Meaghan is about to turn 16 and she’s convinced her busy mother and inattentive step father won’t even remember. But when she spots strange-looking creatures starting to appear and her younger half brother disappears and is replaced with a horrible facsimile she finds herself thrown into a world where faeries and goblins exist. Along with her best friend, they embark on a journey through the mysterious lands, encountering all sorts of characters in hopes of tracking down where her brother has gone.
I have to admit, I was pleasant surprised how good this was. One of the first books I had received from Netgalley years ago was the fourth book in this series, and I hadn’t realized initially that it wasn’t a standalone. So with that first experience of the Iron Fey world, I wasn’t too impressed and was turned off from the books. That being said, so many people have said how much they love it and so another shot was warranted.
I was surprised to find that it was set in both present day and in the faery world. I was pretty skeptical about it and loved what the Iron Fey represented in relation to the rest of the faeries. The journey felt very epic, in the sense of like a Hobbit-type journey where people come and go along the way but they’re travelling toward one main goal. I liked the idea and the premise behind the book but I really couldn’t stand the protagonist. A lot of the time she seemed pretty useless and many of her antics felt very much like a stereotypical female main character and all the interesting aspects and personalities were given to the supporting cast of guys. I could also do without the insta-love which felt incredibly unfounded and contrived. Irregardless of the plot, I also found it weird that her best friend keeps calling her “princess”, to which she initially – full of annoyance – tells him to stop calling her that and he completely disregards her irritation and continues to do so and which she never expresses any more reaction to it.
That being said, I am admittedly hooked into the story and am curious to see how this plays out in the series. I found Kagawa’s world building incredibly visual and detailed and she had such a poignant take on the evolution of science vs nature.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ (4 /5 stars)
Available: February 1, 2010
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Read as part of Brunch Book Club with Lost in a Great Book.
Wrap up discussion to follow in the coming week.