So, this is a detailed version of the Puck day.
For one it will start at a Trick and Masks shop where we will put our stealth costumes. Puck would but a bauta (Casanova’s mask of choice) because let’s face it he could pull it off (looks at all the fan girls) and I’ll get a Kitsune mask.
With that we will go to a farm, steal some donkeys and set them free in Titania’s apartments, you know for past mistakes. (Pray to any god who will hear us that Oberon will be there too, just to be sure the prank is perfect).
After getting away from the wrath of kings and queens we would get to the woods and stuff out pockets with catnip and “hunt” for Grim. We could find him, we will find him. And we will drug me senseless and tie bells around his neck, maybe give him a belly rub and make him purr like a drunk kitten. Take pictures of course to be sure that if he comes after us all the fey see him in such inappropriate position.
To be on the safe side we will go to the mortal world, print those picture than hitch a ride to go and bungee jump from the Macau Tower, since it’s the highest jump, then get a faery path to Italy and do the Katun ride at Mirabilandia.
Of course get the pictures done and the T-shirts that we survived. And since we had enough iron we will head back the Trick shop and get a lot of glitter then go and sing a ballad to Leanan Sidhe. Maybe tick her off, because I will trust Puck to make the lyrics accordingly. We will probably steal some of her wine then head to the woods.
That would be the semi-ending: eating roasted mushrooms and apples and get pissed on Summerwine and party like it’s Samhain, dancing and laughing at the crazy pictures we took. If Grim is any wicked he will know that then will be the time to strike if he wants to get the compromising pictures.
Since we are so drunk of course we will do something Insane, as in head for the Iron Realm to sing a serenade and maybe have a Gremlin thrown at us. I always wanted a Gremlin of my own so I’ll be sure to catch it.
Perfect day with Puck, just fun and pranks and insane rides, no kissy face and no riding the Pooka, that if he doesn’t turn into a horse to run away as fast as we can. Then I will have to ride the Pooka because hey, I am no shape shifter.
I would have loved a day with Ash but Puck seems like the best guy to have a whole day with if you want to have crazy fun.
So, PUCK DAY baby! Puck day!
Well, we’ll start early in the morning doing mischief in the Summer court, maybe tick off Titania a little. Could get turned into a frog or something but it would be totally worth it.
Then hunt Grim down and try to tie some bells around his neck and all the day we will call him Fuzzy Wozzy you’re so cute.
Oddly both these ideas seem to have a possibility of ending up with a enemy. And we would stuff our pockets with cat nip to see if it works on him. Maybe first drug him with cat nip and then put a cute bell around his neck. Oh yes, that would be perfect.
And then if we manage to be alive after Grim wrath, I believe in Puck to get us out of jam, we could go in the most crazy roller coaster ever and then bungee jumping. And since those two insane rides will give us a day of idiot grin on our faces we will go and dress ourselves in glitter and pay a visit to Leanan Sidhe! and sing her a ballad.
I’m guessing that from all the previous mentioned activities bungee jumping is the safest. But hell, a day to nark three “people” one after the other, sounds like the best day.
And since we will have to come to an end with the crazy day I think that just camping in the woods and roasting apples and mushrooms on fire would be the best ending. It will be bound to end up in tears of laughter.
Oh oh and pay a visit a late night visit to the Iron Realm to serenade Meghan and Ash. We would be probably be drunk by then but hey, we’ll be marry.
Yup, this is my day with Puck! \^o^/
A.M Bells signing out because of major Summer Wine hangover :))
So, this is a detailed version of the Puck day.
A big big thank you to those amazing people from netgalley for this. It felt like Christmas when I saw the e-mail. Now let’s get on reviewing.
I’m a sucker for books, YA in particular dealing with fairy lore and is no secret that the Iron Fey ranks up there with my favourite series. Now, we got Meghan telling us her amazing story. Then Puck pocked his way in and presented us with an –all – to – Puck – adventure and now we get Ash. I love Puck from the bottom of my heart but I am a Team Ash girl for who Meghan should end up with.
As I would have appreciated an Ultimate Sacrifice Ending as Julie herself puts it, I can’t say 'no' to a change at happy end. And if the road to that is paved with Ash’s thoughts and experiences then I cannot ask for anything more in life.
Ash has set out to find a way to me with Meghan like he vowed he would and this boy is on determined fey. The way to be with her – he needs a soul, he must become mortal. And together with Puck, the always present (except when danger is near) Grimalkin, and two new/old characters add to the company.
To “see” in Ash’s head has been quite an experience. It was something to see him as light and as dark through Meghan’s eyes, but now. Everything reached new levels. Ash is kind and was a kind prince in a way, but as I see it, Winter has a way of icing you. We get to find out cruel things Ash did (only natural as a Winter fey) and that shocks a great deal. Yet, I couldn’t find myself turning away from Ash because of that. He was young (as young goes for fey) he was Winter, and in the end he was fey. (Maybe writing a dissertation paper on Fairy Lore has made me understand more the way fey work, who knows? Or I’m just a freak for understanding cruelty as something natural.) The is a change in Ash as the novel gets to an end, and it is a very sweet change, like, for lack of better words – spring. The ice melted away slowly.
Puck, well Puck! Have I mentioned how much I love Puck? He is the same yet not. He still has his amazing one liners that he got us used to, but we can see that he is a wise fey, that he does have the age even if he acts like a child. And that he loves dearly his friends, and Meghan (even if he cannot have her the way he wishes). And his bickering with Ash is always a treat. I will miss these two together. But to this bickering duo there is another one, Grimalking of course and Wolf. I loved the insults passing between them and how Grim has kept the “Cats rule and dogs drool” thing going on. I cannot say more about the last addition to the company, because is one hell of a twist that I would have never seen coming.
Twist after twist with this one, and I loved the presence he/she/it made in the story. It also broke my heart a little.
But all things must come to an end, and the end is meant to praise the author for doing such an amazing job. It was a brilliant book and as well as series, with action, humor, a little horror, love and loss, and feelings, human feelings. Puck, Ash, Meghan, Grim, Wolf and their friends will not fade and get lost with the other Forgotten, because she has gave us their stories and we will keep them alive and ruling.
Connor, Risa and Lev are running for their lives.
The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until the age of 13. Between the ages of 13 and 18, however, parents c an have their child “unwound,” whereby all of he child’s organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn’t technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state, is not talented enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape – and to survise. (Backcover description)
I bought this book on fluke. I had no idea what I would get but I just ordered it. I decided to order it because of a DA artist Burdge-Bug. I saw several drawings made by her and read a description on the Holy Goodreads and I thought I should give it a shot. And let me tell you, what a shot. I absolutely loved this book, and it also broke my heart and made me hope that nothing like it would happen in the future.
Unwind was definitely a book worth reading and it is without a doubt a book that will stay with you long after you have finished reading it. You will not get bored and you will find yourself engrossed in the action and cheering, or just crying for the characters, and not just the main ones: Connor, Risa and Lev.
The idea itself, the futuristic world that who knows, maybe one day our own world will turn into or not, was fantastic. It depressed me a little to think that we might turn out like this. Giving our children away to be unwound, or making them fight to the death in the Hunger Games, or who knows what other things.
I’m thinking of turning this year not only the dragon and faeries books, but also the futuristic/postacpocaliptic one. The Epic THREE.
Each and every charachter is special and in now way a 2D character , hello – goodbye. Everyone lives and breathes and makes himself/herself noticed and you get attached to them. Or you just want to punch him in the face and run away really really fast. Yeah, I am talking about Roland. Though in the end, I couldn't fully hate him. He had this tough facade but I think it was just that, and he had to keep it up because that was how he grew up. I felt sorry for him more than hate him, yet I still wanted sometimes to hit him in the face.
Connor,signed to be unwound by his parents since they felt they could not control him anymore, was not your usual lead guy. He wasn’t exceptionally handsome, charming or ohh be still my heart. He had, dare I say, more flaws than qualities at the beginning, but throughout the months of running away, he changed a lot. He discovered things he was good at, he became more protective and not as angry and prone to fighting, and he actually got a girl worth caring for and that cared enough about him.
Like Connor, Lev, the young tithe, changed a lot from the annoying kid tithe. Learned the streets, to get around by himself. He turned out to be, one hell of a kid and a fighter for the greater good, sort of.
Risa, ward of the state but not a good enough pianist to be kept alive, didn’t change very much, maybe just lowering her defense as the story progressed. She was a sweet and caring girl from the very beginning. And that never changed.
An amazing and horific dystopian world, is what the author created. I’m glad I got my hands on this book and it won’t be the last I read from Neal Shusterman.
Emby - I gotta go to the bathroom
Hayden - You should have thought of that before you left. How many times do we have to tell you? Always use the potty before climbing into a shipping crate.
Diego - I want my fingers to go to a sculptor. So he can use them to craft something that will last forever.
Hayden - If I'm unwound,I want my eyes to go to a photographer — one who shoots supermodels. That's what I want these eyes to see.
Connor - My lips'll go to a rock star.
"These legs are definitely going to the Olympics."
"My ears to an orchestra conductor."
"My stomach to a food critic."
"My biceps to a body builder."
Emby - I wouldn't wish my sinuses on anybody."
One more for Connor's sake from the amazing Burdge-Bug
My name is Meghan Chase.
I thought it was over. That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who's sworn to stand by my side. Drag me into the core of conflict so powerful, I'm not sure anyone can survive it.
This time, there will be no turning back.(via Goodreads)
Meghan - "In real life,I've changed so much I don't even recognize myself."
As she said it herself, Meghan changes a lot during her adventures. Three books and we find a new Meghan, even more determined, brave and truly in love. She is more mature and ready to stand up for what she thinks is right.
I always love it when I see visible evolution of the characters in books, and not only, same goes for when I am reading manga.
Ash has been on constant change as well since the beginning of the series. If at the start he shows only little glimpses of how he can be, now he was. He was sweet, open and oh so romantic and loving. Him and Meghan easily ranked up in my favorite lit pairs. They love each other so much that at times is heart breaking.
Dear Puck learned the way of Tomoyo: My happiness is her happiness. How can I not love and respect that, especially since an old dog like him would be hard to learn new tricks, like selflessness.
The three of them together with the amazing Grima return to the Iron Realm to prevent the NeverNever from being destroyed. Struggling with her Iron and Summer powers Meghan is a real hero, as much as Ash and Puck. You cannot put this book down and come back tomorrow to read the next chapter. Because it is like a fairy that has enchanted you, and you cannot break free until you complete your deal and finish reading it; with cheeks drenched with tears and sobbing like a baby.
The Iron Queen as the whole series, is amazing, fascinating and absolutely brilliant. And Julie Kagawa is one of my literary heroes (J.K Rowling leading them all), and I will definitely read more that comes out of her amazing "pen".
PUCK - My, aren't we bossy today. Give a girl an army and it goes straight to her head.
- It's not everyday I get to tell someone I was attacked by a pair of flying reading glasses. Ow
MEGHAN - A little warning would’ve been nice. You couldn’t have said, ‘Hey, as part of your training today, I’m going to beat you senseless’.
- "I wished that, for once, faery tales – real faery tales, not Disney fairy tales – would have a happy ending."
ASH - “I would think you’re better suited to the task, Goodfellow,” he said without turning around. “After all, that’s what you’re best at isn’t it? Watching?”
- "Her desires are mine. Her wishes are mine. Should even the world stand against her, my blade will be at her side. And should it fail to protect her, let my own existence be forfeit."
sobbing in a corner A.M Bells
Half Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fit in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is prisoner to the Winter faery queen. As war looms between Summer and Winter, Meghan knows that the real danger comes from the Iron fey—ironbound faeries that only she and her absent prince have seen. But no one believes her.
Worse, Meghan's own fey powers have been cut off. She's stuck in Faery with only her wits for help. Trusting anyone would be foolish. Trusting a seeming traitor could be deadly. But even as she grows a backbone of iron, Meghan can't help but hear the whispers of longing in her all-too-human heart.
Did I like this book? No! I LOVED IT!
Iron Daughter picks up where Winter's Passage left us...sort off.
Meagan is at the Winter Court having completed her contract with Ash. And she ain't having it easy. A Summer half-human fairy in a Winter Court where every creature from the most unimportant Red Cap to the Winter Queen herself hunts for your weaknesses so they can tear you apart. Ohh yeah!
This one was action packed from the beginning and we actually get to know better Ash's brothers: Rowan and Sage. One I hated, and one I liked. This is all I can tell. It was nice to having them active and not so 1D as they were in Iron King. But aside from the brothers, Ash had his character development. He is not just the prince of the Unseelie Court, cold and inflexible. We get to see a softer side of him, protective and capable of great sacrifices. Yes, his heart has melted, if it was ever truly frozen.
Puck, despite being a little absent in the start comes back in full power. And man does he make up for absence. I love his humor and stark, and how he is still Ash's friend even if they keep fighting to kill each other. Frenemies are they called? I'm thinking that how Ariella was the catalysis in their grudge, Meghan is the one that ties them back...more or less.
The book is full of turns and twists and surprises that had me gasping or aww'ing even sobbing near the end. And I was actually happy that I didn't know anything as I read (My spoiler inside Freak was tamed for the day).
But let us not forget the lead girl of this story. Even with her powers cut off by Queen Mab there is still something inside her. Oh, and what power! Queen Mab should have feared this power instead of the summery one. Meghan was herself and maybe a little bit more. Still determined, stubborn and ready to give it all. The novelty is her struggle with some mixed feeling. We can't have a story without a little bit of love triangle, right?
Oh. Scene that had me in stitches: The satyr at the spa Miroku. (Anyone who has ever seen Inuyasha will understand me)
Bottom point: I love this series. And I can't wait to get Iron Queen.
QUOTE TIME \^o^/
Tiaothin - "Meghan's in lo-ove," sang the phouka, making my heart stop. "Meghan's in lo-ove. Meghan and Ash, sitting in a tre--"
(I should mention that for some reason I found myself fond of Tiaothin. Hope she'll appear again.)
Puck - "You look like crap, prince. Did you miss me?"
Ash - "You're here, and the only dance I want is this one."
PS: Oh Ironhorse! Hugs Ironhorse!
Book one and 1.5 Novella of the series "Iron Fey". Woot woot! I've been meaning to read the series for a while now. And as expected I read the first one and the novella in my spare day from exams. Ohh yeah! I go wild when I get a breathing moment from them! I READ BOOKS!
Sooo. What is it about! DUH! Faeries! This isn't the faerie year for nothing.
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. (Via Goodreads)
This book was bound to be read in high speed roller-coaster ride. The idea of the Iron Fey is amazing and something I have not read before. It was a nice change and of course I loved the anime references ( Myself being and Otaku...faery. ) And I always love to see so much dedication for family in books. Meghan is a wonderful person and sister, and put herself in line for her little brother without a second thought.
Another surprise I had and a pleasant one at that, was Puck. Every time I imagined Puck either if he appeared in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" or "Wondrous Strange"
by Lesley Livingston I always had this image of an older man in my head. To switch from that to a foxy youngster was brilliant. I was fond of him from the very beginning.
Still, I am a TEAM ASH girl. Sorry Puck! Ash, oh Ash. Be still my heart. Thank you for making it so that when I hear Ash I won't be thinking of Pokemon. Aside from that, I was a sucker for Ash immediately. Tall, dark, icy and with silver eyes? What is not to like? And his feud with Puck was a nice twist in the story. But it takes Summer's heat to melt ice, right?
His (Prince of Winter 'Unseelie' Court) developing romance with Meghan (Half off-spring of the Summer 'Seelie' King) is sweet but yet heart reaching. Yes, it is your usual star-crossed love, but it's beautiful and not so dumb-witted as suicidal Romeo X Juliet. I have a feel these two will not give up so easily.
This series had easily made it's way on to favorite shelf.
Meghan - “You’ve gone off the deep end. Time to cut back on the anime, Rob. There’s no such thing as faeries.”
“I’m a…an otaku faery,” I said, drawing a confused scowl from the chief and bewildered looks from the rest of the camp
Puck - “Ladies and felines,” he stated grandly, grasping the doorknob,“welcome to Tir Na Nog. Land of endless winter and shitloads of snow.”
Ash - "Touch her, and I'll freeze your testicles off and put them in a jar. Understand?"
Winter's Passage is a bridge novella between "Iron King" and "Iron Daughter". Heading for the Winter Court Megan and Ash are tracked by an ancient, powerful hunter. One that even Ash has some tough time fighting with.
We see a new side of Ash in this one in the little time he shows it. He is kind, protective. He and Meghan had a too little time to actually be together but it was sweet and emotional.
QT - Summer and Winter were not supposed to fall in love. T_T
OMG - How dare I forget about Grimalkin?
The amazing, the fantastic and clever yet adorable Cat Sìth! Whom I have to admit, at first he was a she. :D Grimalkin is a brilliant sidekick/companion/voice of reason/cat
Even if I say I will update more often I fail at it. College is murder in this time. My head is already screaming to stop the torture. Anyway!
Blue Bloods is not a series I am crazy about like I would be for Mortal Instruments or Morganville. I got the first book this summer when I was working in the book fair. Ironically I got it from our competition tent :)). But I just had to get something. I'm not for competition and also the ones there were actually friends and cute boys :D. So, at this moment I have all the books, for some reason, even if it's not one of the books that might ever be first in my "To buy list"
But I have to admit I really liked the novella.
It has three stories:
1. Oliver orientated one
2. Allegra orientated
3. The bonding of Jack and Schuyler
As a side note, Jack has to be one of the first lead guys that I disliked from the beginning. :)) I like a little more now. ^_^ Now that he is finally brave enough to do what he wishes.
And Mimi got in my heart a little with her love for Kingsley Martin.
So, for the first story of the novella, I have to say it was my favorite. Just because Oliver is one of the favorite characters from Blue Bloods. Suffering from de-familiarizing he finds comfort in help in Freya, a witch.
This story left me wishing for more of Oliver and Freya, and hoping. ^_^ Oliver deserves a nice witch girl who won't suck his blood and hurt him.
The second story, is how Allegra met Schuyler's father while they were still as cool. It was a nice change, to "see" Allegra up and about. And not just in comatose.I was left a little confused because of this story but I guess the future books will clear more up.
And the best for last, I guess. ( Well, not for me. My Best was the Oliver story. Yaay.) Schuyler and Jack bonding. Not going so happy at the beginning but with a very hot and sweet ending.
Yup. I really liked reading this one. Nice, short. Just what I needed after a German exam.
PS: There was a lot "bow chika wow wow"! Quite new! :D