Date to-be Published: October 23, 2012
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Number of Pages: 379
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
I was so excited to start this book, I just adored the Iron Fey series and going into this book in Ethan’s POV was just as epic as I thought it was going to be. It was a fun and very much interesting read…the plot has thickened and it involves everyone! I loved that though this is a spin-off of the original series we still get to see the original characters and some added new ones…there was just so many fun aspects to this book; I really don’t know how to put it all into words. This was an epic tale of the testing of inner-strength and endurance and giving it all you got for the ones you love the most; this book will take you to your limits so buckle up buddy; it’s going to be a rough one!
So I very much enjoyed this story, it was definitely different from Megan’s story and I was glad to see a human’s perspective. And for those of you skeptics who think there isn’t much left to be explored in this world be prepared to learn that we’ve only begun to understand this world and all of its inhabitants. This was an interesting view on the world and it was fun to learn right alongside Ethan as secrets begun to unravel; characters we once knew slowly beginning to morph into an unknown specimen, the dark becoming the light…yeah things just got serious in this book! As far as this plot following the traditional plotline, it had all the required elements but had its own style too…I really enjoyed that there were constantly things being revealed around every corner and that not everything ended up being what the reader expected. And there was definitely an added element to this book that we didn’t get in the original series…we got to really experience different perspectives but still be in Ethan’s POV…it’s hard to accomplish perspectives in just one POV but in this story we were granted that special treat. And I really enjoyed how Julie chose to end this book, it summed up this book’s main purpose yet left enough questions to lead into the next book. As far as the pace of the book, it was pretty much fast, I devoured this book so quickly no matter how hard I tried to slow down it just didn’t work. So overall I really enjoyed the plot and storyline of this book.
Yes there was romance and yes it did intertwine with the conflict but it wasn’t that overpowering to me. Yes you get those scenes where the two connect but this story had so much else to cover that the romance wasn’t all that important…trust me some of the scenes in this book definitely over took any chances of some good old loving. And the romance was sweet and fun to read so I had no problems with this aspect whatsoever. So overall this aspect was good to the story and reader.
Where do I even begin to describe them? I loved the new additions to this book and the incoming of previous characters(Razor was just pure adorable!). But what I liked most of all was Ethan, we really got to know him in this book and he seemed to have more traits and quirks than he did in the original series. He really came to life in this book. And seeing Megan again was fun but she kind of felt distant and different in this book to me…I won’t go into detail but just know the vibe she gave off definitely was…chilling? Anyways overall the characters were very fun to get to know and read about. I loved many of them while I despised others, so in all a great addition to the book!
Transformation of the Character:
You got to see a few small transformations but there’s definitely tons of room for improvement. This book was just mainly about introducing the characters to the reader and allowing us to see their original forms so that the later transformations will be more noticeable and beautiful. So in all this wasn’t really an aspect of the book that affected my view on it.
Still loved the way this author described the world. I was able to really picture each scene and action to a tee. The description of the landscape itself was very fun and easy to read…some of the best description was of the smallest of details that a normal person probably wouldn’t notice. And the description of emotions was done very well in this book; I really felt connected with the character and was able to sympathize and rejoice right alongside each of the characters. And the way the senses got involved in this book was perfect; the reader was able to really experience in 4-D what the characters were going through which made the read that much more enjoyable. And something else I enjoyed was that some of the ways she chose to describe things seemed so simple yet came out more intelligent and complex! As for the dialogue it seemed great, each narrative seemed true to the character and there didn’t seem to be too much or too little of it either. So overall I thought this aspect of the book really engaged the reader and made the experience of reading it more enjoyable.
This was written in one POV and in first person which allowed the reader to really connect with the main character. It also allowed the world to be more focused and therefore leaving little room for confusion. As for the authors writing, it was just as great as in the original series…it was fun and easy to read and seems to be more mature than some author’s I’ve read lately. I think if you enjoyed her writing in her previous books you’ll love it in this book as well. So overall the style seemed just right for this book and I had no problems with this aspect of the book at all.
Quote of the Book:
““Bad kitty!” growled Razor, shaking his head like he was shooing off a fly. “Evil, sneaky, nasty kitty! Boy should cut its nose off, yes. Tie rock to tail and throw kitty in lake. Watch kitty sink, ha!””
Don't look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.
That is Ethan Chase's unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he's dare to fall for.
Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister's world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myths and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.
My name is Ethan Chase. And I may not live to see my eighteenth birthday.
I would recommend this to fans of the Iron trilogy; this book was just as fun and enjoyable to read. I just absolutely adored some of the added characters to this book. I really think this new series has a lot of potential and can’t wait to continue reading Ethan’s story. This was definitely only the beginning, I can only imagine the heartaches and struggles he still has to overcome….and one of the cool secrets in this book wasn’t really a secret to me…kind of figured it out from the start but it was still fun to read. So in the end I simply cannot wait for the next book in this series.