Review: The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

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The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

4 Stars

I wish I could say Meghan didn’t frustrate me again at first, but, oh my gawd, did she ever! If someone tells you they have to act like they don’t care in front of people who would use your feelings against you, why would you believe he means it when it happens? I wanted to shake her and make her realize this SO many times! In reality, I like Meghan! I think she’s kind and loyal and brave, but sometimes she’s a bit childish.

In The Iron King, I thought the romance between Ash and Meghan, while exciting, was a bit sudden and unexplained. It felt like it blossomed, on his part, out of nowhere. Well, my question was definitely answered in this book, and it left me sah-wooning! Although, I was often bothered by how much his first love was brought up. It made me sad and hurt for Meghan.

While I suspected Puck had feelings for Meghan, in The Iron King, he never tells her outright. Well, after surprising Meghan with his return at a crucial time, he totally lays it on her! I love Puck…but he’s not Ash. And I think that’s what Meghan struggles with the most when it comes to them. She would never stop yearning for Ash if she were to stay with Puck, though.

I gotta tell you, Iron Horse wormed his way into my heart with his unwavering loyalty and I cried a little in the end for him. Another person who devastated me was Charles. I suspected what the deal with him was and it broke my heart that neither he nor Meghan could remember anything.

The villains in this book were almost unexpected but not surprising. I don’t think I hate anyone more in this series than Rowan. He is heartless. The things he agrees to do for the enemy, against his own family, were so wrong.

I loved how this book ended. I never thought Ash would actually go through with that and it left me elated, but now I’m so worried about what’s going to happen to him!! :( Because of that, I’m terrified to read The Iron Queen. I’ve heard how many people it has brought to tears! I’m sucking it up though because this series is too good not to read.

Book Info

The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey #2
Published by Harlequin Teen
Pub Date: August 1st 2010
Pages: 359
Format: Paperback | Source: Purchased
Genres: RomanceUrban FantasyYoung Adult
Buy the book! | Goodreads

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.

About Julie Kagawa

Julie Kagawa, the New York Times bestselling author of the Iron Fey and Blood of Eden series was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos, and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn’t getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish, and the odd eel.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

13 Responses to “Review: The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa”

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    Lilly Bear ?

    I haven't gotten around to reading this one yet (I know, I know! Shame on me!), but I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed it. I had a hard time finishing the first book, I have to admit. For some reason it just couldn't keep my interest, but I think I'll have to revisit it sometime soon. I've heard nothing but gushing reviews on this series around the blogosphere, so there must be something there :) Thanks for the review, Jess!

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    Jessica@a GREAT read

    I was a little irritated with Meghan on that front too! He told her ahead of time. So why was she surprised when Ash was acting mean to her?!That part bugged me, but I still looooved the story! The Iron Queen was totally amazing and shocking too!! Hope you like that one! Great review!

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    I have this series, but I've yet to read it. It sounds great, though and I look forward to it.Great review! :)

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    I only half read your review because I only wanted to know if you liked it or not! I didn't want to know too much because it's sitting on the top of my tbr pile right now and it's next after I finish what I'm reading. I'm trying to hurry!

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    Leticia (@osoordinary)

    I just finished reading The Iron Daughter and I just started The Iron Queen. I completely agree with your review; with the exception of Puck. I love Puck. : ) I can’t wait to find out what happens in The Iron Queen. And I can’t believe there are so many more to enjoy.

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