Saturday, June 5, 2010
Synopsis: 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.
My Review: I kind of have mixed feelings on this book. It's hard to describe. I really liked a lot of aspects of it, just something just seemed a tad off throughout the whole book. Hhmmm, maybe after sorting through my thoughts I'll figure it out.
I have mixed feelings on Meghan. I adore the fact that she's a farm girl in bayou Louisiana. Louisiana was the least likely place I could have expected for this novel to take place in, but somehow it works. Then again I practically love anything Louisiana. (Oh yes I am a True Blood/ Sookie Stackhouse fan through and through) I thought she was a very refreshing character, especially since the plot is the classic "You're a lost faerie princess" story. She wasn't what I was expecting, and I really liked her as a person. At the same time I got very frustrated with her as well. Especially at the beginning. She is just so naive and innocent it's almost painful. I wanted to smack her more than a few times throughout the novel. She just keeps getting herself deeper and deeper into faerie debts and favors. I both like and abhor the fact that Meghan is not your fearsome warrior/ magically powerful lost heir to the throne princess. I liked the fact that she didn't have an unearthly amount of magical power that was easily accessible to her. Being a faerie doesn't come naturally to her, her human side far outweighing what should be natural fey ability. Of course everyone keeps saying that "there is great power within you" blah blah blah. So I know eventually there will be a power blow out, but I appreciated the fact that the author kept Meghan's magical exploits to a minimum. However, Meghan is such a damsel in distress I wanted to throw something. One of the few things I cannot stand are female main characters who cannot take care of themselves! I'm not asking that she be an epic martial artist with awesome ninja skills. Just some fight in her would be nice! Thrashing about wildly, and swinging blindly does not count.
The faerie world I have just as much mixed feelings about. While it's a classic parallel to a Midsummer Nights Dream, it kind of bothered me with the unoriginality of it. I didn't like any of the Faerie Monarchs, which granted I suppose I don't really need to like them on a basic character level, but I just didn't like the way they were portrayed. It's hard to describe. I almost felt let down by the faerie monarchs. I guess the best way to describe it, was that they didn't seem like fully rounded characters. I felt like they were just tossed in there because, well there needs to be faerie monarchs. Titania particularly bothered me. I mean I've never read a Midsummer Nights Dream, but still, I don't think she was that much of a Queen Biotch. Maybe I'm wrong here, but it still bothered me. And since when is Mab the Winter Queen? Maybe I'm mixing up my faerie lore here but I thought she was the Queen of Spring? Or Fall? Ah god. Never mind.
On the other hand I thought the added element of the Iron Fey was GENIUS! I absolutely adored the concept! So original and unique! With every faery novel that is put out, the author always has to add some twist to keep it from becoming boring and boy did Julie Kagawa succeed in that department! I don't want to give too much away on this point, but I just have to say that it was a wonderful idea. I was very pleased with the added twist to the novel, and I'm sure other readers were as well. I'm looking forward to more conflicts with the Iron Fey. I'm sure epic battles await!
A little note on other characters... I LOVE PUCK! So yes Ash is hunky and adorable in the dark brooding kind of way. Alas, I am a sucker for the funny guy. ^.^ Any guy who can make me laugh THAT much, fictional or otherwise, has won the key to my heart. He was just so great! I wish I had a BFF like him. He would make my days so much brighter, flaming red hair and all. XD I also really liked Grimalkin (spelling?) He reminded me of Mogget from Sabriel and the Chesire Cat. He just added a nice touch to the story in my opinion.
Overall, I'm still a bit undecided on this novel. I liked it, but I didn't LOVE it. I'm hoping as I get farther into The Iron Daughter I'll grow to like it more. Off to go read it!!! *insert maniacal laugh here*
Posted by Ky at 9:34 PM