What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

We have a reason to celebrate! The AC in my house is now fixed and it is no longer 100 degrees in my house! (and I really wish that 100 degrees was an exaggeration, but no dice)
*one minute dance party*

On to the review of a book that I absolutely fell in love with over the weekend!

Summary 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.

O.M.G. I started listening to the audiobook of this sometime last week, and got really into it. The narrator is perfect for the story, and changes her voices subtly depending on who is speaking. But, I'm old school and really love holding books in my hand, so I went ahead and picked up the paperback at my local bookstore. I also grabbed the paperbacks of the next two in the Iron Fey series, Iron Daughter and Iron Queen.
If there was ever a place that I'd want to be swept away in, it would be Faeryland. And when I opened this book, I tumbled headlong into it alongside Meghan Chase and her companions.
What I liked:
The Characters: I thought that Meghan was very well written, she's a 16 year old girl, but a mature one, and I always connect with characters that are more mature. Ash is exactly what an Ice Prince should be, not to mention he has that dark, broody thing happening. And my personal favorite was Puck. Who doesn't like a prankster? Sure dark and broody is hot, but I think Puck's snarky comments and sarcasm, not to mention his unending energy makes him really great.

The Villain: If you've read any fairy folklore, you'll know there is a particular substance that they just can't tolerate. So why not make a villain out of that? It added a lot of difficulties to Meghan's journey, which just made it all the more interesting.

The setting: Faeryland. 'nuff said.

The ROMANCE: I fall halfway in love with guys in books all the time. But in The Iron King, like many of my favorite books, I was so involved in Meghan's story and her changing and developing relationships with Ash and Puck, that I was literally breathless at some points in the book. It was the proverbial "sweep her off her feet" moments that really made this book for me, and any book that gives me those feelings is a winner.

What I didn't like:
That someday this story will end. That's all I can say about it. Sometimes I'll come across a story (it's rare, but it happens) that I want so desperately to be real and never ending. This is one of those stories that I'll be sad to let go when it ends.

I enjoyed this book so much that not only did I read The Iron King over the weekend, but I also read The Iron Daughter and The Iron Queen. I spent much of my weekend in Faeryland and neglected a lot of what needed to be done in Texas. (Faeryland is so much better than Texas!) Anyway, I highly, highly recommend this book to anyone who likes their paranormal or YA romance books. I know these books are going to have a prominent place on my bookshelf and be read over and over again.

My rating:


  1. That looks like an amazing book....can't wait to read it.

  2. I loved your review. That's exactly how I was feeling well except I was more in love with Ash while Gomez was all for Puck. It made our review of Summer Crossing and Iron Knight interesting.

    Can't wait to read more of your reviews :)

  3. Awesome review! I love this series and I'm not ready for it to end either!

    Book Addict

  4. Hi Mandi! It really was a great book. I loaned it to my sis, and I kinda want it back already... Thanks for stopping by!

    Hi Gilbert - Thanks for joining. It's okay, you can have Ash. I'll take Puck, and everyone's happy. Except perhaps Meghan...

    Hi SimplyMe - I know! I kinda wish it was real. I may or may not have looked in my nephew's closet to see if there was a trod. ;)

    Thanks for coming by, y'all!

  5. There's an audio book! Holy crap. I must listen to them.


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