Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Review of The Iron Queen

Title: The Iron Queen
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: Iron Fey (3)


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.

My Review:
Having thouroughly enjoyed the previous 2 books in the series, I was eager to read this one; it did not disappoint. Once again I was sucked back into the magic and intrigue of the Nevernever. 
So much is happening in the story that it's hard to tell you the plot without giving away certain pieces of information. If you haven't read the first book then you may not understand some things and the links in this book. Meghan is still half fey/half human. The basic plot is that the Seelie and Unseelie courts are at war with Iron, it is Meghan's job to stop this war.
I can't reveal too much more as it may spoil it for people who haven't yet read the book or the others in the series. 
I loved the development of Ash's character, his walls have started to come down and you get to see the real connection between him and Meghan. Puck was still his comical self, he adds that bit of humour to the book. Grimalkin still makes apperances here and there, always popping up and disappearing at different times.
Overall, another fantastic book in the \Iron Fey series. I cannot wait to read The Iron Knight. Cannot recommend this series enough.

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Thursday, 25 September 2014

Blog Tour: Killing Sound

Title: Killing Sound
Author: Paul Southern


Jodie is cursed with a terrible gift. She just doesn't know it yet. When she stumbles across one of her dead father's old papers on sound waves in the attic, it sets her on a terrifying journey to find out more, leading her across the streets of London to the dark, untrodden tunnels of the Underground, where she is forced to face the truth. Her worst nightmare is about to become real. Worse, she can hear it coming.

(Blurb taken from Waterstones)

My Review:

Wow! Killing Sound is a truly terrifying read that had me hooked from the very first page!

Within the first few chapters, Jodie's parents are dead. Her father had come home hoping to prove that his experiment does work. However, hours later all that's left is blood, remains and Jodie. A traumatized child. It is believed that she is the only person who witnessed what happened that night, but she's clammed up and won't tell anybody what she saw. She's completely blocked it from her memory.

However, whilst living with her aunt, a sound draws her to the attic. It is there that she discovers some papers that once belonged to her father, these papers include research on sound waves. Jodie finds out that her father was researching infrasound and the spirit world. This discovery leads Jodie on a frightening journey deep into the depths of the London Underground...

Killing Sound is a gripping, haunting novel told incredibly well! It is certainly not one for the faint hearted but nonetheless it is a fantastic novel with a stunning plot! It will leave you on the edge of your seat the whole way through! I would highly recommend!

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Killing Sound by Paul Southern out now in paperback and eBook (£7.99, Chicken House). Find out more at doublecluck.com

Thank you Chicken House for providing a copy. 

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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Review of The Iron Daughter

Title: The Iron Daughter
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: 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.

My Review:

I had high expectations for this book before I started reading it and I wasn't disappointed. I think it's just as good as the Iron King. The Scepter of Seasons has been stolen by the new kind of faery named the Iron Fey and you follow the characters as they try to retrieve it and return it to the rightful owner. 

You start off in the Winter Court where Meghan is staying because of her bargain with Prince Ash. It is icy in temperature and atmosphere.  Meghan feels awful when Prince Ash changes; he becomes cruel and cold.

Meghan cannot return to the summer court and her father (King Oberon) can't free her as she is there of her own free will. When some Iron Fey steal the Scepter of Seasons and murders Sage, one of the princes of the Winter Court, Queen Mab is livid. She accuses Oberon of stealing the Scepter. A war is about to erupt, but, Meghan knows the truth and she is going to do everything she can to stop the war from exploding...

Once again, I loved this book. Julie Kagawa creates a beautiful setting by describing the landscape so well. I love following the characters on their journey and in this book you notice that they start to evolve and change slightly. 
Meghan has some choices to make and questions are still unanswered... The Iron Daughter is an awesome sequel and great follow on from The Iron King. I cannot wait to get my teeth into the The Iron Queen and delve back into the Nevernever.
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Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Review of Winter's Passage

Title: Winter's Passage
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: Iron Fey (1.5)
Meghan Chase used to be an ordinary girl..until she discovered that she is really a faery princess. After escaping from the clutches of the deadly Iron fey, Meghan must follow through on her promise to return to the equally dangerous Winter Court with her forbidden love, Prince Ash. But first, Meghan has one request: that they visit Puck--Meghan's best friend and servant of her father, King Oberon--who was gravely injured defending Meghan from the Iron Fey.
Yet Meghan and Ash's detour does not go unnoticed. They have caught the attention of an ancient, powerful hunter--a foe that even Ash may not be able to defeat....
(Blurb taken from Goodreads)
My Review:

Winter's Passage continues from where The Iron King left off. We left that book with Ash coming to get Meghan to take her back to the Winter Court and Queen Mab. The book is basically the journey back to the Winter Kingdom.
As usual in the Fey world things never are quite that simple and Ash and Meghan discover that they are being followed by something. Something evil. The book is very short (roughly 60-70 pages), so it really is a quick novella that takes you back into the Fey world. Julie Kagawa still manages to describe things is detail and make everything sound so incredible. It was great to see the return of Ash, Meghan and Grim. 
You become quickly absorbed into the story and the story is a wonderful treat for fans before reading The Iron Daughter. It's a great, quick in-between story that bridges the gap between book 1 and 2.
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Tuesday, 2 September 2014

The Reading Habits Tag

Something slightly different today. I thought I'd do a tag post. I've never done a tag video on this blog before, but let's get into it!

1. Do you have a certain place for reading at home?

Not really. I tend to read anywhere. I mainly read in my bed but I don't have a specific place that I go to read. 
2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?
I am bookmark girl. I can't put a piece of paper in my book and I certainly can't turn the corners down! The thought of that just makes me cringe! If I don't have a bookmark with me I will remember the page number rather than turning the corner's down or putting a piece of paper inside.
3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter or a certain number of pages?
I like to stop reading after a certain point/event or a chapter. I hate stopping in the middle of a bit - I like to reach a reasonable end point before I can put a book down. 
4. Do you eat or drink when reading?
No. Maybe a biscuit or something occasionally, but generally speaking, no I don't eat or drink when reading. 
5. Do you watch TV or listen to music whilst reading?
No, I just get distracted and find that I'm not taking in any of the story. I'm just reading. I have to have my attention solely on the book. 
6. One book at a time or several at once?
I used to read several books when I was younger but now I read one at a time. 
7. Reading at home or everywhere?
Everywhere. I'm one of those people that can read anywhere. I read on planes, trains, in the car. Waiting for something to cook. Lots of people can't read when travelling but I don't have a problem with it. It's one of the things I do to pass the time when on a long journey. 
8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?
Silently in my head. I can't stand it when people read out loud; it drives me mad!!
9. Do you ever read ahead or skip pages?
I am guilty of this. If a book is boring I will skip chunks or even pages. Equally I skim read when something is exciting as I want to get ahead and find out what happens.
10. Breaking the spine or keeping it new?
Keeping it new. I hate having a broken spine - I know it shows love, but I like to keep my books looking pristine. I'm so specific about my books, I'm also reluctant to lend certain books to people as I don't want them to come back wrecked. 
11. Do you write in your books?
Gosh no, that just feels wrong on so many levels!
12. What are you currently reading?
I am currently reading The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa! It is fast becoming my favourite series. I highly recommend it!

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