Friday, January 29, 2010

Book Review: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Book Review: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Harlequin; Original edition (February 1, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0373210086
ISBN-13: 978-0373210084

Rating: 4/5
Source: Personal library

Book Blurb:
Meghan Chase has a secret destiny - one she could never have imagined…
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:
So glad that this book lived up to all of the hype! Heard nothing but raves about this one, and since I couldn't wait to get my copy and read it, it jumped straight to the top of my TBR pile. Well worth it, as I loved almost everything about this book! The cover is gorgeous, the story is fast paced and interesting, and the characters are believable.

The main character is a teenage girl named Meghan. She lives on the outskirts of town, has always felt like an outsider, and it doesn't help that her family is poor. Meghan is about to turn sixteen, when she is humiliated at school by one of the popular boys that she's had a crush on forever. That scene brought back the horror that was high school, and reminded me how cruel teenagers can be. Thought that Julie really nailed the high school experience, and my heart broke for Meghan.

Then things get strange when she gets home. What happened to her mother? Why is her little brother acting so strange? And why is her best friend Robbie making such outrageous claims? Robbie and Meghan are supposed to be celebrating her sixteenth birthday, but instead set off on an unexpected adventure.

Really enjoyed this story. I thought Meghan was a believable character who reacted like a sixteen year old girl would when confronted with strange situations and horrible threats. It does get a little old when characters who supposedly lived normal human lives suddenly turn into superwoman and discover an unknown talent for kung fu or something. I liked that Meghan was scared and broke down in tears at times, but she was also strong, grew up fast, and discovered hidden strengths she didn't realize she possessed.

Gave this one a 4/5 rating as I enjoyed the plot, thought that both main and secondary characters were well drawn, and overall the book was very well done. I especially loved Grimalkin! I'm looking forward to the next book, The Iron Daughter, due out in August.


  1. All I read was "So glad that this book lived up to all of the hype!" I don't need to know more. This one is on my wish list and I don't want to know too much. :) I. Can't. Wait!

  2. This sounds like one my daughter would love. She is "into" fantasy. I'll be on the lookout for this one. Great review!

  3. Excellent! I bet my students (and me, too) would love this one. :)

  4. Oh I haven't heard of this one but your review was great and it sounds right up my 13 year old cousin's alley! Thanks!

  5. Oh this is one I need to add on my wish list too. Thanks for the review :)

  6. Great review! I'm definitely interested in finding out more about Grimalkin, and lol at the supposedly normal neighbors who discover kung fu. The Iron King sounds exciting and romantic, and I can't wait to pick up the copy I ordered! :D

  7. I'm going to have to get ahold of this one, thanks for the review.

  8. Thanks for the great review. I have this one on my list already, but you have pecked my curiousity more with this review. Now I am going to have to get it. But February looks full. When am I going to get to all these books? I think I need to take a vacation to try to get caught up. Ha! I don't think a week will help much with my slow reading.

    Okay, sorry for babbling. Thanks for the review!

  9. You know I'm going to have to go buy this book now, right? Great review!! Books are especially good when your anticipating them and live up to that anticipation.

  10. I'm usually not into fantasy but this ones sounds interesting! I think I may give it a try due to your review :)

  11. Sounds really awesome! I'm even more excited for this one to come out!! :)

  12. I so adore this cover an when you say it lived up to your expectations I so have to get this one.
    Great review hon!