Book Review: The Iron Knight

Aug
25
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The Iron Knight The Iron Knight by
Series: Iron Fey #4
Published by in 2011
Genres: , ,
Pages: 399
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Ash, former prince of the Winter Court, gave up everything. His title, his home, even his vow of loyalty. All for a girl… and all for nothing.
Unless he can earn a soul.

To cold, emotionless faery prince Ash, love was a weakness for mortals and fools. His own love had died a horrible death, killing any gentler feelings the Winter prince might have had. Or so he thought.
Then Meghan Chase—a half human, half fey slip of a girl— smashed through his barricades, binding him to her
irrevocably with his oath to be her knight. And when all of Faery nearly fell to the Iron fey, she severed their bond to save his life. Meghan is now the Iron Queen, ruler of a realm where no Winter or Summer fey can  survive.
With the (unwelcome) company of his archrival, Summer Court prankster Puck, and the infuriating cait sith Grimalkin, Ash begins a journey he is bound to see through to its end— a quest to find a way to honor his solemn vow to stand by Meghan’s side.
To survive in the Iron realm, Ash must have a soul and a mortal body. But the tests he must face to earn these things are impossible. At least, no one has ever passed to tell the tale.
And then Ash learns something that changes everything. A truth that turns reality upside down, challenges his darkest beliefs and shows him that, sometimes, it takes more than courage to make the ultimate sacrifice.

My Review:

WARNING! SPOILERS FOR THE FIRST THREE BOOKS!

This book seems to be one of the most anticipated sequels of the year. After the way Iron Queen left off I’m not surprised. That is not the way you end an epic story like that. Even if the love story isn’t the focus of the story the reader feels gipped if it doesn’t get wrapped up properly.

Iron Knight is definitely the wrap up readers are looking for. It follows Ash, the winter prince, in his quest to find a way around Meghan’s orders. It provides a lot of back story that didn’t particularly belong in the previous books but that I was definitely curious about. It also explores the Wildwood, in my opinion the most interesting part of the NeverNever. Nothing like going to the end of a world to learn what the true limits of that world are.

The only thing I’d say about this one is it still didn’t feel like an ending yet. Well, that’s the wrong way to put it. It is AN ending, but it doesn’t feel like THE ending. There are so many possible future problems that could make for really interesting novels. Even if the future novels don’t have much, if anything, to do with Meghan and Ash.

Maybe I’m just having trouble letting go. Kagawa has created a beautiful rendition of one of my favorite places to read about, and I just don’t want to put it down!





Book Review: The Girl in the Steel Corset

May
24
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The Girl in the Steel Corset The Girl in the Steel Corset by
Series: Steampunk Chronicles #1
Published by in 2011
Genres: ,
Pages: 473
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In 1897 England, sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne has no one...except the "thing" inside her...
When a young lord tries to take advantage of Finley, she fights back. And wins. But no normal Victorian girl has a darker side that makes her capable of knocking out a fullgrown man with one punch....
Only Griffin King sees the magical darkness inside her that says she’s special, says she’s one of them. The orphaned duke takes her in from the gaslit streets against the wishes of his band of misfits: Emily, who has her own special abilities and an unrequited love for Sam, who is part robot; and Jasper, an American cowboy with a shadowy secret.
Griffin’s investigating a criminal called The Machinist, the mastermind behind several recent crimes by automatons. Finley thinks she can help—and finally be a part of something, finally fit in.
But The Machinist wants to tear Griff’s little company of strays apart, and it isn’t long before trust is tested on all sides. At least Finley knows whose side she’s on—even if it seems no one believes her.

My Review:

As those of you who have been around here for a while may know, I’m kind of obsessed with steampunk anything right now. Something about this genre really speaks to me, for some reason. But Kady Cross’s Girl in the Steel Corset has outstripped many others for me. This book was truly Amazing with a capital “A”! There are so many wonderful things about this book that I hardly know where to start raving! (You’ll have to excuse me gushing all over myself. It really was that good.)

One of the many amazing things about this book was how wonderful all the characters were. I really, honestly had very strong pictures of them in my mind, and even started a dream cast, from very early on in the book. For example, especially towards the end, Sam and Emily reminded me very strongly of Marshall and Lily from How I Met Your Mother based on how they were described physically. But the best part was, even though I could picture them so vividly, was how original these characters were. They felt like real people to me, people that I desperately want to meet someday.

I also loved the way Cross brought in so many other works. There was the obvious Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde reference, but there were flavours throughout the book of other relevant stories. It is clear that Cross reads across many genres and knows how to incorporate elements she loves into the stories she writes.

There are so many more wonderful things I could say about the novel, but I’m starting to risk spoilers, and you wouldn’t want that. The book is so much more satisfying when you go into it knowing next to nothing! I am so excited about this book. I can guarantee I will treasure it for a very long time!





Book Review: The Goddess Test

Apr
12
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The Goddess Test The Goddess Test by
Series: Goddess Test #1
Published by in 2011
Genres: ,
Pages: 293
Source:
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EVERY GIRL who has taken the test has DIED.
Now it's KATE'S TURN.
It’s always been just Kate and her mom—and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate’s going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear her mother won’t live past the fall.
Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld—and if she accepts his bargain, he’ll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.
Kate is sure he’s crazy—until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she’ll become Henry’s future bride, and a goddess.
If she fails...

My Review:

I may be slightly prejudiced because I am a huge fan of ancient mythology, but I loved this book! The premise is simple – Hades (aka Henry) has lost Persephone, but he cannot rule the underworld alone. For thousands of years he has been trying to find a girl to rule with him, but all eleven have died trying. Kate enters into the bargain anyway, in hope of saving her mother who is dying of cancer.

Firstly, I loved the portrayal of Henry. 99.9% of the time, if Hades shows up in a book, he’s the bad guy. For good reason, obviously, we like to blame the guy who is associated with death for everything, but every once in a while, you gotta feel sorry for the guy. Carter’s portrayal shows him as a sensitive guy who gets blamed for stuff because of who he is, but isn’t actually too bad. In fact, despite the obvious references to mythology, the strongest thread running through this story for me, was a retelling of Beauty and the Beast (which just so happens to be my favorite fairy tale, like Persephone is my favorite myth). I actually liked Henry, because he was willing to stand up for Kate and he felt sorry for what he was asking her to do – the evil bad dude that always turns out to be Hades is couldn’t do that without some really good acting skills, and I’m hoping those never surface, because I like Henry the way he is.

I also loved the fact that Kate isn’t going with Henry because she “can’t live without him.” I’ve seen plenty of love stories recently that play with this theme, and while I was willing to put up with it in the beginning, it’s starting to get a little old. But Kate isn’t like that. Even once she begins to realize her feelings for Henry she is willing to leave him once her six months are up, and frankly is more worried about passing the tests so her mother can live than figuring out a relationship with Henry. I find this much more believable than the whole “Love you so much I can never leave you! Nothing else matters in the world!” and I enjoyed the book because of it.

I’m so excited to share this book with everyone, and I cannot wait until the next book comes out! What happens next?





Book Review: The Iron Queen

Mar
07
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The Iron Queen The Iron Queen by
Series: The Iron Fey #3
Published by in 2011
Genres: , ,
Pages: 358
Source:
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My name is Meghan Chase.I thought it was over. That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who's sworn to stand by my side. Drag me into the core of conflict so powerful, I'm not sure anyone can survive it.
This time, there will be no turning back.

My Review:

That is not the end! That is SO not the end! It is not allowed to be the end! (I feel justified in saying this because there’s a note at the back of the book that says there’s at least one more.) Leaving aside the fact that I have loved the idea of the Iron Fey from the very beginning, this book was amazing! I had a hard time putting it down!

All of your favorite characters are back for more, and this time they’re all where they’re supposed to be –  Only there’s one problem. A false king has taken over the Iron Fey and he’s threatening all of Nevernever. Oberon and Mab have joined forces and asked Meghan to help them defeat the false king, but all she wants to do is go home.

I’ll be honest, when I picked it up I didn’t remember a ton from reading the first two and what I did remember kept getting mixed up with the other series’ about fey I’d been reading (I flew through several fey/fae books right in a row last fall, and they kind of combined in my head). But it only took a few pages to get me right back into the story and remembering what happened before. In fact, I’m impressed that so much happened in this book – it feels like forever ago that I started it, even though it was only a few days. The book is jam-packed with action and plot twists, a very fast paced read. At the same time it is filled with emotion – I nearly cried twice, and the last time I cried at a book was when **SPOILER** Dumbledore died. I just don’t cry at books, so the fact that she was able to make me tear up is a huge accomplishment.

I’m not going to say much more, because honestly, if you’re looking at this review you’ve probably already read the first two. If you haven’t START THERE and do it NOW! These fabulous books will NOT disappoint!

Oh and isn’t the cover pretty?! All of them really – so gorgeous!





Book Review: Iron King

Sep
01
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WOOT!!! First day since school started a week ago that I’ve finished homework before 11 pm!!! Lemme tell you a secret guys: Senior year at Uni kills. Like no kidding. If there were a most wanted list of things (instead of people), it would probably be in the top ten. I know, I know, Grad School is going to kill more. But geez!

Anywho! On to another review
The Iron King The Iron King by
Series: Iron Fey #1
Published by in 2010
Genres: , ,
Pages: 368
Source:
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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.

Review:

Um, ok, wow! This book was pretty much amazing. I loved recognizing all the characters and the real bad guy? Wow, what a twist, and yet I so should have seen that coming! I loved it! I already have the next one on order – I wanna know what happens!

I will say, I didn’t love everything. It took forever for me to get into the book. It felt like it just dragged at the beginning, though that’s possibly because I had just started it the day before school started so it took forever for me to read past the first few pages. Ash drove me nuts – often in a good way, but sometimes in a bad way. There were times when I was just like “Seriously? Enough with the tall, cold, mysterious, handsome schtick! It’s getting old!” I guess I’m just not one for bad boys, or if they are, I want them to have some sort of redeeming quality. I haven’t found one for Ash yet, and Puck is so delightfully mischievous! Puck is my kind of bad guy – he plays pranks and does small evil things but at heart he’s really a good guy.

I guess I don’t have that much to say about this one. That always seems to happen with the ones I like. I go into it wanting to write a really long review about all the things I loved, and then I start cutting stuff so I don’t spoiler too much and then… well this happens. Ah well. GO READ THE BOOK! ‘Nuff said!





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