Age Warning: 10 and up is suggested just because of violence.
Published By: Harlequin- Teen
Genre: YA Fantasy/Romance
Date Released: 1/25/2011
Provided By: Netgalley.com
***WARNING: Spoilers Ahead!!!***
In less than twenty-four hours Meghan Chase will be seventeen. Although, technically, she won’t actually be turning seventeen. Having spent the past year in Faery gives her the benefit of not aging. However, Meghan’s been banished from Faery for choosing her dark prince, Ash, over the will of her powerful father, Oberon, King of the Summer court. Now Meghan, her winter prince and prankster best friend Puck try settling into a normal human life, first near New Orleans and later in a magical cottage provided by Leanansidhe, Queen of exiles. But her time in this makeshift home, and more important her time with Ash, doesn’t last as the feys of Summer, Winter and Iron courts soon track them down. She thought they’d left Faery behind forever, but pressing matters cause the three exiles to be summoned to war. A new alliance is made, along with a few contracts, of course, and Meghan, half Summer faery princess, half human, is pressed to choose Fey over her mortal beginnings. Will she abandon her human heart for an iron will that will help her survive? For as Meghan Chase can confirm—in real life, unlike books, faery tales don’t necessarily have happy endings.
So today's the day! The Iron Queen comes out! And today I'd like to share with you my review of this amazing book. Pre-warning there is a lot of ranting on my part in this review.
Might I say what happened at the end of this book I didn't expect (well maybe I did a little bit). The Iron Queen is completely unlike any of the other two Iron Fey books before it. And that is an amazing thing in it's self. Meghan grows so much in this book and I can't wait for the much anticipated Iron Knight to come out. Because I know all the characters are going to grow so much in that one too.
Meghan Chase, no longer is allowed in Faery, but that doesn't mean she's not being drawn back in by the war brewing there. She's no longer reliant on Puck and Ash as her powers and fairy skills grow. Well she's still reliant on Ash, since she's in love with him. But Puck wise he's, Puck and I just can't explain it. In the end you fall in love with Meghan, if you haven't already. She's no longer that girl going after her little brother from book one. But a young woman leading a group into battle. And don't get me started on Ash. He's amazing, no longer so cold as he was before, but a caring individual, that will do anything to help Meghan. And the fact that he followed her out of Faery and got banished himself, just shows how much he loves her.
I love this series, and if you haven't read it then you really need to. I even started crying at the end because of what happens, and the fact that I couldn't pick up another book for awhile just proves how good The Iron Queen is. Happy Book Birthday to The Iron Queen! And seriously YOU need to read this series.
And I'm also declaring my allegiance strictly to Ash and the Winter Court now. I used to be Team Grim, but I think I'm more of a Winter Court girl.
Julie Kagawa was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. At the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn’t getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish and the odd eel.
When not swimming for her life, Julie immersed herself in books, often to the chagrin of her schoolteachers, who would find she hid novels behind her math textbooks during class. Her love of reading led her to pen some very dark and gruesome stories, complete with colored illustrations, to shock her hapless teachers. The gory tales faded with time, but the passion for writing remained, long after she graduated and was supposed to get a real job.
To pay the rent, Julie worked in different bookstores over the years, but discovered the managers frowned upon her reading the books she was supposed to be shelving. So she turned to her other passion: training animals. She worked as a professional dog trainer for several years, dodging Chihuahua bites and overly enthusiastic Labradors, until her first book sold and she stopped training so she could write full-time.
Julie now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where the frequency of shark attacks is at an all-time low. She lives with her husband, two obnoxious cats, one Australian shepherd who is too smart for his own good, and the latest addition, a hyperactive papillon.