Beautiful Darkness April 29, 2013
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The Lost Prince February 20, 2013
Ethan Chase has always been able to see Them, the fey. The fey have once again gotten Ethan expelled from school so he is starting all over again at a new one. At his new school he meets Todd, the half-breed, and Kenzie, the school reporter. When Todd gets kidknapped by a mysterious new breed of fey, Ethan and Kenzie set off for the Nevernever to see his sister Meagan, the Iron Queen, and ask for help. In the Iron Relm, Ethan meets a strange Iron fey who joins Kenzie and him in their search for Todd and the mysterious new fey.
After trying to read Julie Kagawa’s last book, The Immortal Rules, I was a little skeptical about reading this book, especially since there was another series before this, The Iron Fey. Although I wasn’t a fan of The Immortal Rules I really enjoyed this book. Ethan is a tough guy who avoids relationships with everyone because he is constanly being harrassed by the fey. He can see Them but no one else can, which makes it hard for your principal to believe faeries burned down the school library. Although Ethan starts off having a tough exterior, he eases up while on his adventure with Kenzie. Kenzie is persistant and determined to get to know Ethan and he can’t seem to avoid her for long.
Even though I haven’t read the previous books in this world/series, I was able to enjoy the characters and understand the world that Kagawa had created. I’m not a big fan of faerie books but I liked the unique concept of the Iron Fey and the all the characters in the book. Ethan was a great main character; he had a good sense of humor, was loyal to those he cared for and was fought to protect people he cared for and what he thought was right. I think I will have to go back and read the rest of the Iron Fey books!
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Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl February 12, 2013
Lena Duchannes is new in town and living with her uncle, resident hermit Macon Ravenwood. It’s not easy being accepted in small-minded Gatlin where daily life is dictated by the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution). Life-time resident, 16-year old Ethan Wate is drawn to the mysterious Lena. What is their connection? You have to go back 150 years to find out! And what is so different about the Ravenwoods? Lena’s 16th birthday is fast approaching, and things will never be the same.
Colorful extended-family members and a dog named Boo Radley add charm and depth. Homage to Anne Rice, Stephen King’s Carrie, and Harper Lee is appreciated by the eclectic reader.
First published in 2009, Beautiful Creatures is sure to generate a lot of hype as the long-awaited movie is about to be released.
Check this out in audio book or manga, gorgeously illustrated by Cassandra Jean.
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