Sunday, April 10, 2011

Review: The Iron Daughter (Kagawa)

AUTHOR: Julie Kagawa
SERIES: Iron Fey, book 2
ISBN: 9780373210138
PUBLISHER: HarlequinTeen
PUBLICATION DATE: August 1, 2010
GENRE: Fantasy (faeries)
OVERALL RATING: Highly recommended
RECOMMENDED FOR: MS, HS
GIVE IT TO: Anyone who likes fantasy; great for guys and gals

SUMMARY: Now that her little brother is safe at home, half-faerie Meghan Chase has some serious issues to deal with. She is prisoner to the winter queen. The faerie prince she thought loved her has deserted her. She has no idea where her best friend Puck is, or if he is even alive. A war looms between the summer and winter fey. Meghan's developing powers seem to have deserted her altogether. But perhaps worst of all, no one believes her stories of the iron fey, who could destroy them all

WHAT I LIKED: My students love this series; I have multiple copies of the first three books that are constantly checked out and on-hold. I overhear them talking about the books, getting jealous when someone's hold comes in, getting mad when someone lets a spoiler slip, arguing over Ash versus Puck. Boys and girls love them, particularly my 8th graders. With beautiful covers and a great book trailer, these books will undoubtedly stick around in my library for a long while.

The colorful characters keep the story interesting! From icy Queen Mab to soulful Prince Ash to prankster-in-love Robin Goodfellow, every character is uniquely envisioned. Noble Ironhorse quickly became one of my favorite characters, and Grimalkin shines once again as the smart cat with plenty of tricks up his sleeve. Protagonist Meghan Chase is believably flawed and doubts herself constantly, but readers will love her anyway. Her growth and confidence have developed tremendously within the first two books, and teen readers will likely see some of themselves in her character.

A swoon-worthy final scene will leave readers eagerly anticipating The Iron Queen.

WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: The final fight scene goes on a little long. The epilogue more than makes up for it.

FAVORITE QUOTE:
"Titania was a summer storm, beautiful and deadly and prone to frying something with lightning if it pissed her off. Mab was the coldest day in winter, where everything lies still and dead, held in fear of the unforgiving ice that killed the world before and could again." (21)

CONTENT
  • LANGUAGE: relatively mild, but does contain one or two F-bombs
  • SEXUALITY:some passionate kissing
  • VIOLENCE: plenty of murder, blood, gore, fighting, creative punishment, death
  • DRUGS/ ALCOHOL:none

STATUS IN MY LIBRARY: Oh, yes, we definitely have this. I think my fantasy readers would string me up if we didn't. They love this series!

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