Thursday 24 November 2011

Review: Iron Fey 1, 1.5, 2 - Julie Kagawa

Iron Fey #1
2010 Harlequin Teen, YA PNR, 363 pages

My thoughts:
Hear, hear, sometimes the impossible does happen. I will step down from my high throne where I say that PNR YA never manages to snare me, because it did. It finally did. 

It just had something about it that made it impossible for me to put it down. I just could not let go of this story. I also liked that it was so easy and just flowed. And I always did like wicked fairies. 

But now I will rip it to pieces because that is what I do when I like a story. Why oh why does immortals fall for silly young girls? Really?! If Ash is that old I would think he would rather fall for a woman than a 16 year old girl. Also why is Ash still young? I could understand an immortal girl being young forever, I have not changed that much since I was 16. I can into myself quickly, my face may just be a bit sharper and I liked a bit older, but still. But a boy? Who in the right mind wants to stay a boy when he can be a man? Can Ash even shave yet? Also, their love story, suddenly it just was *eye roll* 

There now I complained a bit. Did these things ruin it for me? Absolutely freaking not. Who cares about silly immortals who should know better. Summer and winter fell for each other, awww, loving that. Meghan was nice, Ash was secretive, Puck was fun, the cat was great, the evil guys were evil, the pace was good and I truly enjoyed the ride. 

Luckily I had the library get book 2 at the same time so I will start that one soon and see what happens to these people. How it all will end I have no idea of. 

Yes, I do recommend it.

Iron Fey #1,5
2010, 59 pages, ebook

What can I say about short stories...well, it was nice to read it after having read The Iron King, I got to read about the way to the Unseelie court. Of course that just made me wonder where exactly book 2 begins.

I felt the connection between Ash and Meghan a bit more in this one, and I also thought Meghan was a bit too nice. Take the chance and run girl. Especially if your man says he will kill you if he must.

I am not a fan of short stories but it worked, still I was not taken by it as I was with book 1.

Iron Fey #2
August 2010, 359 pages

My thoughts:

It was not as good as book 1, something was missing for me, but still this was a really good book. Often book 2 is a let down and this did not happen here, I was just bugged by a few things. But it still had me caught in its grip and would not let go

I think most of my problem was the love triangle. It is so done, please, no more. If you love someone you love that someone, especially when you do anything for said person. You do not suddenly start thinking if you love this other guy. Why the girls do not get dumped I do not know. Is anything worth that heartbreak. How do you know she will be true in the future then? Ya heroines has commitment issues,

And I do get why Ash is cold in this one, but Meghan does not seem to grasp the danger of the Winter court. Come on they might eat ya. He is playing it safe. Sure he is arrogant but still, she should get it. But then she is a bit headstrong.

But still I like it, and that does not happen often with YA books like this series. Kagawa is just that good. Even if I wish it had been as good as book 1, but at least it made me want more.

Nr 1 yes, 1,5 ok, book 2, nah


  1. Wow, if even you recommend the books, how can I keep refusing?

  2. *gasp* YA PNR that you liked?!?

  3. I've heard of this series and when I have more time I might try it as well...stepping down from my even higher horse.

    Also why is Ash still young? I could understand an immortal girl being young forever, I have not changed that much since I was 16. I can into myself quickly, my face may just be a bit sharper and I liked a bit older, but still. But a boy? Who in the right mind wants to stay a boy when he can be a man? Can Ash even shave yet?

    Interesting questions~!

  4. I've only read book one so far, but I LOVED it. I'm dying to read the others, but my TBR mountain has been holding me back from doing so (argh). One of these days...

    Glad that you found a YA series you enjoyed though--there are some out there, believe me!


  5. Aurian
    I know, I am pretty shocked myself.

    I KNOW. I fear this is the end of the world as we know it, prepare for fire and hail

    Lol, oh these high horses we got. Well it it is nice to be thrown off once in a while. It does nice things to you.

    Book Queen
    I have just not tried them yet, I have tried a few though but they are all so YA. I know one can't say that, but it is all petty drama and cliches.

    Oh I know about mountains, good luck!

  6. Hahaha - I kept putting off reading these books too - I just didn't want to until I met the author at ALA and Parajunkee talked me into reading the first one...I loved it!! Book 3 is my favorite so I hope you're able to read it soon.

  7. Patti
    Ohhh, good to hear. I might save it until Feb when I go back to the library to work and I can see if the two they have have been popular ;)

  8. ooh you liked these! I have the first 3 books but haven't read them yet. Everyone seems to love these so I'm hoping for the best!

  9. hmmm, still must read book 1. but will keep this in mind for book 2. and a happy turkey day to you as well! but do you do turkey there? in any case, happy day ;-D

  10. I know that everyone loves this book but I just couldn't get into it. I didn't even finish it. There just wasn't anything about it that made me want to keep reading. But I do think I would have enjoyed it if I would have read it when I was younger.

  11. Elysium
    *fingers crossed* for you :D They were fun, and that is praise from me who do not like ya pnr

    No turkey here, well ok some eat it for xmas, but no thanks, I need my ham ;)

    I know that feeling well, it is the feeling I have with all YA books like this one, and I do not know what was different here

  12. These are on my list to read at sometime in my life!

  13. I have seen these around, glad you enjoyed them. I do like a good love triangle.

  14. EVERYONE is telling me to read this series. But I, like you, am weary. I will read book one next year for sure then.

  15. Staci
    I hope you get to them within the next decade ;)

    You do? They just irritate me...though only in YA, lol

    I was so weary but I liked it, that shows you never really know

  16. Those books are in my collection only I have yet to read them! Your review made my up them on the list :D

  17. i just finished the last book (Iron Knight). Enjoy the rest of the books!

  18. Everyone likes these books. Do I? I haven't read them...yet...:) But now I want too.

  19. I knew you'd fall for paranormal YA eventually! Although I agree there are a lot of rubbish ones out there. I haven't read this series yet but it ius sitting on my TBR pile so I will get to round to it eventually! :)

  20. Oh interesting. I thought the series kept on getting better for me. I thought the second book was better than the first. Goes to show we all have our own ideas! LOL Still glad that you enjoyed it.

  21. Lis
    Lol, I am glad ;) Do you have a pic of a ? or has google censured it?

    Ohh goddie! I can't wait to read more

    I can't say, but I am sure you would like them too

  22. Ha ha, the one YA PNR you like is one I'm not all that fond of. That made me giggle a bit. I'm so happy that you found a series that works for you :D

  23. Mari
    I know, I am strange! But yes at least I found one that did not irritate me to pieces

  24. It's not my usual genre either, but I really enjoyed The Iron King too.

  25. Yes! I'm glad you were enchanted by this series. I love it! The wicked faeries were the best.

  26. Bermuda
    Funny how it happens sometimes :)

    I love the wicked ones, they are just like they should be. Fairies are not nice

  27. Awesome reviews! I've done back and forth about this series but I think you finally sold me. Awesome :)

  28. Alexis
    Yay, I am glad to hear that :D

  29. I love YA PNR and I bought Iron King based purely on the book trailer LOL and sadly it just didn't do it for me. I even have the rest in the series but can't convince myself to keep going :(

    Glad this one did it for you!

  30. Hmm, I seemed to like Iron Daughter better than Iron King. ANd really enjoyed Iron Queen. I have Iron Knight here to read Ash's story, but haven't got to it yet. :) Glad you enjoyed them. :)

  31. Teddy
    Oh no :( Too bad it did not work for you, but that sure happens. I am still in awe that it worked for me

    I will see how I like the rest then ;) Cos yes so far nr 1 was better

  32. can't believe i read the last book first. i'll prob go back and read these.

  33. Carrie
    Lol, yes you started in the wrong end for sure :)



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