Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Review: The Iron King

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Harlequin; Original edition (February 1, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9780373210084

Vonze: 4 out of 5

Book description: "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 Iron King was a cool and quick YA fantasy read for me. Meghan Chase is a nerdy girl who enjoys computers and hanging out with her best guy friend. Her mom and step-dad kinda ignore her cause they're so focused on her little brother. Then strange things start happening in her life, her little brother starts acting strangely and then disappears. Turns out her best guy friend wasn't who she thought he was...lots of things turn out not as they seem for Meghan.

The story is obviously inspired from "A Midsummer Night's Dream," however, it also reminded me of Labyrinth, in a good way. Mainly, the lost little brother in a magical world part, the comparisons pretty much end there.

One of the best aspects of the book is the love triangle between Meghan, her best guy friend and a rival prince. While the triangle wasn't as intense as Team Edward/Jacob or Team Peeta/Gale to me, it's fun (I'm totally Team Ash!).

Overall, it's a good read for fantasy/romance fans. If you like Labyrinth or books dealing with the Fey in general, you'll enjoy it!

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