Thursday, September 16, 2010

Review: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

GoodReads Description:
Meghan Chase has never fit in at her small-town high school, and now, on the eve of her 16th birthday, she discovers why. When her half brother is kidnapped, Meghan is drawn into a fantastical world she never imagined--the world of Faery, where anything you see may try to eat you, and Meghan is the daughter of the summer faery king. Now she will journey into the depths of Faery to face an unknown enemy . . . and beg the help of a winter prince who might as soon kill her as let her touch his icy heart. The Iron King is the book one in the Iron Fey series.

My Thoughts: The Iron King is a breath of fresh, addicting, crack-like air. In recent memory, I can't recall a book that has literally made me forget who I am and what I'm doing. I feel like I body-snatched Meghan Chase and was in her shoes for the whole 370ish pages.

I felt her worry for her brother, Ethan.

I felt her confusion and frustration in Nevernever when finding out her secret.

I felt her fear and determination when pursuing the Iron King.

I longed for Ash's and Meghan's interaction, because, let's face it: DELICIOUS.

There are so many things I loved about this novel (LOOK at that COVER. And extra yay for a blonde heroine!), and seeing as I'm feeling most comfortable with list form today, here goes:

1. I've never read A Midsummer Night's Dream, but I've read a few novels which incorporate the characters from said play. I've begun to familiarize myself with the characters: Puck, Oberon, Titania, Mab. This is my favorite version of those characters. Puck was playful and cute and I had a little crush on him, regardless of the awkwardness he possessed in the human world. Because in the Nevernever, he was a cunning warrior, light on his feet, and well-practiced in the magic he possessed. Swoonage.

2. GRIMALKIN. Best. Book Cat. Ever. I now like to pretend that when my cats sneeze, they are laughing at me, and hope that someday they'll address me as "human," because Grim was just that freaking cool. It was a constant battle in my mind: "is he a good guy? Isn't he?"

3. My favorite Nevernever secondary (or perhaps tertiary) creatures are the Pack Rats. I could actually hear them chittering amongst themselves and poking around through piles of scrap metal. I hope we see much more of them in future books, because they spoke volumes without actually uttering any words. Definitely a fan!

4. Julie Kagawa is a master of attention to detail. Her descriptive writing and her way with words were a paintbrush in my mind. I could picture clearly EVERY single character, setting, fortress. It was beautiful and I cannot believe this is a debut novel. She's become an auto-buy and I will read anything that she publishes... or even writes on a napkin and throws away. Plus she lives in the same region that I do, and that is awesome :)

5. Ash. I can't even put into words my love for Ash. He's dangerous. His job is to bring Meghan to Mab, something that cannot end well. He is forbidden to love her, but he does. Ash is a smooth talker and a B.A.M.F. (look it up.) He's got skills with swords and is the son of a huge beotch of an Unseelie Queen. Every breath breathed in Meghan's direction caused butterflies in my stomach. Everytime he looked at her, I got giddy and hoped this would be the moment they'd kiss.

I loved this book and it's one of the most memorable of 2010. The Iron Daughter came out August 1, 2010, which just so happens to be my wedding anniversary. Ah, it's love. And it's meant to be. I'm DYING for more of this world. Now I just need the Iron Queen.


Rating: 5/5

Series?: The second book, The Iron Daughter, came out August 1, 2010. The conclusion to the series, The Iron Queen, will be released February 1, 2011.
Source: I purchasd this book.
Published: Harlequin Teen, 360 pages (February 1, 2010)

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