Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Review: The Iron Queen

The Iron QueenThe Iron Queen (Iron Fey, #3) by Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Format: Kindle eBook
Pages: 368
Buy It: Paperback | Kindle

My name is Meghan Chase.
I thought it was over. That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who's sworn to stand by my side. Drag me into the core of conflict so powerful, I'm not sure anyone can survive it.

This time, there will be no turning back.
What I Loved
  • How attached I became to all of the characters.
  • The action- MUCH more than the rest of the series.
  • The romance- Meghan's relationship with Ash is definitely solidified in this book.
  • The unpredictable, open, but satisfying ending. Have kleenex handy!
  • Lastly, RAZOR the gremlin. What a great character. Very well written.
What I Didn't Like
  • The crazy feeling of loss and sadness knowing I have to wait until the fall for book #4 in the series..
  • The standard this sets for YA fantasy books... Will I ever find a series that compares??

This series will forever hold a special place in my heart and bookshelf (Uh, I space), particularly this book. For me, this was the best in the series so far. It had everything I wanted more of from the other books, specifically action and romance. I wanted to see Meghan and Ash's relationship fleshed out. Here that definitely happens.

Ahh the romance... Who doesn't love romance? The difference between the romance in this book and the romance in the other two books is exactly this: Here the romance makes sense. In the other books it seemed too "Twilighty" to me. You don't just instantly become infatuated with a person! In "The Iron Queen" Meghan and Ash have a background and have been through many hard times. This makes their love far more believable and understandable. The thing that I like about Julie's writing in this book is that the romance was not overdone nor underdone. In my opinion, it was very balanced. If you've been waiting for more romance between Meghan and Ash, this is the book!

Here we see Meghan become stronger and more passionate about her mission. We see her grow as a character. She is no longer the self conscious girl from the first book. She has faith in her abilities and more importantly knows what needs to be done. I love this... It was strangely inspirational looking back at her from the first book. At first I thought the ending was terrible, but I didn't know then that there was another book on the way. I was like "WHAT!? HOW CAN YOU END THE SERIES LIKE THIS!?" I cannot explain my relief when I discovered that the next book is set for release this fall.

Overall, every second of this book was a joy to read. I would have given it more stars if possible! Warning though: Be prepared for some tears. I was sick with the stomach flu and exhausted but I just could not put this down. I ended up passing out with it the first night. Took me two days to finish.. Do not pass this series up!

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  1. Love the blog! It looks great, it’s really pretty and your navigation is great. I enjoyed your review, I have not gotten around to reading this series yet, but it’s on my to read list! *new follower*

  2. You should definitely give it a shot! It's a great series. It actually improves with each book!

    Thanks for following! You have a great blog as well :) I will definitely be following you from now on!