The Iron Daughter By Julie Kagawa

Title: The Iron Daughter

Author: Julie Kagawa

Publisher: Mira Ink

First Published: January 1st 2010

Blurb:

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.(From Goodreads, 14th November 2013)

Review:

It has been nearly a year since I read “The Iron King” and I have no idea why I waited so long to pick up “The Iron Daughter” but I am so glad that I finally did. I had read some negative reviews saying it was just a love story. But I found that despite the teen romance going on there was a lot of adventure keeping me interested and reading late into the night. In “The Iron King” Meghan is attempting to save her little brother from the the Iron King, and just discovering the world of Faery. In “The Iron Daughter” Meghan is implicated in a much bigger adventure that affects all those that live in the Never Never.

I will not write any more about the actual plot as I do not want to spoil either the first or second books in this series for anyone. However, this novel is great and I would highly recommend it for teenage girls. We have romance, but not too much, yes there is some bits I thought ‘can’t we just get on with the story!?!?!’ but that is me, I prefer the action. Despite this, there is plenty of action to keep you entertain, plenty of mysteries, and pangs of doubt, because we all know Faeries are mischievous!

For a young adult novel I find that both “The Iron King” and “The Iron Daughter” are well thought out and have a great deal of imagination within the pages. Julie Kagawa has created a world I love, with characters that you love, and characters you are simply terrified off. Julie Kagawa has created novels that I think many teenage girls would love and could get reluctant readers to sit down and escape into the narrative.

4 out of 5

Inkspell By Cornelia Funke


Title: Inkspell (Inkheart #2)

Author: Cornelia Funke

Publisher: Chicken House

First Published: 2005

Blurb:

The captivating sequel to INKHEART, the critically acclaimed, international bestseller by Cornelia Funke–available for the first time in a beautifully designed trade paperback!

Although a year has passed, not a day goes by without Meggie thinking of INKHEART, the book whose characters became real. But for Dustfinger, the fire-eater brought into being from words, the need to return to the tale has become desperate. When he finds a crooked storyteller with the ability to read him back, Dustfinger leaves behind his young apprentice Farid and plunges into the medieval world of his past. Distraught, Farid goes in search of Meggie, and before long, both are caught inside the book, too. But the story is threatening to evolve in ways neither of them could ever have imagined. (From Goodreads, 27th August 2013)

Review:

Okay, so this is the second in the series, and as you may know, I find it difficult to write reviews on series.

If you have read Inkheart, or seen the movie, then this is a series to get into. If you love books, this is a series to get into. If you like adventure, this is a series to get into. If you like drama, fantasy, everything, this is a series to get into.

Cornelia Funke has built a story, about stories,  which grips you and keeps you wanting more. Despite this being a book aimed at children 12+ (my estimate) it will en-capture audiences of all ages. Inkspell takes the story further from where we left off in Inkheart. We get some answers, we get more questions. I am looking forward to reading Inkdeath – the third and final book in the trilogy. I want to know what happens. I want to know do things get better? Do they get worse?

In a world where you could speak the words of a book, and pull characters from it’s pages, or draw yourself into the book where would you go? What repercussions would there be? Which world would you prefer?

A series that will capture the imaginations of everyone, everywhere.

4 out of 5

City of Lost Souls By Cassandra Clare

Title: City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5)

Author: Cassandra Care

Publisher: Walker Books

First Published: 8th May 2012

Blurb:

What price is too high to pay, even for love? When Jace and Clary meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that the demon Lilith’s magic has bound her beloved Jace together with her evil brother Sebastian, and that Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is out to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. As Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle wheedle and bargain with Seelies, demons, and the merciless Iron Sisters to try to save Jace, Clary plays a dangerous game of her own. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost? (From Goodreads, 26th June 2013)

Review:

Okay so this is a difficult review to write as it is the 5th and last book in The Mortal Instruments series. I don’t want to give things away. So I am going to keep it short and not as detailed as some of my other reviews.

After finding City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4) not on par with the first three books in the series. City of Lost Souls makes up for that. Loved it. It was fantastic and set me up for getting started on the prequel series The Infernal Devices.

This is an exciting novel that keeps you turning to the next page. But if you have got to this novel you obviously enjoy the series!

4 out of 5

The Boy Who Could See Demons By Carolyn Jess-Cooke

Title: The Boy Who Could See Demons

Author: Carolyn Jess-Cooke

Publisher: Piatkus

First Published: 10th May 2012

Blurb:

“I first met my demon the morning that Mum said Dad had gone.”

Alex Broccoli is ten years old, likes onions on toast, and can balance on the back legs of his chair for fourteen minutes. His best friend is a 9000-year-old demon called Ruen. When his depressive mother attempts suicide yet again, Alex meets child psychiatrist Anya. Still bearing the scars of her own daughter’s battle with schizophrenia, Anya fears for Alex’s mental health and attempts to convince him that Ruen doesn’t exist. But as she runs out of medical proof for many of Alex’s claims, she is faced with a question: does Alex suffer from schizophrenia, or can he really see demons? (From Goodreads, 24th June 2013)

Review:

I saw this book when I was shopping and had never heard of it but the title interested me straight away. Then I read the blurb, and thought this is a novel I will love!

Childhood psychiatry is a interest of mine and this book has both sides – the child and the therapist. Alex is a 10 year old boy who sees demons. Ruen is his best friend and is a demon. But is Ruen good for Alex? Is he real? Is Ruen just a symptom of an illness? Is Ruen a way of dealing with the loss of his father? Or is it the way he deals with his mothers depression and repeated suicide attempts? Or is Ruen real? These are some of the many questions that go through psychiatrist Anya’s head when she meets Alex. Anya desperately wants to help Alex and feels hospitalisation would be best for him. However, Anya’s daughter battled with Schizophrenia and this complicates matters.

I love this concept. A young boy who see’s demons with a mother who has attempted suicide and is currently in hospital. A psychiatrist who is dealing with the scars of her own child’s illness. The constant question ‘does Alex see demons or is he ill?’ Some romance is thrown in. Some traumas. Some mystery. Some fantasy. Some drama. Basically everything is in this book. But I think that’s where it falls down. There is a bit too much that not everything is fully developed and leaves you with just a few too many questions.

Lovely novel. Exciting. But just too many questions left unanswered.

4 out of 5.

City of Fallen Angels By Cassandra Clare

Title: City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4)

Author: Cassandra Clare

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

First Published: 5th April 2011

Blurb:

The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She’s training to become a Shadowhunter and – most importantly of all – she can finally call Jace her boyfriend. But nothing comes without a price. Someone is murdering the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine’s Circle, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second, bloody war. And when Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: she herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace. (From Amazon.co.uk, 15th April 2013)
Review:

I love, love, love this series. I was slightly annoyed by the ending of City of Glass, which I mentioned in the review I did of City of Glass not that long ago!

So things are supposed to have calmed down, Clary and Jace are together, Magnus and Alex are off traveling, Luke and Clary’s mum are about to get married….but no things are not going to stay like that. Simon’s mum finds his stash of blood and cannot stand the sight of her son. Jace is pulling away from Clary due to terrifying nightmares. Shadowhunters are being killed. The Vampire Camile has returned to New York and wants Simon…as you can see things are far from calm.

I enjoyed City of Fallen Angels more than I did City of Glass, but it is a new story in a sense, now that valentine is gone. We here from a lot of characters perspectives in this novel, more so than before, where we typically heard Clary’s view point. Simon plays a more integral part and it is refreshing to see him stand by himself.

I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to get into City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) and the last in The Mortal Instruments Series.

These books make you sit and read and read, and leaving you wanting more. I am so glad I have The Infernal Devices to get into after this! The Infernal Devices is the Prequel series to The Mortal Instruments.

I have said it before and I will say it again – go out and buy these books.

4.5 out of 5!

The City of Bones By Cassandra Clare

Title: City of Bones

Author: Cassandra Clare

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd

UK Publication Date: 2nd July 2007

Blurb:

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder — much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing — not even a smear of blood — to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . . . (From Goodreads, 13th February 2013)

Review:

This is the first book in The Mortal Instruments Series and I am so glad I have invested in the first four books when I saw them. I am kicking myself for not picking them up sooner! One thing that put me off slightly was the fact the cover I got has a quote from Stephenie Meyer. I read the Twilight Saga, I liked the story but there was just a bit to must relationship stuff for me! But I’m glad I didn’t let that put me off!

The novel has twists and turns all the time, you are unsure who to trust, and when you finally decide to trust them something happens and you are unsure again! There is a lot of layers and unanswered questions which I hope the following books bring more light too.

Clary is brought into a world that she is unaware off and soon becomes entwined. There is fights, history of wrong doings and return of a powerful Shadowhunter whom Clary is learning is no good. Vampires, warewolves, warlocks, demons, there is everything. Along with the action there is past stories, love, affection, families, secrets, deception, trust. A series which has begun well and I look forward to getting deeper into.

Also is you haven’t started this series and are a bit slow of the mark like me, my advice is get it! The film adaptation is coming out in August 2013 (UK) so get reading before then!

4.5 out of 5

The Iron King By Julie Kagawa

Title: The Iron King

Author: Julie Kagawa

Publisher: Mira Books

UK Publication Date: 21st Jan 2011

Blurb:

My name is Meghan Chase. In less than twenty-four hours I’ll be sixteen. Countless stories, songs and poems have been written about this wonderful age, when a girl finds true love and the stars shine for her and the handsome prince carries her off into the sunset. I don’t think it will be that way for me. Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school…or at home. When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change. But she could never have guessed the truth – that she is the daughter of a mythical fairy king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she’ll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face…and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.
Review:
This was a fast paced book that was well planned. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the following ones in the Iron Fey series. The characters mostly had depth and I guess that this will increase in the other books. Sorry this is a really short review. I really enjoyed the book and it is a genre I don’t often read – Fantasy, Fearys etc – but I enjoyed it and will move on to the next book in the series. This is a fight, not against good and evil, but a more realistic fight where there is levels of good and evil.
Sorry I am making a mess of this review! A series I would recommend you get a hold of if you haven’t done so already!
4 out of 5 🙂

Among Others By Jo Walton

Blub from Amazon:

Winner of the 2012 Hugo Award for Best Novel. Winner of the 2011 Nebula Award for Best Novel. Startling, unusual, and yet irresistably readable, Among Others is at once the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and SF, and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment.

I did not really enjoy this novel but think many other who like fantasy will. A novel written in diary format by our protagonist Mor. Mor is a young adult who has a past we being to learn about as the novel progresses. She has a bad leg. A dead twin. An absent mother. A knowledge of magic. A fascination with Science fiction and fantasy novels.
Despite all these possible avenues to provide an interesting plot I feel Jo Walton failed. However, there are many others who disagree with me on that count.
Mor is different from her peers and this is very apparent as soon as she starts at a new school, a boarding school in which her previously estranged father has placed her. Through the diary entries we learn where Mor has come from and how she adapts to a new town and a new situation.
A coming of age novel with a twist into the realm of fantasy, magic and relationships.
For me the constant lists of novels that Mor has read or is currently reading distracted me as I do not read fantasy or science fiction and thus had not read any of the novels that were talked about and only recognised a few authors who were mentioned. However I can image for readers of these genres it would add another layer of understanding into the characters and the understanding of Mor’s life.
For me this is a 3 out of 5. Interesting ideas but not enough plot for me.