Review: The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

29th Oct 2012 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2012, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: The Lost Prince by Julie KagawaThe Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #1
Published by Harlequin Teen
Pub Date: October 23rd 2012
Pages: 377
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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4 Stars

Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.

That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’d dare to fall for.

Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.

It was very exciting for me to find out that Julie Kagawa would be continuing to write the world of the Iron Fey in The Lost Prince, this time with Ethan, Meghan’s little brother, as the main character. Ethan stole our hearts as the sweet little boy with the brown, curly hair and blue eyes. It broke our hearts every time he would be left behind. Well, Ethan Chase is a baby no more…and his heartache over Meghan has turned into anger.

Having to reconcile little Ethan with the brooding, good-looking guy he turned into was only difficult for merely a moment. And even though he outwardly displays this persona, one of a tough, brooding loner, I could immediately tell that his heart was still the same: big and golden. It gets really difficult for him to keep up that disinterested façade when Mackenzie, or Kenzie for short, strolls into his life. Kenzie has got to be one of the easiest characters to like. Her personality is easy and friendly, and she is quick-witted, which is an attribute I love in my heroines.

The quest that Ethan is thrust into is not something he ever wanted to deal with. Having to rescue a friend from the Fey he hates, and having to accept their help in the process, was the last thing he ever imagined doing. But our Ethan has a heart of gold and would not let this go without a fight. And here is where things start to get really adventurous…in the Nevernever.

I was most excited to see how the Nevernever had changed since we last saw it in The Iron Knight. Julie Kagawa paints such a pretty picture of the progressive Iron Kingdom! The rest of the Nevernever is as it always was. And if we see the Iron Kingdom it means we see the Iron Court, right? YES! We pretty much see all our favorite and some not-so-favorite characters in this book. But the best surprise is the inclusion of a new character, one with silver hair that appears in The Iron Knight not as a real character…yet. I was not expecting this character to be in this series..had not even considered it! I think I was more excited to have him in this series than I am of Ethan! I won’t say the name, but if you know who I mean just vaguely tell me in the comments so we don’t ruin the surprise for others. :)

Overall, The Lost Prince has all the elements of adventure that I loved from the Iron Fey series. The only thing I felt was missing was that epic love story element…at least from Ethan, because we kind of do get it from our new character. It kind of made me hope that we maybe get a book from his point-of- view. Maybe? Hopefully? Pretty please, Julie!! :D In any case, Iron Fey fans will not be disappointed with this new spin-off.

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About Julie Kagawa

Julie Kagawa, the New York Times bestselling author of the Iron Fey and Blood of Eden series was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos, and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn’t getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish, and the odd eel.

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Review: The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

17th Nov 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: The Iron Knight by Julie KagawaThe Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey #4
Published by Harlequin Teen
Pub Date: October 26th 2011
Pages: 361
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
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5 Stars

To cold faery prince Ash, love was a weakness for mortals and fools. His own love had died a horrible death, killing gentler feelings the Winter Prince might have had. Or so he thought.

Then Meghan Chase- a half-human, half-fey slip of a girl- smashed through his barricades, binding him to her irrevocably with his oath to be her knight. And when all of Faery nearly fell to the Iron fey, she severed their bond to save his life. Meghan is now the Iron Queen, ruler of a realm where no Winter or Summer faery can survive,

With the unwelcome company of his archrival, Summer Court prankster Puck, and the infuriating cait sith Grimalkin, Ash begins a journey he is bound to see through its end- a quest to find a way to honor his vow to stand by Meghan's side.

To survive the Iron Realm, Ash must have a soul and a mortal body. But the tests he must face to earn these things are impossible. And along the way, Ash learns something that changes everything. A truth that challenges his darkest beliefs and shows him that, sometimes, it takes more than courage to make the ultimate sacrifice.

I was ecstatic when I found out the next book in the Iron Fey series would be told from Ash’s perspective. After The Iron Queen there was really no other way the next book could be told but through his eyes.

What I really love about this series is that it transports me into this magical world, where things I never could have dreamed up happen. The first three books have nothing on this one in that respect. You know the expression “I’d go to the end of the world for you”, well Ash is doing that for Meghan. Literally. Ash, Puck, and Grimalkin set off on a journey to The End of the World, where Ash will have to go through several tests or trials to earn his soul and mortal body. The places and tests were highly imaginative and I found myself pausing just to perfectly capture the image in my mind. Ash gains two more companions on his journey, one of which was a total shocker…yet, not. When this character made themselves known, I had one of those “I KNEW IT!!” moments. And no, I’m not telling you who I’m talking about, you’ll have to read it to find out. :)

I will tell you that some of these test or trials Ash goes through are really heart-wrenching. I will admit I cried, but then again, Julie Kagawa always does this to me, so it came as no surprise. In the end, I cried happy tears though. I was over the moon happy with how every thing played out. That Epilogue! It was really everything I wanted in an ending for Ash and Meghan. Even though their story has come to a close, we get a glimpse into their future…sort of. You’ll know what I mean when you read it.

The Iron Knight was a wonderful ending to such a magical, romantic series. You will not be disappointed.

 

About Julie Kagawa

Julie Kagawa, the New York Times bestselling author of the Iron Fey and Blood of Eden series was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos, and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn’t getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish, and the odd eel.

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Review: The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa

30th Jun 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: The Iron Queen by Julie KagawaThe Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey #3
Published by Harlequin Teen
Pub Date: January 25th 2011
Pages: 358
Format: Paperback | Source: Purchased
Genres: Romance, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
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5 Stars

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.

So at this point, it’s safe to say now that this has become one of my favorite Fey series. The Iron Queen is the by far my favorite of the three books out right now. There were some heart wrenching moments before in the previous two books, but this one slayed me in the end. Deep breaths, in and out. That was me while listening to the last couple of chapters of this audiobook. Of which, by the way, the narrator is AMAZING!

Meghan Chase. I never would have imagined the growth of this character. Her transformation into this fierce warrior was so great to experience. She is brave, yet vulnerable, and her inner strength is fueled by her selflessness. Yes, I have a total girl crush on Meghan Chase. This is something I could not say at the beginning of the series. And Ash…oh, fierce but sweet, sensitive Ash. If I were a poet, I’d…well, I’d write you a poem. Something that said how you make me swoon…how you make my heart soar. I’ve loved him from the start. Puck on the other hand? Haven’t always been a fan of his but he totally shined in this book. I think this line from the book best describes my feelings for these two fairies as it did for Meghan:

“I wanted to laugh with Puck and love with Ash.”

If you’ve read the book, you know where that line comes in. I’ll give you a moment to shed your tears. Go on… *wipes tears*

This book had so much story. It tied up all of Meghan’s loose ends. Some more neatly than others. Some were right out painful. I was really surprised at the turn of events at the very end. It was unexpected and unique. I don’t think there’s a series out there that has gone in this direction after three books, but I am INSANELY excited about The Iron Knight, which will be told from Ash’s POV. Maybe even Puck, too?! That would be even more amazing. (I’m just speculating about the Puck thing, I haven’t heard anything.)

So, good friends, if you have not yet picked up this series, what in the world are you waiting for?! Also, for people wanting to try audiobooks, I recommend this one! :)

 

About Julie Kagawa

Julie Kagawa, the New York Times bestselling author of the Iron Fey and Blood of Eden series was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos, and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn’t getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish, and the odd eel.

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Review: The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

14th Apr 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: The Iron Daughter by Julie KagawaThe Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey #2
Published by Harlequin Teen
Pub Date: August 1st 2010
Pages: 359
Format: Paperback | Source: Purchased
Genres: Romance, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
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4 Stars

Half Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fit in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is prisoner to the Winter faery queen. As war looms between Summer and Winter, Meghan knows that the real danger comes from the Iron fey—ironbound faeries that only she and her absent prince have seen. But no one believes her.

Worse, Meghan's own fey powers have been cut off. She's stuck in Faery with only her wits for help. Trusting anyone would be foolish. Trusting a seeming traitor could be deadly. But even as she grows a backbone of iron, Meghan can't help but hear the whispers of longing in her all-too-human heart.

I wish I could say Meghan didn’t frustrate me again at first, but, oh my gawd, did she ever! If someone tells you they have to act like they don’t care in front of people who would use your feelings against you, why would you believe he means it when it happens? I wanted to shake her and make her realize this SO many times! In reality, I like Meghan! I think she’s kind and loyal and brave, but sometimes she’s a bit childish.

In The Iron King, I thought the romance between Ash and Meghan, while exciting, was a bit sudden and unexplained. It felt like it blossomed, on his part, out of nowhere. Well, my question was definitely answered in this book, and it left me sah-wooning! Although, I was often bothered by how much his first love was brought up. It made me sad and hurt for Meghan.

While I suspected Puck had feelings for Meghan, in The Iron King, he never tells her outright. Well, after surprising Meghan with his return at a crucial time, he totally lays it on her! I love Puck…but he’s not Ash. And I think that’s what Meghan struggles with the most when it comes to them. She would never stop yearning for Ash if she were to stay with Puck, though.

I gotta tell you, Iron Horse wormed his way into my heart with his unwavering loyalty and I cried a little in the end for him. Another person who devastated me was Charles. I suspected what the deal with him was and it broke my heart that neither he nor Meghan could remember anything.

The villains in this book were almost unexpected but not surprising. I don’t think I hate anyone more in this series than Rowan. He is heartless. The things he agrees to do for the enemy, against his own family, were so wrong.

I loved how this book ended. I never thought Ash would actually go through with that and it left me elated, but now I’m so worried about what’s going to happen to him!! :( Because of that, I’m terrified to read The Iron Queen. I’ve heard how many people it has brought to tears! I’m sucking it up though, because this series is too good not to read.

 

About Julie Kagawa

Julie Kagawa, the New York Times bestselling author of the Iron Fey and Blood of Eden series was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos, and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn’t getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish, and the odd eel.

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Review: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa + Bonus Winter’s Passage Review!

3rd Apr 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa + Bonus Winter’s Passage Review!The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey #1
Published by Harlequin Teen
Pub Date: February 1st 2010
Pages: 363
Format: Paperback | Source: Purchased
Genres: Romance, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Buy the book! | Goodreads
4 Stars

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.

I really enjoyed the world Julie Kagawa has created. The Summer/Seelie Court and the Winter/Unseelie Court are what I’ve always imagined fairies to be like. They’re unearthly beautiful with elven features and unattainable grace.

Meghan Chase has been kept in the dark her whole life about her origins. Her best friend, Robbie, is actually a faery. He has been protecting her and keeping her blind to all things fey. See, Meghan’s father is the Summer King and that makes her a target. I found Meghan to be a little infuriating sometimes. She wouldn’t take anyone’s advice and always made rash decisions that mostly made matters worse for everyone and herself. But what I will give her is that she is courages and strong. For being thrust into this world she adjusted rather well and didn’t cower at all the unknown. Her loyalty was also admirable.

One very intriguing character was Prince Ash of the Winter Court. I think his cold, mysterious demeanor is something he uses to keep himself closed off. I think he is definitely hero material. That whole “always want what you can’t(or shouldn’t) have” was SO happening in this book between Meghan and Ash, and I loved it!

Puck, a.k.a. Robbie, was also there to help Meghan on her quest to save her brother. I love his humor and sarcastic comments. I do wonder if he has feelings for Meghan that go deeper than friendship though. I hope we find out in the next book!

I can’t believe I hadn’t read this book sooner! Talk about being taken to another world! It was definitely a unique take on faeries. This story was action packed, it had heart and it left me wanting the next book the moment I finished.

 

BONUS QUICK REVIEW!

Winter’s Passage (Iron Fey #1.5) by Julie Kagawa
3 out of 5 Stars!
Publication Date: May 20th 2010 by Harlequin Teen

Meghan Chase used to be an ordinary girl…until she discovered that she is really a faery princess. After escaping from the clutches of the deadly Iron fey, Meghan must follow through on her promise to return to the equally dangerous Winter Court with her forbidden love, Prince Ash. But first, Meghan has one request: that they visit Puck–Meghan’s best friend and servant of her father, King Oberon–who was gravely injured defending Meghan from the Iron Fey.

Yet Meghan and Ash’s detour does not go unnoticed. They have caught the attention of an ancient, powerful hunter–a foe that even Ash may not be able to defeat….

An eBook exclusive story from Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series.

This story takes place between book 1, The Iron King, and book 2, The Iron Daughter. It’s a great short adventure and a nice addition to the series. I think if it hadn’t been written we might’ve always wondered how it had gone down. I love the moments where Ash opens up to Meghan and doesn’t try to act like he doesn’t care for her. If you enjoyed The Iron King you’ll like this story as well. :)

 

About Julie Kagawa

Julie Kagawa, the New York Times bestselling author of the Iron Fey and Blood of Eden series was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos, and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn’t getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish, and the odd eel.

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