Title: The Iron King
Author: Julie Kagawa
Genre: YA Fantasy
Page Count: 363
Why I read it: have the second one for review
Meghan Chase has never fit in at her small-town high school, and now, on the eve of her 16th birthday, she discovers why. When her half brother is kidnapped, Meghan is drawn into a fantastical world she never imagined--the world of Faery, where anything you see may try to eat you, and Meghan is the daughter of the summer faery king. Now she will journey into the depths of Faery to face an unknown enemy . . . and beg the help of a winter prince who might as soon kill her as let her touch his icy heart. The Iron King is the first book in the Iron Fey series.
Reading the description of this one, I really thought it would be the typical "girl finds out she's supernatural and/or meets someone who is supernatural, they fall in love, but the love is doomed." And while there is some love here, that's really not the focus of the book, and for that I'm glad.
Meghan is a strong character who is not afraid to do hard things for the people she cares about. There were really only a small handful of main characters in this quest-like story, but I liked them all. Although there are a lot of the typical fairy story elements here, there is also a lot that is original and new.
I would recommend this one to fans of YA fantasy, and to those who like strong female leads.