Julie KagawaRelease Date: Feb 1, 2010
Age Group: Young Adult
Publisher: Harlequin Page Count: 368 Sequel: The Iron Daughter (Winters Passage)
Available At?: Amazon, B&N, Books-A-Million and Author's Site
In the land of Nevernever, nothing is what it seems!
'Meghan Chase has a secret destiny—one she could never have imagined… 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 faery 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.'
This book and I, we had some beef. Don't get me wrong; this book was good, pretty darn good actually, but I know, I've read it before and I know, I've seen it before. This book was not very original. It had some similiar bits from Narnia (even some lines reminded me exactly of the lines in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe), it has several elements of Alice in Wonderland which I'm really hoping was purposeful. It reminded me of Harry Potter in many aspects, but the biggest similarity comes from the 80's film, The Labyrinth, and well, that was wierd, yet at the same time interesting.
The characters in this book were great for the most part, though I did question some of them often. For example and this is no spoiler, within the first few pages of the book, Meg gets mad at her best friend Robbie for making fun of some jock guy named Scott that she likes, which just made me think, b***h! Then after daydreaming about tutoring said jock which results in him threatening to ruin her social life after something involving computers and slander, the next day he is nice to her and she acts as if nothing happened and is once again fondling over him. Seriously!?! Good part, that Meg, doesn't show up often.
I also didn't understand how her four year old half-brother, Ethan, was able to speak in complete sentences like he did. He is four and has perfect grammar . . . OK. Sure.
Most of the other characters were great for me, though Robbie/Puck was sorta of annoying at times, trying to be the joker/comic relief, but otherwise every one's personality was believable and really awesome.
I loved the imagery in this book. The world was beautiful, but I could not shake the feeling that I saw it all before. The journey Meghan takes was very typical of fantasy stories, where the main character runs into magical creature/dilemma after magical creature/dilemma in order to help develop the world and characters as quickly as possible. There wasn't much breathing time for the reader to honestly know the characters that kept being introduced and appreciate their roles. But at the same time, the breakneck pace makes sure that you are never bored and that you want to know more.
The story moves along nicely for the most part and in the end is deserving of its huge fan following, 'cus though I know this story, I still love and want to know more about this world!
In The End, A 4!
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