Monday, February 28, 2011

Review: The Iron Witch

Publisher: Flux
Pages: 290
Format: Paperback
Released: January 2011

When the darkest outcasts of Faerie—the vicious wood elves—abduct Navin, Donna finally has to accept her role in the centuries old war between the humans and the fey. Assisted by Xan, a gorgeous half-fey dropout with secrets of his own, Donna races to save her friend—even if it means betraying everything her parents and the alchemist community fought to the death to protect.Freak. That's what her classmates call seventeen-year-old Donna Underwood. When she was seven, a horrific fey attack killed her father and drove her mother mad. Donna's own nearly fatal injuries from the assault were fixed by magic—the iron tattoos branding her hands and arms. The child of alchemists, Donna feels cursed by the magical heritage that destroyed her parents and any chance she had for a normal life. The only thing that keeps her sane and grounded is her relationship with her best friend, Navin Sharma.

An easy read

Not original, an easy read - but holds promise for the next installment.

Donna Underwood has been through tragedy. Her father was killed by a vicious fey when she was a little girl, and her mom went mad. She now lives with her aunt and spends her time with her best friend Navin. He is the only one that likes her - at school she is labeled as a freak. But soon, Donna's life is about to go in a whole new direction. She meets Xan at a party and soon dramatic events unfolds.

The Iron Witch was an easy book to get in to, at first. The writing flows easily and you are a bit curious about Donna and her past. But, there is a but: It takes too much time before there is actually anything happening. You read about Donna's life, her interaction with Navin and her past - but that's just about it. There is nothing here to compel me to go on reading.

I didn't get under Donna's skin and I felt that Navin became to vague. When he is kidnapped, I didn't feel Donna's anxiety for him. It was more like: Ok, so now that he is gone can we please get down to real business and get to know Xan a little bit more pleae? I never really got emotionally involved in the story. It was more like: an easy read - easily forgotten.

I also felt that the book was not that original, but my main problem with this was that it reminded by too much of The Iron King. Here are some examples:

* The first sentence in both books are very much alike:
Ten years ago, on my sixth birthday, my father disappeard.
(Quote from the Iron King)
My father died saving my life when I was seven years old.
(Quote from the Iron Witch)

* In the Iron King, Meghan must enter the fairy world to save her brother Ethan. In order to get to this world, she gets help from Robbie. In the Iron Witch, Donna must enter the realm of the Woodelves to save her best friend Navin. In order to get to this world, she gets help from Xan.

* Both of the covers have ornaments on them. Like this:

And I will not mention the obvious part about the titles of both books being almost a match.

That said, the book also had it's qualities. The language worked well, and when things really started to happen - in the last part of the book - I got more intrigued. I really like the dark world the author has created for the woodelves and I am really looking forward to reading more about that.

So all in all I think this was a book that could have been a little more original. But I will also go on reading the next installment in this series because I believe the author is talented enough to give us something more unique in the next book.

Other reviews:
Wondrous Reads
Book Chick City
Tales of the Ravenous Reader
All Things Urban Fantasy

Karen Mahoney's webpage

Sunday, February 27, 2011

In my mailbox 3,4,5,6,7,8

This is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren, where we talk about the books we got the last week.

I have not done this in a while, so this haul is for a lot of weeks. But aside from books in Norwegian, I have not bought a lot of books lately. I am trying to dig into my TBR - pile, which consists of a lot of old books that I bought a long time ago.

Anyway, here are the books:

Kelly Keaton: Darkness becomes her (Bought)
Caitlin Kittredge: The Iron Thorn (Bought)
Elizabeth Woods: Choker (Bought)
Jill Mansell: To the moon and back ( Review copy)
Jana Oliver: Forsaken; The Demon Trappers (Bought)
Karen Mahoney: The Iron Witch (Bought)
Louise Rennison: Withering Tights (Review copy)
Brenda Yovanoff : The Replacement (Bought)

I have already started The Iron Thorn and The Iron Witch, and so far I am loving them. The review of The Iron Witch will be up shortly, since I only have a few pages left in the book.

I also subscribe to a series called Nocturne, where they are publishing a lot of American bestsellers in Norwegian. I get two books in the mail every month. These are the books I got in that series lately.
Gena Showalter: The Darkest Night ( Bought)
Gena Showalter: The Darkest Kiss (Bought)
Maggie Shayne: Twilight Phantasies (Bought)
Rachel Vincent: Stray (Bought)

I have already read The Darkest Night, the review for this will also be posted on my blog. And I am very much looking forward to reading Stray, since I have heard great things about that series.

And I did get some titles to review from Netgalley, but I have had trouble reading some of them since the button where we can download the titles to our kindle have been gone. I have ordered a new mobilphone, and I believe I can read galleys on that. I truly hope so.
Here are the titles:
Christina Shea: Smuggled
Amanda Stevens: The Restorer
Colleen Gleason: The Vampire Voss
Colleen Gleason: The Vampire Dimitri
Brianna Karp: The Girl's Guide to Homelessness
Maggie Shayne: Twilight Prophecy
Michele Hauf: Forever vampire
Aimée Carter: The Goddess Test
Jon S. Lewis: Invasion
Anna Sheehan: A long, long sleep
Jordan Dane: In the arms of stone angels
Francisco Goldman: Say her name
Lauren Myracle: Shine
L.A. Weatherly: Angel burn

I am going to the London Book Fair in april, and plan to bring my kindle along and do a lot of reading then.

There has been some controversy surrounding the In My Mailbox meme. To me it is a great way of showcasing books and authors. I have bought a lot of books that I have heard about through other bloggers' in my mailbox - posts.

Have a great sunday. P.S: What did you get in your mailbox?

Friday, February 25, 2011

Follow friday & Book Blogger Hop

This is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee. You can find more information here.

Question of the Week: Share your current fav television show! Tell us a bit about it...

My favorite show is Criminal Minds, and this has been my favorite for quite some time. I have always been fascinated by serialkillers and profiling, and this show has done it's research. There are a lot of references to actual cases, and you learn how profilers work. And the characters are great. Reid is my favorite.

Come to think of it, almost all of my favorite shows has something to do with crime and mystery: Law & Order, Special Victims Unit, CSI New York, CSI, etc. I am also a huge fan of Ghost Whisperer, Medium and Supernatural. And my all time favorite TV show is the X-Files!

Book Blogger Hop
The Hop is hosted by Crazy for Books and you can find information about ut here.

This weeks question:
Do you ever wish you would have named your blog something different?

No, definitely not. I think the name says a lot about who I am. I spent some time before I chose it, and that is something I recommend. The name should say who you are, and maybe a little about your blog.

Have a great weekend everyone. Here in Norway it is snowing, and we are hosting the World Ski Championship. The papers are full of articles about it.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Review: The Iron King

Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 363
Format: Pocket
Published: February 2010

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.

A great adventure

The Iron King is a fantastic fairytale with a lot of originality.

Megan Chase is soon going to be 16 years old. She lives with her mom, her little brother and her stepdad - her real dad disappeared when Megan was only 6. She spends most of her time with Robbie, her nextdoor neightbour. Meghan leads a quiet life, but that is soon going to change. Her littlebrother Ethan tells her oe day that there is a man in the closet, men when Meghan goes to investigate, there is't anybody there. And soon Ethan starts behaving strangely. Meghan must travel to another world, a world she never knew existed.

Julie Kagawa has created a novel and a universe you become totally immersed in. And the sentence that opens the book, makes you curious and you will want to keep on reading:

Ten years ago, on my sixth birthdat, my father disappeared.

There is not long before dramativ events starts to unfold and you will have a hard time putting the book down. Kagawa has created a fairytale - world with goblins, centaurs, fairies, sirens and other mythical creatures. I love her writing style, and you can actually feel how much she enjoys telling and creating stories.

The book is original, with some exceptions:
The door into the fairy world is hidden in the closet. (Did anyone mention Narnia?)
Meghan is soon about to be 16 years old.
( Why is it that writer of teen-novels are so fascinated with the age 16?)
Megan is not like other girls, and dresses casually in worn-out jeans etc
(Why is it that every heroine in teenage books must dislike fashion and dressing up in order to be looked upon as strong and original?)

There is a lot in the story that shows that the auhor have been inspired by other tales. I mentioned Narnia, there is also references to Alice in Woderland. That said, I think Kagawa has created a spellbindig and magical world. I loved the book and was totally absorbed in it.

I love all the characters, especially Puck and Grimalkin - not to forget Ash. This series is one of my new favorites. I can't wait to read the next book.

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