27 August 2011

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa–NR

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've seen it before.  Maybe not the exact plot or the exact world but it's too close for my comfort.  It reminded me too much of all the other fae/faerie books that have been done: Holly Black, Modern Faerie Tales; Lesley Livingston, Wondrous Strange; Melissa Marr, Wicked Lovely; Jenna Black, Faerie Walker.  All these fae/faerie books have so much in common.  I wanted to see something edgier that hadn't been covered yet.

Oh god.  Then there's the main character.  Talk about raging insecurities.  Sure, she might have a dry, innocent sense of humor but she isn't that charmingly naïve character.  I think Meghan is ridiculous.  How come none of these stories have main characters who KNOW anything already about fairy stuff?  Like, never promise the fae anything.  Etc.

The character set overall was too predictable and standard for my taste.

The writing was pretty good, though.  That was the one thing I liked, but it wasn't' enough to hold up the whole book.

Overall, I just wasn't compelled to continue reading.  I'd previously read about a hundred pages in before leaving it for a few months, and so I picked it up from there.  I only got about six pages before I put it back down.

I know this is a wildly popular series, but it just wasn't for me.

Book Info:

  • pages – paperback, 363
  • published – February 2010
  • publisher – Harlequin Teen
  • genre – urban fantasy
  • received via – Borders
  • rating – NR
  • series – Iron Fey
    • The Iron King
    • The Iron Daughter
    • The Iron Queen
    • The Iron Knight
  • progress – 111/363 pages