Book Review: Furthermore – Tahereh Mafi

High record since I reread Throne of Glass of finishing a book in two days :)) No I’m not crazy ;)) Also can I say this book is the sweetest thing on Earth like can you believe?

“For Ransom, forever”


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Name: Tahereh Mafi’s Home for Peculiar Children Furthermore
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publisher: Dutton Books
Release Date: August 30, 2016 (wait what it seems so long ago since it published)

Synopsis

Inspired by her childhood love of books like The Secret Garden and The Chronicles of Narnia, bestselling author Tahereh Mafi crafts a spellbinding new world where color is currency, adventure is inevitable, and friendship is found in the most unexpected places.

There are only three things that matter to twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears from Ferenwood he takes nothing but a ruler with him. But it’s been almost three years since then, and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure, and she’s about to embark on one to find the other.

But bringing Father home is no small matter. In order to find him she’ll have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. It will take all of Alice’s wits (and every limb she’s got) to find Father and return home to Ferenwood in one piece. On her quest to find Father, Alice must first find herself—and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.


Book Cover Comments

I love it so much, the colors are so rich and vibrant and that purple pink gradient is just perfect, with all that wonderful overwhelming details and objects surrounding Alice and Oliver, hints that leads back to the story itself, one cannot stop staring at the beautiful colors as well as touching the smooth hardback jacket cover ;)


The Actual Review

I’ve been wanting these one-off novels with no sequels for so long, and now I’ve finally found one, not only did I super enjoy Furthermore, I also don’t need to worry about sequels haha.

The base world of where Alice is from is rich with the cruelties of the world displayed in it, as well as really true realities reflected upon it: a peculiar ability unappreciated just because they don’t have something that everyone does. And this really reminds me of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, in the sense where the world does not accept that particular peculiarity, but that talent is actually a great talent of you look at it from another angle.

Later on, Alice then goes into the world of Furthermore to find her father along with her frenemy Oliver. The world of Furthermore is so rich and full of interesting and peculiar aspects of it, and despite having so many different rules which some other reviewers were confused with, I for some reason wasn’t, maybe because I’m just a really logical person and I can flat things out fairly easily. Though the rule itself is confusing and a reasoning is not really provided, that’s not the main focus, so it’s understandable.

Furthermore is composed of numerous small villages with really interesting names that reflects the town itself, so to say: Still. Yep. Exactly what you think it is.

(。_ 。)

Though I don’t think I would ever want to visit this foreign world simply because of the underlying dangers, but at the same time it seems interesting to try enough and explore. Though I would seriously need to stick to those guide leaflets that’s basically “Dummie’s Guide to Furthermore” you get at the customs.

Why must you look like the rest of us? Why do you have to be the one to change? Change the way we see. Don’t change the way you are.

I love the style where Tahereh acts as the narrator and will say some lines that are from her perspective in this book, which gives me the Lemony Snicket & Pseudonymous Bosch vibe to it, and I love seeing these kind of narratives, simply because they make things funnier. I also love the way Tahereh uses the narrative voice: other than giving the book of a taste of humor, she would use the narrative voice to directly explain things in some situations, how a person is feeling, a simply brief of a person’s past event to make things easily understandable and easy to grasp.


The characters in this book, which would be basically Alice and Oliver are really, I would say complimentary, and they both hold a flaw that we all have. Each of us have moments where we lack self-confidence and we would do something in order to accomplish our guilty pleasures and selfish desires. And this book is also about to accept a peculiarity that doesn’t seem much use to you, because in the end, it’s that peculiarity that makes you special.

She’d decided long ago that life was a long journey. She would be strong and she would be weak, and both would be okay.

If I go another step further, it would be pretty much spoilers, but I really love how Alice and Oliver find their ways around to understand themselves and the other person around them that is and will be their closest, to find the meanings in life and to embrace everything.

 

Therefore an equation and a conclusion can be made within this book.

Let Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children be “a”.

Let Furthermore be “b“.

Let Embrace Your Peculiarity be “c“.

a +b = c

Therefore, Furthermore is Tahereh Mafi’s Home for Peculiar Children.

Alice knew that being different would always be difficult; she knew that there was no magic that would erase narrow-mindedness or iron out the inequities in life. But Alice was also beginning to learn that life was never lived in absolutes. People would both love her and rebuff her; they would show both kindness and prejudice. The simple truth was that Alice would always be different—but to be different was to be extraordinary, and to be extraordinary was an adventure. It no longer mattered how the world saw her; what mattered was how Alice saw herself.
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Book Review: Illuminae – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Yes, review two of November 21. And after this I’m going to go to bed because I’m tired and sleepy, and yea. All of that.


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Name: Illuminae
Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Release Date: November 1, 2015

Synopsis

One moment, Kady Grant and Ezra Mason have nothing bigger to worry about than each other. Specifically, avoiding each other in the wake of their messy break-up. In the next second, their entire world falls apart.

The year is 2375 and one of the mega-corporations that control much of deep space has just fired the opening salvo in an intergalactic war, destroying Kady and Ezra’s planet. Forced to flee on a small fleet of crippled rescue ships alongside thousands of other refugees, the fear of enemy warships chasing them down is at first all-consuming but soon becomes the least of their worries. A deadly plague is ravaging the refugees on the ships; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be an enemy; and High Command is refusing to acknowledge that there may be a serious problem. As Kady plunges into a tangled web of data in search of the truth, she realises that Ezra is possibly the only person who can help her save the refugees before it’s too late.


Book Cover Comments

two words.

IT’S LIT.

I MEAN OK FINE ITS SHUTTERSTOCK BUT THE STYLE THEY DO, THE CARVED OUT SECTIONS AND THEN THE SPINE AND THE PUBLISHER WITH THE “HIGHLIGHTED TEXT” EFFECT LIKE HOW COOL IS THAT

AND THEN THE PREMISE AT THE BACK, WITH THE MESSY MARKER AND SCRIBBLY LINES,

IT’S LIT.

And oh my god once you flip the first page of this paperback (yes this is one of the paperback editions that is an XL size. I got XL despite this edition having no discounts on Book Depository so that I can maximise reading this book in larger surfaces.) the inside cover, other than author blurbs, are some quotes from inside the book that’s HOLY ASIDJAPOSFIJKPEKPSOFJ


The Actual Review

I

Do not give a hell

about Sci-Fi.

BUT THIS BOOK

BLEW ME OFF THE CHARTS AND INTO THE UNIVERSE.

AND LIKE A FIREFLY IN SOME LIGHTLESS ROOM ABOARD HYPATIA, I SEE HER.
ALL AGLOW.

SO THE FIRST THING WE HAVE TO TALK ABOUT IS STRUCTURE.

STRUCTURE FFS, STRUCTURE. OH MY GOD.

Illuminae is actually “Files”, as in it comes in 500 thousand formats other than just a regular novel format. From emails to IMs to security cameras to interviews to Wikipedias to file reports, IT’s LIT. if you’re done with the two words IT’S LIT you can probably leave this blog post right now because I’m not gonna stop anytime sooner. And oh my god the graphics in this book. Can we talk about the frickin spaceship diagrams? It’s SO GOD DAMN COOL. Fine I do give a damn about some futuristic things simply because. So here’s how I’m going to sum out how cool the spaceship diagrams and specs are:

IT’S
LIT.

I should really stop.

I still can’t get over the fact that this space opera has legit been a roller coaster ride, two large climaxes that the crew had to face, and then small climax after small climax. I seriously love the main characters here so much. Kady is our wonderful space master who is of course the protagonist and heroine of our story, and the fact that she is a prodigy at something I won’t tell you what it is, it is because of her abilities, where this story is able to go on and become something so cool and holy hell. Another main character is actually A.I.D.A.N., which is the Auto Intelligence uh Defense uh what’s the A and the N again oh whatever. All you have to know is that it’s a master computer. AIDAN is really tricky to handle some times due to the fact that it pretty much is a machine, but even AIDAN grows despite being dead or alive, and that is one of the concepts that I loved so much about this book.

“You deserve someone who’ll run with you as far and as fast as you want to. Holding your hand, not holding you back.”

First of all thank you Amie and Jay for creating this ultimate roller coaster space opera that is filled with love, friendship, decisions, and all a bunch of other themes that I cannot explain in such a short amount of time. The fact that anyone, as cold hearted as they can be, can grow into something new is definitely magnificent. And how every sequence is laid out for something in the future to happen… just magnificent.

“Part of being alive is having life change us. The people around us, the events we live through, all of them shape us.”

IT’S LIT.

So the internet says that fans of James Dashner will def. love this. And tbh I prefer Illuminae of James Dashner. Mainly because its way more interesting (sorry James no offence) in terms of the formatting and the casualness of it, while despite having not actually read Maze Runner (therefore I don’t think I have the right to judge the book), it’s direct dystopian, which is not 100% my thing. Soaps and drama and whatever BS this book review is going towards is my thing. I definitely see some common aspects between the two series, but I mean, things get inspiration from other things, and definitely, Illuminae gave it a perfect plot and ending.

BUT STILL. THAT TINY SPARK.
THAT FLAME REFUSING TO DIE.

Hmm. Do I have anything else to say?

AH YES I DO. All the “swearing” oh my god. So for you guys who don’t know me long enough, I actually do swear on a daily basis (hahahahahhaha) and therefore despite all the swear words being censored and covered in this entire book, firstly I like how swear words are just included in this thing; secondly I love to think about what swear words go into the blackout spaces, and it keeps my mind spinning at top speed.

So to sum up this review, other than using “IT’S LIT”, this is the definite quote that sums up this beautiful space opera that will want you getting it’s sequel A.S.A.P. and reading it:


The universe was here long before you.
It will go on long after you.
The only way it will remember you is to do something worthy of remembrance.

Book Review: Stalking Jack the Ripper – Kerri Maniscalco

Ugh I need to stop procrastinating and get back on schedule. With everything. Reading, book blogging, and BookTubing. Especially BookTube.


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Name: Stalking Jack the Ripper
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Publisher: Little Brown // Jimmy Patterson
Release Date: September 20, 2016

Synopsis

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.


Book Cover Comments

You know what’s agonizing about book covers? Is that when you look at the credits and you see “Shutterstock”. Sorry if this sounds dissastified, but this liteally applies to all books which has “Shutterstock” XD

But I love it. The fact that she’s in this elegant emerald gown that increases that royal feeling, as well as the fact that her red lips are actually so contrasting. The knife she’s holding? Perfect match with her grin.


The Actual Review

So right after I finished this book, I was actually creeped out, I told my dad I might need a sleepover at his room Despite me being Sixteen.

Nah. I didn’t.

So one thing I totally love about this book is how sometimes it includes ancient images into it: all of them related to the context of the book where it’s placed, some even so creepy that I don’t understand why I was holding this book at all. So if you can’t do grotesque, I suggest you not pick up this book so soon. It’s quite hazardous and is actually a good book for Halloween.

And because this is a historical fiction, it really reflects how woman are seen and powered during the Victorian period where Jack the Ripper was active, and how modern authors infuse their own human rights and thoughts into this entire book, and that’s what I seriously love about it, is to grant a certain power and knowledge to women so that they, might be the main character of the story.

This adaptation of Stalking Jack the Ripper definitely puts you on a plot twist you can never imagine. You might think you can find this Jack the Ripper somewhere on Wikipedia and find some connections with any of the characters in the book. Nope. Jack the Ripper is shrouded in mystery until the very end, and I have to say, there was one other I won’t spoil you-Halloween element that was added into this book that showed me Kerri’s love for that element, as well as an interesting plot to it.

Though it might be something predictable, the fact that these two things were infused made things certainly interesting.

Though I wasn’t too excited when the book first begun, because I found the back of the HC, which said “I was the girl who loved the ripper”, would be that our protagonist, Audrey Rose, actually found the Ripper and stayed by his side. Geez me and my romance ships. So I thought it would be more of a book surrounding Audrey Rose and the Ripper, but then it turns out that it’s surrounding Audrey Rose finding out Who the Ripper is, so I guess I was slightly disappointed, but when Kerri decided to introduce a Seer into the story, he just brought me back by adding that element of paranormal.

And yes. The description in this book is 100% grotesque, and all of the Jack the Ripper things are exactly as what you can find on the internet, and that is what makes this book remain it’s original taste, while adding a new flavour to it with it’s special twists.


A definite read for Halloween to creep the hell out of yourself, Stalking Jack the Ripper is a wonderful book that leaves you shaken until the very end.

Book Review: The Iron Knight – Julie Kagawa

This is the absolutely magnificent conclusion to the story surrounding Meghan and Ash. Of course there’s still the e-Book novella, The Iron Prophecy, but I definitely have a lot more to talk about here.

Not that I didn’t enjoy The Iron Queen. I absolutely loved it, but with The Iron Knight, it goes deeper into what it means to be human, many beliefs and consequences etc.

And I’ll warn you once again, if you read THIS SYNOPSIS, you’re basically actually 100% spoiling yourself.


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Name: The Iron Knight
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: October 26, 2011

Synopsis

My name – my True Name – is Ashallayn’ darkmyr Tallyn. I am the last remaining son of Mab, Queen of the Unseelie Court. And I am dead to her. My fall began, as many stories do, with a girl…

To cold faery prince Ash, love was a weakness for mortals and fools. His own love had died a horrible death, killing any gentler feelings the Winter prince might have had. Or so he thought.

Then Meghan Chase – a half human, half fey slip of a girl – smashed through his barricades, binding him to her irrevocably with his oath to be her knight. And when all of Faery nearly fell to the Iron fey, she severed their bond to save his life. Meghan is now the Iron Queen, ruler of a realm where no Winter or Summer fey can survive.

With the unwelcome company of his archrival, Summer Court prankster Puck, and the infuriating cait sith Grimalkin, Ash begins a journey he is bound to see through to its end – a quest to find a way to honor his vow to stand by Meghan’s side.

To survive in the Iron Realm, Ash must have a soul and a mortal body. But the tests he must face to earn these things are impossible. And along the way Ash learns something that changes everything. A truth that challenges his darkest beliefs and shows him that, sometimes, it takes more than courage to make the ultimate sacrifice.


Book Cover Comments

Since this time it’s told in Ash’s POV, it’s natural for Ash to be on the cover :3 The blue vines are really befitting with the concept of Ash, since he is/was the Ice Prince of the Unseelie Court. One cute thing I think with this book is that the back features Puck’s face on it.

I really wonder about the decision for this time’s book layout, as all the previous books, Iron King Daughter Queen are just a regular paperback, while Iron Knight has extra flaps in the covers that stores the premise and the author bio. (kind of like a hardback, except it’s a non-removable jacket). The paper used is also jagged, so the recycled type.

Oh and, since I bought the box set, it comes with a Ash face+Ash quote / Puck face+Puck quote poster. Not that I’m ever gonna put it up. I think I’ll be creeped out by it despite having so many Kpop posters.


The Actual Review

This is (I didn’t cry) the most heartbreaking and beautiful conclusion ever. Seriously. I’m not kidding. Out of all the conclusions I have read up till now, The Iron Knight is definitely the most magnificent and the best.

The fact that Ash has that desire to be with Meghan and overcome any obstacles… It’s heartbreaking TTATT When one’s will is so strong, he or she can do anything in order to fullfill that wish, no matter the price he or she will have to pay, and this is what Ash did in this story: Travel to the Edge of the World, go through the gauntlet, so that he can gain a soul to become human.

*note that the gauntlet, other than being that heavy-metal Medieval knight glove, it is also known as a trial method in the Dark Ages where criminals-whatsoever run through a series of guards and get poked at etc. and just don’t die. Yea. BrutalImage result for tsubasa chronicles quotes.*
Before Ash, along with Puck, Grimalkin and a character I won’t mention cus no spoilers had to travel to the seer. And before that, Ash and Puck had an argument about a precious friend of theirs, Ariella, who was lost to them on a quest they had ages ago. While Ash had lost Ariella and turned to fury against Puck, Puck lost both Ash and Ariella, and I thought this was really heartbreaking. I’m going to bring up an image that I saw some time ago that relates back to Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle (You can find my review on this manga series from my list of reviews), and the fact that Puck is always smiling reflects that he is the saddest in a way. And through this exchange, Ash learns to understand the pain that Puck has been going through. *speechless*

When Ash and Puck went to the seer, there is this insane plot twist+revelation happening, of course I won’t spoil you because that’s not fun, but I was like, wait this is just a dream right? No it’s no real. OH GoD iT’s REaL. And so the seer would basically go on the journey with them (I’m sorry but this is the least of the spoilers that you at least need to know.

 

Screen Shot 2016-11-15 at 12.26.46 pm.pngIn order to reach the Edge of the World, as I said the kiddos would have to go through the Gauntlet. There were two tasks that really hit me. One which I won’t tell you because I really don’t want to spoil you, but the other, I will tell you. So if you don’t wanna be spoiled, skip this paragraph. The crew has to go through a Hall of Mirrors, and if any of you watched Barbie: Mariposa, you would know that Mariposa and her friends had to enter a hall of mirrors as well, reflecting another side of them.

This goes into the concept of embracing your other self, good or bad, because accepting all sides of you is what makes you strong, no matter how painful it would be. You require both your bad side and your good side, balancing them well, in order to draw out your fullest potential.Image result for xxxholic quotes

*ok I haven’t written such a lengthy book review since Throne of Glass books*


Final Trials. Oh God.

This time, Ash goes through these trials alone, and he has three trials to go through. This time I won’t spoil you even though I have the extreme urge to tell you the concepts explored, but I’ll Try my best.

Ash now completely understands what it is like to be a human, whereas before all the trials, the fact that he lacked some things or he exceled in some things made him turn a blind eye to humans.

Image result for xxxholic quotesSome really beautiful things is that the seer reinforces the fact that through strong will and desire, anyone can become strong, even if it is not physical, but the mental will can be as strong as a blade.

 

 

Image result for xxxholic quotesAsh went through so much in order to find his way to be with Meghan, and you might as well as be able to predict the ending, but just before everything, there is the phrase where “you must pay the exact same price for your wish”, and this has been enacted in this book, for what I will not say, but further proves the inspiration coming from xxxHOLiC. (I’m sorry it’s my obsessions)

In fact I’m gonna put a whole ton of xxxHOLiC quotes and let’s see when you read the book, if you can find these concepts.


If I recall, there have been readers that were not satisfied with the fact that there wasn’t enough romance in this book, nor was there much interaction between Meghan and Ash, but it is this separation that makes the meeting much more meaningful.


The Iron Knight is the most absolutely beautiful conclusion that goes through so many morals and truths about humanity, bringing readers to not only enjoy every single page of this book, but also for them to look back on their own lives, and to look at life itself in every single way.

Book Review: The Iron Queen – Julie Kagawa

It’s quite hard to try to not spoil you readers because I’m just going to assume that most of you reading this blog hasn’t read this series yet, and yet this is the third book I’m reviewing.

Ok heavy warning: don’t read the synopsis if you haven’t read the previous books. I’m not kidding you will ruin yourself.


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Name: The Iron Queen
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: January 25, 2011

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.


Book Cover Comments

This time the symbol is a flower. And holy crap, that hot pink on black is legit one of the best color combos in the world of colors. Like, Black and Pink? There’s a reason why a new Kpop girl group is called BLACKPINK.

Meghan on this cover also has this really devastating look and I absolutely love it.


The Actual Review

So we all know that there is a sequel to this main timeline, the 4th book, The Iron Knight, but originally The Iron Queen was a wrap up to Meghan’s story, so yea Imma talk about it.

*trying to recall what happened in the book because I did read 4 books and 3 novellas of this series in 2 weeks*

The tension was well built up in this book, with a calm beginning to a cliffhanger ending. Throughout, I really enjoyed the journeys of Meghan throughout her pathway to defeating the False King of the Iron Realm. There were many moments where I thought Meghan was kind of stubborn because she refused to listen to some other people at certain situations which I won’t spoil, and of course, it isn’t until the last minute where she actually listens.

The entire concept of Meghan bearing special powers (now) is absolutely cool, and the quest to control both the powers inside of her, to maintain the balance instead of tipping the scale, is really interesting. This concept can actually also be seen in The Iron Knight, where I will talk more about in my next review (geez gotta catch up on my reviews. After this I’ll be taking a nap)

In the end when the other courts of Nevernever had to come back to Meghan for help, it was kind of funny, since Oberon and Mab have been ruling parts of Nevernever for centuries. And through the event of asking Meghan for help, it also shows that little bit of emotion, connection and humanity from Oberon and Mab, despite being soulless fae, and that’s what I really love about them in this story.

And Grimalkin is still the best cat in the world, being the one to lead them on, help them through paths and leading to the conclusion of the book.

I’ll get to talk more about Ash and Puck in detail in my next book, since it’s still currently Meghan’s story and Meghan’s life, but right now it’s time to talk about the romance.

The Romance is this book is deafening to a point that I cannot even describe. It is terrifically amazing. The romance throughout the entire series is just mind-blowing. If you’re looking for fae x romance, this is the thing that you MUST go for. Meghan and her lover (I’m trying not to spoil for readers who haven’t even read book 1 ~ 2) are just hot as hell, and I can’t die not swooning over these two’s love. I also really like the concept of how lover’s glamour is so strong, and that is what love is. Isn’t it?

The conclusion was heartbreaking and terrifying, but at the same time absolutely magnificent and beautiful. I don’t want to say this but the title does give away what happens in the end, though anyone would forget what it is until they close this book and take a deep breath. Meghan has grown so much from The Iron King up till here, The Iron Queen, and the decisions she makes in order to protect those she loves dearly are brave and Queen-like, out of pure love, even if it means a great cost and pain.

I’m so glad I bought the box set so I could read the next book immediately.


The Iron Queen is a beautiful wrap up to the climax of the first arc of the Iron Fey series, full with romance, decisions, choices and a cliffhanger conclusion that will make you want to read the next book immediately.

Book Review: The Iron Daughter – Julie Kagawa

 

I’m quite happy because I’m back on track with my reading. And holy crap this series’ romance is definitely something to die for.

Also I used tape to stick my left pinky together with my left ring finger so I wouldn’t use my pinky because it’s exhausted. I also put my left leg up on my table while typing this because my thigh is so sore.


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Name: The Iron Daughter
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: August 1, 2010

Synopsis

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


Book Cover Comments

So first of all praise for the beautiful vines because they’re always so pretty. And omg this time Meghan looks even prettier on the cover. I love how this time it’s a butterfly, and in my opinion, butterflies basically relate to metamorphosis, and how Meghan begins to grow up even more in this book.

 


The Actual Review

Once again, if you haven’t read the first book I suggest you stay on my Iron King review before moving on. And don’t ever read the synopsis/premise of Book 3 and 4. Especially 4. You will spoil the hell out of yourself.

I, absolutely, absolutely, love this book. Slightly reminds me of A Court of Mist and Fury. I need to stop thinking about Sarah J. Maas for a second.

In this book, Meghan spends the beginning of it in the Winter Court, hanging out with Mab and dealing with her. I love how she’s basically the Snow Queen and all of that, and I love her personality. Way better than Titania, at least. In this book. We also get to meet Sage and Rowan (ffs not Rowan Whitehorn), who are Ash’s bros, and their personalities and such. I really wanna know tons more about Sage, but of course he’s not the focus. He seems kind compared to how Ash described them in book 1, but alas.

This time, it’s a different threat from the same Iron Kingdom, and how Julie once again entwines the modern world with fae is really interesting, especially her choice of where the Iron Fey are based in this book in the human realm. We also get to meet the character Leanansidhe, who lives in the in-between world, and helps out Meghan. I find her extremely amusing in unpredictable, with her thoughts and how people describe her.

And during the time the main cast spends time with her, the “dancing around the truth” and “true names” always comes back to me, and the true name thing is definitely why this has gives me a reminiscent of xxxHOLiC, as I have mentioned in my previous review.

There are secrets hidden from each other in this book, but it is because of so, where people learn how to deal with those hiding from them, and the timing of things. It was also saddening to see relationships growing apart, breaking relationships because of misunderstandings, and I wanted to kill myself throughout this book because it was fantastic.

And the romance, holy crap. I die for this romance. It is absolutely sweet and magnificent, and how Julie decides when the relationships are glowing brighter and dimmer, as well as jealously and accepting one’s past relationships, all these fused into this book, and oh my god romance.


 

The sequel where the characters grow up into their next stage and face their next level of challenge, along with new allies, secrets, betrayals, enemies, the Iron Daughter brings the reader into the realm of Nevernever even more, making sure we never stop flipping through the pages.