It’s Finally Over! Review of The Iron Knight

review

Some spoilers.  This turned it a bit of a rant.  Sorry in advance.

Screen Shot 2016-03-23 at 6.12.35 PM.png

The Iron Knight

The Iron Fey #4

Julie Kagawa

2.5stars


My name – my True Name – is Ashallayn’ darkmyr Tallyn. I am the last remaining son of Mab, Queen of the Unseelie Court. And I am dead to her. My fall began, as many stories do, with a girl…

To cold faery prince Ash, love was a weakness for mortals and fools. His own love had died a horrible death, killing any gentler feelings the Winter prince might have had. Or so he thought.

Then Meghan Chase – a half human, half fey slip of a girl – smashed through his barricades, binding him to her irrevocably with his oath to be her knight. And when all of Faery nearly fell to the Iron fey, she severed their bond to save his life. Meghan is now the Iron Queen, ruler of a realm where no Winter or Summer fey can survive.

With the unwelcome company of his archrival, Summer Court prankster Puck, and the infuriating cait sith Grimalkin, Ash begins a journey he is bound to see through to its end – a quest to find a way to honor his vow to stand by Meghan’s side.

To survive in the Iron Realm, Ash must have a soul and a mortal body. But the tests he must face to earn these things are impossible. And along the way Ash learns something that changes everything. A truth that challenges his darkest beliefs and shows him that, sometimes, it takes more than courage to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Divider

A lot of people LOVE this series.  I am not one of them.  While I actually really enjoy the plot line of the first 3 books and was totally invested in figuring out what happens, I found them all relatively slow and boring and I hate, Hate, HATE Meghan Chase.  She beats Bella Swan for my least favorite female character of all time (as of now).  I don’t know what it is about her that makes me want to bang my head against the wall for hours on end, but she does.  I probably would have been able to share some more concrete reasons for my hate if I hadn’t  completely forgotten to write a review after I finished The Iron Queen back in the beginning of February.

And let’s just say I was extremely happy to finally be done with the first three books and Meghan’s narration.  I’m not sure if I would have really continued with the series if I hadn’t stupidly bought the audiobooks awhile back.  But I did, so I had to get my moneys worth.  And that’s what led us here today.  I have finally finished all four books of The Iron Fey series.

Right off the bat I have to say that this book was 1000% times better simply because Meghan is not in it for like 95% of the book. I thank all the gods of the world for this fact.  The story, instead, is told from Ash’s POV, which when it comes down to it, isn’t all that better.

But really, why I couldn’t find it in myself to give this book more than 2.5 stars is that it’s BORING.  Ash is on an epic quest to find a soul because for some reason I will NEVER understand, he wants to spend the rest of his life with Meghan.  Excuse me while I go throw up.

I’m back.  So epic quest.  Fun times.  NOT.  This entire book is just Ash whining, with a few dull fight scenes.  The only redemption is Puck.  And that just makes me angry because it reminds me how these books royally fucked over Puck.

And then, there are, of course, the last few chapters which basically live out Ash’s life and Meghan is there in all her annoyingness and….

Also, Ariella (I think that’s her name.  I don’t really care.) is somehow back and then we have Ash contemplating ignoring his promise to be Meghan so he can be with Ariella, but he can’t because he’s a fairy and then I felt bad for Meghan.  And I HATE feeling bad for characters I don’t like.  But Ash wasn’t winning any points with me when he made it seem like he was just going back to Meghan because of the promise.   “I’m only here because I’m a dumbass and I make a lot of unbreakable oaths in the heat of the moment, but I really wish I could be back with my ex who I thought was dead.”   Way to make a girl feel special, Winter Prince.  He sorts that out eventually, but still.

And I’m done ranting.  There is a spin off series featuring Meghan’s little brother Ethan, but as that seems to mean I will have more Meghan to deal with, I will probably not be reading that.  We’ll see.  I might feel masochistic one day.

 

Recent Reads

I’ve been on a reading spree lately where I finish one book and dive right into another.  This is wonderful of course, but it also means I haven’t been stopping to write reviews after I read each book.  Sometimes this isn’t a bad thing, but for me I need to write the review soon after finishing otherwise I forget what I want to say.  So here are some mini-reviews of recent reads that I never wrote actual reviews for.

Screen Shot 2016-01-25 at 11.27.26 AM

Screen Shot 2016-01-03 at 3.48.39 PM

Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen

*no rating*


Well. I read it.

The End.

JK

I don’t review Classics and I rarely rate them because I don’t really have anything meaningful to add to a book that has been critiqued and evaluated for 100s of years. Also,   how am I supposed to rate this?? Obviously it’s an extremely important work of literature to have such lasting power but honestly?  I was bored. As I usually am when I read classics.  I mostly listened to it because every time I tried to slog through 19th century text I felt my eyes closing. But I did finish it and that is all that matters. I have officially read my first Austen novel and finished the first month of the Classics challenge. So that is all that really matter. Also, I didn’t hate it.  It wasn’t Ethan Frome  bad and I will probably read more Jane Austen, but not for a few months.

*this book goes towards the 2016 Classics Challenge*

Screen Shot 2016-01-25 at 5.42.09 PM.png

theroguenottaken

The Rogue Not Taken 

Scandal & Scoundrel, #1

Sarah MacLean

2015

4stars

Goodreads | Amazon | The Book Depository


The 4 star rating is a bit arbitrary because this is my first ever Adult Historical Romance, so I have nothing to compare it to!  I really enjoyed the book, so I defineitly plan on exploring more of the genre, so who knows, this could end up becoming  a 5 or a 2 star book!

It’s been about a week since I read the book and unfortunately, I did not take any notes while reading. (I find it often distracts me from the novel and lowers my level of enjoyment).  So while I remember the plot and the general demeanor of the characters a lot has already faded.

I do know that I thought Sophie was a wonderful character.  From the first page when she defended her sister I knew I would like her.  She was funny, smart, and ready to take care of herself even if she did often end up being rescued.

For the most part, I did also enjoy King.  However, he might have been a bit too broody for my taste.  Give me sarcasm all day long but you need to stop whining about your dead love.  Plus he became a huge dick towards Sophie at the end.  And he refused to believe she was being honest throughout the entire book.  He did have his moments, which saves him from going on my “WTF Love Interest” shelf.

The romance, when King wasn’t being a brooding little bitch, was wonderful. I’m glad my first foray into historical romance was a success and I will definitely be checking out Sarah MacLean’s other work. If you guys have any suggestions of other authors or favorite novels let me know! I’m ready to get sucked into this genre!

Screen Shot 2016-01-25 at 5.42.09 PM.png

Screen Shot 2016-01-03 at 3.49.46 PM

The Iron Daughter

The Iron Fey #2

Julie Kagawa

2.5stars

Goodreads | Amazon | The Book Depository


That 2.5 rating is all due to Meghan and how ridiculously annoying and stupid she was in this book.  This review comes off a bit like a rant, but I really did enjoy the plot of this book.  I just HAVE to complain about Meghan.

I wasn’t the biggest fan of Meghan in the first book BUT OH MY GOD. She was so annoying in this one. So obsessed with Ash and so stupid. He literally tells her that he will not be able to talk to her and treat her the same way because he can not betray his queen (um DOUCHE ALERT).  I also remember them talking in the 1st book and both of them acknowledging that it is HIGHLY illegal for them to be together and they could both be killed or banished because of it.  But what does  Meghan do the first time she sees him? Gets SUPER upset and complains for what felt like 5 hours about how she can’t believe he would betray her and believes that he never cared about her.  I HATE HATE HATE when characters are this stupid.  YOU TALKED ABOUT THIS.   HE LITERALLY TOLD YOU ALL THIS.

And don’t get me started on that weak attempt at a love triangle. “Oh Ash is leaving me. How about I try it with Puck because he’s here and he loves me  and I realize out of no where, with no prior indication, that I love him too”. Nope. Get out of here.  First of all Puck is 500x better than broody Ash and he doesn’t deserve for you to do that to him.

But, as I said,  I do actually really enjoy the plot of this series so I will continue to put up with dumbass Meghan and hope she gets better in the last book (or last 2 books I’m still confused about the Iron Knight).

*this book goes to the 2016 Audiobook challenge

Music to My Ears: 2016 Audiobook Challenge

I love audiobooks.  It is a totally different experience from reading, but you generally end up with the same result: another book added to your read pile.  I use Audble through Amazon, so I pay some amount and I get 1 credit each month (it ends up totally being worth it because audiobooks are REALLY expensive!)

But I have a bunch I haven’t listened to because mostly I just re listen to Percy Jackson.  So that’s why I’m joining the 2016 Audiobook Challenge hosted by  The Book Nympho and Hot Listens.

Print

Details:

  • Runs January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016. You can join at anytime.
  • The goal is to find a new love for audios or to outdo yourself by listening to more audios in 2016 than you did in 2015.
  • Books must be in audio format (CD, MP3, etc.)
  • ANY genres count.
  • Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.
  • You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads, Shelfari, Facebook, LibraryThing, etc.
  • If you’re a blogger grab the button and do a quick post about the challenge to help spread the word. If you’re not a blogger you can help by posting on Facebook or Tweeting about the challenge.

Levels
  • Newbie (I’ll give it a try) 1-5
  • Weekend Warrior (I’m getting the hang of this) 5-10
  • Stenographer (can listen while multi-tasking) 10-15
  • Socially Awkward (Don’t talk to me) 15-20
  • Binge Listener (Why read when someone can do it for you) 20-30
  • My Precious (I had my earbuds surgically implanted) 30+
  • Marathoner (Look Ma No Hands) 50+

I’m going for Binge Listener 20-30 audiobooks, because I want to get through all of the ones that I already own!