Review: Iron’s Prophecy by Julie Kagawa

Iron's Prophecy (The Iron Fey, #4.5)Title: Iron’s Prophecy
Author:  Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey
Publisher:  Harlequin
Format: ebook freebie from author
ISBN: 1426846037
Genre: Young Adult
Release date: September 1st 2012
Number of pages: 79

Meghan Chase is finally getting used to being the Iron Queen, ruler of the Iron Fey. Her life may be strange, but with former Winter prince Ash by her side at last, she wouldn’t have it any other way.

But when they travel to the Summer and Winter courts’ gathering for Elysium, the oracle from Meghan’s past returns with a dire prophecy: “What you carry will either unite the courts, or it will destroy them.” Now Meghan faces a devastating choice that may determine the future of all fey—and her and Ash’s unborn child…

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I love the Iron Fey series but I have a huge problem with these novellas. All their stories feels like a tease to me and I finish wanting more. I get a glimpse of Ash and of course Puck, but the story is too short for me to truly enjoy it.
 
This time I came prepared to what was coming and since this was just a freebie I feel a little better and don’t hate the book that much.
 
My principal issue was the fact we can barely see Ash fighting and when he and Puck decide to join battle it’s a little strange to see Megan win the fight.
 
I guess my problem is always wanting more. Nothing bad or truly evil this time around, just a glimpse of the future.
 
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Series in Order

#1 – The Iron King
#1.5 –
Winter’s Passage 
#2 –
The Iron Daughter 
#3 –
The Iron Queen
#3.5 –
Summer’s Crossing 
#4 – The Iron Knight
#4.5 – An Iron Fey Valentine
#4.6 – Iron’s Prophecy

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Review: The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Knight (Iron Fey, #4)

The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa 

e-ARC provided by NetGalley courtesy of the publisher
Iron Fey #4
Publisher: Harlequin TEEN
Genre: Young Adult 
Release date: October 26th 2011
Number of pages: 394
Rating:

 

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Book Blurb:

Ash, former prince of the Winter Court, gave up everything. His title, his home, even his vow of loyalty. All for a girl… and all for nothing.

Unless he can earn a soul.

To cold, emotionless faery prince Ash, love was a weakness for mortals and fools. His own love had died a horrible death, killing any gentler feelings the Winter prince might have had. Or so he thought.

Then Meghan Chase—a half human, half fey slip of a girl— smashed through his barricades, binding him to her irrevocably with his oath to be her knight. And when all of Faery nearly fell to the Iron fey, she severed their bond to save his life. Meghan is now the Iron Queen, ruler of a realm where no Winter or Summer fey can survive.

With the (unwelcome) company of his archrival, Summer Court prankster Puck, and the infuriating cait sith Grimalkin, Ash begins a journey he is bound to see through to its end— a quest to find a way to honor his solemn vow to stand by Meghan’s side.

To survive in the Iron realm, Ash must have a soul and a mortal body. But the tests he must face to earn these things are impossible. At least, no one has ever passed to tell the tale.
And then Ash learns something that changes everything. A truth that turns reality upside down, challenges his darkest beliefs and shows him that, sometimes, it takes more than courage to make the ultimate sacrifice.

My Thoughts:

I never thought I would miss Meghan, but this book was almost all about Ash journey to became a human and be able to live with Meghan on the Iron Realm.

 

Puck as always is the fun part on the travel, plus we get to see again the Wolf and of course Grimalkin, he’s such a smarty cat. I liked how Puck chose to help and decided to trust Meghan and his longtime friend Ash.

 

At first when I first read about the return of Ariella it got me thinking of what Ash would do, because he blames himself and Puck, but after some more reading I realized that Julie was right again and both needed closure. Mostly to became again friends because their relationship was going really bad.

 

So the journey made this book the darker so far and I thought in moments that somebody would die and I kept hoping to not be Puck or Ash. It would be devastating.

 

I wanted more time with Meghan and to get to know more about her way of ruling the Iron Fey.

Books in this Series:

#1 – The Iron King (Iron Fey, #1)
#1.5 Winter’s Passage (Iron Fey, #1.5)
#2 – The Iron Daughter (Iron Fey, #2)
#3 – The Iron Queen (Iron Fey, #3)
#3.5 – Summer’s Crossing (Iron Fey, #3.5)
#4 – The Iron Knight (Iron Fey, #4)
#4.5 – An Iron Fey Valentine

Trailer:

Quote:

“I have come from the End of the World…. From the River of Dreams, through the gauntlet and the Briar and the Deep Wyld, in order to stand before you today. I have but one request – to take my place at your side. To resume my duty as your knight, and to protect you and your kingdom for as long as I draw breath.”

Review: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1)

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa 

Blood of Eden #1
e-ARC provided by NetGalley courtesy of the publisher
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: Young Adult 
Release date: April 24th 2012
Number of pages: 504
Rating:

 

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Book Blurb:

In a future world, Vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity.

Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten.

Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them. The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked—and given the ultimate choice. Die… or become one of the monsters.

Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad.

Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend—a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike.

But it isn’t easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what—and who—is worth dying for.

My Thoughts:

When I first read the summary the only though crossing my mind was something along the line: “It sounds like Morganville Vampires from Rachel Caine.” But when I started reading things changed pretty fast.

 

I have to say that after so many ravishing reviews I expected more of this book. I read the Iron Fey series this month and loved How Julie can create an world completely different and sometimes terrifying, but The Immortal Rules was a bit dull for me. Shocking right? But sometimes I was bored, and things take like forever to happen.

 

The vampires rules the world but we got to actually see them only for short times, except Allie and she has more feelings like humans than vampires. I liked her and her principles. But sometimes she needs to think more of herself, because the rest won’t.

 

I liked Zeke, he has lived in fear and still can be gentle with kids and try to save everyone around. Jeb was someone that really made me sick, was it really necessary for him to act so uptight the hole book, and them he made a really bad them to Zeke. Totally deserved what happened.

 

Overall, it’s a big book and if you like vampires, try this one, but remember is more dystopia than paranormal.

Books in this Series:

#1 – The Immortal Rules

#2 – Untitled

 

Trailer:

Quote:

“We are vampires, Kanin had told me, on one of our last nights together. It makes no difference who we are, where we came from. Princes, Masters and rabids alike, we are monsters, cut off from humanity. They will never trust us. They will never accept us. We hide in their midst and walk among them, but we are forever separate.

Damned. Alone. You don’t understand now, but you will. There will come a time when the road before you splits, and you must decide your path. Will you choose to become a demon with a human face, or will you fight your demon until the end of time, knowing you will forever struggle alone?”

Review: Summer’s Crossing by Julie Kagawa

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Summer’s Crossing by Julie Kagawa 

Iron Fey #3.5
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: Young Adult 
Release date: June 1st 2011
Number of pages: 72
Rating:

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Book Blurb:

A Midsummer’s Nightmare? Robin Goodfellow. Puck. Summer Court prankster, King Oberon’s right hand, bane of many a faery queen’s existence—and secret friend to Prince Ash of the Winter Court. Until one girl’s death came between them, and another girl stole both their hearts.

Now Ash has granted one favor too many and someone’s come to collect, forcing the prince to a place he cannot go without Puck’s help—into the heart of the Summer Court. And Puck faces the ultimate choice—betray Ash and possibly win the girl they both love, or help his former friend turned bitter enemy pull off a deception that no true faery prankster could possibly resist.

An ebook exclusive novella from Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series.

My Thoughts:

One of the reasons this book managed 5 hearts is Puck. This is the first in the series that have another person POV, the others were told from Meghan perspective. This is one is really special because we can see how much Puck really loves and the trouble it brings for him, to choose between his love or his friendship with Ash.

 

So back on The Iron Queen, Ash made a deal with Leanansidhe and she decided to collect now, problem is he has to break and enter the Summer Court, lucky for him Puck is along for the ride and he’s is the best prankster ever created.

 

But the situations inside the court were really funny and I couldn’t help but to wish more scenes that we could see more about those two friendship. They bonded awhile back and it is forbidden because they are from different sides, but it didn’t stop and now Meghan is in the middle of it all.

Books in this Series:

#1 – The Iron King (Iron Fey, #1)
#1.5 Winter’s Passage (Iron Fey, #1.5)
#2 – The Iron Daughter (Iron Fey, #2)
#3 – The Iron Queen (Iron Fey, #3)
#3.5 – Summer’s Crossing (Iron Fey, #3.5)
#4 – The Iron Knight (Iron Fey, #4)
#4.5 – An Iron Fey Valentine

Quote:

“I would be more than her guardian and her champion and the jester who made her laugh. I would be her everything, if I could. -Puck”

“Worry not, ice-boy. I already have a plan.” I flashed him my best impish smile, rubbing my hands together. “One brilliant Goodfellow prank, coming right up.” -puck”

Review: The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa

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The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa

Iron Fey #3
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Young Adult 
Release date: January 25th 2011
Number of pages: 358
Rating:

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Book Blurb:

My name is Meghan Chase.
I thought it was over. That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who’s sworn to stand by my side. Drag me into the core of conflict so powerful, I’m not sure anyone can survive it.
This time, there will be no turning back.

My Thoughts:

I’m seriously loving this series, each installment is better than the others because we get to see more feeling from Ash, Meghan and even Puck on this book.
Once again the trio will have to save the Nevernever, but this time from an enemy faceless. Since Machina death in The Iron King, other iron fey has entitled himself king and is trying to destroy both courts and rule the hole nevernever. But there’s a catch, this new Iron King doesn’t have Machina’s power and for that he needs to kill Meghan.
So she starts the story hiding with Leanansidhe help and once the courts actually assume that iron fey exist, the war is almost lost, so Oberon and Mab ask for Meghan help because she is the only one able to enter iron realm and doesn’t suffer it’s effect. Of course Ash and Puck decided to go along for the ride.
This was the best book, so far on the series, for several reasons. Ash shows more feelings, Puck decide to be real and act toward his love, and Meghan starts to understand better the fey world and it’s rules. She actually gain something out of a contract for the first time.

Books in this Series:

#1 – The Iron King (Iron Fey, #1) #1.5 Winter’s Passage (Iron Fey, #1.5)
#2 – The Iron Daughter (Iron Fey, #2)
#3 – The Iron Queen (Iron Fey, #3) #3.5 – Summer’s Crossing (Iron Fey, #3.5)
#4 – The Iron Knight (Iron Fey, #4)
#4.5 – An Iron Fey Valentine

Trailer:

Quotes:

“My name is Ashallyn’darkmyr Tallyn, third son of the Unseelie Court…Let it be known–from this day forth, I vow to protect Meghan Chase, daughter of the Summer King, with my sword, my honor, and my life. Her desires are mine. Her wishes are mine. Should even the world stand against her, my blade will be at her side. And should it fail to protect her, let my own existence be forfeit. This I swear, on my honor, my True Name, and my life. From this day on…” His voice went even softer, but I still heard it as though he whispered it into my ear. “I am yours.”
“His forehead bumped softly against mine, his brilliant silver gaze searing into me. “I plan to keep you, from everyone, for as long as I’m alive. That includes Puck, the false king, and anyone else who would take you away.” One corner of his mouth quirked, as I struggled to catch my breath under his powerful scrutiny. “I guess I should’ve warned you that I have a slight possessive streak.”
“But … but what if I hit you?”

A snort. “You’re not going to hit me.”

“How do you know?” I bristled at his amused tone. “I could hit you. Even master swordsmen make mistakes. I could get a lucky shot, or you might not see me coming. I don’t want to hurt you.”

He favored me with another patient look. “And how much experience do you have with swords and weapons in general?”

“Um.” I glanced down at the saber in my hand. “Thirty seconds?”

He smiled, that calm, irritatingly confident smirk. “You’re not going to hit me.”

Review: The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Daughter (Iron Fey, #2)Title: The iron Daughter 
Author:  Julie Kagawa
Format Read: 
  ebook
Series: Iron Fey #2
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: Young Adult
Release date: August 1st 2010
Formats Available:  paperback, ebook, kindle
Number of pages:
359
Rating:

 

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Book Blurb:

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.

My Thoughts:

I’m loving this series, each book is full of action, adventure and misteries, plus Puck is really fun to see around. Ash is more dark and a bit dramatic, a good diference and for Meghan to have them both is really good.
 
I missed Puck the most because in the end of book one and the novella is more about Meghan and Ash so I was missing him. And it took awhile for him to actually apear because the book start with Meghan on the Winter Court and things evolve real quick.
 
Nobody believed on Meghan or neither Ash about the Iron Fey so when things bad things happened on Court, I’ll not spoil you guys just so you can read it. Let’s just finish this thought on saying that everything was deemed Meghan’s fault, because she was the outsider.
 
I loved again the journey the trio made to find the specter and bring peace again to fey world. I love how new caracthers are introduced and we got to see Grim again, that cat is pure awesomeness. Leanasidhe is a peculiar person and I can never truly see if she’s good or bad.
 
The end for this book was really emotional at least for me, but I do love a romance and Ash was so perfect fighting for what is really worth it.
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Books in this Series:

Trailer:

The Iron Fey Series Trailer

Quote:

“Puck whispered, smiling to soften his words. “I wouldn’t defy Oberon for just anyone. But, for you…” He leaned forward, touching his forehead to mine. “I’d come back from the dead for you.”

“She pulled up Ash’s shirt, revealing a layer of gauze that was just beginning to seep blood onto the mattress."At least the bandaging was done properly," she mused."Very nice, clean work. Your handiwork, I presume, Goodfellow?"
"Which one?"
"The bandage, Robin."
"Yeah, that was mine, too.”

“I know you’d risk everything to protect us, and that’s what worries me. You still don’t know enough about this world to be properly terrified. Things are going to get screwed eight ways from Sunday, and you’re making goo-goo eyes at the enemy! I heard what happened in Machina’s realm and yes, it scared the hell out of me. I love you, dammit. I’m not going to watch you get torn apart when everything goes bad."

Review: Winter’s Passage by Julie Kagawa

Young Adult Review

imageTitle: Winter’s Passage
Author: Julie Kagawa
Format Read: 
ebook
Series: Iron Fey #1.5
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: Young Adult
Release date: June 1st 2010
Formats Available:  paperback, ebook, kindle
Number of pages: 59
 
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Book Blurb:

Meghan Chase used to be an ordinary girl…until she discovered that she is really a faery princess. After escaping from the clutches of the deadly Iron fey, Meghan must follow through on her promise to return to the equally dangerous Winter Court with her forbidden love, Prince Ash. But first, Meghan has one request: that they visit Puck–Meghan’s best friend and servant of her father, King Oberon–who was gravely injured defending Meghan from the Iron Fey.
Yet Meghan and Ash’s detour does not go unnoticed. They have caught the attention of an ancient, powerful hunter–a foe that even Ash may not be able to defeat….

My Thoughts:

This was a fun and short story. After I finished The Iron King and fell in love with some characters, Winter’s Passage seamed like a good little book. I was definely right. There’s more from the forbidden love between Ash and Meghan, plus a bit of action during an escape from The Hunter.
I was hoping for more from Puck, but it seams I’ll have to wait for the next book, plus Grim is back and I just love that kitten, he’s surely like the rabbit from Alice. Smart and with lots of knowledge but we can never know if he’s enemy and an alley.
The hunt was pretty fascinating and we got to see more from this strange world called nevernever, plus a few characters and their stories. A novella that takes us back to the faery land.

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Books in this Series:

Trailer:

The Iron Fey Series Trailer

Excerpts:

In the shadows of the cave, I watched the Hunter approach. Silhouetted black against the snow, it stalked closer, eyes a yellow flame in the shadows, breath coiling around it like wraiths. Ice-blue light glinted off wet teeth and a thick shaggy pelt, darker than midnight. Ash stood between the Hunter and me, sword unsheathed, his eyes never leaving the massive creature that had tracked us for days, and now, had finally caught up.

“Meghan Chase.” Its voice was a growl, deeper than thunder, more primitive than the wildest forests. The ancient golden eyes were fixed solely on me. “I’ve finally found you.”