Iron King (Harlequin Teen), The

Julie Kagawa
Meghan Chase has a secret destiny—one she could never have imagined…Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school…or at home.When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change.But she could never have guessed the truth—that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face…and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.


Reviewed: 2017-12-07
3.5 stars
So... sorry. I think I just don't like fairies! I didn't really connect to this book much as creative as it was. I really did enjoy Meghan's character and I loved Robbie/Puck - And Ash as well. I think I need to stick more to magical realism or things that are closer to the normal human realm (which is probably why I love dystopia so much). I think once I get too deep into fantasy and magic, I start to lose interest a little because I just get too lost with all of the unknowns. There were too many creatures to keep up with and things that I just didn't know anything about. I really think it could be a great story, but I'm just not the target audience they're aiming for! I actually really started to enjoy it more towards the end and it was getting suspenseful. Mostly I just made comparisons to other things (The Labyrinth, Alice In Wonderland, Harry Potter, Narnia, The Never Ending Story, other fairy tales etc)

Full review originally posted on The Book Addict's Guide: This was a really, really creative story and I loved how in depth the world of the fey was. But... I just don't think faeries are my thing. I'm not a really big fantasy person and I think THE IRON KING unfortunately solidified that.

I really enjoyed Meghan's character, especially her interaction with Robbie/Puck. I adored their friendship and Puck was hands down my favorite character with all his spunk and joviality (is that a word?) -- They made a great duo and Puck was the perfect sidekick/bodyguard.
I started getting into the whole relationship with Meghan and Ash towards the end too. It was another "forbidden love" that I really rooted for.

Overall, I think the whole faery world just is not for me. Not to say it's not a good book -- I did enjoy it -- but I think I easily get lost in what I can't relate to. The faery world and all magic, eccentric and wild creatures... too many tend to bog me down and I just get confused with trying to use so much of my imagination to create the pictures in my mind. I really need something I already know to draw from in order to piece together the worlds that I read in books and I guess my imagination isn't what it used to be when I was kid because I just can't get there anymore!

I also had way too many things I was comparing this story to that I couldn't pick up an original storyline to detach from the ones I already knew. I had The Labyrinth in the beginning (baby brother gets taken by the faery realm (okay, so the Labyrinth was the Goblin Kking -- And isn't Toby a half-brother in that movie too?) and the packrats), Alice in Wonderland with Grimalkin as the Cheshire Cat, Harry Potter (some magic, I pictured the mermaids/lake creatures from the Goblet of Fire challenge), Narnia with all of the doors leading to different realms, City of Bones (glamour and the supernatural hidden in plain sight) and of course the whole thing is based off of A Mid Summer Night's Dream. So between all of those old stories rolling around in my head, I just couldn't separate them from this one and make it original and new to me.

Really creative, I enjoyed the writing -- especially the humor and the sarcastic/witty remarks -- but I just think I'm not the intended audience unfortunately.
Reviewed: 2016-06-05
Must get the massive rant of my chest first. It's Tír na nÓg. Now I know that the accents on the vowels are pretty much over the head of most folks but the word means land of the young. Tír is land, na means of, and the Óg means young, the n is a part of grammar to make the pronounciation of two vowels together easier (it's called an urú or in English Eclipsis - see here ). By the way the accent is known as a fada in Irish trans as a long, (it's technically a síneadh fada or a long mark) simply put it means pronounce the vowel as a longer version of that letter. Thankfully in Irish there is only one.

Deep Breath.

The book.

Meghan is living a life of poverty, trying to keep under the radar and not be noticed or bullied too much. She remembers her father disappearing, but her life is otherwise pretty normal. Suddenly she starts noticing someone is watching her, and her life changes for ever. Her brother is kidnapped and she finds that he's been taken to faery, she follows with her best friend Robbie Goodfell (yup she finds out later that he's Robin Goodfellow or Puck) to rescue him and finds that she's the King of Faery's daughter and her life is never going to be the same again.

It's not a bad read, there were occasions when things began to lag a bit but I expect there will be later payoffs. And what was that memory she lost?
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