Monday, August 16, 2010
Megan Chase’s brother is kidnapped. She will stop at nothing to get him back and to get her family back to normal, although nothing has been normal since her father disappeared when she was six. She learns how far she will go to save someone she loves: her brother, her best friend (who turns out to be a faery), the handsome prince of an enemy faery kingdom.
REVIEW:The twists and turns of this story are great fun. I don’t even want to reveal too much about the story because it’s so thrilling to read through the secrets held within the pages. There were so many questions with a horde of answers and yet I’m still thinking about it and asking more questions.
THE IRON KING engaged my imagination. It's characters and story world is taken from A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare. I loved the imagery, the Summer and Winter faery kingdoms and, of course, the new Iron kingdom. At first it was hard to accept the addition to the natural realms, a realm of machinery, but if you let the story carry you, there is much to the story to like.
4: Very Good. I anticipate reading the next in the series to find out about this original idea of the Iron Kingdom.
RECOMMENDATIONS:This is a great book for teens and adults alike who love fantasy and fairy/faery worlds. It is a good clean story. Only a few bad words interspersed throughout. There is intense scenes, but nothing gory.
Check out my Reviews of the Iron Fae Series:
Book 1: THE IRON KING
Novella: Winter's Passage
Book 2: THE IRON DAUGHTER
Book 3: THE IRON QUEEN
Novella: Summer's Crossing
Book 4: THE IRON KNIGHT
Novella: Iron's Prophecy (not yet reviewed)
Book 5: THE LOST PRINCE (not yet reviewed)
Book 6: THE IRON TRAITOR (new in Nov 2013)
Saturday, August 7, 2010
After reading the first book, I just thought it was a cool story. This second book brought me deeper into the characters. I care a lot more for them now. Katniss is developed even more. Even though she is a confused, emotional teenager, she at least makes some sort of choice, even though she can’t act on it yet. I’m thrilled there is a third book. Bring it on!! (Book 3: MOCKINGJAY ~ Release Date: August 24, 2010)
This book gives a better look at the dystopia that is Panem. (dystopia=opposite of utopia) It was hard to read about this terrible nation that uses their people like slaves and punishes them like dogs. It was most of the reason I didn’t like the first book much—to oppressive. But there is hope in this book. I like hope.
So I’d have to say this book surprised me in its overall plot. I expected something else entirely. I’m rating CATCHING FIRE at a 4: Very Good: A very good choice to read. What I’m saying is that the hype is right… great story… great ending hook… I need more!
PS: If this doesn’t become a movie—and Twilight did—someone should really get kicked in the neck! (FYI It's not as violent as book one though.)
Check out my Reviews on the Hunger Games Trilogy:
Book 1: THE HUNGER GAMES
Book 2: CATCHING FIRE
Book 3: MOCKINGJAY
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
SYNOPSIS:In this book there is a three-way war for Wonderland. The heart crystal has been zapped of its energy and therefore affecting imagination everywhere. Alyss, Redd, White and Black imaginationists alike, as well as those in the parallel universe on earth have been drained of imagination. Arch, King of Borderlands is the culprit and has taken over the queendom as King. Imaginationless Alyss must fight to win back her rightful place as queen. Powerless Redd is on the run looking for a way to regain the power to the throne. It is a three way battle over Wonderland with many underlying storylines: the oracles, Alyss’ family in England, Homburg Molly, and the introduction of the Everqueen. It kept me guessing until the end and I couldn’t stop thinking about it afterward… see, I’m still thinking about it.
All in all this book was a good read. It was more intense with war strategies and not a lot of character depth but by the third book, how much deeper can you go into characters we know so well? At least we get to see more deeply into some of the secondary characters, such as Homburg Molly (my fav) and the oracles.
See my Reviews of the rest of this series:
Book 1: THE LOOKING GLASS WARS
Book 2: SEEING REDD
Book 3: ARCHENEMY