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Ironheart

(Valentine #2)

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4.13  ·  Rating details ·  243 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Pearl Linford is stuck. Her best friend won't talk to her. She’s promised never to lie to her siblings again, so she's not exactly talking to them. And she’s waiting for the right moment to forgive Finn Blacklin, but she doesn’t know when that is.

In Ironheart, the follow-up novel to Valentine, Pearl and Finn face a new threat. The Unseelie fairies have infiltrated their to
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Paperback, 400 pages
Published January 29th 2018 by Penguin Teen Australia
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Grace
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
NOTE: I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review by Penguin Teen Australia. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own. Review on my channel to come.

MY FIRST FIVE-STAR READ OF 2018!

My goodness - Ironheart was a good one! After a year of anticipating it, I was overjoyed to read it. But now the problem is that the cliffhanger is hurting me so much!

I loved this book because:
- It shows another side to the characters that we grew to love in the first book for better or worse and it prod
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Elvia Arthur
Another addictive addition to this story! Though, the reason it’s not 5 stars is because of how irritatingly dramatic Pearl and Phil are in the first maybe 60 pages, like, infuriatingly annoying. But, perhaps I’ve forgotten what it was like to be 17 😂😂

Can’t wait to read what happen next!!!
Julia ☀️
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The ending was so rude. But still such a good book. Twists – some were predictable, but the others that weren't, WOW AND OUCH.
Ash | Wild Heart Reads
Ironheart brings us back into the the world of Pearl as she has to deal with being isolated from her classmates, ‘Pearl is a murderer’ conspiracy theories and rebuilding a relationship with Finn. Oh and a cousin who isn’t actually her cousin, murderous birds and just a few immortal warriors coming to eat her heart. No biggie.

Both the Seelie and the Unseelie are still after Finn, ready to do what ever it takes to get their hands on him. Their spies are everywhere and there is only so much iron in
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Maria Lewis
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As good as Valentine, which is saying a lot cos that book is EXCELLENT. Ironheart does what all great sequels should do: raise the stakes and expand the world, while staying true to the tone and themes of the original. Everything moves forward and develops, from the fairy lore and creatures, to the characters and interpersonal relationships (particularly the one between Pearl and Finn, which is SO HOT™️). Perfect book is perfect.
Chloe Hughes
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This supernatural paranormal thriller of seelies, changleings, unseelies makes quite a change from all the stories about vampires and werewolves that have been told hundreds of different times and ways that I want read more of faes.
The setting of Valentine/Ironheart in the Australian bush and coastal town makes also makes a refreshing change from any town USA.
Jos M
Enjoyable YA Australian series, as our intrepid heroine goes to WAR against nasty fae. I liked this generally, it was pleasant, fast reading. Pearl is a fun protagonist, a thirsty, confident smartarse, and I thought that was really enjoyable. As well I liked the romance between her and Finn, I liked the group of friends, and the fallout of the traumatic events of the end of Valentine. A subplot about revenge porn was well handled.

I have some concerns about how white this is, specifically in an A
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Cal (Cal's Reading Corner)
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Read more bookish goodness on my book blog: Cal's Constant Raving Reviews

MY EXPERIENCE WITH THE BOOK:
I absolutely adored the first instalment to this series, so you bet your booty I was pumped for the sequel. It felt like it took me a while to finish, but I must say... the past 100 pages flew by in seconds! I love love love everything in these books. I will support McAlister always, as long as she keeps pumping out awesome YA romance and fantasy SET IN AUSTRALIA! (😍😍😍)

CHARACTERS/DYNAMICS:
Pearl:
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Elizabeth Fitzgerald
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
As awards season comes up, I've been talking about Valentine a lot. So, I was delighted to get my hands on Ironheart and even more thrilled to find it lives up to the standard set by its predecessor.

From the very first scene, it deals with the consequences of the previous book. Pearl has experienced some trauma and has understandably developed a phobia of bodies of water as a result. Which makes her job as a lifeguard at the local pool untenable. She also has some difficulty coming to terms with
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Alison
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ozya
SO. GOOD. !!!!!!!
Katharine (Ventureadlaxre)
Jesus that last line though.
Kayla
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I didn't enjoy this as much as the first one but was still really good!
Fatima
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, and I’m so very close to giving it five stars that I might actually just do it.

Why do I love this book? Good question.

I would do dot points but honestly I don’t even know what dot points I’d write. It was more like a vibe. I can’t even explain it. I just enjoyed this book a HELL of a lot. It was so fun and funny and wild and entertaining and Finn was just gorgeous and there was so much happening and the run-on sentences and the erratic thoughts and just everything made me feel
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Nicole
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5⭐️’s. Ironheart was definitely a big step up from Valentine, with the story finally starting to go somewhere. But I still can’t deal with the absolutely dreadful dialogue, the whole paragraph sentences and how whiny and annoying Pearl is(though she was a touch more tolerable this time around)

I also can’t deal with the embarrassing names. PEARL, PARADISE, effing OYSTER?!?!?

Really, truly hoping Misrule can salvage this series.
Emily
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Oh damn!! So many things happened and I need to find out what happens next. I was a tad hesitate about starting 'Ironheart', worried that I wouldn't like it. Last week I finally started it as I wanted to read it for this year's Adelaide Supanova. I am now so excited to read the final book in the series!
Beth Roberts
So. . .meh.

Actual rating: 2.5 stars

This isn't a bad story, if you are a younger reader and your only real concern is the ongoing relationship of Finn and Pearl.

Will she get him out of the Seelie Summer lands so they can use all the contraceptives her sister bought her?

Yep - that is the burning question left for us in the wake of Pearl's defiance of the Seelie King. To be answered in Book Three, no doubt.

But I won't be importing that one from Australia. The books are cute, but I like my fantasy
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kim hannah
What?

I felt like it was unnecessarily long. And man that sexual tension 😅😅

So much happened and nothing happened...is that possible?

The first one was a lot better.
Courtney
Terrible. If there’s a third book, I’m going to want to shoot myself in the foot.

There were so many things wrong with this book, I wanted to hurl. Half the time it felt like I was skipping chapters because nothing made sense.

Not to mention the ‘plot twists’. Terrible. Not reading it again and definitely not reading any more.
Tansy Roberts
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A really great example of how to write the middle book of a trilogy: all the stakes are raised, all the relationships develop & shift, and the consequences are real. ...more
Bonnie Batton
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Review taken from my blog, lostinsideofaboo.wordpress.com

RATING
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Because this wonderful novel, the first book whose release I had been anticipating in 2018, was even better than I had dreamed, and left me desperately searching Goodreads to find out when the next instalment is going to be released.

REVIEW
I feel like I need to start this review with a disclaimer: I am rather biased about this book. It is a YA fantasy book, written by an Australia author, and set in Australia, which meant tha
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tineke
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book, similarly to Valentine, its predecessor, had some extreme high points, but it also had a few things that let me down.
Let's start with the bad stuff though, because I am definitely going to rable a bit when it comes to the good. My main issues were:

1. the narration style - the book is written in the way that adults often think teenagers speak. And as someone who's kind of on the border of this age bracket... it bothered me a little.
2. the rather vague (but definitely present) sexual sc
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Em
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
"When the moon is at its zenith on the longest day, they will ride. And they're going to kill the Valentine."

A few months since discovering the existence of fairies, Pearl Linford is struggling to regain equilibrium. She's terrified of water. Her best friend hates her. And her boyfriend, Finn, can't decide if he's in or out. But there are still fairies coming after them and they are about to up the ante. Pearl and her friends are in more danger than ever and it will be up to them to fight th
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☽ lana ☾
Mar 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I do have some problems with this book but they are minimal things like regularly repeating phrases over and over and over and over... you get the point. The whole “and laughing and laughing and laughing” thing seriously got to me.

(Also the whole Pearl repeating her mistakes continuously, such as never telling Finn anything but getting mad when he doesn’t tell her something irritates me.) (Along with the whole ‘i’m not the one they’re after’ ‘i’m not special’ ‘i’m a disappointment’ cry fest she
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Jessica G
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

Wow, this was the perfect mix of the Wings Quartet and A Court of Mist and Fury. I said it before in my review of Valentine, and I’ll say it again - I’m glad to have my faeries back! (Okay, I didn’t say those words exactly, but that was the sentiment)
Ironheart was more mystery and intrigue than Valentine, and somehow that made me love this series even more. Having that feel of indecisiveness and total loss of direction was both trippy and mesmerising, and I was a big fan!
I’m glad that
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Jennie
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
The second book in McAllister's Valentine series focuses on the developing relationship between Pearl and Finn and the deteriorating situation in the small Australian town as the repercussions of the first book unfold into a deadly menage - Seelie, Unseelie and the Riders all focused on Finn - to return him to fairy land or kill him, with Pearl as the catalyst. With her usual doggedness Pearl is determined to destroy anyone or thing that will harm Finn but has to juggle this against threats to f ...more
Lyn Haines
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's always the sign of a great story when you hit the last word and can't quite believe it's over.

There are two more books to come (thank goodness) but the finale of Ironheart makes it tough to wait.

In this sequel to Valentine, we return to the delightful, scary, funny, violent, romantic and intelligent universe of seventeen year old Pearl Lindford. The tagline reads 'this is not a fairytale' but you may recognise one or two classics along the way and the blend of contemporary Australian YA wi
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Ruth Garlick
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Pearl has defeated two Unseelie, but her life is still in danger, in Ironheart, the second in the Valentine trilogy, by Jodi McAlister.
The Seelie and Unseelie are still in Haylesford, and they are determined to get their way. The Seelie want to take their Valentine home, but the Unseelie will unleash the Riders.
And the Riders are only after one thing. The heart of the Ironheart, to make them as murderous and bloodthirsty as them. And there is no escape.
But for Pearl, everyone she loves is in
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Lisa
Aug 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Not as good as the first, but good enough to keep me engaged and look for the 3rd when it is released.
A little repetitive with the protagonist's thought processes. The interior monologue which worked so well in the first book became tired and annoying in Ironheart. However, at least the characterisation was consistent! Plenty of action to drive the plot and it left you with a cliffhanger for the next in the series, like all good trilogy texts! Recommended for a light-hearted, escapist read. Can
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Vervada
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Damn, that was an awesome ending! But the only reason I can say that is because I have the third book waiting on my bookshelf. I can only imagine the suffering of those who had to wait for Misrule's publication. I hope to see that in the next book Pearl is going to kick some fairy butts because they really have it coming.
Krystal Gagen-Spriggs
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fitting sequel to Valentine, this kept me on my toes. I particularly love Pearl's "no one can save me but me" attitude, definitely a strong female lead character. That ending was a little cruel though!
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Jodi is the author of the Valentine series, a young adult paranormal romance/urban fantasy series about smart girls, small towns, and scary fairies. There are three books in the series available: Valentine (2017), Iro
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