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Review: The Iron Daughter (The Iron Fey #2) by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Daughter

The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa
The Iron Fey #2
Fantasy | Young Adult | Romance
Published by Harlequin Teen on January 1, 2010
★★★

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.

You know that series that doesn’t impress you that much, but you keep reading for the sake of finishing the series and because you have to know what happens or if it gets better? Well, The Iron Fey is that series for me. If you’ve read my review of The Iron King, then you’d know that I wasn’t all that impressed with The Iron Fey’s first book. Surprisingly, I liked this one more, hence the extra half star/crown.

Just like last time, Meghan annoyed me. Someone needs to tell that girl that Ash is not the center of the universe. Primarily, this is the only part of this book series that really annoys me. Obsessing over Ash was just annoying. The first half was so irritating just because of Meghan’s infatuation over Ash. In my opinion (Ash fans, please don’t gouge my eyes out), Puck is a much better match for Meghan. They’ve known each other longer, and I think he complements her well. He’s always there for her when she needs him, despite the fact that she’s all for Ash. The thing is that Puck knows patience. He even said himself that he was going to wait for Meghan. Oh, yeah, and there’s the fact that he doesn’t reject her every 50 pages.

Yes, there’s still time for me to switch ships. I did it with the Shatter Me trilogy, and I can do it again.

Honestly, I wish I could look this aspect over since I’m so engrossed in the Nevernever, but I really can’t. I absolutely hate clingy main characters. So much. Although, Kagawa creates such an intricate world, and I believe it. I believe that the fae could be running around the place, disguising themselves at humans. Kagawa’s world is very addicting as is her writing. No matter how much I dislike Meghan and Ash, I can’t stop reading the books. And this is literally what keeps me coming back for more.

I put the next two books on hold. As well as the novella book. As well as the first two books in the spin-off series. I’m so marathoning the books. As I said, they’re so addicting.

I have to say that, yes, the first half of the book is Meghan obsessing over Ash, but after page 60 or so, things got a lot better (for me, anyway), because Puck showed up! I was missing Puck since he got injured in the previous book, but now he’s back, and I’m loving him. Meghan’s love *cough* for Ash remained while he was gone, and when Ash came back (because Ash always comes back, right?) all of Meghan’s progress toward obsessing over Ash less vanished. Back to square one.

In the end, this is a good series. I’m pretty much the only person that’s majorly ticked off by Meghan and Ash it seems, and I feel like I’m reading a completely different book than everyone else who’s in love with Meghan and Ash. Oh, well. I heard the next book, The Iron Queen is a lot better, and I can’t wait to continue on with the series to see what happens with Meghan (and Ash)!

(I just need to clarify that I am not an Ash hater. I like him; I do. I just don’t like how clingy Meghan becomes when she’s around him.)

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