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.
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The only thing I found at fault with the story is the cheesy romance; in a way it keeps the story real since we are talking about teenage love. It is a story full of emotions and action. Megan Chase is a teenage girl willing to fight for whom and what she believes. Courage, loyalty and fierce convictions move this girl to act and become more than everyone believes she is.
There are some spoilers here. (Just a few)
Ok so don't get me wrong, I enjoyed this book. Well...... really I enjoyed the second half of this book. The beginning in the Unseelie court with the boy of her dreams, her "true love" treating Meghan like dirt beneath his feet Just didn't sit right with me. After all that was done I was happy. All the characters were great, both old and new. I found myself hating the one I should hate and wanting more from the others. Plus who doesn't love a good old fashioned love triangle? Looking forward to seeing what happens in the next book/adventure.
Khristine Hvam did a fabulous job once again narrating. She brings the characters to life and draws the listener in to the story. I was very entertained with her performance.
"My test of a good book is dreading to begin the last chapter." - Thomas Helm
This is an excelent follow up to Book 1. Friends, don't bother w/ Winter's Passage Book 1.5, it only does a copy & paste of the end of Book 1, you don't really learn a whole alot.
I have enjoyed following Meghen, Puck, the Winter Prince, Grimulkin and Iron Horse though their journey. These characters will surprise you. And Laoninshe, a new character, very cool. Also, you may just learn what happened to someone Meghen knew from her past.
I really enjoyed the first book so I picked this one up, but straight off the bat, the second book started following in the footsteps of Twilight love triangles and brooding, overreactive teens who really aren't that interesting. Once the characters start dissolving like that, then the lack of a solidly built world and mediocre plot start sticking out. So the result is that just a little more halfway through, I gave up. I'm not finishing this book or continuing with this series; my time is too valuable.
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If you like these books I recommend reading my review of book 1, for more references to similar books that might interest you.
I say this is book three because the author has half versions, or mini books to give you an update between books. It's kind of a cheap ploy to make more money, but they are all worth reading, plus if you get them during an audible discount period they will only cost you $2/each. Just buy them that way and get the books over $10 using your credits.
In this book Megan starts to come into her own and really starts to understand herself, her prince, and the other fey better just as everything begins to unravel around her. Her family plays a minimal role in this story, her lost memories come into play here too. This book ties in everything you needed to know from book one (so don't try to skip to this book), while bring up it's own new story, characters, and expanding on what you already love about the series.
Also forgot to mention this in my first review, but I enjoy this narrator. Khristine Hvam has a sweet voice and doesn't try to sound like a man but instead lets the story speak for itself in your mind. I love books with dual narrators that tell the story like a movie with the pictures only in your imagination, but also can equally get into books with a good narrator who just reads with inflection rather than pretending to be every character. That is Khristine Hvam, a good story teller without trying to take over the characters. The only down play I will say is that the producer should have edited out random parts where you hear her breathe in quick, sometimes she does things that pull you into the story but sometimes it's just her catching her breathe at the end of a long paragraph and it could be removed. Regardless great narration.
If you like book one, continue onward!
I am certainly no teenager, but I have to say that this book keeps me more intrigued then the Twilight series. This was of course a nice sequel to the first book and I enjoyed it very much. So much that as soon as I was done I listened to the third book.
I almost stopped listenening to this book early on, because of the "love language". I am not a fan of expressions of undying love and the same trite gushing that happens in any books. I understand deep love and don't need to be reminded of it by describing the physique and characteristics of the loved one over and over. I felt like this book was written by a teen. A teen that has read a lot, and took a little from many books and made it her own. I would not recommend it to anyone, but I didn't hate it. I used to read harlequin romances as a teen and I wouldn't recommend those either. I just don't like books that are gushy. There was a lot of action, and the book hinted at a previous book and a later book, wihich I don't feel interested in reading.
I like the quippy dialogue with Puck, the condescension from Grimalkin, and the beautiful images are all my favourite parts of this novel. I like Ash and Meghan being together the least. They both seem to get less interesting and a lot more repetitive when they are together or are thinking of being together.
I would have made the love triangle less one sided or I would have done away with the triangle entirely. Ash's overwhelming broodiness and angst is really unappealing.
Grimalkin, as performed by all three voice actors performing the Iron Fey series: Meghan Chase arcs, is the best character. The voice they chose really emphasizes the qualities of the character himself.
I would definitely go and see any movie in the Iron Fey series. It would be a beautiful looking movie, even if it wasn't a fantastic story.
Meghan continues to be the faultless, and fairly uninteresting Mary-Sue she has been since the last novel.
I listen to the audio verson and follow along with the book. Helps me because I don't read that well and listening while following along works for me.
I love Khristine, she brings characters to life with her voices.
No, but I read it in one weekend.
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