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Review, Young Adult / February 22, 2013
The Lost Prince by Julie KagawaThe Lost Prince
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #1
Publisher: MIRA Ink
Date: January 2013
416 pages
Source: ARC from publisher
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal

Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.

That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’d dare to fall for.

Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.

I was pained Julie Kagawa’s superb series The Iron Fey ended last year, especially because the last book The Iron Knight, was so good. It was like saying goodbye to a very good friend, seeing off Grimalkin, Ash and more importantly Puck, prankster of my heart.

So you can imagine how thrilled I was about this new series, Call of the Forgotten, starring Meaghan’s brother. In The Lost Prince, Ethan Chase is no longer a little boy and has grown up irritated by and resentful of faeries. With his sight, they just won’t leave him alone and he hasn’t forgiven them for essentially taking his big sister away from him. However, when a fairy comes to him for help, he reluctantly journeys to the Nevernever to find his sister and to put a stop to what’s happening. read more

By: Daphne
The Iron Legends by Julie KagawaThe Iron Legends
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey #1.5, 3.5, 4.5
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Date: August 2012
304 pages
Source: Purchased
Genres: Fantasy
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Enter the world of the internationally bestselling Iron Fey series. Dangerous faeries. Heartbreaking romance. Thrilling action and limitless adventure. The world of the fey has never been so powerful. This collection includes three novellas set in the world of the Iron Fey plus the Guide to the Iron Fey with exclusive information about Julie Kagawa's unforgettable world of Faery.

NOTE – This reviews both the novella Iron’s Prophecy and the Iron Legends Anthology.

Iron’s Prophecy

This is book 4.5 in the Iron Fey series and takes place some time after the events of The Iron Knight.

Firstly, this story is just the right size for a novella. Not too short and not too long. It is about 65 pages and is actually very crucial to the story. This novella is no gap filler. If you are a fan of the Iron Fey series then I really recommend you read this as without it, the new books in the upcoming ‘Call of the Forgotten’ series will NOT make sense. read more

By: Alison
Review, Young Adult / June 28, 2012
The Immortal Rules by Julie KagawaThe Immortal Rules
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: Blood of Eden #1
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Date: April 2012
485 pages
Source: NetGalley
Genres: Dystopian, Paranormal
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In a future world, vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity.

Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten.

Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them. The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked--and given the ultimate choice. Die...or become one of the monsters.

Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad.

Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend—a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike.

But it isn't easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what—and who—is worth dying for.

I have to start this off by saying that Julie Kagawa blew my expectations away. In this saturated genre, I never expected such a refreshing take on the vampire story, and I truly enjoyed this book.

The Immortal Rules takes place in a dystopian future where vampires rule over cities and humankind have been all but wiped out by the Red Lung disease. Humans have little choice—either become a marked as a registered ‘pet’ used for feeding, or choose to be free but have to fend for yourself. Allie Sekemoto is one of these unregistered humans, constantly living in hunger and facing the harsh realities of life in New Covington. She’s tough, she’s street smart and she would rather starve than take a vampire’s mark. read more

By: Daphne
Review, Young Adult / March 6, 2012
The Iron Knight by Julie KagawaThe Iron Knight
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey #4
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Date: October 2011
361 pages
Source: NetGalley
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
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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.

The Iron Knight far exceeded all my expectations, although it was bittersweet knowing it was the final book with these characters. It was a fantastic end of a fantastic series.

I really can’t go on enough about how much I enjoyed reading this book. I’m trying to write this review without too many spoilers, but I can’t promise one or two subtle ones won’t come through, so please proceed with caution. It was at its heart a quest story, done really, really well. It had a hero, a group of misfit companions, lots of traveling, trials and finally a grail: Ash’s humanity. read more

By: Daphne