Saturday, February 13, 2010

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Grade: A+

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.

Character Development: 8/10
Originality: 8/10
Overall Enjoyment: 8/10
Ending: 8/10
Voice: 10/10
Plot: 9/10
Setting: 10/10
Total Score: 61/ 70

Obtained: Borrowed from a friend.

Age Appropriate? PG-13
Cussing: Occasionally.
Drugs, Alcohol, etc: Mentioning of teen drinking champagne.
Sexual Content: Some creepy faery stuff (I'm not really sure how else to describe it), but nothing with the main characters.
Disturbing Images/ Violence: Kidnapping, blood and gore, faery creepiness.

This tale did not end where I thought it would... which was very good. At first, I felt I was reading a mix of different aspects from books, movies, and plays I have already encountered. There wasn't anything new or fresh. But the characters (whom I adore) kept me plugging. And I am so glad they did.

The Iron King spiralled down a path I was not expecting it to. As I read, the world of the fey grew and flourished. Reading this book was like putting together a puzzle, watching the small images fit together to form a masterpiece. The vivid imagery that Kagawa used created a world that popped out of the page and engulfed me. Everything about this story is simply beautiful.

The characters: a strong heroine, a mischievous best friend, an adorable little brother, a talking cat, and an icy prince... this is a priceless cast that cannot help but make the reader smile. It's not the characters themselves, though, but their relationships with one another that made them seem so real. Then there's the epic, adventurous plot and the wonderful writing that were icing on the cake.

So basically... this book is good.

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  1. Oh I've really got to read this soon! I've been reading such great reviews about it. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

  2. This sounds SO good :) Thanks for the review :)


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