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Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Released: February 1, 2010
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Rated: YA

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.

What I thought:

I'm not sure I loved it as much as everyone seems to.  While I liked it, I didn't find it amazing.  I was actually waiting for Meghan to yell out "You have no power over me!" at the end.  It was a cross of Neverending Story/Labyrinth with faeries mixed in.  Although I did think the new twist of the industrial age of man was very interesting and entertaining.

I will keep reading the series and see how it turns out.  I like the writing style of Kagawa.

My Rating:


Elodie said...

Thanks for your honnest review !! =) I really need to buy this book because I've heard the series was pretty good !! Are you going to read the second book ?

Aimee said...

I am. I just started it actually, about 2 chapters in.

Sandy said...

I don't know what it is about this book but while I was reading it I LOVED it. To me it was a YA book but with the heart and magic of a middle grade novel but after I read the book and kept thinking about it it didn't feel so remarkable anymore and my eagerness to read the second book dissipated. I am reading the second book now, I got it for Christmas and I am enjoying it but not nearly as much as I initially enjoyed the first.

I agree with you, and a friend of mine has said it too The Iron King feels like a combination of many stories - The Labyrinth, Alice in Wonderland. There were many scenes that felt like I had read or seen them before.

I did and still do really enjoy the idea of

*spoilers for Iron King*

industrial and technological advancement affecting and changing the faerie world. That idea I thought was really original and what made the book stand out the most.

Katie said...

Great review, it's hard to have mixed feelings about such popular books. I've seen such wonderful book reviews for this and I was starting to feel like I was the last person in the world to read it. It's not really my cup of tea, but I guess I'll have to give it a shot to know!

Marce said...

You didn't love it but it still got 4 stars, so the writing must have at least been good. The covers are amazing though.

I am using your review for a scavenger hunt also :-)

Jessica said...

Ha! I thought of the Labyrinth too when reading, since Meghan was trying to get back her baby bro!! And I do see some sort of Alice in Wonderland in it too.

I rather enjoyed this series. I had actually won the books in a contest and then read an ARC of the Iron Queen. The series does get more interesting I think and I already cannot wait for The Iron Knight!

Aimee said...

A few people said Alice in Wonderland. But I don't see it (is it the cat?). What parts struck you guys? I'm sensing a few of these themes in the second novel as well.

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