Buying the combined edition of the first two books couldn't have worked out better for me. Not only was it a cheap deal via The Book Depository, it wa...moreBuying the combined edition of the first two books couldn't have worked out better for me. Not only was it a cheap deal via The Book Depository, it was also a pretty kick-a book with enjoyable characters and an awesome world of supernatural beings.
"Our heats want the good to win. We're still afraid, we still make mistakes, but if we listen to what our hearts want, we will find the right way"
The story. The book kicks off with Kylee's dad moving out of their house. We learn that she's a daddy's girl and has recently lost her beloved grandmother. Her mom is described as an ice queen with the personality of a stick. She sends Kylee off to a camp that supposedly deals with troubled teens after her daughter gets caught in a raid at a party where there are drugs and alcohol in possession of teenagers. When she reaches the camp, she realizes it's full of freaks who claim to have supernatural blood in them. Kylee has a tough time navigating between this new world, her family drama, two hot guys and an ex-boyfriend, and searching for herself. Oh, and enter criminal activity among these weird creatures. Sounds like summer is about to be great for our heroine.
My thoughts. I had no idea this'd be so much fun. I have enjoyed very few werewolf books. This one wasn't only wolves though--we have vampires, faeries, wtches and even ghostwhisperers. Everyone kept talking about this awesome cast of characters, fun plot and two very, very great love interest (#teamLucas). Now I know what they were talking about! I enjoyed Kylee's relationship with camp's head Holiday and her roommates Della and Miranda. Kylee's sarcasm and snarky attitude were hilarious and she does everything with her heart in the right place. I liked how she didn't back down from a challenge and took selfless actions in order to provide the safety of her friends. We also get to some development of the side characters which was nice. My favorite relationship was Burnett and Holiday. I have a feeling we'll see more of them in the future. Their chemistry was sizzling and fun!
I liked most of what was going on in this book, but what I didn't enjoy was Kylee's constant 'omg, he's so hot and i want to kiss him' thoughts regarding Derek and Lucas. Also, I bet it's hard to accept one's supernatural roots, but she was more excited about having a tumour than being supernatural. Are you for real? I'd pick being supernatural any day of the week instead of a tumor. If one were to have a tumour, one's brain wouldn't have the pattern of a natural human being. She was unique and none of the other supernaturals couldn't read her pattern nor her mind and that caused a lot of fuss over her inheritance which I think will be revealed as the series progresses as we don't get a clear answer about her supernatural being.
I'm glad I gave this series a try since it turned out to be fun, exciting, surprising and original. I had no idea what I was missing out on. Kylee as a heroine is somewhat frustrating at times with her head between the three guys who want her bad, but you know what? It was still a hilarious adventure and overall Kylee is a strong, selfless main character and I wouldn't mind reading the rest of the series asap. Luckily, thanks to that combined edition, I already own book #2 and now I'm just going to have to wait to pick it out of those paper slips I did to pick my next read randomly. Oh, and it's likely one of those books that is better when you re-read it. I hope you guys liked it or give it a chance when you're in need of a fun, sassy paranormal read.
This is quite honestly a significate series of the wicked fey, teenagers, starcrossed lovers, friendship, e...moreMore of my reviews can be found on my blog.
This is quite honestly a significate series of the wicked fey, teenagers, starcrossed lovers, friendship, emotions, action, magic and adventures. I admit, I was sceptical when I read The Iron King and I gave it only two stars (although, looking back at it, I feel like I was overly critical), but I still gave the sequel a try. I'm really happy I did, because these books just got better and better as the series progressed and this novella gave me hope that Kagawa has not gotten tired of the fey and does them justice in the spin-off series featuring Meghan's brother Ethan as the protagonist.
“Well,” Puck said cheerfully, forcing a rather pained smile, “it’s just like old times, isn’t it? You, me, ice-boy, the future of the Nevernever hanging in the balance…we just have to wait for Furball to show up and then it’ll be perfect.”
“He is already here, Goodfellow,” came a familiar voice behind us, sounding bored and offended all at once. “Where he has been for much of the conversation, waiting for you to see past the end of your nose.”
“Yep.” Puck sighed as we all turned to face Grimalkin. “Just like old times.”
I have grown to love Meghan like she was one of my girlfriends. I adore that Meghan has gotten snarkier and more sarcastic. She's grown so much and I can't express my grattitude to Kagawa for writing her as an envolving teenage girl. I hated her at first, but now she's one of my favorite heroines. If you've read the whole series, you know what I'm talking about. Her actions regarding the Iron Kingdom, the fey, human society, her beloved ones and everyone around her are truly impressive and honourable. Meghan is not that little insecure, scared and confused teenager she was when we first met her. She is the ruler of a powerful kingdom, a beautiful, wise woman and a strong person.
It's funny how in the beginning Ash couldn't express himself or, at times, didn't want to. He wasn't raised to be expressive in the Winter Court. Now, a little wiser and a little older, he shows his vulnerable side to Meghan every day, loves her with all his heart and he & Puck get along great. I love that combo between these once-friends-then-sworn-enemies-now-friends-again fey, btw! Grimalkin, Meghan, Ash and Puck have all sneaked their way into my heart and whenever I read about them in the previous books, novellas or in some of the upcoming fey books, I will devour these stories with the biggest delight in my heart and the biggest smile on my face.
“Whatever you discover, you’re not alone. You have me, and Puck, and a whole kingdom, ready to stand beside you at a word. There is nothing the oracle can reveal that will make us abandon you.”
I may as well mention that these books have given me endless butterflies by Ash and unbelievably many LOL moments by Puck and Grimalkin. The three of them in addition to Meghan couldn't be any different as individuals, but together they make an extremely powerful team which could take on anyone who wants to pick a fight with them. This book in particular was entertaining and even though it was a novella, it felt like a real book filled with all kind of greatness one could possibly imagine. I tried to do a mini-review, but since I couldn't stop writing, as you can see, it became a full review. If you're a fan of the series, pick this up and read it before starting The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten, because what happens in this one, sets up the motion and tone for the spin-off series which I'll be happy to devour once I've received my paperback:)(less)
Before I start with this review, my apologies in advance for most likely the longest review I've ever written. The bo...moreActual rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Before I start with this review, my apologies in advance for most likely the longest review I've ever written. The book is the size of a beast and I have so many feeeeeellllzzz that I just need to get them out there.
When I finished the first four books in The Mortal Instruments series, I wanted to read something else by Cassie and since the first two in The Infernal Devices were out, I gave them a try. I didn’t immediately love the characters since let’s face it, I had become to love the ones in TMI and I read TID right after. However, now that I think about it, I was way too harsh with my Clockwork Angel review and when I really think about it, TID series is maybe even better in my eyes.
“A very magnanimous statement, Gideon,” said Magnus. “I’m Gabriel.” Magnus waved a hand. “All Lightwoods look the same to me.”
We pick up shortly after where Clockwork Prince ended. Everything is such a mess. Tessa getting ready for her wedding, one of the guys being upset about it and trying not to show it to the rest of the world. Oh boy, did that pain kill me in every single scene. The Magister is gathering his forces to attack and Charlotte’s position as the head of London’s institute is in jeopardy thanks to the very ambitious, jealous and conniving consul Wayland. I felt so darn bad for Charlotte – she has worked her butt off to protect the Shadowhunters and her loved ones and everything might be ripped away by that awful consul who’s threatened by a woman. What a jackass.
Cassie takes no time to jump into action as the Lightwoods have a problem they need help to solve. Here are a few questions that came to mind while I was reading Clockwork Princess: why haven’t I noticed how amazing Gabriel Lightwood is? Why wasn’t I initially excited about the fact that Cecily came to the institute? Why did Cassie make me feel ALL of that with this plot of surprising revelations and complex relationships? It was a brutal ugly crying in some of the scenes, but sadness wasn’t the only emotion brought out in me as Will and Magnus made me laugh out loud on several occasions and excitement ran in my blood with every page turn. The quote above portrays perfectly why these two make such great friends.
The characters in this story are multi-dimensional and very enjoyable. I came to love every single one of them in my own way. I was surprised how much questions were answered, however, I agree with some of the readers that a few of them were a little too vague. Did I mention that I became to love Cecily and Gabriel? Ohhhhh, man! LOVE THESE TWO SO HARD. It was pretty incredulous though how everyone found their soul-mates. Among the people in Institute, nevertheless. Awkward, but understandable. Also, I’m not complaining since most of these were my OTP-s.
This review is already too darn long, but the ending deserves a paragraph on its own, so bare with me, alright? I have mixed feelings about this one. I loved it and at the same time I hated it. I’m more than sure that most of the fandom is satisfied with this solution and in some ways, I am too. However, I feel like it was too easy. Maybe City of Heavenly Fire will explain to us how the impossible turned out to be possible, but it feels a little icky for me. I loved both of the guys and let’s face it, when every single person in a love triangle loves the other two more than life itself, it’s bound to be tough. The epilogue… It didn’t leave a good taste in my mouth if you know what I mean. I am happy, I’m truly happy, but do I understand? No, I don’t. Not on all levels. I understand why Cassie wrote it that way though, but I still dont give thumbs up to this solution.
To sum up one of the longest reviews I have ever written, this book is a beast in the best way possible. It comes at you with all these emotions and makes you feel ALL the feels there is to feel. I loved almost every single part of it and I truly recommend you to read these books. All I need now is to get the first two in hardcovers so I can put myself through heart ache again and again. I’m a masochist like that, lol. In all honesty, I adored this book and it was a great way to end a series. *fingers crossed it won’t be continued (and ruined)*
The fourth book of “The Iron Fey“ series is from Ash’s point of view. It was interesting to hear his side of...moreThis review can also be found on my blog.
The fourth book of “The Iron Fey“ series is from Ash’s point of view. It was interesting to hear his side of the story, although, it’s not a parallel story to the previous books, it’s a sequel, but at times he thinks about the past events and we get some glimpses on his toughts during those moments.
At the beginning, I wasn't the biggest fan of Meghan, but she grew on me. I liked Ash, Puck and Grimalkin from the very start though, therefore, it’s an extremely awesome, sad, gruelling, dangerous and hilarious journey to follow these three on. Ash needs to earn a soul for himself if he wants to have a life with the love of his life, Meghan, because he cannot enter nor survive in the Iron Kingdom. Puck and Grim join him on this adventure and together they're about to discover the land of faeries like they’ve never done before. They also receive an ally they all considered dead. Well, except the caith sith. He knows everything in this world. The thing is, he only says something when necessary and in this case it was important not to mention anything before it was supposed to happen.
This whole situation made me really mad. Especially when Ash was on this journey to earn a soul for Meghan and something like this happens.. I didn’t like it. I liked that he got over this issue in the end, but I was not happy how it all started.
Anyway, Puck’s hilarious as usual. Grim brings his A game, too. Ash – at times a hero, at times a total wreck – is cool to. It’s fun and different seeing things from his point of view. I can only wish tha Kagawa will someday write another story from Puck’s POV and we get to hang out with this awesome fellow even longer. It’s unfortunate that this series has come to an end. I really, really loved the main characters and thought that the more this series progressed, the better it got. Luckily, Kagawa will release a spin-off series of Meghan's brother Ethan pretty soon and we’ll get to enjoy the faery world she’s created a little bit longer.
I did not fancy the first book so much due to all the descriptions, because in my opinion, it was just too much, but it’s okay, otherwise I wouldn't know anything about this crazy, crazy world Puck, Ash and Grim live in! I liked them all and found this series a hell of a lot fun. I definitely recommend “The Iron Fey“ books and advise you to read them. You will not regret it!
"I'm going to kill you one day," I told him as we hurried after Grimalkin, back into the swampy marshland. It was not an idle threat. Puck just laughed. "Yeah. You and everyone else, prince. Join the club."
“Be careful, boy. In some tales, the hero gets eaten by the monster after all.”
“Quick question.” Puck’s voice broke the silence. “Did anyone think to bring a can of Off?”
"My rabbit! Grimalking, you sneaky, gray...pig! I hope you enjoy that, 'cause the next thing over the fire might be you!"
"Nice of you to come after us, ice-boy," he drawled. "If I didn't know better by now, I'd almost think you cared."(less)
This installment, in my opinion, was the best of the series and I wished it would have lasted even longer. It...moreThis review can also be found on my blog.
This installment, in my opinion, was the best of the series and I wished it would have lasted even longer. It was such an emotional rollercoaster: laughter alternated with melanholy , then came laughter again, then melanholy etc. It was an enjoyable read and I thought that Meghan’s growth from a confused child to a young, mature and a stong woman was tremendous and admirable.
As always, I loved Ash’s protectivness, Puck’s up-beat personality and sarcastic jokes, Grimalkin’s wisdom and mysterious behavior. It was a well written piece of work and the characters were at their highest peaks when it comes to growth, jokes, action etc. They were great! The story was awesome and I absolutely loved it. I didn’t thought I’d like a book from this series as much as i liked this one, I really didn’t. It was very unexpected and also a pleasant suprise.
I thought the battle was well-described and action-packed. I loved the ending and I loved that Kagawa had the courage to do such a thing. It was beautiful and unexpected. Moreover, it was extremely sad. Until the last few paragraphs, that was. Loved the very last line, by the way! And what I also liked was the bromance between Puck and Ash – even though they do not admit to being friends, it’s easy to see that neither of them wants to hurt one another, despite stating otherwise, and they’d do anything to protect Meghan and keep her safe.
Yep, this was by far the best book of this series. And again, I just have to mention that I’m in love with the coverart – it’s absolutely beautiful.
“You mortals do not know what you have until it is gone.“
“Hey, princess“ “Hey,“ I wispered, as he slipped his arms around my waist from behind, drawing me close.
I knew better. Fairy godmother’s didn’t exist, and even if they did, they wouldn’t wave a magic wand and make everything better. Besides, I had something better than a fairy godmother; I had my faery knight, my faery trickster, and my faery cat, and that was enough.
“Be quiet, Goodfellow,“ Ash growled, peering into the shadows with narrowed eyes. „“We’re not alone.“ “Yeah? How do you figure that, prince? I don’t see anyone.“ “The cait sith has disappeared.“ “...crap.“(less)
Meghan’s story is far from over and adventuers with Ash and Puck are waiting for her. I liked the beginning of the sequel, because I didn’t know anyth...moreMeghan’s story is far from over and adventuers with Ash and Puck are waiting for her. I liked the beginning of the sequel, because I didn’t know anything about Winter Court, since only Summer Court and it’s faeries were introduced to readers, so it was a fun alternation. As you can guess, the faeries of the Summer Court are fun, playful, happy and beam with brightness and warmth. The faeries living in the Winter Court, on the other hand, are a total opposite of them: coldness, hardness, beating each other in everything, betrayal – these are the words to discribe them.
While Meghan’s life is turning from bad to worse with every second while trying to save the world of faeries and one cannot compare the life of this girl and her problems to an ordinary highschool girl, it’s good to know that as an alternative to this messed up situation Meghan can enjoy her life as a normal teenager. If only for a little while. The dance scene was pretty awesome.
Grimalkin is a funny little thing. As much as he tries to seem indifferent, it’s just a poker face he puts on, because anyone who’s read the series sees that Grim cares about this young heroine of ours and how her journey will end. He and Puck make this book worth reading for, because they’re not some kind of bad ass guys who make the hearts of the readers melt by showing humanity and their soft sides. They’re fighting on the good side and it’s funny to read how they’re trying to make it seem like they don’t stand each other’s company and are only helping each other due to this whole situation, but deep inside none of the four (Meghan, Puck, Ash and Grimalkin) would not like to walk down this road with someone else on their side.
Lanensidhe (or whatever the name of this muse was) bothered me so much I wanted to literally shut this book. „Yes darling; of course, pet; blah blah blah....“ It was getting tiresome to read about someone who I couldn’t stand at all if she was a real person, who’s so freaking fake and out for her own benefit only that it’s quite sickening to be honest. At least she helped Meghan and her friends a little bit.
I liked the sequel a lot more than the first book, because there weren’t so many new terms and descriptions so it was an easier and a lot faster read. And I just have to mention that I LOVE the coverarts of this series. Extremely beautiful!
If this faery bitch wanted a fight, bring it on.
„Oh, look who’s talking. If you’re not an expert at screwing people over, I’ll eat my head“
This was as bad as refeering the frequent threat-fests between Puck and Ash. “Enough with the posturing and testosterone.“
“Hey, Rusty, why don’t you walk ahead of us, huh? I want your big ugly ass where I can see it.“
“How is Oberon these days? Still being henpecked by that basilisk of a wife?“
“Let’s get this party started.“
I laid my head on his chest and closed my eyes, content to touch him, to listen to his heartbeat. He sighed and rested his chin atop my head, and for a moment, neither of us spoke; we just swayed to the music. (less)
During the last decade supernatural characters and fanciful stories have become extremely popular in young adult fiction. Julie Kagawa’s series is nam...moreDuring the last decade supernatural characters and fanciful stories have become extremely popular in young adult fiction. Julie Kagawa’s series is named “The Iron Fey“. I have never read a book about faries so far. The author doesn’t just describe the incredible world of faries, but entwines it with modern society and its obsession of technology. It’s a little bit critical of our society – as Kagawa writes, it’s true, that humanity is being replaced by practical thinking and fantasy is fading. Technology is taking over.
About the book:
What bothers me, and it’s about almost every young adult fiction book, is that the main character is almost always cute, young girl who is discovering the world and and proves the bullies and villains that she is capable of great actions. But why cannot the main character be a spoiled egocentric rich brat? It’d be much more interesting to read about their growth to become a more human and good-hearted person. Maybe it’s just my opinion, but there are too many stereotypical characters and I’d just like to read something different.
Actually, there is a character in this series, who is cold, distant and, to put it lightly, angry and who grows a lot troughout the series.
I liked the ideas in this book, but I got tired while reading the description of the Nevernever. It was just too much and I could not concentrate enough on those minor details. The story itself was good, although, the beginning of it was a little slow.
Meghan seemed quite weak at first, but I guess everyone has a catalyst that pushes us to move quicker and think bigger. Meghan did everything to save her brother and she changed my opinion of her at the end.
Robbie is a character who thinks positively and makes jokes even about himself. Grimalkin and Robbie made me laugh the most. Somehow Puck reminds me of Simon from TMI.
In conclusion, it’s a great series and although the first book was not that absorbing, it guided the reades to this amazing world of fairies,therefore, there was a lot more descriptions instead of action, but I feel like it was a necessity. That's why the rating's like this. The next three were a lot better.
“All right.“ I took a deep breath as my stomach twisted wildly. “Fred Flinstone.“ – made me laugh out loud for minutes, was very unexpected
Puck stepped forward. “Ladies and felines,“ he stated grandly, gasping the doorknob,“welcome to Tir Na Nog. Land of endless winter and shitloads of snow.“ ... “Charming,“ Puck commented, gazing around in distaste. “I love the barren, dead feel they’re going for. Who’s the gardener, I wonder? I’d love to get some tips.“
“Oh, we’re playing nice now? Shall we have tea first? Brew up a nice pot of kiss-my-ass?“
“Take another step and it will be your last.“ (less)