flipped the last page and saw I was at the end, I got out of my bed and...
After calming down enough to form a coherent thought...
It was so emotional and touching! It did hit me right in the feels. I felt so sympathetic to every character! And the villain, who might I add, wasn't the "pure evil mwahahaha" villain, but he still managed to make me hate him, yet at the same time want to give him a huge bear hug.
So yeah. That was my reading experience of Breathe. Chronicled in gif-form.
Refreshing, original, and gripping, Breathe will leave you craving more and absolutely breathless. (Pun intended) It was most definitely worth the read.
Everbound, the sequel to Everneath by Brodi Ashton, just completely blew my mind. Utterly and completely. In fact, multiple times throughout reading it, I had to stop and just flail for a few seconds. Just flat-out flail.
Can we start with the brutality of the cliffhanger that was Everneath? Brodi took my heart, crushed it under her feet, and then walked away as if nothing had happened. And then, I was in the corner, crying my eyes out, silently begging for February to loom into existence. Why did I share that with you? Because, Everbound? So much worse. After reading that ending, I had sufficiently developed a severe love for every last one of the characters, even the evil ones, so imagine me when I read the ending. For spoiler purposes, I can't reveal what exactly happened, but I was crushed. Brodi knows how to sufficiently build someone up to the point where the characters are within your reach so you can hug them or jump them or anything, and then she goes, "No. I've decided you can't have them." Worst. Feeling. Ever. (In the best possible way)
Nikki Beckett, our protagonist, was a force to be reckoned with. She was determined, loyal, and compelling. The way she handled herself was just so admirable, and my heart filled for her. No matter what Nikki went through, no matter what life (or the Everneath) threw at her, she could handle it all. Nobody could stop her from getting what she wanted, and I went from a strange urge to give her a hug to a need to back up so I could let her do her thing.
In Everneath, there's a smattering of a love triangle, where Nikki is torn briefly between Jack and Cole, and I am totally and utterly Team Jack. For those of you who are Team Cole, you may want to rethink your positions on that matter. In Everbound, you learn the history behind Jack and Nikki's relationship, from their first kiss to their first heartbreak. Almost every single sentimental moment between Jack and Nikki was exploited and revealed, and it was everything you could do not to either burst into tears at how utterly sweet they were or smile like a total idiot.
Finally, we have to go over the plot and the Everneath, because Everbound deepens our knowledge of "down below." From the information provided to us in Everneath, we understand that the Everneath isn't all sprinkles and cupcakes; in fact, it's the exact opposite. I couldn't get enough of the Everneath! I loved the dark, mysterious aspect of it all, and the plot was equally intriguing, which made me feel this extreme desperation to keep turning the pages, to find out more, somehow. The Everneath purposely is out to confuse you and run you around in circles, and the creatures residing within the world aren't too helpful either. They either want to eat you, suck out your soul, or give you internal pain.
Gripping, heart-achingly beautiful, and haunting, Everbound will sweep you away, especially if you loved the first novel in the series. Any fan of dark, twisted mythology books will love this one to death! From a love that can transcend time to a plot and characters that can be sinister and chilling all at the same time, I cannot express how much you need to read Everbound.(less)
Revived just blew my entire world away. From the very first word, Cat Patrick had already drawn me in and got me excited for the book. With many paranormal/fantasy/dystopian books, I feel like I have to slowly get used to the book and the world that the author is attempting to create, but with Revived, Cat literally scoops me up in the first few words and sends me crashing down into the story. It's not where you would fall gracefully through the water to the bottom of a pool, it's like being pushed from a cliff into that pool and getting to the bottom—or heart of the story—of the pool in two seconds flat. That almost never happens to me in novels, and let me just say that I actually like being shoved into things: it leaves no time for resistance and hesitation as to whether I should keep reading the book or put it down. I'm just hooked.
One thing I love about Revived was Daisy. She has no fantasies about what she wants or what is her reality. She's a strong, dynamic character who will attempt to move mountains if it means keeping the people she loves safe and sound. Daisy really cares about the people she loves and she's extremely loyal and can keep her head on her shoulders. She doesn't let the fact that she's in an experiment get to her, and she tries to live life when she starts gaining friends in Omaha and she refuses to let the drug called Revive affect her life. Also, she knows how to make smart decisions. At first Daisy might be hesitant, but when she gets a bigger picture, she knows how to handle specific situations correctly.
The most riveting part about Revived was the plot. Revived as a whole was riveting and entertaining but its plot was what set it apart. There was a section in the beginning that was devoted to character development and story development, but it was fun to read. Cat wrote it so I ate up the story, even the beginning, and when you discover the main conflict of Revived you were already so invested in the book it could have been about choosing what kind of blouse to wear to school and I could have cared less.
Revived had a heart breaking ending and extremely emotional. Daisy had to sacrifice a lot for the experiment she was apart of, and she still didn't let it dictate her life. Also, she lost a lot of friends and people in Revived, and I was starting to tear up. After a beautiful romance between her and Matt, one I fell for so quickly and found was completely believable, she went through a period of great loss. She lost her best friend, Audrey, she then lost Matt, and I was begging for a happy ending between them. And I got it, and I couldn't have wished for a better ending.
If you have read Cat Patrick's Forgotten and enjoyed it, you'll probably end up loving this book as well. It's emotional, heart-breaking, and definitely one of my favorite books. Cat Patrick has a way with words in Revived and you will be so invested in the story of Daisy, her friends, and her struggle with the Revive drug that you can't help but fall in love with Cat Patrick's beautiful book. I'd recommend this to anybody who enjoys reading supernatural or paranormal romances. You will not be disappointed.
Okay, so I have a story to go with The Iron Legends. So after I bought it, I did some happy dancing, a little drooling, and a LOT of fangirling.
In cas...moreOkay, so I have a story to go with The Iron Legends. So after I bought it, I did some happy dancing, a little drooling, and a LOT of fangirling.
In case you didn't know, I absolutely VIOLATED my copy of The Iron Legends. See:
By the end of the day there were a lot more Post-It flags. A LOT. But anyways, when I was in the process of violating my copy of The Iron Legends (color coded with kissing scenes, pictures, pretty scenes, and new characters) my couch ate my Post-It flags! One minute it was on the seat of my couch and the next they just were gone! I had a freak-out, checked everywhere within a foot radius of my couch, and then gave up. Afterwards, my mom had a look and there they were: right under my couch. For the record, I totally checked there! I checked there three times. But then my mom found them and looked at me like I'd finally hit rock bottom. But I then got to finish violating my book. >:) I shall read those parts over and over and over again. Nice day right? At least I got my fill of Ash :D I really want an Ash to myself. But then that would get really stalker-ish.
But it was amazing! SO good. And there were four kissing scenes in The Iron Prophecy >:)
So...should I do an official review on my blog? Yes? No? Maybe? (less)
Four words: Buy. This. Book. Now. It's not even funny. This book was basically all about falling in love with that guy that's just meant for you and h...moreFour words: Buy. This. Book. Now. It's not even funny. This book was basically all about falling in love with that guy that's just meant for you and how even though it seems absolutely impossible at the moment, it's possible. This cover I think portrays everything the book is about: falling in love with the guy that isn't supposed to be yours.
Throughout this book, we learn all about Anna and how she's flawed but she still is a great person. We learn about St. Clair, the short, super handsome guy, and how he's like the model boyfriend. Throughout the book, I was mentally screaming at St. Clair for being the boyfriend to the freshman college student, Ellie, who was no doubt not as good as Anna.
This book really does capture the feeling of being in love. I was literally feeling all the emotions that the characters were feeling because of how great this book was written. It's not paranormal or anything else, so there isn't a bigger adventure. It just shows the timeline of a strong romance. I haven't read as many books as these, and I'm definitely going to start reading books that are contemporary romance because of this book.
I would usually just have read anything paranormal, dystopian, or fantasy, with romance on the side, but in this case, I am so happy that I did read it. Contemporary may be slow or lacks action, but when it has romance, when properly written, it can be something so great. And Ms. Perkins really did capture that in this book.(less)
This cover is to die for. I absolutely love it. And I think the title is appropriate, because most of the time Clara was talking about "hallowed groun...moreThis cover is to die for. I absolutely love it. And I think the title is appropriate, because most of the time Clara was talking about "hallowed ground" and how fallen angels, or Black Wings, can't enter the ground. And from Unearthly, you know that hallowed ground is really important in this book. The title is set in wonderfully beautiful word art, and I love it. I also like how the cover of Unearthly is completely in purple and Hallowed is completely in blue. I wonder what the next book will have...
The plot of this book was perfectly planned out, if I do say so myself. This book moved quickly just like the last one and Ms. Hand did not hesitate to throw us into the midst of drama, action, and definitely romance. Tucker and Clara's relationship is as healthy as ever, and Christian is still there. Clara, of course, is hugely conflicted with what her purpose is, and Clara's mom isn't helping her.
I can't even decide. I usually like the bad boy. But then again, the bad boy is the one the MC is usually dating, so I usually go for the current boyfriend. BUT, BUT, BUT, I usually like them before it all happens, because I feel that I know them better. In this case, though, both love interests were equally explained that I'm having a hard time deciding. I'm sort-of leaning towards Tucker, but I think Christian is better for Clara. What to do, what to do?
The action in this book also didn't lack. There were many twists and turns and sudden backpedals that I was glued to the book the entire time and the plot was unpredictable, which I liked. The writing was perfectly done in here, and I think this second book prepared us for the third book and I can't wait for it. So in short, this book was awesome and even better than the first book, with all the emotions possible in this book: sorrow, love, joy, anger, betrayal, etc. etc. Just go and buy the book! (less)
When looking for books, if I see anything that's set in the very present, I will literally turn away and start running for it. That's not the case for...moreWhen looking for books, if I see anything that's set in the very present, I will literally turn away and start running for it. That's not the case for this one because I knew how awesome the first three books of the Mortal Instruments were. (Notice how I didn't say the fourth book; I felt that one wasn't necessary to the series. She should have just stopped at a trilogy)
This cover is great, I think, because it resembled the Mortal Instruments' covers, connecting it to the series, and it was closely related to the first one, indicating it was a series. I think that the model on this cover is Jem, because he has that cane, and the one in the first book was Will, because of the black hair, and the Clockwork Princess will have Tessa as the model. Just a guess, but tell me what you think in the comments section.
First of all, the love triangle in this book is maybe one of the best I've ever seen. As much as I don't want to say that the Iron Fey, my favorite series so far, didn't have a strong love triangle like this one, I have to. Both boys were equally great and in the Iron Fey, it was made clear early on that Ash was the one for Meghan and that Puck would never satisfy her. But in Clockwork Prince, Tessa was having trouble because Will—my obvious favorite because he's the mysterious and handsome badboy who's really tortured and deep—was pushing her away one second, and wanting Tess the next. And Jem was always the stable friend to Tessa, until he revealed his true feelings for her, right about the same time that Will does the same.
I was really rooting for Will at the end, and this book was when Tessa chose who she would end up with, but I won't say who in fear of spoilers. The ending was definitely dramatic, with secrets unfolding and the drama making my blood race and my heart pound uncontrollably. (If you really have to know what the spoiler is now, then just email me or something and then I'll spill the beans, but I won't do it to the other people who don't want to know the ending.)
The action in this book was nonstop and there were artfully crafted twists and turns everywhere, keeping me on edge. I'm pretty sure I made so many mistakes on my Chinese final that week in my haste just so I could pull Clockwork Prince out and finish it. This book was really good and Cassandra Clare is definitely an awesome author. She's definitely gotten better since City of Bones.
Why are you still reading this? Go and get it if you haven't read it already! Now! (less)
**spoiler alert** First of all, let me just gush at how beautifully beautiful that cover is. Everything about it really does scream "unearthly" in my...more**spoiler alert** First of all, let me just gush at how beautifully beautiful that cover is. Everything about it really does scream "unearthly" in my opinion, and I am blown away by it. I love the purply hue in the cover, and the dress is really pretty, too. I think HarperTeen really outdid themselves with this cover.
Secondly, I need to gush about everything in this book I liked. I liked how I could relate to Clara in a way, playing the part as the smitten girl pining away for the popular boy. Of course, that popular boy never actually did fall for me, but I found it something I had in common with her. Clara's this beautiful girl that everyone usually should have crushes on, but something happened the day before school and she had to die it to a bright orange. She originally had strawberry blond hair, though, as Cynthia described in an earlier part of the book. This is called glory, when your hair shines like mad.
As Clara gets closer to Christian, she starts to have more and more visions of him and what her purpose will be, since she's an angel. But then, one of her best friend's twin brothers, Tucker, starts showing up wherever she is out of the blue, and Clara warms up to him, since he usually just teases and makes fun of her. (Everyone is on summer vacation, and Clara hangs out with Tucker for lack of anything else to do, which develops into something bigger.)
Then, as Clara's purpose draws near, Tucker and Clara start to do activities all the time together, and then one day, they kiss. But then, Clara's hair starts to glory, if that's a real word, and Tucker gets really freaked out and runs away from Clara. Tucker and Clara make up in the end, in a romantic gushy way, which I found coo-worthy. There was also a little rule breaking in there, but you'll have to find out what I mean. And then Christian comes back, and Clara's mom makes Clara break up with Tucker. And that's all I will say for now.
The rest is more about Clara's purpose and a twist that made me literally gasp. This book was so twisty-turny, but not enough that I was hopelessly confused. I think it was just right, with the right amount of twists to keep me engaged and interested. The only reason I didn't like this book is just a small pet peeve that I had, but nothing too serious, was that I got only slightly confused and felt that at a few parts with the angel behavior, it wasn't as clear as I would have liked it. It was only once or twice throughout the entire book, but I still really liked it. I totally recommend this for paranormal romance lovers and fantasy lovers and anyone who liked books about angels and Nephilim and such.(less)
How many ways can I express my love for The Lost Prince? Because I will do them all! Julie Kagawa has done it again—she has crafted a beautiful tale. I am on a book hangover because of The Lost Prince. Ever have that feeling that when you finish a book, you just want to keep reading and never have it end? That's exactly what I felt during The Lost Prince. The emotions that Julie brought me through, the thrill, the loss, were all worth it, and as a whole, The Lost Prince was without a doubt perfect. I felt like after I finished The Lost Prince, I was a girl who hadn't drank water in days and had just been thrown into a fresh-water spring. And you don't want to know my reaction when I found this was on NetGalley and I had been accepted for it.
The Lost Prince follows Ethan Chase's story, after he's grown up and is aware of just what he's been through. He hates the fey, he has a grudge against his sister Meghan who abandoned him to rule as the Iron Queen, and he really loathes Ash for taking Meghan from him and his family. Ethan is not the same helpless little boy we saw in the Iron Fey, and now, we get to see his story. What I loved the most about Ethan was how much he reflected Meghan's tendencies. Ethan was tenacious, stubborn, and loyal, which was one of my favorite parts about his character. He wasn't a picture-perfect character; he had insecurities but learned to deal with them through The Lost Prince. Ethan's voice was so compelling and powerful, and it just made me love this novel so much more. Of course, the fact that it's a Julie Kagawa book is enough, but the high expectations I had were just blown out of the water.
And to add, Ethan was awesome and totally kick-butt! I just loved his aloof, "don't talk to me" attitude that he gave Kenzie at first.
Once again, Julie Kagawa has amazed me with her ability to build such a complex world and physically share what she's envisioning as she's writing with us, the readers. The entire world of the Nevernever is so vivid and the imagery is so clear in our minds that you could love the books just for the world that Julie has created. Everything about The Lost Prince oozes detailed descriptions that dance off the page and into your brains. Julie's writing has matured so much throughout her writing career and it will only get better from here.
Besides, I may be a little biased since she's the person that got me started blogging. So, if you remotely like what I'm doing, GO BUY HER BOOKS AND THEN TACKLE HUG HER FOR HER EPICNESS.
I shall wait for you to finish. *taps foot*
As expected, The Lost Prince's plot was full of unexpected twists and turns, speeding ahead, backing up, and jerking around. The pacing was excellent and the plot swept you up into the story from the very first page. It was enrapturing and gripped you from page one. I couldn't stop reading no matter how much I had to practice my flute or singing. I couldn't get parts of the story out of my mind and certain portions stuck with me for so long. Once I finished The Lost Prince, I was a giddy mess and on a total book hangover. And, I shall use my favorite gif to express how I reacted.
Additionally, I loved the cameos that Ash, Meghan, Puck, and Grimalkin made. It completed the story, and it brought back some of that old snark that Puck brought, the fights between Ash and Puck, and the cherished characters of the first series. In case you haven't noticed, I am IN LOVE with Ash. I mean, seriously, I'd be fine with 10 whole books just on HIM. I don't care what he's doing, as long as I get to read about Ash and swoon. He is by far my favorite character in The Iron Fey and I lived to read these parts of the story. And I'm a little obsessed with Ash. Just a tiny bit.
Gripping, intriguing, and everything you expect from Julie Kagawa, The Lost Prince is a beautifully crafted story to kick off the spin-off Iron Fey series. Words cannot describe how much I loved The Lost Prince, and I can assure you if you are a fan of any previous Julie Kagawa novel, or Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely series, you will fawn over The Lost Prince.
Disclaimer: None of the above gifs are mine. Please tell me if they are yours and want the source cited/the gif removed.(less)
***This is a group review, from a Buddy Read on Goodreads found here. Credit will be given at end of paragraphs in bold, and any extra commentary I want to add will be in blue font.***
Cover This cover is so beautiful and so much more different than her Iron Fey series. It's not a colorful, bright cover, signifying adventure, romance, and happiness. It's a dark, gritty cover, signifying that it's going to be a dark, realistic book in a post-apocalyptic setting. The cover gives you a hint that the book won't be anything like her previous books. It's bracing you for one heck of a ride, full of adventure and vampires. —Eileen
The hardcover version of The Immortal Rules is absolutely gorgeous! The jacket is striking! It commands attention. I however fell in love with what was underneath. The red foiling in contrast to the black cover is simply divine. Simplicity at its best! I love the added touch of the pattern which was used consistently throughout. —Vanita
Plot Julie Kagawa did not rush over this beginning part of the story like some authors do. She took the time to build the world and let us get to know Allie and why she is the way she is. I knew Allie was going to eventually be a vampire (it says it on the back of the book), but I was surprised with how it happened. I really had no idea where the plot was going because just as I started to feel comfortable with what was going on, Allie had everything stripped away from her again. I was pleasantly surprised when the latter half of the book focused on Allie with Zeke and his group.
Zeke has such strong beliefs that there is a safe place for humans out there. His faith, although blind at times, is so strong and I wondered if Julie was trying to make a statement about people throughout history have survived on hope and faith. Without their undying faith of this safe haven there would be no plot really. As we follow them on the journey, we learn more about the rabids and how they came to be and we meet villains like Jackal who has so many layers it makes him seem so real.
It’s fast paced in that so many things happen in this book, yet it’s slow enough that we have time to feel for the characters and really enjoy the moments in between all the action. —Melissa @ Harley Bear Books
Romance Like her first novel in her first series, the Iron Fey, the Immortal Rules didn't have a lot of romance. Julie likes to focus in on the adventure, the gory details, and then along the way, she twists in a little bit of romance to satisfy all the romance addicts, including me, in the world. It's not one of those books where romance devours the whole thing but when it does happen, it's so sweet and Julie makes every second of the romance count. —Eileen
Characters Three Unregistereds stood trapped on the platform awaiting their doomed fate. It is here at this pubic execution that we first meet our protagonist, Allison Sekemoto, who has witnessed her fair share of horrors. This is just another to add to her list. Born in a world where vampires dominate, Allie has learned to harden up and place aside her emotions. Attachments cannot be afforded. People get taken. Death is common. The ultimate goal is to survive. People beg, steal and do anything for food, murder included. This is what the vampire reign has reduced the humans to. Allie’s mother died when she was young and the bloodsuckers were responsible. She absolutely despises them. So what would you choose when faced with becoming the very thing you hate or being dead for good? Julie Kagawa has created some wonderful characters with great depth. They each have their own inner struggles and demons to face. I love that we get to go on this emotional journey alongside them. It’s always a pleasure to see the growth that happens when they do.
I wish I could write about all the characters but I could be here for while. Instead let me introduce to you all to Allie, Kanin, Zeke, Jeb, Stick, Ruth and Jackal.
Allison Sekemoto (Allie) Allie is a tough little cookie. You kind of have to be when you live a life of unknown. When will my next meal be? Will I die by the hands of rabids or will the vampires get to me first? This is the reality of her life and she knows that. With her mother gone, she has had to rely on herself to survive. Even though she lives with her gang, the closest thing she’s got to a family, she still needs to put in her fair share of the weight. No such thing as a free meal. From this we can see that she’s reliable and capable. She’s seen a lot in her short lifetime. She knows the world can be cruel but she doesn’t take it lying down. She collected books even though it’s against the law. My rebel side smiled at that! She chose to live when faced with the tough choice of becoming the very thing she hates or death. That shows she’s a fighter. Her chosen path isn’t any easier. How many will die by my hands? What will become of my humanity? Am I capable of humanity? There’s a lot weighing on her and this is on top of her worries of survival. I have absolutely nothing but respect for Allie and her strength is to be admired but it’s the moments of compassion and tenderness that really made me love her — her willingness to help a lost boy, the comfort she provided to two scared children and the concern she displayed for a friend. I loved her as a human and I loved her even more as a vampire. In my eyes she can do no wrong. She is full of goodness. Her vampire instincts told her to save herself and run but she didn’t. She stayed and helped. How can you doubt her goodness after that!
Kanin Kanin is a vampire of a complex nature but that’s what is so compelling about his character. His view of his kind and of the world differentiates him from the other vampires. He isn’t under any illusion. He knows what he is and the capabilities of his kind yet he doesn’t let that define him. He’s the type of vampire who’ll leave a pair of sneakers in exchange for taking blood and that’s what is so endearing about him. He may see this as a debt to be paid but to me it shows something much, much more. He only drinks when necessary and even then he makes good choices with whom he drinks from. For him to feel and think that way speaks volume. Other vampires wouldn’t be so considerate. There is plenty of goodness in Kanin even though he may not see it. I hope we will get to see more of him!
Ezekiel Crosse (Zeke/Zee) Zeke is one amazing human being. He’s brave, kind, friendly and genuine. He would risk his life for others. A very rare find. You'd think he's lived a shielded life for someone who is so full of light and goodness but he's scathed just like the others. He has experience great loss and carries a heavy responsibility. Such a heavy responsibility can weigh anyone down but Zeke never complains. He and Allie are alike in so many ways, their inner strength being one of them, yet their differences balance each other out. He treats her like an equal. That in itself is a testimony of the kind of man he is. I absolutely love Zeke! He reminds me of my brother, who is always nice and the sweetest thing ever,
Jebbadiah Crosse (Jeb) Jeb is a hard man to figure out. As a Minister of a Church, one would think he would never leave anyone behind, but as a leader living in a vampire-reigned world , he doesn't have that luxury. There are tough decisions and he has to be the guy to make them. He lacks the openness that Zeke possesses which I won’t hold against him due to his beliefs and past experience. It was frustrating at times. I was screaming at him to trust Allie!!! God knows the girl has proved herself! He was tough on Zeke but his love for him and the others were evident and that good enough for me.
Stephen (Stick) Stick is such a weak character. He’s constantly scared, dislikes confrontation and very dependent. There isn’t a whole lot that we know about his background and how he became who he is but that’s still no excuse. His betrayal left me conflicted. I thought he was better than that! I sincerely hope he can redeem himself in the future. I’d hate to see all of Allie’s goodness get thrown back in her face.
Ruth As annoying as she was, it was refreshing to see her among the other characters. Her jealousy and pettiness kept reminding me that these people (Allie, Zeke and Darren) are just teenagers. It really hit home on just how much of their youth they were missing out on. I also couldn’t hold a grudge against her. She had every right to be suspicious of Allie. Hell, I would be too! She was only out to protect her family. That I can understand.
Jackal Jackal, our resident bad guy, was surprisingly easy to relate to. I mean, is it completely wrong to embrace who we are? Granted, I'm human and he's a vampire, so our answer won't be the same but I can understand where he's coming from. What I enjoyed about his character is the contrast he brings to Allie. Both were on the brink of death and survived, yet they couldn't be any more different. Why is it so easy for him to embrace his new way of living? He was a human once. Time? Is that all it takes? “Humans aren’t friends, sister. Humans are pets. Food. Minions. Not friends.” —Vanita
Writing Julia Kagawa has done it again! The writing in The Immortal Rules is much more vivid, mature and darker than the Iron Fey series but I absolutely loved it! I felt it added authenticity to the overall story. I feel like Julie has developed so much over the last few years after writing the Iron Fey series. The Iron Fey was enthralling, but so is The Immortal Rules! Julie has once again used her amazing writing skills to weave an intricate and dark world from vampires! Trust me, vampires are not overdone in The Immortal Rules! —Vanita
Setting “In a future world, vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity.”
The world is no longer as we know it. Gone are the days where vampires were imaginary creatures featured in novels. In this world they are real. And while they reign, everything us humans had once grown accustom to, were stripped away from us. Buildings were burned, leaving behind trails of rubble. Schools ceased to exist, robbing us of knowledge and power. If that weren’t enough, they use food, our lifeline, to tempt us into submission. Since the plague, the world has plunged into darkness. It’s every man for himself. Kill or be killed. So this is the world in which our heroine, Allie, finds herself in.
Her journey begins in New Covenington, a vampire city. In the heart of New Covenington lies the Inner City. The vamps live here, watching us from their towers in comfort. The humans live in the Fringe. All that separates us from them is a wall. And all that separates us from the world beyond New Covenington is another wall, aptly named the Outer Wall. The wall exists to protect us from the rabids but this protection comes at cost, our freedom.
As the story progresses, we get to explore the world outside of New Covenington, where the prospects of a better life is just as bleak. A chance encounter however provides a glimmer of hope for mankind. Eden. A huge city surrounded by an enormous lake, free of vampires and Rabids. Like I said before, Julie has a knack of creating such an enrapturing world full of mystery and it's so vivid, you feel like you're right next to Allie the entire time, just like in the Iron Fey. If it's one thing Julie is amazing at, it's developing her settings. —Vanita
I hope you enjoyed our group review! Sorry for it being so long, but Vanita had a lot to say! And a HUGE thank you to her for making such in-depth reviews! :)(less)
This got FIVE STARS, an easy decision for me. It was romantic, adventurous, and everything I expected from Julie Kagawa. I could go on and on about ho...moreThis got FIVE STARS, an easy decision for me. It was romantic, adventurous, and everything I expected from Julie Kagawa. I could go on and on about how great her descriptions were, how detailed it was, how I was pleased beyond pleased at finishing this book and having the ending that I truly wanted, and when I say that, I mean literally everything I truly wanted.
First, let's start with the cover. Ash and Puck. On the cover. Awesomeness just waiting to happen right there! personally, I didn't care for Puck that much, I was too busy drooling over Ash. I am and always will be a Team Ash-er, if Team Ash-ers exist, so nothing, even a very awesome Puck for the back cover, will sway me. The cover was covered in vines and the word art for The Iron Knight was cool, just like the previous ones. And there was the Iron Fey symbol on the front with a snowflake under it. Soulless. Banished. But Never Forgotten. is on the cover, and I seriously can't believe how she comes up with these awesome little... things on the front, like in the Iron King (Iron. Ice. A Love Doomed From the Start), the Iron Daughter (Love & Betrayal. A Faery World Gone Mad), and the Iron Queen (Summer Fades. Ice Melts. Here's What's Left.)
Okay, now with the content overall. There's a lot of things I would like to say about this, so I'm starting with the descriptions. I really felt like I was with them, watching them through the bushes, concealed. I felt like the settings were so vivid and so clear that I was dragged into the, experiencing the entire thing first-hand. I don't have anything else to say, other than the descriptions were so abundant and rich and full of life that I know more about the Nevernever than I ever had before.
Time for Ash. Yes! I've been dying to do this all day. I have a few words about him. Heroic. Noble. Absolutely Breathtaking. This book just pushed me that much further into the Team Ash zone. I loved how the cold Ash that we saw with Meghan was insecure, was hesitant, was tormented, like a normal person. It just made him seem that much more fit for the job description of mortal. When I first heard about this book, I was worried that I might confuse him for Meghan sometimes, since it was both set in first-person and was written by the same author, and not every author is talented enough to make the entire tone of their style different. I was wrong. Dead wrong. I had NO RIGHT to worry. I knew it was Ash the entire time, not once confused him for Meghan.
His love for Meghan that drives him to finish this quest, no matter how many speed-bumps, challenges, and insecurities Julie attempts to throw in his path. Sometimes, I felt Ash was just acting on his vow to Meghan, and if he never made it, I wonder if Ash would've backed out a long time ago. But he still loves Meghan with all his heart, and it melted my heart. Ash seemed ruthless and cold sometimes in the other books, and that was only because he was wounded. We learned that being ordered by is True Name nearly tore him apart, that he fell for Meghan even after he promised he wouldn't, that Ash was best friends with Puck and that he regrets making the vow. I learned so much about Ash that I feel like I know him. All of his insecurities really shine through, and that Unseelie prince we've grown to love is just like another teen boy.
Ash also feels that he won't be able to protect Meghan fully, that being human is clumsy and awkward, but then Puck helps him realize that if Ash truly wants to be with Meghan, it won't matter, and that Meghan was a human once, and she was strong. Meg went into the Iron Realm to save Ethan even though she barely knew glamour. When her magic was sealed away in the Winter Court, she still managed to complete her quest. And then, when Ash was ripped away from her, when she was about to die, she was calm, and accepted her destiny.
To sum it up, this was such a good book, where we actually get to see Ash's true colors, his insecure ones, and how much he really loves Meghan and that he's willing to go to the End of the World (quite literally) for her. I recommend this one-hundred percent, and you will not be disappointed, especially if you're into paranormal romance, which is my kind of genre. And if you're not, still give this series a try, you won't be disappointed. (less)
This got five stars, no doubt about it! It was full of action, and I was hooked as soon as I saw the cover. The cover is once again beautifully done,...moreThis got five stars, no doubt about it! It was full of action, and I was hooked as soon as I saw the cover. The cover is once again beautifully done, and I absolutely love it! HarlequinTEEN (as I've mentioned before) has a serious flare for awesome and pretty covers! Julie's writing is better than ever in this book, and she did not disappoint.
The romance between Meghan and Ash is stronger than ever, and I felt Meghan's emotions with her. When she was sad, I literally felt sad, as well. When she was happy, I felt happy. That is how strong Julie's writing is. I cried at the end of this book. (I will not delve any further, in case some of you have not read it, which is a big mistake!) It was just so devastating and afterwards I went crazy for the Iron Knight, since I had to wait several months for it to come out. But it's out, and I've read it, and my crazy book-stalker side of me has subdued for now.
The details are stronger than before, especially when Meghan and Ash and Puck (***SPOILER ALERT, sort of***) journey back into the Iron Kingdom to save all of mankind, I mean, feykind. (***SPOILER END***) Ash opens up in this book and you can truly tell he is in love with Meghan. And in the end, I wanted to hunt Julie down and scream at her for ending the book the way she did. The Iron Knight only made me crazier, because I was praying for the happy ending I wanted. If it was happy, that's for you to find out! ;)
So, in short, this book gets five out of five for it's action, romance, and just awesome writing! (less)
Once again, I am captivated by this awesome cover, and Julie's writing. This definitely gets a five, especially the creativity of the entire piece. In...moreOnce again, I am captivated by this awesome cover, and Julie's writing. This definitely gets a five, especially the creativity of the entire piece. In this book, Meghan is in the Unseelie castle and is trying to convince Mab that the Iron fey exist. When they come and steal the Scepter of the Seasons, Meghan is encased in ice for accusing that. Ash breaks her out and they go on a fantastical journey to find the Scepter. The rest is just so dramatic and breathtaking that I literally felt the panic, longing, and desire that each character was going through. I could feel their emotions, as if I were fey, and I'm waaayyy too nice—almost like a doormat—to be savage like them. I love how Julie was able to make me feel that.
Ash and Meghan are in a battle of their own. Meghan is in love with Ash, and Ash probably is, too, but he's not willing to admit it. Meghan doesn't give up on him, and eventually, Ash starts to accept it. The ending to it was just so romantic and wonderful that I re-read it thousands of times just to let it sink in and stay there. Afterwards, of course, I just kept smiling like a madman and laughing, because that's the effect this series has on me.
In the first book, you don't really see many descriptions that are fancy and elaborate, but the world that she creates from just a few mere sentences is awesome, too. In this book, she had more elaborate descriptions and everything was a lot better. We got to know the Nevernever a little better, and that was awesome. And of course, the action never lacked.
My favorite scene (****SPOILER ALERT*****) would have to be when Meghan goes to rescue the Scepter and sees that Ash is the one guarding it. When they escape, Meghan looks at the window and sees Ash there, with a tear on his cheek. (*****SPOILER DONE****) That scene was really romantic and I fell in love with it. I loved every other scene, too, but this one stood out the most as I read it. Besides the ending, obviously. I think anyone who has read this can say that the ending to this book was absolutely wonderfully written. I almost cried the first time I read it when I found out Meghan and Ash got the ending that they did in the Iron Daughter. (Sad tears or happy tears, you will have to find out.)
So this gets a five out of five, just to stop my ranting. But it truly is a really great book, so please, please, PLEASE read it! I would buy it FOR you just to get you to read it, but that would be a really big waste of money. But seriously. READ IT!! And the other books, because even if you have to buy the entire series instead of borrowing them, it's totally worth it. And if you're really against buying books, try an inter-library loan. (Don't know what that is? Ask your local library and they'll give you an explanation. Almost every library has this system, and if they don't, get a membership at another library! Your library can help you do that, too.) I don't care how you get it, just please do!! (less)
Wow. It's my fifth time reading it now, and I'm just as blown away as I was the first! Julie Kagawa's world, this intricate and elaborate fey world sh...moreWow. It's my fifth time reading it now, and I'm just as blown away as I was the first! Julie Kagawa's world, this intricate and elaborate fey world she's created, is just absolutely amazing! I could re-read the passages on the Nevernever all day!
The cover is just beautiful. I love the vines, and the font, and the model is exactly what I envisioned Meghan to be. This idea... is awesome! I love how there's the Iron Fey. I could have never thought of it! The way Julie weaves a simple idea into something amazing and expands on the idea to the point where I am so invested to the story that 10 pages turned into the entire book in literally two hours flat! I love Julie's writing and everything about it.
The action in here was so awesome, and none of it was too slow for me! I thought every part was fast and filled with action! I can't find anything wrong with this book, because the world is just so vivid, the characters developed very well, and the concept is just so ingenious I can't even BEGIN to describe it! I recommend you go and read this book now if you haven't already, because it truly did deserve a five out of five!(less)