Thursday, September 2, 2010
REVIEW: Julie Kagawa IRON KING
Author: Julie Kagawa
Title: Iron King
Release Date: February 1, 2010
Reading Level: Young Adult
Paperback: 368 pages
Originality of Plot: 4/5
Characters Development: 5/5
Cover Art: 5/5
Overall: 31/35 = 88%
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.”
Meghan Chase, is the quiet girl that no one ever notices. She doesn’t have the right clothes, she lives on a farm, and her only friend is her prankster neighbor, Robbie. That is until her 16th birthday, when all hell breaks loose. Her little brother is kidnapped, and she has to leave her life behind to save him.
Iron King brought to my mind hours watch Labyrinth and the Wizard of Oz and reading A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Alice and Wonderland as a child. While I saw correlations between those stories and Iron King, I found this book has a very fresh take on this type of story. I felt that it has great mix of fae mythology, classical literature, steam punk, and modern YA.
I really enjoyed the relationship between Meghan and Puck. Puck seemed to be willing to do what ever it takes to help Meghan get her brother back, even if that means defying his king. Meghan and Ash are amazing together, also. Ash tried so hard to keep distance between he and Meghan, but fate just kept pushing them back together. I wasn’t sure if I like Ash in the beginning of the story, but once everything was said and done he carved a place in my icy heart.
I did feel like the beginning of this book was a bit slow. I actually put the book down for a few days, before I picked it back up again. I just wanted to jump into the meat of the story, but instead I feel that their was to much introduction into Meghan’s human life. Once, we get into the fae world I flew through the book.
I was surprised to find how much I enjoyed Iron King, once I really got deep into the story. I usually have a hard time getting into stories that are almost fully based in fictitious worlds. I’d recommend this book to anyone looking for a new intriguing world to escape into for a few hours.
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