REVIEW - The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
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.
First Sentence: Ten years ago, on my sixth birthday, my father disappeared.
This book has been on my TBR list for about a year. Maybe a year in a half. As long as it's been out, and I finally got around to ordering it, so I read it as quick as I could. Let's just say that it wasn't as good as I thought it would be.
Don't get me wrong! I loved some of the cast of characters -- Puck, Ash, Grim -- but Meghan was not my favorite heroine. At sometimes she got too whiny for my interest, and I had to put the book down and debate whether or not to continue, but I always gave in and continued.
The Seelie and the Unseelie Courts of the Fey are super, super creepy. When I read about them, I seriously had a hard time believing the mythical creatures I used to adore because of TinkerBell were that horrible. Well. I guess I need to do more research on mythical creatures before I read a book about it. . .
Some of the speech seemed forced, and some of the actions had me guessing who was actually doing the actions. Sometimes what Meghan did caught me off guard.
I found myself actually getting tired of some parts, and I put the book down then as well. Maybe if I hadn't had so much crap go on while I was reading it, maybe I would have enjoyed it better, but I don't know. I just couldn't really get into this book until about the middle of it.
After about mid-way through the book, I was caught by surprise, which is one of the only reasons I didn't give it a lower rating. Another side of Ash came into view, and that actually had me held on to the book. There was just something about his character that I loved. Either way, the ending was a very interesting one, and I bought The Iron Daughter, so I'll have to be reading that one soon.
I feel really bad for not enjoying this book as much as everyone else did. If you know that The Iron Daughter gets even better, then please let me know. That'll make me more in-the-mood to read it.
You have to admit: this cover is beautiful!