Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Review: The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa

Publication Date: January 25, 2011
by Harlequin Teen
Genre: YA Fantasy
Source: Library

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.

The plot of The Iron Queen, and the previous two novels in the Iron Fey series, is really interesting to me.  I think it's creative.  The biggest problem, for me, is that Julie Kagawa fails to really bring it home.

The characters feel a bit wooden, especially Ash, who is supposed to be a swoonworthy love interest, and who mostly comes across as boring.  And Meghan.  Oh my, is she rather thick-headed at times.  There was one particular point where Grim (the talking cat) was trying to get her to figure something out, and the wheels were turning so slowly in her head that I think they might have actually been going backwards.  Puck, who was my favorite character in the past, isn't even as interesting.

All that said, I was fairly captivated by the story.  I kept turning pages to find out what would happen, which is always a good thing.  And I'm definitely interested enough to read the next book, which I will be reviewing mid-November.  I guess I just wish there was a little more oomph to the story.  A little more something special.  There's a lot of potential here.  Grade: C+   

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