About: 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.
What I LOVED: Puck! Seriously this was a very fun character to read and follow. In the true sense of the word, he lived up to all expectations that I had and the author did a great job of bringing in all the elements that had made him an engaging character of literature. I also really liked Meagan Chase as a heroin. She was adaptable, headstrong, unsure, loyal, loving, and displayed a healthy amount of fear. She was a fantastic lead in this story and fun to follow as she embarked on this adventure that she did not ask for.
What I LIKED: I really enjoyed the world that JK created and found myself transported to NeverNever in my head. There were times that I got lost in the description of the world but it never turned me off the book. The story was great at weaving in and out all the important elements of this fantasy world that is familiar yet unique to her story. It felt like you were on the journey with the group and found yourself rooting for them to complete their quest(s).
What was So-So: I am pretty sure I am the minority in this but I really didn’t like the pairing of Ash/Meagan. I like the character of Ash but I guess I just didn’t really “fall in love” with the love story in the book.
Why it got a 3.5: The characters, the quest, and the world that was created by JK made for a very enjoyable read. The book would have probably gotten a 4 but I just really didn’t like the love story part of the adventure. That is the great thing about well written books, you don’t have to love all the parts to really still enjoy the book. I would recommend this to Fantasy and YA book readers.Author Website: http://www.juliekagawa.com/