Review: The Iron Daughter

Review: The Iron DaughterThe Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey #2
Published by Harlequin Teen on August 1, 2010
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 359
Format: Paperback
Source: NetGalley
Goodreads
one-half-stars

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.

The Iron Daughter definitely feels like Romeo and Juliet in some ways. Girl and boy from rival groups meet at a party. They dance and fall immediately in forbidden love and passion. They manage to spend time together and begin a forbidden, star-crossed relationship. Her friends and family want him dead; his want nothing more than to see her frozen alive or killed. Of course, this doesn’t happen, because the book series would have to end.

When the story diverges from it’s star-crossed inspiration, boy leaves girl, trying not to get them both killed. Girl feels betrayed even though he warned her eighty-five bajillion times what was going to happen. Girl decides to lead on/flirt with her best male friend who is in love with her too. She does this while continuing to want nothing more than forbidden boy. Seriously? This story is supposed to be really romantic, but how can I want this obnoxious girl to end up with any of these guys (except maybe the jackass from her high school who she still finds attractive) when she clearly will go with whoever happens to be there at any given moment? This little side plot is just what was needed to make the whole forbidden love angle even better.

Meghan has not improved much as a main character, mostly for the reason above. She continues to save herself and others sometimes, which is nice, but she generally expects the menfolk to save her, which is less nice. The other really frustrating thing about her is that she continues to be an airhead. So-called plot twists are obvious, but she never sees them coming (i.e. Ash being all ice prince-y to her in front of his mom). Smaller things baffle her as well. For example, she tries on a dress that has just been finished for her to wear to a prom-like event (at her high school that she no longer really attends) and observes that “it fit perfectly, sliding over my skin as if made for me.” Umm, yeah, hon, that’s because they made it for you! Also, don’t get me started on the whole the-only-way-to-heal-the-faery-prince’s-injuries-is-to-go-to-a-school-dance-thing.

One response to “Review: The Iron Daughter”

  1. GMR says:

    Hmm…interesting review. Can’t say that I’ve read this series yet, well because I haven’t….but I don’t believe I’ve heard this angle on the feedback before either. Great job! Any time you can bring something new to light on a heavily buzzed title, it always gets interesting. May check out the series at some point…and will have to check out this deja vu type experience. Thanks for sharing!

    (OH…and by the way….you’ve also won an award over at my site! http://insatiablereaders.blogspot.com/2011/01/roll-out-red-carpet.html)

    Happy reading! ^_^

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