Category Archives: YA

Review: the Iron King

How did I get this book: Purchased

This is a book I bought with my lovely birthday amazon gift certificates (my family knows me well!)  I started reading it a few nights ago, and have had a hard time putting it down.  I would read each night until the letters started blurring, and I would still want to read just one more page. I enjoyed the way the author brought in characters from faery tales like Puck and Oberon & Titania.  I’m fairly sure I’ve seen the Ash character before too?

From Amazon:

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.

The second book in the series, The Iron Daughter, will be available on August 1, 2010, and I’m having a really hard time waiting for it …. I mean that’s almost 2 months away!!  To satisfy cravings, and as a very cool gesture, the author has written a novella called Winter’s Passage, that takes place between the first two books.  It’s available for free via the series website until July 31st.  You can download it here for free, or for $2.39 from Amazon.

I frequently add new books to my To-Be-Read lists from reviews posted by Ana & Thea at The Book Smugglers.  They also reviewed The Iron King, and gave it a lower rating than I did, and it seems like the comments are either loved it or had a hard time finishing it.  One comment made me realize why I like this book so much.  It really does remind me of Labyrinth and The Neverending Story, which were two of my favorite movies growing up.  I guess I just like that “rescue the child, save the world” storyline.

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Mortal Instruments series

I love love love this series!  I picked up City of Bones in paperback over spring break, and it’s been sitting on my to be read shelf for the last several weeks.  I picked it up on Friday and started reading.  I didn’t stop reading until Sunday night when I finished the third book, City of Glass.  I absolutely love the world that Cassandra Clare has built.  I am so impressed with the whole series.

I don’t have time to do a full review (seems like I never have time for that these days), but I wanted to put something up to acknowledge my marathon reading this weekend.

10 – Perfect! Highly recommend!  (and how much do I love the cover art!?!?!)

City of BonesCity of AshesCity of Glass