Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Series Review: Iron Fey 1, 2, & 3

 Iron King, Iron Daughter, & Iron Queen

I am not going to lie; it took me a long time to get into the series as whole. It wasn’t until the second half of Iron Daughter (Book 2), that I felt really invested in the lives of the characters. Iron King starts off quickly, Meghan’s life will never be the same. She is this normal forgettable teenage girl, and all of a sudden she is in the middle of this new Fey world. And these faeries are unlike anything you have ever seen. As said many times in the book, this may be a Faery Tale, but it’s not a Fairytale. I was creeped out by a huge chunk of the beginning of this book, and while the plot felt like it moved quickly, It felt slow to me and I got bored in parts. What drew me back in was Ash and Puck. Puck is so charming and funny, and Ash with his frosty aloofness, and their banter together! I couldn’t get enough. I wanted Meghan to be more assertive, to not just sit around and let others fight her battle, but as the stories progress I understand why she must be like this. Overall, I liked Iron King, but not as much as Iron Daughter and Iron Queen.

The series as whole is incredibly unique and detailed with so many fantastical creatures. It really is a different world, scary and new, but one that you want to learn more about.

I had some similar issues with Iron Daughter that I had with Iron Queen, but not as much. I can actually pinpoint where I got bored with it chs. 10-15, but after that I couldn’t put it down. By this point I am realizing that the boys make the story for me. Ash and Puck, I couldn’t get enough. Also, Grim, I loved this dry furball that always showed up when you needed him. Meghan gets a little better; you can tell she is growing with each and every story. The second half of this book is where I am finally connecting with the characters and really involved with the story that I don’t feel as it is going slow anymore. And the ending, OH the ending…. WOW!

Iron Queen is my favorite of the three books. This is one of the only series that each book is progressively better. I laughed, I cried, I fell in love with Ash again and again, and Puck broke my heart again and again. I really love them both in different ways, but to me there is no question as to who Meghan belongs with. There was a lot more action in the book, but there was still a lot of love too. And Meghan finally learns to kick some ass. I realized how much she has grown in the books. I read all these back to back pretty much, so it doesn’t feel like so much time has passed between them, but a lot has and you can tell.

I am sooooo glad there is a fourth book and it’s in Ash POV because I don’t think I would have been able to wait after reading the ending of Iron Queen. So be on the lookout for my Iron Knight review, COMING SOON!


Cyndi @ Dog-Eared & Bookmarked said...

I love this series! I got to read The Iron King as an ARC and fell in love with it. Unlike you, I really enjoyed it, lol! I'm re-reading the series right now, just so I can be fresh when I dive into Ash's story. SO excited to hear from him... and to see your review of it :D

Lisa said...

I'm glad this series gets better! Thanks so much for the review - I've been thinking about buying this series :) Finally, right?!

Ginger @ GReads! said...

I agree with you.. I felt like the series got better as the story progressed.  I wasn't completely sold on the first book.  If I had started reading these when they first came out, I'm not sure I would have continued :-\  But I am SO glad I did!  Iron Queen is my fave of the series as well.  Each book sort of carries on & then the last few chapters pack a powerful punch & you're just left thinking WHAT THE CRAP!  I love it.  So excited for Iron Knight!

We Heart YA said...

Oh thank you so much for this review! We just met Julie Kagawa and bought the whole series, and now you've got us excited to read it. :D

Mrs_laura_koehler said...

I really need to read this series very soon. I have the last book but need to get the first two. Thanks for sharing your thought Yani. Great series review.

Jacinda @ Reading Housewives said...

I'm so happy you love this series now! :) I can't wait for The Iron Knight! I'm going to wait to buy a copy to read it :)

Truly Bookish said...

So glad you liked this series, it is one of my favorites. I am putting off reading the Iron King because I want to post the review closer to the publictation date but I don't know how long I can hold off reading it....NC
Truly Bookish 

Bookchowdown said...

I'm sorry to say I tried to read the first in the series but I just couldn't get interested. I don't usually give up on books, but about 50 pages in, oh boy I had to stop. Now I'm thinking maybe i should persevere with the series:D

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