Monday, January 31, 2011

Review: Fallen Angel

Synopsis: Heaven-sent?
Ellie was never particularly good at talking to boys—or anyone other than her best friend and fellow outcast, Ruth. Then she met Michael.
Michael is handsome, charming, sweet. And totally into Ellie. It’s no wonder she is instantly drawn to him. But Michael has a secret. And he knows Ellie is hiding something, too. They’ve both discovered they have powers beyond their imagining. Powers that are otherworldly.
Ellie and Michael are determined to uncover what they are, and how they got this way . . . together. But the truth has repercussions neither could have imagined. Soon they find themselves center stage in an ancient conflict that threatens to destroy everything they love. And it is no longer clear whether Ellie and Michael will choose the same side.

My Review:  As I’m sure a lot of you are, I’m sick of angel related books.   It seems that is all that YA authors are churning out these days; if it’s not vampires or werewolves, that is.  So with that mentality in mind, I really don’t know why I requested to be added onto Fallen Angel.  I guess what intrigued me was that the MC and the love interest BOTH were undergoing changes.  That right there peaked my interest enough to make me want to read it.  I’m so sick of the one sided love affair with a supernatural being.  “I’m immortal, you’re human, but I love you!  Oh how tragic!” I swear if I read one more play off of Romeo and Juliet I’m going to forever move onto the M/M genre.  Yes there is a point to my rant.  What inspired this whole long winded rage, is because Fallen Angel didn’t have your cookie cutter plot love story.  I enjoyed it so thoroughly and so much more than any other supernatural book, that I realized how horrible the vast majority of the genre truly is; in the romance department at least.  I’m not denying that any of these books are not well written, the romance is just utter crap.     

What really won me over with Fallen Angel was that Ellie and Michael were equal in their relationship.  Ding, ding, ding!  We have a winner!  Ellie isn’t the poor human girl who falls for the hot immortal guy, and Michael isn’t the smuck who falls for an unearthly beauty that he can never have.  They both have mysterious powers, and they have each other for support.  I could probably praise the author to high heaven for this one small thing, but it made a world of difference. 

Both Ellie and Michael were enjoyable characters.  Because of their nature, they’re instantly attracted to each other, but it is NOT love at first sight!  The two spend a lot of time together before they even go on a date.  They learn each others likes and dislikes, they’re favorite candy, and they bond over the fact that they both love foreign films.  Whoa…wait a second.  What does this sound like?  Omg!  Reality?!  Actual real life scenario?! What is this doing in a paranormal romance?! Okay, okay, I’ll tone down on the sarcasm.  But seriously, do you understand why I get so frustrated?!  Ellie and Michael’s relationship is truly relatable, and that just made it more endearing.  Later on in the novel when Michael’s true intentions come into question (I can’t say anything!  It would ruin it!) Ellie isn’t blinded for her love for him.  She questions him and ultimately feels betrayed.  I just liked Ellie. She’s incredibly smart, vulnerable, and has a generous heart.  The one criticism I have of their relationship, is that while it wasn’t love at first sight, the length of the novel didn’t reflect their growing relationship.  A week passes in a sentence, and yet the reader is left to interpret Ellie’s growing feelings.  I just felt like I missed out on SO MUCH of their growing attraction.  If the book was longer, I feel like I would have liked it a lot more.  While reading it, it felt like more of a summarized story than an actual novel.  Just wish it was longer. 

Another thing that I thoroughly enjoyed about Fallen Angel was the ingenuity with the story.  Ellie can read peoples thoughts with just a touch, and her powers are even more potent if she tastes a person’s blood.  While I thought it was entertaining that she and Michael thought that they were vampires (which is dumb because the title clearly says Fallen Angel dur da dur) I don’t understand why that was even added.  It’s pointless because clearly the reader knows that they’re angels! If the author wanted any mystery behind what they truly were then the title should have been The Elect One or perhaps Watchers.  Anywho…there were other aspects that I really enjoyed as well.  Ellie and Michael don’t have wings!  They can fly, but there are no feathers to be seen.  I enjoyed these small divergences from typical angel lore.  While the author was innovative, I appreciated the somewhat classical take she took on Nephilim.  I’m not religious, you all know that.  I’ve never read the bible, but I loved the addition with the Book of Enoch!  Partially because these stories that “didn’t make it into the bible” just support my beliefs, but it brings to light stories that aren’t common knowledge.  Once again I don’t pretend to know what the hell I’m talking about, but as far as I know none of my friends who are Christian have read the book of Enoch.  I could be wrong, but I don’t believe its common reading material amongst the church.  I thought it was extremely cool, and I think it really added to the story.  

Overall I really enjoyed Fallen Angel.  It exceeded a lot of my expectations, but I wouldn’t say it’s something that you absolutely need to read because it’s so fantastic.  Good story, well written, and an excellent romance.  If you’re an angel fanatic then you’ll definitely enjoy this, and if you’re looking for a book with a decent romance then you’ve definitely found one. 

Friday, January 28, 2011

Cover Crazy (2)

Covery Crazy is a meme created by Tawni @ The Bookworms to share book covers that you are thrilled about.  This week is Burn Bright by Marianne de Pierres.  I just had to give the synopsis as well.  This is a relatively new find for me and I haven't heard anything about it.  Frankly I'm intrigued.  The cover just sucks me in!  It's like Elizabethan Horror.  I'm completely in love with it.  Can't wait to hear more about it, and hopefully get my claws on it.  Haha. 

Into a world of wild secrets and deadly pleasures comes a girl whose innocence may be her greatest strength.

In Ixion music and party are our only beliefs. Darkness is our comfort. We have few rules but they are absolute . . .

Retra doesn’t want to go to Ixion, the island of ever-night, ever-youth and never-sleep. Retra is a Seal – sealed minds, sealed community. She doesn’t crave parties and pleasure, experience and freedom.

But her brother Joel left for Ixion two years ago, and Retra is determined to find him. Braving the intense pain of her obedience strip to escape the only home she’s ever known, Retra stows away on the barge that will take her to her brother.

When she can’t find Joel, Retra finds herself drawn deeper into the intoxicating world of Ixion. Come to me, whispers a voice in her head. Who are the Ripers, the mysterious guardians of Ixion? What are the Night Creatures Retra can see in the shadows? And what happens to those who grow too old for Ixion?

Retra will find that Ixion has its pleasures, but its secrets are deadly. Will friendship, and the creation of an eternal bond with a Riper, be enough to save her from the darkness?

Listen well, baby bats. Burn bright, but do not stray from the paths. Remember, when you live in a place of darkness you also live with creatures of the dark.


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (2)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Mizb @Should Be Reading
-Grab your current book
-Open to a random page
-Share (2) teaser sentences from somewhere on that page
-no spoilers!
-Share title and author
This week is going to be a bit loaded.  Truthfully I'm kind of in the middle of a lot of books right now.  My AP English class is doing nothing to aid in my pile of books to be read so I'm doing teasers from three different books.  And  yes I'm reading them all right now.  And about to start another... *headdesk* 
First up is Island by Aldous Huxley.  Obviously this isn't my typical read.  Research paper book! As much as I hate research papers, I have a feeling I'll like this book.
 "Nature here was no longer merely natural; the landscape had been composed, had been reduced to its geometrical essences, and rendered, by what in a painter would have been a miracle of virtuosity, in terms of these sinuous lines, these streaks of pure bright color."

Next is Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
"And for the town itself, it seemed like nothing had happened for more than a hundred years.  Nothing of consequence, that is.   I had a feeling that was all about to change." 
Last but not least Probability Angels by Joseph Devon.  
"Inside the square the light began to change." 
All three are extremely good and all demanding my time and attention.  I need more hours in the well for the past three days I have been shamelessly reading Malec fanfic after fanfic.  I just have an insatiable craving right now.  Those two are simply the most perfect couple in existence, I can't help but obsess.  *shrugs*

Friday, January 21, 2011

Review: Babe in Boyland

Synopsis:When high school junior Natalie--or Dr. Aphrodite, as she calls herself when writing the relationship column for her school paper--is accused of knowing nothing about guys and giving girls bad relationship advice, she decides to investigate what guys really think and want. But the guys in her class won't give her straight or serious answers. The only solution? Disguising herself as a guy and spending a week at Underwood Academy, the private all-boy boarding school in town. There she learns a lot about guys and girls in ways she never expected--especially when she falls for her dreamy roommate, Emilio. How can she show him she likes him without blowing her cover?

My Review: Going into this book I knew right away that I was going to love it.  It’s definitely a She’s the Man type story, except Natalie is way funnier than Amanda Bynes.  While I admit the storyline has been used in a few movies, and the concept isn’t new I still thoroughly enjoyed this book.  

Natalie is her schools resident Dr. Love; at least Dr. Aphrodite, her fake persona for the school newspaper, is.  Natalie dishes out advice for girls seeking relationship help.  The only problem is that Natalie has never been in a relationship and as the boys at her school point out, she’s only telling the girls what they want to hear.  Realizing she is a total fraud, Natalie is determined to crack the vault on the inner workings of a guys mind.  She comes up with a crazy scheme to infiltrate the prestigious all boys private school in order to write the story of her life.  With the help of her friend’s hacker cousin, Natalie becomes Nat.  

Pretending to become a boy probably sounds pretty easy.  Wrong-o.  Easy in theory, very, very difficult in practice as Natalie comes to learn.  Becoming a guy is like trying to speak a whole other language.  Watching Natalie trying to act like a guy was simply laugh out loud hilarious.  I haven’t had a case of the giggles this bad in a very long while.  I devoured over half the book in just a few hours, and the whole time I was bursting into random laughter.  My mother was giving me a lot of weird looks and lots of exclamations of “WHAT are you laughing about?!” Pretty soon I had her laughing at Natalie’s antics too.  There were many awkward situations involving half naked teenage guys, basketballs in the crouch, and stuffing jeans with a tube sock.  Need I say more?  I loved every second of it.  

Natalie was an absolute hoot.  I absolutely adored her.  Her mannerism’s and thought process were so sarcastic and witty I couldn’t help but love her.  She’s so adorably awkward as a guy, yet she is fearless and determined in the pursuit of her goal.  While she’s a bit eccentric, (obviously, she pretends to be a guy in order to write a journalism piece) I still loved her character.  And Emilio?  Woo-wee!  Chico es muy caliente!  *fans self*  Someone just please tell me, where are all the hot Latino guys?!  The one I actually knew moved to NY for college and now I am Latino-less!  :( And guys at my school just don’t count so ya… Besides being a total hottie, Emilio is reserved and likes his privacy.  When he opens up to Nat it’s just so sweet to see him sharing his thoughts and feelings with her…even though he thinks she’s a guy.  I thought the two of them had great chemistry and I’m glad things worked out in the end.  And of course I can’t forget the adorable geek squad.  I loved Tyler, Earl, and Max.  The trio really showed Nat who your true friends are, no matter how unpopular they may be.  

Though the main part of this novel is comedic, Babe in Boyland offers a lot more than just pure entertainment.  It’s a story of self discovery and looking beyond first impressions.  Natalie really takes “walking in someone else’s shoes” to a whole new level, and as a result she gains a whole new perspective on life.  Hot guys aren’t all they seem to be, and the nerds are true friends.  Whether boy or girl, people are constantly trying to seem like someone they’re not.  Natalie learns the importance of just being herself and not trying to impress others.  While none of this is that astonishing in terms of social revelations, the story was still cute.  Babe in Boyland will have you cringing at every mishap, and then rolling on the floor with laughter.  A very enjoyable read that is just the thing if you’re in need of a good laugh.

Cover Crazy (1) Sneak Peak at Bloodborn by Karen Kincy

Covery Crazy is a meme created by Tawni @ The Bookworms to share book covers that you are thrilled about.  Not only is this my first Cover Crazy post (see I'm keeping my word with the memes!) but I'm also offering up a sneak peak look at the cover for Karen Kincy's upcoming book Bloodborn, companion to Other (read my review HERE)  I absolutely adored Other and I'm thrilled for Bloodborn!  The release date is just sooo far away!  Alas I shall have to be patient.  Courtesy of Karen, you all get to see the cover to Bloodborn before all the other book obsessed individuals in the world. (Not even released to Goodreads yet)  A huge thanks to Karen for inviting me to participate in the big reveal!  Synopsis and the smexy cover follow!  Check it out!  

It isn’t working. The doctor said it would, but it isn’t, even though I keep taking the pills, and I keep seeing Dad sneak into the bathroom and count how many are left. As if I would stop taking them. As if I would let myself become a beast.

Brock Koeman lost his brother to werewolves. Now he’s in danger of losing himself. Bitten by a werewolf at sixteen, he fights the transformation, taking the excruciating pain as a punishment for his mistakes. With the help of a risky drug called Lycanthrox, he’s managed to stay human for two full moons. But he knows he can’t last much longer.

Hungry for revenge, Brock vows to kill the silver wolf who bit him. But Brock’s ex, the fiery Cynthia Lopez, still cares about him enough not to let him do anything suicidally dangerous—never mind that Cyn gets her thrills from danger herself. Together again, the heat between them rekindles, but Brock feels like a beast beside her beauty. He can’t stay with her; he can’t ignore the werewolves howling outside his window. When he hunts down the pack, Cyn doesn’t sit on the sidelines. She’s right beside him as they get taken hostage and start running with the werewolves, the police hot on their tails. Brock has to get a grip on who he truly is—before the wolf within kills him, or someone else does.

I absolutely love the cover!  Brock's eyes are very haunting and just devour straight to your soul.  Okay so maybe I'm being overly dramatic, but just wow.  Great cover.  Are you drooling yet?  Because you should be.  XD

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Review: Father of Lies

Synopsis: Truth or Lies?

Lidda knew, with a clarity that was like a candle in a dark room, that all had changed; something was loosed in the village—Devil or not—and they would pay for it, every last man, woman, and child.
Fourteen-year-old Lidda has always known she was different. She longs to escape Salem Village and its stifling rules—to be free to dance, to sing, to live as she chooses. But when a plague of accusations descends on the village and witch fever erupts, Lidda begins to realize that she feels and sees things that others can't, or won't. But how will she expose the truth without being hung as a witch herself?
Gripping and emotional, Ann Turner's retelling of the Salem witch trials captures one girl's brave soul-searching amidst a backdrop of fear and blame.

My Review: Well as you probably already know I’m a total history fanatic.  One subject I am particularly obsessed with is the Salem Witch Trials.  With these particular novels I usually find that the MC is always more spirited and free minded than the rest of the village.  Lidda fits this description but I think the author did a much better job really putting you into the time period than other novels.  The one aspect that truly separates good historical fiction from the great is the ability to transport the reader back into that particular time.  Turner does this tremendously well.  It didn’t feel like a modern day girl relating the events of the past.  Lidda is a Puritan, from the way she speaks and behaves, to the very way she thinks.  Getting that type of characterization is particularly difficult since the Puritan mind-set is so different than our own.  I really applaud Turner for this.  It must have taken loads of research and reading a lot of first hands accounts.  

It’s always so different to read through a young woman’s point of view from a time different than our own.  I found Lidda to be very refreshing and I thoroughly enjoyed reading through her POV.  Lidda loves to dance, to sing, and just be a young girl.  Everything that is absolutely horrifying to the rest of the village.  Her older sister is always sneering down on her for her “strange” behavior.  Lidda feels constrained by the village’s strict views and wants nothing more than to break free.  It’s because of her free mind and accepting nature that Lucian seeks her out.  

I thought Lucian was an interesting addition to the story.  Lucian?  Lucien?  Lucifer? I’m not religious give me a break here I don’t remember! Plus well it’s been a while since I read this book so my memory isn’t the greatest.  Clearly he is “the Devil” that Salem so fears.  Now if I remember correctly Lucifer is “The Light Bringer” right? Or at least something similar in name.  Forgive me on my lack of biblical reference alright?  Never read it.  Well in this case the Devil is the one who is bringing to light all the lies that are being told in Salem; which I found rather ironic to be honest.  Only Lidda can see and hear him, which brings up the question if she is crazy or not.  Is Lucian really there? Or is Lidda’s over active imagination playing tricks on her?  Whether he is real or not really isn’t important.  It’s what he represents and how he affects Lidda that is important to the story.  Lidda begins to question the hysteria sweeping the village.  Are the girls really being attacked by witches or is it just a sad cry for attention in a world where women are not treated with importance?  

Turner truly explains why girls at this time would lie about such a thing and accuse innocent people of being a witch.  Women are insignificant and more often than not ignored.  With the whole Puritan mind set, women are the cause for original sin.  It only makes sense that in a religious obsessed society that women would be treated as such.  The desire to become important was just too much of a temptation.   Turner handles the witch hysteria wonderfully.  For some reason, other novels just don’t compare with how well Turner depicted the witch fever.  Maybe I just haven’t read a good Salem story in a while, but I really did love Father of Lies.  The writing was really refreshing and I adored Lidda’s character.  Turner introduced a new spin on an otherwise well known story that makes a unique read that you can’t pass by. 

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Review: Angelfire

Synopsis: This debut, the first novel in a trilogy, is achingly romantic, terrifying, and filled with blistering action.

When seventeen-year-old Ellie starts seeing reapers - monstrous creatures who devour humans and send their souls to Hell - she finds herself on the front lines of a supernatural war between archangels and the Fallen and faced with the possible destruction of her soul.

A mysterious boy named Will reveals she is the reincarnation of an ancient warrior, the only one capable of wielding swords of angelfire to fight the reapers, and he is an immortal sworn to protect her in battle. Now that Ellie's powers have been awakened, a powerful reaper called Bastian has come forward to challenge her. He has employed a fierce assassin to eliminate her - an assassin who has already killed her once.

While balancing her dwindling social life and reaper-hunting duties, she and Will discover Bastian is searching for a dormant creature believed to be a true soul reaper. Bastian plans to use this weapon to ignite the End of Days and to destroy Ellie's soul, ending her rebirth cycle forever. Now, she must face an army of Bastian's most frightening reapers, prevent the soul reaper from consuming her soul, and uncover the secrets of her past lives - including truths that may be too frightening to remember.

My Review:  As soon as I stumbled across Angelfire on the world wide web I was immediately intrigued.  I love the kickass feminine heroine story, and Angelfire definitely sounded like it fit that requirement.  Plus well the amazing fan art for it?  Drool worthy!  I have to admit that was a huge part of why I wanted to read this book.  Art nerd, can’t be helped.  

The storyline, admittedly, sounded a bit cheesy.  Ya know a bit too super hero-ish, gotta save the world from evil creatures deal?  But hey, I was willing to over look the cliché storyline.  While Angelfire is another take on the classic good vs evil, heaven vs hell, story I’m glad the author threw in some new twists.  With all the angel stories lately (and my oh my are there a lot of them) it is increasingly getting harder to come up with some original ideas.  There is only so much angel lore to go off of, and to try to reinvent it into something new is very difficult.  What I really appreciated about Angelfire was the fact that it didn’t deal too heavily with angels and demons.  They were mentioned and were apart of the basic story, but they didn’t play a heavy role.  I thought the introduction of Reapers was very interesting.  They devour human souls and send them straight to Hell to build up Lucifer’s army for the second war against heaven.  Reapers, just like Angels and the Fallen, are two halves of the same coin.  There are the ones who fight for Heaven and those who fight for Hell.  While I did appreciate the unique story and the creativity that went into it, the execution just didn’t cut it for me.  Great ideas, the story just didn’t meet my expectations. 

There was a lot of queso, which is just my way of saying that it was cheesier than super nachos.  It was just attack after attack, Reaper after Reaper.  Eventually the whole creepy monster attacks got old.  I mean you can only hit us up with it so many times before it starts to loose its appeal.  Ellie’s supposed super hero strength and powers just got old as well.  There was little to no development of the actual plot.  While it moved in a vague direction to discovering this supposed Super Reaper, getting there wasn’t exciting, suspenseful or even intriguing.  It was blah.  I felt like the entire novel was a half assed attempt at having a kick-ass heroine trying to save the world.  I’m being harsh. I know I’m being harsh, ya know why?  Because I was severely disappointed.  Just another reason to not trust hype! While the plot was a total let down there were still a few admirable things about this novel.  

Ellie herself wasn’t that bad.  While I didn’t really connect with her she was still a tolerable MC. I was kind of surprised to discover that Ellie was kind of a girlie girl.  A girlie girl who cares about slutty Halloween costumes and the like.  Gotta say I don’t think I’d really be friends with Ellie in real life.  Though I didn’t really connect with her character, she still had admirable traits.  She was strong and determined in everything she did.  While she doesn’t remember her past lives, she’s firm in the belief that it is her destiny to rid the world of Reapers.  For most of the story I actually enjoyed her narrative.  I just wish that her actions reflected what an enjoyable character she was.  The kick ass persona just didn’t fit with her personality.   I guess the whole idea of it was that she was an unlikely heroine, but eh it just didn’t fit.  

I think the best aspect of this novel was Will.  Out of everything in this book I thought he was the most enjoyable aspect.  He is truly devoted to protecting Ellie.  Guardian angel is kind of the perfect description.  He’s tough, a killer fighter, and just an all around nice guy. Plus well the cool ass tattoo and huge ass sword is extremely hot.   When his feelings for Ellie start to move beyond just brotherly love, he knows that he’s getting into deep water.  It is his duty to protect her, nothing more and though he cares for Ellie he can’t risk letting his feelings get in the way of doing his duty.  He does what is right, but it just killed me inside.  The two of them are just incredibly cute together.  They click perfectly and are both devoted to the other.  They deserve a happy ending together, even if the story was crap. 

So while individual aspects of this novel were really enjoyable, the total execution just didn’t meet my expectations.  The author demonstrates great creativity in both the story and the characters, yet the plotline was cheesy beyond belief.  The pros and cons just cancel each other out for me, leaving me with no strong opinion on this book.  Will I read the next one?  Eh… I can’t really say, maybe out of simple curiosity.  Who knows?  The story could actually get better.  Kind of doubtful, but I might give it a shot. 

Review: The Iron Queen

Synopsis: My name is Meghan Chase.I thought it was over. That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who's sworn to stand by my side. Drag me into the core of conflict so powerful, I'm not sure anyone can survive it.
This time, there will be no turning back.

My Review: 
I’ve always been on the fence with these novels.  I couldn’t get past the cliché love story, plus the love triangle, and well Meghan just proved to be frustrating.  Well I am pleased to say that The Iron Queen has sold me on these books.  I am now officially a fangirl.  Meghan has truly matured throughout the course of these books, and the Iron Queen was the ultimate conclusion of her journey.  

The Iron Queen picks up right after Meghan and Ash have been exiled.  Ash has finally declared his love for Meghan, regardless of the consequences, and he’s willing to be with her even if it means he will never be able to go home again.  My major problem with Ash through the course of this series is how freakin hot and cold he is.  Passionate kiss!  You’re still my prisoner. You’re incredibly brave…for a human.  Just gah!  I just can’t stand romances where the guy cannot admit his feelings due to his sense of “duty” to his court.  *bashes all male characters like this over the head*  Screw the court!  Love trumps all!  Ya hear that Will Herondale?  Ya I’m yelling at you! Okay I’m done yelling at Cassie Clare’s characters for now.  I’ll save my major rants till then.  Back to the Iron Queen… so yes I like Ash now.  That ice prince exterior has finally thawed and we get to see the real him for the first time.  I thought Meghan was nuts for falling so hard for such an asshole, but she clearly was able to see through his icy exterior.  As much as I loved Ash’s new romantical side, his over protectiveness was bothersome.  Meghan got frustrated…I got frustrated…it’s a mutual thing all around.  I have to say though that boy is hard core dedicated.  He truly loves Meghan more than anything in the world, and he will give up everything to protect her.  While yes a bit cliché, it was sweet.  He definitely grew on me in this book, and I’m kinda glad that I don’t dislike him so much anymore.  It was rather tiring keeping that amount of loathsome energy going.  Maybe it’s all the hot chocolate I’ve been drinking (because it is freakin a snowy nightmare outside) but I feel incredibly sarcastic right now.  I’m blaming the hot chocolate…

Meghan, Meghan, Meghan.  Finally she pieces it all together!  Please tell me I wasn’t the only one who discovered her true destiny like 20 pages into the second book?  I wanted to smack some sense into her so many times!  Like really.  Is she totally clueless?  Ugh sorry.  Damn that hot chocolate!  Nada mas! Like I said earlier, Meghan has finally grown up.  Gone is the whiny teenager.  She’s finally taking control of her life and is becoming a truly inspiring young woman.  She learns how to protect herself, and while she can’t access her magic without becoming sick, she’s learning more about her world and what she has to do to protect it.  By the end of the novel, Meghan became one of my all time favorite heroines.  She’s willing to give up everything she cares for in order to put a stop to the False King, not because of her Father or Queen Mab; but because she knows it’s the only way the Nevernever will ever survive.  She’s the only one who can put a stop to the False King’s reign of terror, and she’s willing to make the greatest sacrifice of all.  

And of course my favorite all time characters make their appearances.  My adorable little Grim and Puck.  Gotta love those two.  They make these books in my opinion.  Grim is as mysterious as ever and of course his ever constant explanation of “I am a cat.” ^.^  I just want to cuddle him!  Though I think he’d probably claw my eyes out if I tried.  Still adorable though.  And of course Puck!  *cough* Meghan so should have picked him *cough* I know I said I liked Ash now, but man Puck was the way better choice.  He follows Meghan into exile, knowing that she’ll need his help.  He is the most loyal best friend you could ever want, and Meghan simply does not appreciate him like she should.  Then there are some new characters that I just adored.  Glitch and Razor are just epic.  Is it just me, but I totally think the Iron Fey are kick ass.  I like them a lot better than most other characters.  *weeps in remembrance of Iron Horse* I thought Glitch was amazingly cool, and I’m looking forward to more of him.  Well hopefully.  Don’t know how much of the Iron world is going to show up in The Iron Knight, but I’m hopeful.  Razor is like a mechanical Gizmo!  Gremlins are so darn cute!!!! Except they don’t go “Bright light! Bright light!” Razor is still adorable though.  XD 

Events are finally coming together.  Meghan learns of her dual powers, the False King is revealed, and Meghan must make a choice that will affect the entire Nevernever.  I have to admit I’m kind of surprised that I didn’t guess who the False King was sooner.  I feel totally dumb.  It was a total “Omg…duh!!!” moment for sure.  Kagawa truly does a brilliant job with the conclusion.  She has you at the edge of your seat from when they first enter in the battle with the False King.  I really didn’t know how it was going to turn out.  I was convinced that Meghan was going to die, then I turned around and went “She can’t die!” and gah it was emotionally exhausting.  To say that I bawled like a small child is a bit of an understatement.  Great wracking sobs were emitting from me.  Glad I had holed myself up in the spare bedroom of my Grandmothers house during Christmas so no one else could see my pathetic self.  My shirt sleeves were soaked, my mascara was running, I was just a mess.  I don’t think I have cried like that since Dobby died in HP.  Well actually I cry very easily because I’m a total baby, but ya get my point.  As random as this review was (glares at hot chocolate) I really did love this book.  It was a wonderfully crafted conclusion to this series, and it made me a firm fan.  If  you were on the fence about these books like I was, after reading the conclusion you will be just as in love as I am.  Amazing ending, but wait there’s more!  If you didn’t already know Kagawa plans to write another book through Ash’s POV entitled The Iron Knight.  Excited?  Hell to the ya!