Sunday, October 30, 2011

Review: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Title: The Iron King
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey #1
Published: February 1st 2010 by Harlequin Teen
Rating: 1 star- no heart ):
The Iron King (Iron Fey, #1)
Goodreads summary: 
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.

Racquel's thoughts:
The Iron King officially proved to me hype and excitement only do bad things to books. They get me super excited and without me even knowing, give me high expectations but that only leads to a bad, bad bad road. First of all, I decided to immediately knock off two stars if the book has stereotypes, yup just like that. If the author has to rely on stereotypes then they probably don’t have the creativity to write a book. So from the first chapter The Iron King lost two stars due it having the worst kind of stereotypes.

Bimbo mean blonde cheerleaders and sexy stupid jocks. At the top of the list of things that I cannot stand is stereotypes so obviously I wasn't happy. I'm not even blonde or a cheerleader but god good who can't take offence at that? At my school we have as many black girls on the cheerleading team as white girls, and most of them aren't even blonde. And wait for it!  Some of them are actually nice and SMART. I do not understand how authors add this in their books. Do they truly believe blonde cheerleaders are dumb and football players are shallow?

I understand this is fiction and fantasy at that but I'm drawing the line at this. What happened to being against bullying? You're basically bullying the people who are cheerleaders and jocks with stereotypes like these. I'm pretty sure they have feelings.

I will not complain more about this because it will get my blood pressure too high.

Second problem I had was Meghan. I was not in her head. Basically her POV was more vague then 3rd person narration, really her narration makes 3rd person just WOW, I might as well be inside the head of every character!
'This happened.'
'He did this'
'she said so-so'
'I felt like this'
'it made me sad'
'I saw this'
'I did that'

But WHHHHY? why are you sad, why are you mad? What bothers you and why does it bother you? I need a little background of her brain because not just because she said she felt that way I would understand it and justify it. I need WHY. I need to be in the narrator’s head but this just felt like I'm on the sideline completely lost.

That leads me to number three: because, to me, the writing recited things without going on to justify or back them up in anyway, I couldn't believe Meghan’s actions. From the beginning every mention of her brother was how he bothered her. How do you expect me to believe that she's going to accept this fantasy world thrown at her face in a nanosecond and jump on a train to save her brother when she never mentions good feelings toward him? Just because he's her brother doesn't mean she has to love him.

I know people who would go to end of the world and back on foot to kill their siblings Blood means nothing. Again, this goes back to I NEED SOME THOUGHT PROCESS BEHIND ACTIONS!

Also there was a bit in the book where Ash tells Meghan that she is very loyal which… no. Sure she is loyal to her brother (which I don’t understand why! Once again, just because he’s your brother means you love him. I need thoughts!) When she knew Puck could get in terrible trouble for helping her she insisted that he should, what kind of friend is that? Sure that means she’s loyal to her brother but Puck ends up getting the worst end of it for you? She didn’t even think twice about his punishment! I don’t know about you but when I’m loyal to my friends I want to PROTECT them from harm, not be the cause of it!

My thoughts on the Romance? Insta-love. One page it wasn’t there one page it was. How? I don’t know especially since the only contact Ash and Meghan had before was:
A)He tried to kill her
B)They danced together

Yeah, no it doesn’t work that way.

Now I didn’t completely abhor this book! Maybe 2/3 through I got really into it and was just flipping pages like madwomen because I couldn’t read fast enough. At least true to everybody’s reviews, the book does get really good when Ash is in the equation and I would have given the book 3 stars for that middle part alone but I can’t ignore all the problems I had with it in the beginning and the end.Will I be reading the second book? Yeah, someday. I saw potential in that middle part when I couldn’t get enough of the book and I’m hoping The Iron Daughter is as good as that middle part. Besides I HATE myself for not liking this more! It makes me mad that practically everybody loved it except me//:

My rating, SADLY:

First Line:
"Ten years ago, on my sixth birthday, my father disappeared."
"Shall we have tea first? Brew up a nice pot of kiss-my-ass?"
"How very like you, Puck." Ash's voice came from a great distance, and the room started to spin. "Offer them a taste of faery wine, and act surprised when they're consumed by it."

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