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Talon (Talon #1)- Julie Kagawa
Julie’s done faries. She’s done vampires. And now, she’s doing Dragons and DAMN! Is she doing dragons! Talon was a riveting book, as much about being human as it is being “other.” Where the Iron Fey yielded interesting questions about humans and technology, Talon brings up questions that are more interior—investigating what it means to be truly human. From the start, we’re thrown in to a centuries old war that’s about as morally ambigious and complicated as you can imagine. What resonates most is Ember’s unfailing moral compass, her desire to be true to herself and live up to her own expectations rather than others. And Garrett? Well it’s hard not to pity the boy who knows less about being human than a dragon does, isn’t it? I really loved them. What bugged me a little was this love triangle thing with Riley. It reminded me a bit of the relationships in Andrea Cremer’s Nightshade series. That’s not necessarily a bad thing but I can already tell there are going to be serious team factions for the Talon fandom. Frankly, Team Garrett Xavier Sebastian all the way. ;)
Overall: A
Talon is due out from Harlequin Teen on October 28th. Pre-order your copy here. 
ARC provided gratis by Harlequin Teen

Talon (Talon #1)- Julie Kagawa

Julie’s done faries. She’s done vampires. And now, she’s doing Dragons and DAMN! Is she doing dragons! Talon was a riveting book, as much about being human as it is being “other.” Where the Iron Fey yielded interesting questions about humans and technology, Talon brings up questions that are more interior—investigating what it means to be truly human. From the start, we’re thrown in to a centuries old war that’s about as morally ambigious and complicated as you can imagine. What resonates most is Ember’s unfailing moral compass, her desire to be true to herself and live up to her own expectations rather than others. And Garrett? Well it’s hard not to pity the boy who knows less about being human than a dragon does, isn’t it? I really loved them. What bugged me a little was this love triangle thing with Riley. It reminded me a bit of the relationships in Andrea Cremer’s Nightshade series. That’s not necessarily a bad thing but I can already tell there are going to be serious team factions for the Talon fandom. Frankly, Team Garrett Xavier Sebastian all the way. ;)

Overall: A

Talon is due out from Harlequin Teen on October 28th. Pre-order your copy here

ARC provided gratis by Harlequin Teen

Tags:   #i read #ya #young adult #ya lit #young adult fiction #books #reading #publishing #harlequin teen #julie kagawa #talon #iron fey #dragons #fantasy


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Wednesday, September 26
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The Lost Prince

The Lost Prince- Julie Kagawa

Julie has done it again! The Lost Prince is a continuation of Iron Fey series focusing on Ethan, Meghan’s younger brother. OH EM EFF GEE is this book awesome. If you’re a fan of the Iron Fey you’re going to have plenty of beloved characters return, some great references to previous books and in particular the novellas, and best of all you get to return to the amazing Never Never Julie has created for us.  Let’s all take a moment to appreciate Ethan who while damaged by the fey (who wouldn’t be!) is totally swoon worthy and heroic. He is self-sacrificing, protective, brave, and at times a petulant child. I found his voice to be particularly interesting, actually far more so to me than Meghan’s was I think. His trusty sidekick and love interest is probably my favorite current heroine in any book series right now, Kenzie. Girlfriend is tough as nails and slow to reveal her vulnerabilities. I’ve decided we’re soul sisters. My heart’s already breaking for the two of them because it’s hard to see how they can possibly have a happy ending. The Lost Prince is a great start to Ethan’s story and I for one cannot wait to find out what twists and turns Julie has up her sleeve for this one!

Overall: A+

The Lost Prince is due out October 23rd from Harlequin Teen. Pre-order your copy here.

e-Galley provided gratis via Netgalley.

Tags:   #i read #books #ya #young adult #ya lit #young adult literature #the lost prince #the iron fey #julie kagawa #harlequin teen #fairies



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Wednesday, July 27
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Winter is Coming

The Iron Knight-Julie Kagawa

Winter is coming.  This is the only time I’ll ever be excited about that phrase.

The first thing that struck me as I began reading The Iron Knight was how much I missed Meghan Chase’s voice. It didn’t take long however before I loved Ash’s narration just as much.  The best part is that the story endeared both Ash and Puck to me. We learn more about their past, their current tension, and the future of their friendship. There were interesting plot twists, fun friendly banter, and an eclectic group of characters.  I love where Kagawa went with the concept of memory tied to existence and all the “what ifs” of humanity for Ash. I don’t think there could have been a better ending to the Iron Fey than The Iron Knight. I highly recommend it to fans of the fey and male protagonists alike.

Overall: A

The Iron Knight is due out October 25th.  You can pre-order your copy here.

Follow Julie Kagawa on Twitter @JKagawa or at her website here.

This eGalley was provided gratis by Harlequin Teen via NetGalley.

Tags:   #ya, #young adult fiction, #ya lit, #the iron knight, #the iron queen, #the iron king, #i read #young adult #the iron fey #julie kagawa #the iron daughter #harlequin teen #netgalley



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Wednesday, June 1
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The cover for the last book in Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey Series, The Iron Knight was just released today. No seriously, like two minutes ago.  What do we think!?
At BEA Julie told me it was her favorite of all the covers.  Is it yours?  
I happen to love all the covers for this series, something that rarely ever happens. 

The cover for the last book in Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey Series, The Iron Knight was just released today. No seriously, like two minutes ago.  What do we think!?

At BEA Julie told me it was her favorite of all the covers.  Is it yours?  

I happen to love all the covers for this series, something that rarely ever happens. 

Tags:   #iron knight, #iron fey, #ya lit, #cover reveal #julie kagawa #ya #young adult fiction #harlequin


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Friday, November 12
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Iron Fey Book 3

The Iron Queen- Julie Kagawa

The third book in the Iron Fey series is an epic adventure in and of itself.  Kagawa had me convinced that our lovely leading lady was going to meet a nasty end. Seriously, I was beginning to panic. Though our heroine may survive, the ending is far from happy. Though with Iron Knight forthcoming, there is plenty of time for Ash and Meghan to make it work.  Kagawa does a great job relating a story that shows that decisions often come with a cost. I can’t get enough of Puck, Ash, and Meghan and look forward to more adventures in the Nevernever.

Overall: A

Galley provided gratis on NetGalley

Tags:   #i read #julie kagawa #iron fey #iron queen #ya lit #young adult fiction



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Thursday, November 4
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Iron Daughter

Iron Daughter- Julie Kagawa

I adore Meghan Chase.  In the second book of the Iron Fey series, Meghan comes into her own, growing a backbone of iron while remaining realistically emotionally complex.  I love that Kagawa has made Meghan’s humanity her greatest strength in a world where it’s seen as a weakness.  In fact, I love the world Kagawa has created where you cannot help but ask youself what is the price of modernity, the cost of technology, and is it worth it?  Iron Fey is definitely one of the best fairy series out right now with tons of action and even more romance.

Overall: A

Soundtrack Song: Pete Francis “Burning the River”

Tags:   #iron daughter, #iron fey, #ya lit, #burning the river, #julie kagawa #i read #young adult fiction #pete francis


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Thursday, July 15
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Modernity and metal

The Iron King- Julie Kagawa

The Iron King was full of traditional faerie lore with a modern metal twist.  I appreciated the social commentary Kagawa provides on modernity’s obsession with technology and science.  I like Megan; I find her relationships with Puck and Ash to be quite intriguing, though I have to say I am not yet convinced about either one of them.  Guess that’s what the Iron King Daughter is for which is being released next month.

Overall: A-

Tags:   #faeries, #the iron king #julie kagawa #i read #young adult fiction #romance



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