Publication Date: January 25, 2012Review: Book 1 was just all right. Book 2 was good. And the book 3 comes along and asdfghjkl--my mind is blown. My mind and my tear ducts. This book just completely amazed me. I can definitely say that I am now a huge fan of the series, because my goodness, this book...
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Page Count: 295
Synopsis: My name is Meghan Chase.
I thought it was over. That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who's sworn to stand by my side. Drag me into the core of conflict so powerful, I'm not sure anyone can survive it.
This time, there will be no turning back.
I have grown to really like Meghan. She's become stronger, smarter, and a lot more likable. Unfortunately, she also has rotten luck. My heart broke while reading her story. By the end of the book, I was in tears and I had to start The Iron Knight right away. I also began to grow fond of Ash. I definitely didn't swoon over him or fall in love with his character, but I figured he wasn't that bad. Plus, there were so many mushy moments between him and Meghan that I just couldn't help but root for their relationship.
Of course, my favorite characters were still Puck and Grimalkin, as usual. They're just so fun and fabulous to read about. Puck is so silly and hilarious, whereas Grimalkin is more serious and wise. Despite their contrasting personalities, they're both my favorite characters.
The plot was a bit predictable, I will admit. I obviously knew how this book would end (hint hint: the title!), but it still didn't lessen the shock value. Or the heartbreak. Julie Kagawa managed to always have something interesting going on, never letting a dull moment occur. This made reading this book entertaining and enjoyable.
The Iron Queen is a heart-wrenching installment in the marvelous Iron Fey series that will leave readers dying for the next book. It's, without a doubt, the best book in the series so far.