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review 2016-05-08 17:47
Book Review of The Iron Daughter (The Iron Fey, Book 2) by Julie Kagawa
The Iron Daughter - Julie Kagawa

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.

 

Review 5*

 

This is the second book in the Iron Fey series. I absolutely loved it!

 

Meghan Chase is a wonderful character. I really liked her. She's now seventeen years old, though still full of angst and a bit of a tom boy. Having saved her brother Ethan from the grip of The Iron King, Meghan finds herself stuck in the Winter Court. Unable to use her Summer power, she struggles to survive in the Unseelie court. When a traitor steals an important object out from under the Winter court's care, Meghan finds herself thrown into another deadly adventure. Can she retrieve the object and stop the war between the Summer and Winter courts? Or will she lose everything she has been fighting for?

 

I had been in a reading slump before picking up the first book in the series. Now I can't get enough of it! Once I finished The Iron King, I picked this one up and began reading it straight away.

 

Once again, I was pulled into the story and found myself completely entranced with the world of Faery. I loved meeting Robin Goodfellow aka Puck again, as well as the Cait Sith, Grimalkin and Ash, the Winter Prince.

 

This story is just as intense and emotional as the first one; full of action, adventure and danger, as well as romance. I love the interaction between the characters. Puck and Ash still have a love/hate/respect relationship. Their ability to set aside their feud in order to work together to keep Meghan safe impressed me though. Grimalkin is still mysterious and seems to know a lot more than he shares, this can be a bit annoying for the characters, but he also acts as a voice of reason when they get a bit hotheaded. There are also some new characters introduced: Leanansidhe, the Exile Queen, who rules over the exiled and half-breed fae that have been banished from Faery and lives in the Between (the veil separating the human and fae worlds). I'm not sure I liked her. She has a vindictive streak that made me shudder. However, she is much nicer than most fae, which is saying a lot. I still wouldn't trust her though.
Ironhorse was introduced to the reader in the first book, but only had a small role. In this book, he takes it upon himself to be Meghan's guardian, since she defeated The Iron King. Meghan herself has changed since her battle with Machina. She has grown as a character, and I have enjoyed watching her mature and handle responsibilities that would break normal beings. However, her woe is me attitude at the beginning of the book made me want to throttle her. But, as the story progressed, I forgot my irritation with her. Her ability to use iron glamour seems to be a direct result from the death of Machina at her hand, but I found it odd that she didn't make the connection herself.

 

The descriptions of the faery world and creatures living within it are vivid and felt real. As I sat reading, I could picture every scene in my mind's eye with ease. I would love to see this made into a movie or TV serial, though it would probably rely a lot on CGI for the various creatures living within it. I reached the end of the book with mixed feelings. I wanted the story to continue, but I also didn't. This is one of the most emotional roller coaster rides I have been on in a long time. I didn't even have this reaction with the Twilight Saga, and that just about ripped my heart out at times. However, I am looking forward to continuing this amazing adventure by reading The Iron Queen next.

 

Julie Kagawa has written a fantastic Young Adult series. I love her writing style, which is fast paced and exciting. The flow was also wonderful, as each scene moved effortlessly into the next. She has found a firm fan in me and I will definitely be reading more of her books in the future.

 

Although there are no scenes of a sensual nature, there are scenes that are violent or a little gory. Therefore, I do not recommend this to readers under 15. However, I highly recommend this book if you love YA fantasy or paranormal romances. - Lynn Worton

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review 2015-08-21 22:28
The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa (The Iron Fey #2)
The Iron Daughter - Julie Kagawa

I did not like this book.

 

2.5 stars: one star for Julie Kagawa’s writing; one star for Puck, Ironhorse, Grim, and Ash; and the point five star for the semi-cool ending. That’s pretty much it.

 

Trust me, I’m not saying that I hate this series, I just think that the aspects I didn’t like were just more prominent in this second installment. The problems I had were with the plot pacing, the non-existent love triangle, and Meagan (our beloved main character).

 

I cannot remember the last time a specific main character has ruined an entire book for me. Yeah, I’ve given out 2 star ratings before, but that was because of many things. I can’t remember the last time it was because of a main character.

 

Meagan Chase is supposed to be kept in the Winter realm from the contract she had with Ash from the last book. Ash specifically tells Meagan that he cannot go proclaiming his love for her 24/7 because it’s for her own safety, but Meagan continues to cry and complain like a little five-year-old girl and will constantly get herself into ridiculous situations. I’m not even going to give a lecture on this, because a girl who will complain even though her “true love” has told her not to will never understand what I’m trying to say.

 

Second thing: the love triangle. OMG SOMEONE PLEASE. PLEASE.

A tiny part of me, somewhere deep inside, was rejoicing at this newest revelation, though I think, deep down, I’d always suspected. Puck loves me, it whispered, thrilled. He’s in love with me. I knew it. I knew it all along.  

Girl, who you lying to?

 

I’m not Team Puck or Team Ash because I like both of them, in fact forget Meagan, Ash and Puck should just stick together as BFF’s and go off into the sunset.

Puck retreated, grinning, and the nurse sighed. “Those two,” she muttered. “They’re either best friends or darkest enemies, I can’t tell which. Come with me, Miss Chase.”

Also, the thing about the plot. Ugh. It was a great plot, but the pacing dragged at some parts and I felt really tired. I didn’t really care at all what was happening at a certain point. But, whatever. At least the ending was cool.

 

Overall, The Iron Daughter was kind of a disappointment to me compared to The Iron King. Yes, I have decided to read the next book, The Iron Queen later on, though.

 

Thanks for reading my review everyone and hope you have a great day! Until the next one!

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review 2015-05-28 00:00
The Iron Daughter
The Iron Daughter - Julie Kagawa Didn't care for this one as much as the first, but that's pretty standard for me. I never like the sequel as much.
The story didn't move along quite so well in this one and I felt like there was too much filler for my tastes. They didn't really need to be anywhere as long as they were.
We get a taste of life in Tir Na Nog, but Meghan was there too long. And I don't get why she didn't see what Ash was trying to do. I mean, did she expect him to display his love for her right in front of the very people who would love to torture for that reason alone? For her to just come out with it the way that she did was just plain stupid!
Then they went to Leanansidhe's, where they stayed too long. Again. That felt like the most filler for more. There was no reason for them to hang around. I was with Ironhorse, the whole way. STOP WASTING TIME!
Oh, and Ironhorse! I hate that he died and the way that he did. It was so sad! I think him calling Meghan his queen was kind of foreboding, like she'll end up being the queen of something. My guess is the Iron Court because of the powers she displayed taking the chip thing out of Ash.
And let me just say that had it been my parents that he'd frozen solid, whether he could control it or not, I'd be more worried about thawing them out than saving him!
That whole romance feels shallow to me. Ash just causes her more and more pain no matter what he does. With Puck, it could be so easy. They belong to the same court. He makes her laugh. They know each other so well. And they kissed! And she liked it. She couldn't tell Ash that she and Puck were just friends because she knew it wasn't true. So what's the problem. Is she just trying to make it harder for herself.

Let's see:
Ash
Winter Court
Sworn Enemy
Questionable loyalty
Barely know each other
Constantly hurting her (physically and emotionally)

Puck
Protected and watched over her for how many years?
Makes her feel better
Summer Court
Has known her for years
Always loyal
Never has to question his feelings

To me it's a pretty clear choice, but what do I know?
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text 2015-02-01 17:23
January Wrap Up 2015
Point of Retreat - Colleen Hoover
Witchy, Witchy (Spellbound Trilogy #1) - Penelope King
Stubborn Love - Wendy Owens
Ever Shade - Alexia Purdy
Tainted Legacy - Amity Hope
The Iron Daughter - Julie Kagawa
The Iron Queen - Julie Kagawa
The Iron Knight - Julie Kagawa
Forsaken (Book #1) (Daughters of the Sea) - Kristen Day,Stacy Sanford
SNOWBOUND (FireFrost Book 1) - Brenda L. Harper
  1. Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover
  2. Witchy, Witchy by  Penelope King
  3. Opposing Sides (University Park, #1) by  C.M. Doporto
  4. Crossing (Open Door Love Story, #1) by  Stacey Wallace Benefiel
  5. Stubborn Love (Stubborn Love, #1) by Wendy Owens 
  6. Change For Me (The Alpha's Kiss, #1) by Lynn Red 
  7. Ever Shade (A Dark Faerie Tale, #1) by Alexia Purdy 
  8. Different (Tainted Elements, #1) by Alycia Linwood 
  9. Sinful Desires: Vol. I (Sinful Desires, #1) by M.S. Parker
  10. Confessions (Desert Secrets, #1) by Wendy Ely 
  11. Summer Sky (Blue Phoenix, #1) by Lisa Swallow
  12. Forever & Always (The Ever Trilogy, #1) by Jasinda Wilder
  13. The Look of Love (The Sullivans, #1) by  Bella Andre
  14. RECKLESS - Part 1 (The RECKLESS, #1) by  Alice Ward
  15. RECKLESS - Part 2 (The RECKLESS, #2) by  Alice Ward
  16. Tainted Legacy by Hope, Amity
  17. The Pursuit: Dangerous Liaisons 1 by Taffel, Lily
  18. The Iron Daughter (The Iron Fey, #2) by Kagawa, Julie
  19. Baptism by Fire by Ramsay, Keira
  20. The Iron Queen (The Iron Fey, #3) by Kagawa, Julie
  21. The Iron Knight (The Iron Fey, #4) by Kagawa, Julie
  22. Forsaken (Daughters of the Sea #1) by Day, Kristen
  23. Venom (Venom Series #1) by Middleton, Kristen
  24. Snowbound (FireFrost, #1) by Harper, Brenda L.
  25. The Beckoning of Beautiful Things (Beckoning, #1) by B., Calinda
  26. Broken (Embraced Book 1) by Sky, Caelia
  27. The Cancun Trilogy, An Erotic Beach Romance by Malick, Lena
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review 2015-01-18 00:00
The Iron Daughter
The Iron Daughter - Julie Kagawa Ash. Puck. Grimalkin. Meghan. Awesome ride, extraordinary adeventure, betrayal, love at ever end.
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