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.
Book: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
Release Date: February 1, 2010
Genre: Young Adult
Series: The Iron Fey, #1
Free or Purchased: Library
Rating: (3 Zombies)
For the first four days I spent reading The Iron King, I called it The Snooze Fest and was quite vocal to anyone who would listen about how terrible it was. I just couldn't stand to read it for long periods of time, so it took me forever to get to the halfway point, which was where I had been told it would start getting better.
It wasn't that I didn't like the main character; I actually thought that Meghan was a strong, realistic, likable girl that was really easy for me to relate to. At that point, I was totally Team Puck, and like him a lot. I just didn't like the plot. It was too boring, even where there was action, with the exception of one chapter that really stood out to me--the one where Puck turns into a horse.
Finally, after four days of hatred and accidental sleep, our heroes exited the Seelie Court. I immediately loved the book, especially once they started hanging out with Ash. During this middle section of the book I was undecided as to which team I was on. Neutrality is not fun, guys! But it was an exciting story at that point, and things were looking up.
Okay, there's something I really need to mention that bugged me to death about The Iron King: it was totally Labyrinth with David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly. The similarities were astounding, like the quest to find the little brother who was kidnapped by mythical creatures, the pack rats, the little house in the tree, all of it!
Now that I finally have that out there, I can move on to the perfect final third of the book. *Fangirl dance* Ash was so very, very wonderful and hot and sexy and cold (duh, he's the Winter Prince). I loved him so much, and definitely ended The Iron King on Team Ash. He was sweet and vulnerable and guarded, and was there for Meghan when she needed him. Also, he was just plain cool. I am officially a rabid Ash fangirl. Don't judge.
So if you're sitting around napping through the first 150 pages of The Iron King, keep going! It's definitely worth it to join the Ash fanclub when you finish, trust me! And I wish you much luck on actually making it to the point where it picks up, it isn't an easy thing to do :(
I recommend doing what I did, and picking this book up at your local library, but I have a feeling the second book will be a buyer. We'll just have to wait and see. I do own a digital copy that I got for review before it came out. Unfortunately, I just recently got to the top of the waitlist for The Iron King at the library, so I didn't get to it before its release. Expect a review in the next month or so. (Lots of stuff I need to read first, including school crap.)