I was very excited to read Where She Went and I was not disappointed.
One thing I really like about Where She Went right off the bat is how Gayle FormaI was very excited to read Where She Went and I was not disappointed.
One thing I really like about Where She Went right off the bat is how Gayle Forman can incorporate a lot of pop culture while keeping things real. It doesn’t feel like a cliché, name-dropping young adult novel because it isn’t. Gayle Forman makes it work. She makes the voice authentic, keeps the references relatable, and manages to make everything have a deeper level. At surface level, it contains the usual teen pop-ness, but beneath that surface lies so much more meaning.
I loved Where She Went. The characters jump off the page. They seem so raw and real, and their voices are so authentic. Gayle Forman puts them in real life situations with real life references, and yes, there is a hint of the uncanny what with Mia’s experiences and memories, but that doesn’t make it any less real.
Where She Went is a romance, but it’s more than a romance. It’s a book about healing and closure and relationships—not just romantic relationships, but relationships as in the ties between people, the bonds that hold them together and tear them apart.
I love that we finally get closure for Adam and Mia, and quite honestly, by the end, I didn’t really mind whether it ended in heartbreak or happiness. They were just finally healing, and it was nice to see that. No one is perfect in Where She Went. They ALL have their flaws, and that’s what makes it so beautiful.
The Iron King and I got off to a rocky start. In fact, I spent most of the novel groaning and rolling my eyes. It all seemed horribly typical of all uThe Iron King and I got off to a rocky start. In fact, I spent most of the novel groaning and rolling my eyes. It all seemed horribly typical of all urban fantasy, faerie, young adult novels. Summer Court, Winter Court. Seelie, Unseelie. Same old lore, same old discovery of the faerie world, same old disbelief, same old reaction. The main character Meghan bothered me a bit with her self-righteousness and her combination of trying to act strong while she really was rather pathetic and weak.
I sat here thinking, “Oh no, The Iron King is another one of those novels.”
But then, it got better.
The Iron King started spinning its own take of the typical faerie tale. There was the Iron Court, there were the “trods” and the mixing of mythology, imagination, and belief. I liked that. Yes, all faerie stories seem to end up in the same vein of thought, but I liked the little nuances of this world that Julie Kagawa created.
The little romance was a guilty pleasure of mine (I’m a sucker for those mortal-enemy-turned-lover/broody-bad-boy type love stories), no matter how many times I’ve seen the same romances before. The plot started picking up and moving along, and I found myself flipping through the pages and enjoying the story more.
I liked the ending. I like how Kagawa ties up the main plot of the novel very nicely, and most importantly, doesn’t leave us with a cliffhanger. There are promises, hints of storylines that could continue on, but not a horrible cliffhanger that leaves readers banging their heads against their desks. The Iron King works perfectly well as a stand-alone novel, and I like that.
Overall, I would give The Iron King a 3.5 stars, and I’m a bit undecided about this rating. I feel like I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with this novel. The beginning makes me want to give it a low rating, but it ended on a decidedly stronger note. I will give the next book in the series a try, and hopefully things will move forward from there....more