The Iron Daughter (The Iron Fey: Book 2)

Iron-Daughter

Title: The Iron Daughter
Author: Julie Kagawa
Type: paperback
Pages: 359 pages
Published: 1st August 2010

3 Stars

I haven’t spent very much time reading in the past few months, I have read only one book this year and that was The Iron Daughter by 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.

I am enjoying the series, although it still follows the same prose of the majority of YA fantasy books; girl falls for boy, friend falls for girl, boy tells girl they cant be together, girl runs to friend with broken heart, boy gets jealous and declares his love, girl runs into his arms and lives happily ever after.  I am finding the love triangles are getting rather predictable and are just screaming ‘Bella, Edward and Jacob’.

I don’t understand why these two boys are in love with Meghan  in the first place, she seems very fickle and rather ridiculous at times. I don’t get how after being told that they have to look like nothing is between them she then gets upset and feels betrayed the minute Ash acts that way! I wanted to shake her.

Ironhorse and Grim are awesome!! Loyal to the end while working towards their own agendas yet always savings the day when these 3 cant get it together.

Some of the plot seems rushed but overall I like the story, I don’t think the love triangle was a necessary addition, but I also get the idea of history repeating itself, lets hope Meghan doesn’t have the same fate as Ariella.

Its definitely not a book I cant put down, but there is enough there that I will continue the journey and see where it ends up.

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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The Iron King (The Iron Fey: Book 1)

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Title: The Iron King
Author: Julie Kagawa
Type: paperback
Pages: 363 pages
Published: 1st August 2010

4 Stars

My name is Meghan Chase.

In less than twenty-four hours I’ll be sixteen. Countless stories, songs, and poems have been written about this wonderful age, when a girl finds true love and the stars shine for her and the handsome prince carries her off into the sunset.

I don’t think it will be that way for me.

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 sensed 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’s 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 Iron King is the first book in Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series. Meagan, the heroine of the story, gets thrown into the world of the fey when her younger brother is kidnapped. She finds out that her best friend Robbie is actually is Robin Goodfellow from all the fairy-tales. Then, to top it all off, she finds out that she is daughter of the Summer King making her half human, half fey. So much scene setting in this book!!

The faery world was very believable and it was obvious that a great deal of work went into constructing it. I really enjoyed the creation of an Iron Fey race, it is such a modern twist on an old classic.

I have however, found the characters lacking. Meghan is a bit annoying and it would have been nice if the heroine didn’t constantly need saving, especially when she is supposed to have all this untapped power.

You can see a love-triangle in the making, which is rather typical of YA books I have noticed.

Throughout most of the book, I am rooting for Puck. He has been her closest friend, he is lighthearted, fun, witty and just so typically fey. As the journey continues into the land of the Iron King, Ash does grow on me and show a softer side rather than just the icy exterior but I do take issue with Meghan and Ash’s whirlwind romance. Their story is Romeo and Juliette-esque and you can see they are destined to be together but it all happened very quickly and didn’t make sense how they were suddenly in love.

Overall, it’s a good book, looking forward to reading The Iron Daughter.

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Time to read with a newborn

So like most women I have been trying to balance being a mother, a wife, a friend, a daughter, a sister, a cook and a cleaner with my love of books.  Unfortunately reading and blogging have had to take a backseat for the time being.  I have found myself on the odd occasion, when my little boy is asleep, taking a bit of ME time and just relaxing and reading a book.  The washing/dishes/vacuuming will still be there later afterall.

I am currently re-reading The House of Night series.  I started reading this series back in 2012 and really enjoyed it. Between now and then, the Author has finished the series and there are a few books I haven’t yet read. Usually, I would read a 13 book series like this  in a month or two, now with bubs I think it may take me until the end of the year haha.

I am the type that will not just read the new release, I will always re-read the whole series.  Does anyone else do this?

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Booktopia Wishlist

I have spent some time going through my bookshelves whilst I have been on maternity leave waiting for my little boy to arrive and my wishlist is growing bigger everyday!

I have so many series that someone has borrowed the first book and never returned it to me, so now I need to replace it to complete the set, and so many series that final books have now been released! There are also books on this list that I have read as an ebook but would now like to own the paperback. Hopefully I have time to read them all once my boy joins us! 

This is the link to my wishlist:

http://www.booktopia.com.au/view-shared-wishlist.ep?customer=1775273624&wishlist=1775501572

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REVIEW: The Fever Series

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Author: Karen Marie Moning
Type: Kobo e-book
Pages: Box-set, 2032 pages
Published: 17th September 2012

5 Stars

I loved this series!! This series would have to be my all time favourite! It follows MacKayla Lane through her journey to Ireland where she discovers she is a sidhe-seer and the shocking realization that Fae walk among us. She meets Jericho and Vlane who are the polar opposites of each other and is intrigued and somewhat infatuated with both. It is an action packed fantasy fiction series with just the right amount of romance and danger.

In my opinion, this series seems to be aimed at an audience in their mid-late twenties and that is one of the things I really enjoyed about it, as sometimes it can be hard to relate to a 16 year old heroine!

Darkfever (Book #1)

When her sister is murdered, Mac journeys to Ireland in search of answers. There, she makes a startling discovery: She’s a sidhe-seer, which gives her the rare power to glimpse beyond the realm of Man, and into the dangerous realm of the Fae. As the boundary between the worlds begins to crumble, Mac becomes a target. But her mission is clear: Find the Sinsar Dubh, an ancient book that contains the key to controlling mortals and Fae alike, before the enemy seizes it.

Bloodfever (Book #2)

In her fight to stay alive, Mac must hunt the Sinsar Dubh—a book of the blackest magic imaginable. Pursued by assassins and surrounded by mysterious figures she knows she cannot trust, Mac finds herself torn between two powerful men: V’lane, the ancient, immortal Fae Prince, and Jericho Barrons, a man as seductive as he is dangerous. Continue reading

REVIEW: The Assassins Blade

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Title: The Assassin’s Blade
Author: Sarah J Maas
Type: Kindle e-book
Pages: 448
Published: 4th March 2014

5 Stars

Amazing Book! I fell in love within the first few chapters!  I absolutely loved the Author’s’ writing style!  She is incredibly talented and writes in such a way that everything comes alive in vivid detail.

This book encompasses the 5 prequel novellas and I read it prior to Throne of Glass.  I am very glad that I did, I felt like I understood Celaena’s motives and decisions throughout the series so much better having read this first.

This prequel established Celaena as a seriously kick-ass heroine.  She has become Arobynn’s greatest assassin by the age of 16 and owes him a great debt for her training, lifestyle and reputation.  Throughout these 5 stories Celaena has survived the desolation of her country, survived the blistering heat of the red desert and earned the respect of the Mute Master, single-handedly disarmed the entire crew of a pirate ship and defeated the Pirate Lord, unveiled Arobynn’s treachery and been broken-hearted by the loss of her lover.

Overall The Assassin’s Blade was a action-packed, wild adventure that had me on the edge of my seat and unable to put the book down.  Even though this was a collection of novella’s it felt like I was reading a novel because the stories were so beautifully woven together.

I am looking forward to reading Throne of Glass!

REVIEW: The Carnelian Legacy (Carnelian Book #1)

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Author: Cheryl Koevoet
Type: ARC e-book
Pages: 480
Published: 26th February 2013

5 Stars

Amazing Book! I fell in love within the first few chapters!

I absolutely loved the Authors’ writing style!  She is incredibly talented and writes in such an eloquent way, it makes everything come alive in vivid detail. I felt as if the world she built became real.  Cheryl’s style of writing is what I aspire to achieve!

After the death of her father, seventeen-year-old Marisa’s life is on the verge of imploding.  Her brother and Uncle is all she has left.  She seeks a few minutes peace after attending her father’s funeral and heads out on horseback through the woods of Gold Hill, when a mysterious lightning storm strikes. Marisa finds herself hurled into a different dimension with only the clothes on her back and her horse.

Once she finds herself in the land of Carnelia she is discovered by Darian and his cousin, Arrigo. It’s obvious to them that she needs their help, so they take her under their protection in order to get her back home.

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REVIEW: The End of Night

16131044Title: The End of Night
Author: Paul Bogard
Type: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Published: 9th July 2013

3 Stars

It was okay. It is not my normal style of book and I only started reading it as a friend recommended it to me.

I found myself frustrated with the overly descriptive and repetitive nature of the writing and felt that half of almost every chapter could have been removed and wouldn’t have been missed.

The concept of this book is fantastic and the author obviously put in a lot of research on the subject.  It seemed to be aimed at ‘everyday society’ and not academics or astrologers, I believe the author did a great job of not over complicating the scientific aspects. His creative non-fiction style of writing made it easy to read and I liked that he referenced to the sources of his data.

This book for me, was similar to reading an extraordinarily long newspaper article, no matter how interesting the subject matter.

It opened my eyes to what artificial light is doing to the night sky, but was not really my cup of tea. However for someone who is more interested in non-fiction books this would probably be a great read.

REVIEW: The Dragon Chalice Series

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Title: Heart of the Hunter
Pages: 410
Published: 1st January 2004

Title: Heart of the Flame
Pages: 384
Published: 1st March 2005

Title: Heart of the Dove
Pages: 352
Published: 29th November 2005

Author: Lara Adrian (Tina St John)
Type: Kobo e-book

4 Stars

I found all three books in this series to be complex and appealing stories.

The 1st book in the Series “Heart of the Hunter” is about Ariana and Braedon.

Ariana is on a journey to France to release her brother from the grasp of his captors with the ransom they have demanded. Ariana is accompanied by her bodyguard who meets and unfortunate end in a scuffle and Ariana finds herself in the arms of The Hunter, Braedon, a knight with a mysterious past and a dark legacy.

After a long journey together they finally free Kenrick from Silas’ clutches and stumble upon the whereabouts of the second part of the Dragon Chalice and just in time as Ariana benefited from it greatly.

I really liked that the romance that eventuated between the two was established on trust and was not love at first sight.  In fact upon first sight Ariana was quite terrified of the knight.

The 2nd book in the Series “Heart of the Flame” is about Ariana’s brother Kenrick and Haven. Continue reading

Weekly Bookstagram

I have completed the September weekly Bookstagram Challenge hosted by The Book Addicts Guide!

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Week 1 – Fire & Flames

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Week 2 – Favorite Chapter Headings

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Week 3 – Book Through Phone (this was so much harder to achieve than I had expected!)

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Week 4 – Back to School

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Week 5 – Light or Dark

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Week 6 – Colors of Autumn (although it is Spring here in Australia)

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I am looking forward to starting these October challenges 🙂

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