Archive for ianuarie 2011

The Iron Daughter - Julie Kagawa (Iron Fey #2)


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.


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!

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The Iron King + Winter's Passage by Julie Kagawa


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

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Blue Bloods Novella (Bloody Valentine) - Melissa de la Cruz


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

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Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception by Maggie Stiefvater


WOW! Just WOW.
I had planned to read this book like a year ago, but when I began I was in such a crappy mood I couldn't enjoy it at all so I stopped.
Good thing too, with a baggage of another year of reading and new wants I read this book in a totally different way that I would have then.

Sixteen-year-old Deirdre Monaghan is a painfully shy but prodigiously gifted musician. She's about to find out she's also a cloverhand—one who can see faeries. Deirdre finds herself infatuated with a mysterious boy who enters her ordinary suburban life, seemingly out of thin air. Trouble is, the enigmatic and gorgeous Luke turns out to be a gallowglass—a soulless faerie assassin. An equally hunky—and equally dangerous—dark faerie soldier named Aodhan is also stalking Deirdre. Sworn enemies, Luke and Aodhan each have a deadly assignment from the Faerie Queen. Namely, kill Deirdre before her music captures the attention of the Fae and threatens the Queen's sovereignty. Caught in the crossfire with Deirdre is James, her wisecracking but loyal best friend. Deirdre had been wishing her life weren't so dull, but getting trapped in the middle of a centuries-old faerie war isn't exactly what she had in mind . . . via Goodreads

I loved reading this book seriously. First, because it had Fairy Lore (My college diploma is on Celtic Myths :D) and secondly because it was dark in a way. YES! Faeries are not nice, they are malicious and cruel and psychopaths. Even Tink tried to kill Wendy now that I think about it. Anyhoo!

Lament is a very musical novel, no duh. And it's even more enjoyable if you read it with the right soundtrack. (How creepy was when I was reading this line: "Come away, human child, whispered the voice in breathy timbre, come away from the pain of the world." and the song that was playing in my headphones was Stolen Child sung by Loreena McKennitt).

Luke and Dee were sweet together yet I still had a hope for James because I liked him from the first line he came up. He is a good friend, protective, and funny and honest. And he can pull off a kilt and still be amazing has major scores in my book.

The end was brilliant, at least for me. It was like an Irish Ballad with heroes and such and such, you know ^_^.

*runs to read Ballad*

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FIRELIGHT - Sophie Jordan


I’ve read my first book in the first day of the 2011. Woot! And that was Firelight by Sophie Jordan, a book with dragoooooons. Well, actually draki!
I’ve only read only one other book involving dragons and that is You Slay Me by Katie MacAlister (I’m stalling Eragon for some reason) and it was quite different from this one.
I already declared year 2011 a year of dragons and fair-folk, so even if I am going to read a lot of Debut Authors and of course books from series I’ve been following, I will concentrate a lot more on dragons and faeries. ^_^
So let’s see what’s crack-a-lackin' with Firelight.

Jacinda is a draki, a descendant of dragons and a very special one. She is a the only fire draki in centuries. She’s a special draki, but being special is not always good as she will see. So her mother takes her and her sister Tamra, and flee the pride. She hopes that the draki inside her daughter will fade and they will all live normally.
Struggling in a mortal world that fit her sister and mother perfectly, her only silver lining is Will. Or is he? From a family of dragon hunters, Will is her most feared enemy, but love has other plans. They are the mythical Romeo and Juliet. Hopefully they won’t end up the same way.

Firelight lived up to the praise it got even before the official release. With a gorgeous cover and amazing action and characters, no wonder I read it in less than a day.
I would have picked on the fact that I predicted a lot of developments, but I guess that was because I read so many books. It’s like after you read 18 of Agatha Christie books and you get a knack on figuring the killer as you read more and more. (And she has a lot of books.)
And even if it seemed rushed, the connection and the falling in love actually makes sense as you read. Can’t say the reasons but there are.

What I really liked about it was the struggle of the draki inside her. I’ve never had a draki inside of me (wished though) but I can imagine is not easy to keep in control such a being that defines everything that you are. And that struggle combined with keeping away from the boy that you want to be close...well let’s just say you empathize. It was believable and I guess that is the target of all writers. Congrats Sophie Jordan, you’ve hit your target.

Also what I also liked the straight forwardness of it. I mean is it not so complicated to say: "You want to go out?" he asks suddenly.
I blink. "As in a date?"
"Yes. That's what a guy usually means when he asks that question."
A lot more effective than stalking (well, Will did his part of stalking and all, but we’ll leave him alone because that was his strike 1).
All in all, Firelight was really worth it. And the cliffhanger was a nightmare.

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