Em: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa – REVIEW

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
Release Date: February 1st, 2010
Harlequin Teen, 363 Pages
Sub-genre: Paranormal
Source: Gifted from Sash
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: The Iron Fey #1

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 am really excited about this series! I was a little skeptical at first because I was a little worried that the transition between Nevernever and the real world would be cheesy–but the transition reminds me of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instrument series & Infernal Devices series. Smooooooth and seamless. I really liked the main character Meghan because she represents the typical teen that can’t find their place in this world, and no wonder, right? “Robby” weirded me out until you find out who he really is (which is awesome because I LOVE Shakespeare references).

Even at the end of the book I was still a little confused about what happened to Meghan’s first dad (her human “dad”)…but I guess it is supposed to be that way because Meghan’s confused as well–it helps keep the mystery alive.

I am seriously loving Ash…even though that’s not recommended for me OR Meghan…you know those Unseelie Court faeries…cold-hearted and dangerous and immortal enemies and what not. Technicalities, you know.

I will say that her little brother Ethan is so precious, and I can see why she went out of her way and risked everything to get him back. I do believe that Kagawa has created a gorgeous, complex, and supernatural world that the reader knows is beautiful to look at but dangerous to get lost in–all of the imagery was deliciously vivid and almost tangible.

I really enjoyed this book and I consider it a quick read because I flew through it and wanted more! (I actually went to Amazon.com and bought the rest of the series!) I can’t wait to see what the rest of the books have in store!

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