4 stars · Fantasy · fiction · romance · series · young adult

The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Knight

Book 4 in the Iron Fey series
Book 1: The Iron King 
Book 2: The Iron Princess
Book 3: The Iron Queen

Author: Julie Kagawa

Pages: [paperback] 361

memorable quote:
“Geez, you guys. I know I’m popular and all, but seriously, you’re a bit too co-dependent for me. I’m going to need you to step away from my personal bubble.” A wispy vine-woman curled ivy tendrils around his arm, and he sliced through them with his dagger. “No! Bad Wraith! No touchie!”

favorite characters:
puck & grimalkin


Ash, former prince of the Winter Court, gave up everything. His title, his home, even his vow of loyalty. All for a girl… and all for nothing.

Unless he can earn a soul.

To cold, emotionless faery prince Ash, love was a weakness for mortals and fools. His own love had died a horrible death, killing any gentler feelings the Winter prince might have had. Or so he thought.

Then Meghan Chase—a half human, half fey slip of a girl— smashed through his barricades, binding him to her irrevocably with his oath to be her knight. And when all of Faery nearly fell to the Iron fey, she severed their bond to save his life. Meghan is now the Iron Queen, ruler of a realm where no Winter or Summer fey can survive.

With the (unwelcome) company of his archrival, Summer Court prankster Puck, and the infuriating cait sith Grimalkin, Ash begins a journey he is bound to see through to its end— a quest to find a way to honor his solemn vow to stand by Meghan’s side.

To survive in the Iron realm, Ash must have a soul and a mortal body. But the tests he must face to earn these things are impossible. At least, no one has ever passed to tell the tale.

And then Ash learns something that changes everything. A truth that turns reality upside down, challenges his darkest beliefs and shows him that, sometimes, it takes more than courage to make the ultimate sacrifice.



I think that about sums up all of my love, frustration, and Team Puck-ness for this fourth and final installment of the Iron Fey series. Or maybe it’s just a bunch of random letters.

I first fell in love with Julie Kagawa’s characters all the way back in 2010 . . . Okay, not so long ago, but that’s nearly two years of anxiously wanting to get my hands on each installment and devouring them as fast as possible, then still wanting more. While I was disappointed to learn that this wouldn’t be from Meghan’s point of view, as it’s all about Ash’s journey and wouldn’t really make sense any other way, I liked it more than I thought I would. (Possibly because Puck was in nearly the entire thing. But I won’t let my review be partial to him . . . much. 😉 )

Filled with the humor, suspense, romance, and action that I’ve become accustomed to in the Iron books, The Iron Knight is equal parts thrilling and nerve-wracking. The world Ash lives in isn’t the safest place to roam in, and more than once I was convinced they would all end up dead, stuck somewhere, and the rest of the book would be empty pages, to fool everyone. Maybe that was just paranoia. But that would be a good, unexpected tactic to use . . .

One thing that I didn’t like about it was how some parts-and I can’t point them out specifically without being spoilery-seemed to drag on longer than I thought necessary, while others were rushed over or plainly summarized when I thought they could have used more explaining. At one point, I knew what was happening and wanted to know what would happen next, but was stuck in a writing-rut for a while to get to where I wanted to go. And I’m glad that, picky as this is, it’s the only thing I can think to complain about in this finale.

The characters were, as always, awesome. (And not just Puck. I swear.) Ash the stoic, brave knight he needed to be; Grimalkin, the cunning and ever-clever cat; even the Big Bad Wolf was exactly how I’d picture he would be, did he exist as a manifestation of his many incarnations.

I love Julie Kagawa’s writing style, and can’t wait to read more by her. Now that this is over. That’s painful to type. But, good news on the horizon! I heard she’s at work on a new series, this one about vampires. Not sure about that transition, but I’m definitely reading it. Bring it on!


4 stars · fiction · young adult

Scars by Cheryl Rainfield


Author: Cheryl Rainfield

Pages [paperback]: 250

Favorite Characters: Meghan & Sandy


Kendra, fifteen, hasn’t felt safe since she began to recall devastating memories of childhood sexual abuse, especially because she still can’t remember the most important detail– her abuser’s identity. Frightened, Kendra believes someone is always watching and following her, leaving menacing messages only she understands. If she lets her guard down even for a minute, it could cost Kendra her life. To relieve the pressure, Kendra cuts; aside from her brilliantly expressive artwork, it’s her only way of coping. Since her own mother is too self-absorbed to hear her cries for help, Kendra finds support in others instead: from her therapist and her art teacher, from Sandy, the close family friend who encourages her artwork, and from Meghan, the classmate who’s becoming a friend and maybe more. But the truth about Kendra’s abuse is just waiting to explode, with startling unforeseen consequences. Scars is the unforgettable story of one girl’s frightening path to the truth.


Scars  is a book that drags you to the edge of your seat and keeps you there for the rest of the novel. Following Kendra, a girl who deals with trying to remember who sexually abused her when she was younger and cuts to keep the pain from becoming unbearable, this book deals with some tough issues while being believable and not preachy.

While it does deal with how to get a person to stop harming themselves, it also serves to explain exactly why someone might turn to such a thing as a solution to their problems. It lets the reader see into Kendra’s mind, and shows exactly what her thoughts are as she goes through the steps of confronting her past and identifying her abuser.

I loved Meghan, who was just an awesome character that I think worked perfectly both with the plot and for Kendra. She definitely snuck up on me, and is one of those characters that might be slightly overlooked, but is definitely deserving of more spotlight.

Scars is a great book that I recommend to anyone who can handle the mature themes dealt with behind the cover. I give it 4/5 stars, and think that it should be read more often than it has been. Definitely give it a try!


Scars: Blog Tour: Character This or That

Today I welcome to the blog Meghan, one of the leading ladies of Scars. I’ll give her two options to choose from, and she’ll tell us her favorite. So, Meghan, ready to start?

Meghan: Sure, I’ll answer yer questions. But you gotta answer mine, too.
Action or comedy?
Action. Some things that other people find funny just don’t make me laugh.
Spring or autumn?
Spring. It’s like hope eternal, always renewing itself.
Chocolate or vanilla?
Chocolate. Me and my girl both love chocolate.
Call or text?
Call—if it’s with my girl or someone I really wanna talk to, you know? Unless I’m in class and then it’s text.
Day or night?
Hot or cold?
Hot. Cold is lethargy.
Book or ebook?
Gimma a book I can hold.
Sweet or sour?
Sweet. I had enough sour to last me a lifetime.
Television or movies?
Movies. You can really lose yourself in the story, the way you can with novels. But I don’t watch any of those horror flicks. I had me enough horror in my life, and so did my girl. I like movies where girls are kick-ass strong, though.

Nature or technology?

Nature. It’s pretty beautiful when you take the time to look. Though tech is useful and can be fun and I sure wouldn’t want to live without it.

Cookies or cupcakes?
What is it with these “or” questions? I want both. (grinning)

So—my turn, now. What’s yer take on queer marriage? Because I’m all for it. I think we deserve the right to marry as much as any het couple. I can’t wait til I can marry Kendra. Some day, that’s gonna be us. An old married couple.


I think I’ve got to agree with Meghan on that one. ^^

Follow the rest of the Scars tour, and check back here August 28 for my review of the novel!

5 stars · Fantasy · fiction · romance · series

The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Queen

Author: Julie Kagawa

Pages [paperback]: 358

Book 3 in the Iron Fey Series
Book 1: The Iron King 
Book 2: The Iron Princess

Favorite Characters: Grim & Puck

Memorable Quote: “But, as no one listens to the cat anymore, I will have to wait until we are completely lost to say ‘I told you so.”


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.


Every book I read in this series makes me love it even more. The characters are awesome, the plot fantastic, and the entire thing is highly addicting. As soon as I started reading The Iron Queen, I couldn’t put it down. It was non-stop action, romance, and humor. Puck would have me laughing one moment, then Meghan would be in a battle, keeping me on the edge of my seat. I never knew what was going to come next, and I loved that.

I’m Team Puck all the way. He’s adorable, and loveable in every way. The Iron Queen did make me like Ash a lot more-not that I didn’t like him as a character beforehand, but it took until this third installment for me to think of him as someone worthy of rivaling Puck.

I don’t mind books that don’t seem to have any filler space in them, no scenes that sound randomly placed and useless. However, a few points of the novel seemed rushed and not thoroughly explained. I would have liked for things to slow down a bit, just to give me a chance to get used to whatever happened or was going to happen. This didn’t annoy me enough to detract from my enjoyment, it’s just something that I noticed about the book.

The Iron Fey series is one of my all time favorites, and I’m so excited for the fourth book. I didn’t even know there would be another until I reached the end of this one, and that killed me. I can’t stand the wait. I’ve never been the most patient person, and this definitely doesn’t help. But I get to see more of my favorite characters, and that makes it worth it!

The Iron Queen is an awesome book that I really recommend. This is a great series, and the best that focuses on fairies that I’ve ever read. I give this third book 5/5 stars. It was amazing!

Fantasy · fiction · romance · young adult

The Iron Princess by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Daughter
Sequel to The Iron King
Book 2 in the Iron Fey series

Author: Julie Kagawa

Pages [ebook]: 361

Available Now!

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Opening Lines: The Iron King stood before me, magnificent in his beauty, silver hair whipping about like an unruly waterfall. His long black coat billowed behind him, accenting the pale, angular face and translucent skin, the blue-green veins glowing beneath the surface.

Memorable Quote: “You’re here, and the only dance I want is this one.”

Favorite Characters: Puck and Charles


Half Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fit in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is a prisoner to the Winter faery queen. As war looms between Summer and Winter, Meghan knows that the real danger comes from the Iron Fey, iron-bound faeries that only she and her absent prince have seen. But no one believes her. Worse, Meghan’s own fey powers have been cut off. She’s alone in Faery with only her wits for help. Trusting anyone would be foolish. Trusting a seeming traitor could be deadly. But even as she grows a backbone of iron, Meghan can’t help but hear the whispers of longing in her all-too-human heart.


I am in love with this series! I’ve only recently dove into the many YA series that deal with fairies [actually, the review I’m posting tomorrow is on another fairy book]. The Iron Princess, which picks up  where The Iron King left off, tells more about the world of the Nevernever and leaves the reader begging for more. Unfortunately, the third book, The Iron Queen, doesn’t hit stores until February 2011.

Meghan is trapped by Mab, the Winter queen. Ash is ignoring her, Oberon can’t help her, and the Winter fey unanimously want her dead or worse. Left to her own devices, Meghan can only hope that she’ll survive the ordeal, and won’t be turned into a living ice sculpture.

In this novel, there are red-eyed iron horses, gremlins that live in iPods, and a world between this one and the Nevernever. As the tension builds between the Winter and Summer armies, will Meghan be able to prove that the real threat is the Iron fey? Or will all of the ‘old faeries’ soon become extinct?

Filled with battle scenes, romance, and several pages of quote-worthy wit, The Iron Princess is a book you defintiely have to check out. I give it 5/5 stars.

Fantasy · fiction · romance · science fiction · young adult

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

The Iron King

Author: Julie Kagawa

Pages [hardcover]: 363

Available now!

Book 1 in the Iron Fey series

Opening Lines: Ten years ago, on my sixth birthday, my father disappeared. No, he didn’t leave. Leaving would imply suitcases and empty drawers, and late birthday cards with ten-dollar bills stuffed inside.

Memorable Quote: The satyr gave me a sympathetic glance. She was shorter than me by a foot, with large hazel eyes that matched her curly hair. I tried to keep my eyes away from her furry lower half, but it was difficult, especially when she smelled faintly like a petting zoo.

Favorite Characters: Robbie and Grim


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.


I was very excited to learn that we just got this in at my local library, and I am thrilled that I only have to wait exactly a month [Iron Daughter, the next book in the series, is released August 1rst!] to get back in on the action. When first starting The Iron King, I was expecting the typical fairy book, maybe something a bit like “Wicked Lovely”, which I just recently read. I was very wrong! The Iron King is an original twist with leading lady Meghan capturing my attention and making me want to go on this journey with her through the Nevernever [a.k.a., Fairyland].

Meghan, when introduced to the world of fairies, acts as I imagine pretty much any teenage girl would. Disbelief and resistance to this new perspective accompany her in the novel. She isn’t immediately graced with great courage or automatically know how to wield weapons; she runs or stands frozen when faced with a dangerous foe and, when having one, wields her weapons a bit clumsily, as I imagine as beginners must. I know it sounds wrong to have a ‘weak’ leading character, but she grows throughout the novel at a pace that is realistic.

I love Fairyland in The Iron King-the Nevernever is beautifully discribed and easy to picture. I think Julie Kagawa is an author to watch out for; I love her style already.

The only slightly negative response that I have is that while there is the overlying plot, there are so many subplots that I sometimes forgot what the overall goal actually was. I’m not entirely sure whether this added or took away from my enjoyment but it’s nice to not get so distracted. I’m an easily distracted reader.

‘The Iron King’ gets 5/5 stars. I highly recommend this book! Watch out for the sequel, ‘The Iron Princess’, released August 1rst!