**This review IS kind of spoilery. No real plot points not seen in the summary, but the identities of some characters not revealed in the summary is included.**
The Iron King
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.
So...let's explore why I bought this book.
I don't do the faery/faerie/fairy/fey/etc. thing. There was one time a year ago where I did all the research and character charts but never actually sat down and wrote the book. My interest in faeries pretty much went no further then my love of Tinkerbell, which had flared up at the time I decided to write that novel. But between the fact the author and I share the same name (okay, Julie's not my ACTUAL name. But pretty much everyone besides teachers call me Julie), the GORGEOUS cover, and the whole plot about finding her brother, sucked me in.
'What about brothers?', you may ask. A very good question. I'm 15, just a little younger than Meghan in this novel. My brother is 5. My mom isn't home often so I'm taking care of him often. The idea of my little brother being kidnapped really hits a chord and makes it even easier to relate to a very good character. (/end personal notes)
Now, the actual book.
I. Am. In. Love.
This book has plenty of romance, and honestly, I'm not even sure which I guy I prefer. Do you know how insane it is that I DIDN"T pick a guy? No, I picked Grimalkin. When you read this, you will (hopefully) see why I'm Team Grimalkin. And I'm kind of hoping somebody will MAKE a Grimalkin because I would most definitely but it.
In fifth grade I had a very small role (I don't even remember her name...it sounds something like Hippo though) in A Midsummer Night's Dream. For those unaware, this is a Shakespeare work that features many faeries, including Oberon, Titania, and Puck. In The Iron King, you get to revisit them. I didn't know that until I began reading and was pleasantly surprised.
I'm going to have to leave with this one final note or this review will become super spoilery: The descriptions of the faery land made me think a lot of Alice in Wonderland. Not the traditional one, more of a Tim Burton one...if Tim Burton was a bit more sane. I don't know if that's just me on my Alice cracked brain (I was, again, in a play version of this and I'm seeing it in theaters next month) but I really liked it. It almost made it easier for everything to be seen in my head.
The only *real* downside in this book was the ending. I know I say this a lot, but the ending seemed kind of rushed and I really wish that Julie would've fleshed it out more. With the pacing of the novel, it did flow well, but I would've liked to see more before everything went BOOM. The "me-being-whiny" downside, is that the sequel doesn't come out until August and I have to wait until then to read it because I'm not that cool. (Although, I did just read the Acknowledgements and her mentor and I share an actual name.That's kind of cool, right?)
The Iron Daughter, the sequel, will be out sometime in August 2010.
(Now for a non-The Iron King related question)
I need help picking another book to read. I just got four new ones in the mail and I don't know what to read. To make this easier for everyone, I made a goodreads shelf on my profile just for books I own and need to read. I'm only putting in ones that I'm not putting at the end of my pile though, but oh well. Just let me know what you think in a comment and feel free to add me if you have a goodreads account(though you may want to throw in that you're a blog follower so I don't ignore it).