“This was an ok book. I enjoyed reading it but I didn't like the world that much. I guess dangerous/bad faeries and creatures are not my cup of tea.
The characters were ok but I think Meghan acted a lot like she was older than 16 and her relationship with with Ash might have been a bit rushed. I liked Puck but Grimalkin was my favorite character. I liked his sense of humour and how he had a constant presence throughout the story.
I still don't know if I'll read the rest of the books in the series but maybe I'll give the Nevernever another try in the future...”
“ I first read The Iron King a year ago, before I even knew book blogs existed; before I was really into reading. This book shocked me with its amazing-ness (yes, I’m well aware that this is not a real word-but oh well). I didn’t think I would love it as much as I did. Since then, I’ve read this book at least 5 times. I LOVE IT! Not only did I love it, but my sister (who is extremely picky when it comes to books and almost never reads) loved it too.
The story begins with the protagonist, Meghan Chase, making it through high school. So far, she’s had a pretty rough life. Her father disappeared/left when she was younger; her mother remarried and had a baby, Ethan. Her family is dirt poor, she is underappreciated, and is the loser at school. The only bright spots in her life are her best friend Robbie and her younger brother Ethan. On her sixteenth birthday, Ethan is kidnapped and replaced with a changeling. With Robbie’s help, Meghan ventures into a world filled with faeries and other creatures to rescue her brother. What was supposed to be just an ordinary rescue mission turns into something much more. Meghan learns the truth about her birth, her family, and who she really is.
Meghan Chase is such a great character. She’s not really talented at anything; however, she is a good person and a very strong character. She risks everything to save her brother. When she meets Ash, the winter prince, he is puzzled at how she allows her emotions to influence her decisions. Through the course of the book, Meghan learns that she can make a difference; that she isn’t invisible; that she is wanted. She also grows up (through all three books).
Ash, the Winter prince, is just sooooooo hot. (Note-the sidebar on the left has my Team Ash button!!!) Seriously, every time he walks into the room/scene I get butterflies. I just love him. You’d think after having read this book so many times, that would go away-it does not. When I re-read The Iron King last week, I was just giddy the entire time. By the way my absolute favorite line of his is: “Touch her, and I’ll freeze your testicles and put them in a jar. Understand?” Ha ha. When I first read that line I laughed so hard. But in all seriousness, Ash is a very quiet and calculating character. He never lets his emotions show. The thinks rationally; well, at least he did until Meghan entered his life. Over the course of the book Meghan and Ash have a TON of obstacles they have to overcome. It definitely doesn’t help that Ash and Robbie are out to kill each other.
Robbie, Meghan’s best friend, is actually Puck from the Summer Court. He was ordered to protect Meghan Chase and keep her from discovering the truth. Well, its safe to say, he failed. But it was all for love. He is so very weak when it comes to Megan. Its kind of cute, but still, I like Ash better. However, Puck is just so funny. Almost anything he does or says gets me on the floor in tears. Even though I am completely Team Ash, I feel bad for Puck. He really does deserve to fall in love.
Ms. Kagawa fills her novel with fantastic characters, including a sharp-talking cat. I love every one of them. Ms. Kagawa’s imagination is so vast and vibrant. Her world is amazing. I was pulled in, just like Meghan, and was taken on a journey, one that I will most likely never forget. Think Alice and Wonderland meets A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream. I highly recommend this book (series) to anyone who loves YA/romance/ supernatural books. If you do, you’re going to love this!”
“I found this series quite entertaining... author has a great imagination & carries you along effortlessly... it is a YA series.”Danette wrote this review Sunday, July 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“3.5 stars”Crittercrazy wrote this review Wednesday, July 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
This is the second book I've read whose plot involves Fae (or Fae folks of sorts). Yes, I've kept count (and veered to avoid them). See, the first book I read about Fae I absolutely hated. I had been skeptical about starting another book about Fae but I saw all the wonderful reviews The Iron King had since it debuted and I took a chance.
I'm kind of glad I did. The story revolves around Meghan Chase, a fairy-human half-breed, whose 4 year old half-brother was kidnapped by some 'thing' in Nevernever (that's where the Fae live by the way). But she's no ordinary Fae, she's the daughter of the Summer King Oberon, a mighty Fae of the Seelie Court. Anyway, she's a hot commodity since her human side can touch iron, which is fatal to full-blood Faes, and a pawn many want.
The beginning did not interest me much. In fact I felt like this book was a bit childish. Childish in the sense that it seemed catered to a much younger audience, a bit embarrassing actually. It wasn't until Meghan entered Nevernever that the story picked up and the childish prose began to dissipate. Regardless, I expected much more from the Iron King which is why I was let down a bit.
I thought Ash and Meghans relationship was established a bit too early (considering this is a book series and not a trilogy, Kagawa had enough time to wait). I wanted there to be more tension, more of a substantial foundation for a relationship, more of ANYTHING before they actually admitted to their feelings. I wanted him to remain his aloof self. Afterall, these are old Fae we're talking about, not 16 like Meghan is. But I mean, with the way Kagawa described Ash, who wouldn't jump at the chance to land a guy like that, not that I'm shallow or anything.... ;) Perhaps Kagawa has a reason for this, so we shall see in the next book. Also, I know that the majority of the fans like Ash and Meghan together but I felt like there was more reason for Puck to be thrown in the love pot (heck, I knew more about Puck than I did about Ash).
Anyway, good original plotline. Very fantastical. In fact, each character reminded me of fairy tale character. Some of the more obvious from A Midsummers Night of course (with Puck as Peter Pan and Ash as a darker version of Jack Frost)
I loved that the advancement in technology was the 'culprit'. The Environmental Science major in me felt a bit giddy haha. [SPOILER] I'm wondering now if the Machina really DID die, it wasn't stated that he in fact did die. Will we get a new antagonist? [END OF SPOILER] Ah well, I guess I'll continue on with the series (I can feel it growing on me already)
I also wanted to note that I listened to the Narnia soundtrack through most of the story, really gave it that extra oomph!”
“loved it”Cyndi Goodgame YA Author wrote this review Tuesday, June 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The best book ever!!”kaumudi s wrote this review Sunday, June 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was nothing like I expected. For the past couple of years I'd seen alot of The Iron Fey paraphernalia on Facebook book pages, like With Twilight, I decided to give in and check it out. I'm so glad I did. I absolutely loved it! I haven't read a book that fast for yonks!
Meghan Chase is a nearly 16yr old girl, trying to get through High School with as little torment as possible, but being the hick who lives a long way out of town on a pig farm is bound to make you an easy target.
Her 4yr old brother Ethan has been really edgy lately complaining of monsters under the bed and a man in his closet, and on the morning of Meghan's 16th birthday Ethan begs her to come and give his room the all clear, but Meghan isn't sure whether she's hallucinating because she thinks she sees something in the closet, but when she looks back it's gone.
After a terrible day at school. She comes home to find her mum on the floor unconscious with Ethan standing over her, smirking. Meghan soon discovers that the real Ethan has been kidnapped and replaced by a creature called a changeling. Her whole world comes crashing down when she discovers her best friend is a faery sent to the human world to protect her. Robbie or Puck agrees to take her to the Nevernever to help her find him. And that's where the adventure begins. After a journey fraught with disaster Meghan finds herself infront of the Seelie King of the Summer Courts and discovers he is her birth father and that she is a Faery Princess.....
There is so much to tell from here on in, you'll have to read it to see for yourself! It's awesome!
I was enthralled from the get go. The author had me eating out of her hand, on the edge of my seat all the way through. Reading late at night wasn't the smartest idea. I was hearing creepy noises left right and centre, just about crapping my dacks, thinking I had the bogey man under my bed. But that could be because I'm a jumpy wuss!
I felt a connection to Meghan, mostly because she was so normal, of course the drama's befalling her change her, but all for the good so far...
You can't help but enjoy Puck. I only wish I'd read A Midsummer's Night Dream so I was more familiar with his character and reputation!
Ash, the Unseelie Prince of the Winter Court is intriguing, thrilling and exciting-he had my blood pumping. I can't wait to see where the chemistry between Meghan and the Ice Prince leads!
There are so many wonderful characters, you'll have to discover them for yourself!!
I love reading about the fae having read Laurell K. Hamilton's, Melissa Marr's and Karen Marie Moning's imaginings of them, I really enjoyed Ms. Kagawa's take on the Seelie and Unseelie Courts. I hadn't heard of some of the different species mentioned but thoroughly enjoyed the descriptions given. It really does leave you wondering whether we really are blind to the Fae's existence. How awesome would that be!!!
I highly recommend you start this series. It is Young Adult but I think it would appeal to people of all ages. Open yourself and your mind and let your imagination soar! ”
“I found the protagonist's lack of agency annoying.”Beth M wrote this review Sunday, May 26, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No