Saturday, January 1, 2011

The Iron Daughter

The Iron Daughter 

Iron Fey, #2
Author: Julie Kagawa
Pages: 304
Reading Level: YA
Published: August 1, 2010

Rating: 5/5

Wow. Just, wow. This book just had its twists and turns. I swear, my jaw was probably hanging open (at least mentally) half the time.

I just love the way the author creates the characters. I love all of them, even if some aren't so nice (*coughMab* Hello, scary ice queen). Meghan is an amazing, strong girl. Many books have the heroine as a weak, dependent girl, and while Meghan does have several occasions in which she's the damsel in distress, she has her own head and a pretty good way with magic, too.

Ash. Ash, Ash, Ash. *stares off into space dreamily* I fell in love with him all over again in the end. I was rooting for him in the first book, and determined to see him with Meghan in the end of the second. He wasn't that great in the beginning, but I'm a romantic, and I just knew that he would come back in the end. It's just how my brain (or maybe my heart?) is set. Love always prevails, no matter what. :)

Puck. Poor, poor Puck. I liked him in the first book, but really, I could only think of him as a friend, the way Meghan saw him. In this book, I didn't really fall for him, but I started feeling like he might not have been so bad for Meghan, after all. (And that would leave Ash for me.) I felt really bad for him in the end. Poor kid.

Speaking of the ending, we're back to the "Love always prevails" thing. I was surprised, and yet, I kind of expected it. I knew Meghan would choose Ash, but I wasn't so sure about Ash. When I read the ending the first time, I was like "Yeah, ok. They end up together. They're banished. Big whoop. They have each other." But then I read it again, I thought about how hard it must have been for them. So now I'm just desperate for the next installment. I have to see what happens next! I was just dreading to finish this one, because it meant I would have to wait for the Iron Queen. On the bright side, only 24 more days until its release! *throws a little bit of confetti* I'm saving the rest for the actual day. ;)

P.S. I'm pretty sure they'll show up back in the Nevernever. That's just how books go, don't they? They always find a way. :)

... Maybe I should stop reading books in a cliche way and stop predicting what's going to happen and rather just get into them. Sigh...

Favorite quotes:
~"Things are going to get screwed eight ways from Sunday, and you’re making goo-goo eyes at the enemy!"
~"Well, this should be easy, then.” Puck smirked. “We’ll just stroll in the front door, waltz up to Virus, grab the scepter, have some tea and save the world before breakfast. Silly me, thinking it would be hard."
~"'Don't leave,' I whispered, tightening my hold. 'Never leave me again. Stay with me. Forever.' The Winter prince smiled, a small, easy smile, and lowered his lips to mine. 'I promise.'"

Summary (from Goodreads): 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.

And since it's New Years, here's a little treat that Author Julie Kagawa gave us:

It's so cute! It made me laugh, too. :)


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