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September 07, 2012

Mini Reviews: Iron King by Julie Kagawa and Ba(n)d Romance by Sarah Billington


The Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1)

Title: The Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1)
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: HarlequinTeen
Publication date: February 1st, 2011
Genre: Young Adult (Paranormal, Fairies)
Rating: 3/5 stars
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In The Iron King, A sixteen year old girl, Meghan, finds out she's a fairy, not only that but her father is the ruler of the Summer Fey. When her very human step brother gets kidnapped, she goes on a quest through the Nevernever in the hope of finding her brother while at the same time dodging bullet after bullet in the shape of horrendous Fey eating animals and evil Iron Feys. Puck is the best friend who Meghan thought was human all her life. He and the Winter Fey's prince Ash, after Meghan strikes a deal with him, end up on the same side. I honestly did not enjoy how fast the romance was and the jealousy that was bound to occur from a love triangle. Also, I grew a bit bored at times while reading this novel. Julie Kagawa jumped from place to place, when I get used to a place, she yanks Meghan out and puts her somewhere else. I wanted to appreciate the Fey world and see how they lived, but we only got glimpses of that. Also, I personally felt the writing was more directed to Middle Grade readers than Young Adult ones. It was a bit too simplistic, and the resolution to many of the problems, or sometimes lack of them were not to my liking. However the sequel, Iron Daughter, looks promising and more complex because the setting and new complication give us a chance to dive back into the Fey world and the struggle between the Summer and Winter Feys.

Ba(n)d Romance
Title: Ba(n)d Romance
Author: Sarah Billington
Publisher: Billington Media
Publication date: August 13th, 2011
Genre: Young Adult (Contemporary)
Rating: 3/5 stars

Ba(n)d Romance is a 30-page novelette about a girl who realizes too late that she’s sharing her supposed boyfriend with other girls. She’s supposed to go up next with her band mate to sing. She’s in school and she’s hiding from the other girlfriend while at the same time ignoring the supposed boyfriend’s calls. The novelette was cute, the female protagonist was literally running all over the school from the boyfriend and girlfriend and it was funny. The ending was satisfying for the boyfriend, but for our female protagonist? She realizes who deserves her love. Now here is the cliché part, which sort of soured the ending for me. However, its only 30 pages, and to find closure in such a short novel, sudden realizations need to happen right? I love Sarah Billington’s novel The Kiss Off so I’ve got no doubt that she can rock a romance, even a love triangle without it seeming clichéd!


  1. lovly mini's . hope book two in the fey quartet is better

  2. For 30 pages, Ba(n)d Romance sounds pretty good! I will have to check that out. I hope you enjoy the next Iron Fey books more. Great mini reviews! :)

  3. Love the mini reviews.. The Iron Fey does get better as it goes along. Ba(n)d Romance sounds really good. Thank you for sharing them.

    Thank you for stopping by earlier... :)

  4. Great mini reviews. I agree with Jenea, the Iron Fey series improves though the third book was my least favorite of them. Bad Romance sounds like a good quick read.