Saturday, November 19, 2011

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Goodreads Description: "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: A very enjoyable book. Kagawa stayed true to traditional faery elements such as the Seelie and Unseelie courts the the traditional Shakespearean character, but that doesn't mean the book was bad. It was just highly predictable---which, in this case, was okay. The main character, Meghan, was enjoyable to read about because she wasn't as lame or weak as most female protagonists tend to be (I have deep issues about this). Ash was a nice character, but very typical of paranormal romance books. Honestly, I thought Puck and Grim were the most enjoyable characters to read about because they were hilarious. Also, I just really liked this book because of the world Kagawa described. Not many faery books actually describe the world of Faerie---most of them take place in the mortal world. I I LOVED the fact that Meghan actually gets to go to the faery realm. It made this book awesome. I can't wait to read the next book.

Cover: I'm not so fond of the model---I don't think she's that pretty or nice to look at---but the words and the flowery design are pretty. Although I'm still not sure why they gave this cover an icy, winter-esque feel when Meghan belongs to the Summer Court...

Overall Grade: A-

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