Tuesday, 27 December 2011

The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

From Goodreads : Ash, former prince of the Winter Court, gave up everything. His title, his home, even his vow of loyalty. All for a girl… and all for nothing.

Unless he can earn a soul.

To cold, emotionless 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 solemn 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. At least, no one has ever passed to tell the tale.

And then Ash learns something that changes everything. A truth that turns reality upside down, challenges his darkest beliefs and shows him that, sometimes, it takes more than courage to make the ultimate sacrifice.

My rating : 5 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : From this day forth, I vow to protect Meghan Chase, daughter of the Summer King, with my sword, my honor and my life. Should even the world stand against her, my blade will be at her side. And should it fail to protect her, let my own life be forfeit.

I must say I have taken a brave attempt to write the review of The Iron Knight when I’m out of my words how to praise this book. How can I describe how much I loved this book when I’m still lost in thoughts and my hands are numb and shaking to write this review? The Iron Knight is an EPIC romance of this decade, I doubt I will ever be able to love any other book like I loved this one, its characters.

The last three book of this series was form point of view of Meghan Chase, this one is narrated by Ashallayn’darkmyr Tallyn, our very own Prince Ash, his quest to find a way to be mortal and be with his Iron Queen Meghan. In his journey he was accompanied by his old rival summer court prankster Robin “Puck” Goodfellow, Grimalkin the wise cat, the big bad Wolf, and his lost love Ariella who were assumed dead in previous books.

No book has ever made me cry like The Iron Knight. I cried when Ash attempted to end Puck life suppressed by ever burning rage of lost and pain, Puck stood still gazing directly into Ash with his bright green eyes confessing his love for Meghan, his pain, his loss, I cried when Ariella helped them in their quest sacrificing her love and life for Ash.

I felt empty when I finished this book, I felt something has gone from my life, something has ended.

Julie Kagawa did a fantastic job, what a captivating, mesmerizing writing. Julie Kagawa knows how to bring our imagination into pages, she took us into a memorable journey, showed us an unseen fey world. I felt myself as a part this team marching forward through the fairy territory to the end of the world in order fulfill the quest.

Knight In Shinning Armor

I have come from the End of the World.... From the River of Dreams, through the gauntlet and the Briar and the Deep Wyld, in order to stand before you today. I have but one request - to take my place at your side. To resume my duty as your knight, and to protect you and your kingdom for as long as I draw breath.

Ashallayn’darkmyr Tallyn you are the best male protagonist I have ever came through. He is the true knight, who doesn’t know how to step back from keeping his oath, made impossible into possible for his love. He is the dream guy of any girl. As we knew Ash has an icy cold barrier surrounding his heart which beats for Meghan, the only girl whose touch has melted the ice away. But in this book we also felt the warmth of his heart too, haunted by guilt, torn between past and present, we felt his nightmares, his pain, his love and fierce devotion for the one girl, we saw the true Ash who sometime can be vulnerable. He didn’t hesitate once to sacrifice everything he has. Ash and Meghan went through a lot to be with each other and they deserve a happy ending, I’m just glad that Ash finally found his way to his love.

The Summer Prankster

So I waited, and I did my job. For years, I protected her, biding my time, until the day she went into the Nevernever after her brother. And then you came along. And I saw how she looked at you. And for the first time, I wanted to kill you as much as you wanted to kill me.

Puck is as always dynamic, brought smile into my lips throughout the whole book. In spite of his all attempts to hide his emotional distress I felt his pain of losing the one and only girl he has ever loved to the person he shared a cold enmity for centuries. Puck taught me love doesn’t mean to be with the person, love means to make that person happy, even if it costs sacrificing your feelings. I may adore Ash but I’m a more Puck girl. I tried hard to refrain my tears each and every time I realized how much torture it is for Puck to wear a mask of fake smile while his is heart is burning in pain. He never showed how much he felt guilty for bearing the death of Ariella on his conscience, we realized his grief of losing Arilla and his pain of losing his best friend. He fought off every obstacle, every danger shoulder in shoulder with Ash, without Puck, the story is incomplete.

Turning Point

Bringing Ariella back was the most surprising element of the story, she just made a big place in my heart. I sucked my breath, tried hard to hold back my tears to watch her to sacrifice herself so that Ash can be with his love. She loved Ash soooo much, still she never let her love came into his way. That’s what I call true love.

How can I forget cute Grim, Awwwww, I love you. Without you Ash and Puck would be lost, You are the most wise, witty guide and loyal friend.

I truly doubt without Puck and Ariella, Grim and the Wolf, Ash would ever be able to find his way back to Meghan.

This book is a heart wrenching romantic fantasy novel, it took my breath away.

Thank you very much Julie Kagawa for such a wonderful gift. This whole series will remain forever in core of my heart.

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Friday, 9 December 2011

Cover Reveal : The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

A Short Summery From Goodreads :
You will kill. The only question is when.

In the dark days since the insidious Red Lung virus decimated the human population, vampires have risen to rule the crumbling cities and suburbs. Uncontested Princes hold sway over diminished ranks of humans: their "pets." In exchange for their labor, loyalty and of course, their blood, these pets are registered, given food and shelter, permitted to survive.

Unregistered humans cling to fringes, scavenging for survival. Allison Sekemoto and her fellow Unregistereds are hunted, not only by vampires, but by rabids, the unholy result of Red Lung-infected vampires feeding on unwary humans. One night, Allie is attacked by a pack of rabids, saved by an unlikely hero...and turned vampire.

Uncomfortable in her undead skin, Allie falls in with a ragtag crew of humans seeking a cure, or cures: for Rabidism and for Vampirism. She's passing for human...for now. But the hunger is growing and will not be denied. Not for friendship—not even for love

Update : Julie Kawaga finally revealed the cover of her next sensation The Immortal Rules, first book is the series of Blood of Eden on her blog. All The Iron Fey fans hold your breath, this not going to be the same as The Iron Fey. The Immortal Rules is the story of girl named Alison on the premises of a vampire infested futuristic world.
"Allison, the heroine of 'The Immortal Rules,' is a much different character then Meghan Chase of the 'Iron Fey'," Julie said. "Her world is darker, more savage, which has turned her into a fighter and someone who doesn't trust easily. As a human, Allie was snarky and sarcastic. As a vampire, Allie is snarky and sarcastic, and carries a sharp sword."
I can understand all of you are pulling your hair out to get this book on hand especially after reading the exclusive prologue in the end of The Iron Knight. Don’t be frustrated , The Immortal Rules will hit the market of YA novels on April 24, 2012. So start counting you days. I believe the cover is bloody gorgeous and the book is going to be deadly with forbidden romance.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

From Goodreads : Just your average boy-meets-girl, girl-kills-people story. . .

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father's mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn't expect anything outside of the ordinary: move, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he's never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, but now stained red and dripping blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

And she, for whatever reason, spares his life.

My rating : 5 of 5 stars

My thoughts : My gut told me that she wasn’t just a story. And besides, I wanted to see her, dressed in blood. I was too busy thinking about the dead, and about one dead girl in particular, wearing a beautiful dress, stained red with her own blood.

Theseus Cassio Lowood or Cas isn’t a not a ordinary teen from a conventional family. His mother is a wiccan white witch and his father was in a business of killing ghosts before was ate by a deadly one he went to kill. Cas has inherited his father’s courage and Athame, a powerful knife of killing ghost and took up the killing business only at age of 14. Now after killing 23 rd ghosts, he got a letter from a small town called Thunder Bay. The letter was about a ghost Anna.

Anna Korlov was murdered in 1958 at sixteen, when she was on her way to school dance. Her throat was slit open, her body was found the next day, covered with flies, and her white dress stained with blood. That’s why they called her “Anna dressed in blood”. Now her ghost is stuck in her house and she’s killing everyone who tried to enter there.

The story binding is very nice and intriguing. It kept me sit tight on my ass and read it. Full of suspense and action with romantic hint. After a long time I have read a book which made me think “oh dear, what’s gonna happen next?”. This book has double climax. The first one will make you think that’s it, and after the first climax things will take new turn full of events that makes your blood running fast in excitement.

In second climax Cas came face to face with his real adversary, things went wrong and ended up in a terrifying way, made my mouth open. At the end I never felt I just finished the book, cause I wanted to read more, so I left unsatisfied and waiting for
Girl of Nightmares

Cas is worthy of a protagonist, he doesn’t have any superpower yet he’s a superhero in my eyes. He’s intelligent, smart, courageous, full with common senses and impressing fighting skills. He’s so mature like a man only at age of 17, capable of taking decisions on his own, never being confused before he met Anna. I can’t deny that I completely like him.

Anna, oh Anna you seriously kicked some ass girl. Anna is very unpredictable like her appearance. Cas never faced a ghost like her. They say every coin has two sides, so does Anna. She is victim of a brutal crime and murderer of innocents. Anna doesn’t want to kill but she kills against her will. She has strong guilty concerns for what she did so far. You will never hate her, you will feel sympathized with her just like Cas did. She’s a combination of bright and black, good and bad but she’s definitely not a evil.

She’s with me. She’s my purpose and we’re going to save each other. We’re going to save everyone. And then I’m going to convince her that she’s supposed to stay here. With me.

When Cas met her everything changes, he started to doubt his own decision to hunt her. Attachment between Cas and Anna grows up slowly as the story progresses, ended up with deep feelings, an impossible love for each other. Well boy meets girl, they save each other, fight together hand in hand and Bang. Man! love just happens, who plans for it.

And how can I forget Carmel and Thomas, without them the team is incomplete. I liked Carmel, she’s the prom queen but not a bimbo like other queen bees we see in movies. She’s actually smart. Thomas is the physic best friend of Cas, without his help Cas couldn’t have survived that long. Well his kinda cute.

So for me this book is a 4.5, recommended for lovers of paranormal romance and suspense.

WARNING: Don’t read this book at night, it may scare the hell out of you and sometimes make you heart jump to your throat, so hold you heart while reading.

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