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Review:”The Iron Daughter” by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Daughter (Iron Fey, #2)The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

Paperback, 359 pages

Published August 1st 2010 by Harlequin Teen

Review Copy: Purchased

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Description from Goodreads:

Half Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fit in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is prisoner to the Winter faery queen. As war looms between Summer and Winter, Meghan knows that the real danger comes from the Iron fey—ironbound faeries that only she and her absent prince have seen. But no one believes her.

Worse, Meghan’s own fey powers have been cut off. She’s stuck in Faery with only her wits for help. Trusting anyone would be foolish. Trusting a seeming traitor could be deadly. But even as she grows a backbone of iron, Meghan can’t help but hear the whispers of longing in her all-too-human heart.

My Review:

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“The Iron Daughter” is one rollercoaster ride of a book, and I mean that in a good way. The story picks up where “Winter’s Passage” (the novella bridging the story between “The Iron King” and “The Iron Daughter”) ends – with Meghan living up to her end of the contract with the Winter Prince. Ash has brought her to Mab, and he’s forced to act as though he despises her in order to protect them both. Meghan struggles to accept his new behavior while in the winter court, as she feels as though Ash just used her instead. I’ll admit, there were moments in which I wanted to hit her, but when emotions get the best of you, sometimes you forget about your actions. When coming to deliver the sector to Mab, Oberon – Meghan’s father – hopes to take back his daughter as he isn’t aware of the contract she’s made with Ash. When Mab explains that Meghan is there on her own free will out of a contract, he states that one way or another he will have his daughter back.

Later that night, when the sector goes missing and Prince Sage is killed, Mab finds Meghan sitting beside her son’s body and proclaims war on Summer Court, as she feels they are responsible for this attack. When Meghan tries to explain that it was the Iron Fey, Mab freezes her and goes to announce war. When Ash breaks the ice encasing her body, his brother Rowan threatens to tell Mab the truth, which begins a battle between the brothers. When Rowan is left injured, Ash and Meghan must escape before Mab finds them.

From this point, things begin to get interesting. Meghan killed the Iron King in the first book, but she soon finds out there is a new King in charge and they seek to destroy the Winter and Summer courts. She has the choice to return to her normal, human life, or fight to save the Nevernever from the Iron Fey – she decides to stay and help fight.

I’ll try to avoid spoilers from here on out as there are a bunch of twists and turns in “The Iron Daughter”. I will say that there is a bit of a love triangle, which is to be expected, but Meghan’s heart truly only belongs to one. I honestly loved “The Iron Daughter” even more than “The Iron King”. Kagawa is a fantastic writer; she creates a world in which you can perfectly envision as you read along. I can’t wait to dig into “The Iron Queen” and “The Iron Knight”.

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Review: “The Iron King” by Julie Kagawa

The Iron King (Iron Fey, #1)The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Paperback, 363 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by Harlequin Teen
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Review Copy: Purchased

Description from Goodreads:

Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined.
Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home.
When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change.
But she could never have guessed the truth – that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she’ll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

My Review:

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve been hearing nothing but great things about the Iron Fey series for a while now, but for some reason I just never sat down to read the books. Well, after finishing “The Iron King”, I can finally say that I understand the love for this series and I wish I’d started the series sooner.

“The Iron King” is a wonderfully crafted story that will pull readers in, with no intention of letting them go. Kagawa does a fantastic job of keeping readers on the edge of their seats.

The story is about Meghan Chase. She’s a typical teenage girl, at first that is, but then something happens to her brother, Ethan, that transforms her entire world. When Ethan is kidnapped by The Iron King and replaced with a changeling, Meghan must find a way to save him.

Robbie, aka Puck, her best friend is actually a faery that has been sent to protect her. Upon her father’s demands, he is to keep her from setting foot in the Nevernever. As he tells her the truth about Ethan, he gives her the option of forgetting or wondering into the Nevernever to find him, not knowing what danger awaits them. She refuses to forget her little brother and chooses, instead, to go after him against Puck’s wishes.

Once they enter the Nevernever, Meghan and Puck find themselves running from danger constantly. When Ash comes upon them, Puck is forced to run with Meghan. At one point, Puck leaves Meghan behind in a tree while he continues running, leading Ash after him. That’s when she meets Grimalkin, a cat.

I don’t want to give the entire story away, so I’ll try to state my thoughts from here on out. When I reached the last page, I was more than ready to grab the next book to keep going. Meghan was a nice character to get to know. She didn’t start out strong, in fact she was clueless and helpless in the beginning, but as the story went on she came into her own. There was a determination in her, a selflessness in her that I loved. No matter how hard things became, she never lost track of her goal – to save Ethan. Even if it meant making a deal with a faery.

The lonely high schooler you meet at the beginning is easily erased by the ending. Meghan Chase is half Summer faery princess, half human, and she’s something that everyone is after. She’s powerful, even if she doesn’t yet fully understand her powers.

I loved this book. Julie Kagawa’s descriptions were rich and made me feel as though I was watching the story as opposed to reading it. I loved the characters. I loved the writing. I just loved it all and I can’t wait to start the next book.

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Review: “Rot & Ruin”

Rot & Ruin (Benny Imura, #1)Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hardcover, 458 pages
Published October 5th 2010 by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

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Synopsis from Goodreads:

In the zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic America where Benny Imura lives, every teenager must find a job by the time they turn fifteen or get their rations cut in half. Benny doesn’t want to apprentice as a zombie hunter with his boring older brother Tom, but he has no choice. He expects a tedious job whacking zoms for cash, but what he gets is a vocation that will teach him what it means to be human.

My Review:

 

“Rot & Ruin” is a book I stumbled upon while browsing at my local Borders (before they closed, unfortunately). I hadn’t heard much about it at that point, but I’m a sucker for zombies so I decided to give it a shot. I’ve had the book sitting on my bookshelf for a few months now. As much as I wanted to read it, I just never seemed to have the time. So when I received “Dust & Decay”, the second book in the series, from Galley Grab, I decided I needed to make time…and oh do I wish it had been sooner. Now, much like “Warm Bodies”, this is a zombie story with heart…and much like “Warm Bodies”, I absolutely loved this book.

“Rot & Ruin” is about two brothers, Tommy Imura, a well known bounty hunter, and Benny Imura, his younger brother (a bounty hunter in training). Benny is convinced Tommy is a coward for leaving behind their mother on First Night. It isn’t until his brother gives him a job that he begins to understand him and even respect him. What’s great about this relationship is that its realistic and it actually grows, it isn’t rushed – it develops at a great pace.

Tommy is a well known bounty hunter, but he’s different from the other bounty hunters. He isn’t out to just kill zombies, he’s out to provide closure for families and relatives. He’s very different than Charlie and The Motor City Hammer, two men Benny thinks are ‘cool’. At first you don’t see why the men are bad, but as the story goes on and you learn what they do to children, to the zombies, and to people in general – you begin to understand just how horrible they are. But it’s their actions that force the relationship between Benny and Tommy to strengthen.

“Rot & Ruin” is a book about zombies, yes, but it isn’t only about zombies. It’s about society, about people, about the world around us. It’ll make you cry. It’ll make you laugh. It’ll make you think. And most importantly, it’ll leave you wanting more.

I have nothing but praise for “Rot & Ruin” and the author, Jonathan Maberry. I can’t wait to start “Dust & Decay” (I will make sure to speed through my ‘’to read” pile so that I can get to it faster).

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A quote from “Rot & Ruin” which I loved:

There are moments that define a person’s whole life. Moments in which everything they are and everything they may possibly become balance on a single decision. Life and death, hope and despair, victory and failure teeter precariously on the decision made at that moment. These are moments ungoverned by happenstance, untroubled by luck. These are the moments in which a person earns the right to live, or not.