Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: Book One in the Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten Series
Published By: Harlequin Teen (Oct. 16, 2012)
Source: ARC Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: 3.5 Stars!
Don't look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.That is Ethan Chase's unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he'd dare to fall for.
Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister's world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.
I absolutely loved the Iron Fey series and was so excited like most people that adored the series, that there was going to be a spin off series to help chase the away the lose of the series ending last year.
So of course I eagerly started reading this. Not only did we get more of the Nevernever but maybe, just maybe we would catch small glimpses of all the characters I loved from the first series. And of course we get Ethan, Meghan's brother who, last we saw him was still just a little kid.
So I admit, I was a little sad when the book started off with Ethan. No not because it was Ethan, but because he wasn't that cute happy boy from the Iron Fey. Instead we get a very damaged, very jaded young man who is cautious and untrusting of everyone around him. Granted he has good reason. He saw the fey, heck he was kidnapped by them previously and is now tormented by them, almost daily, so yeah, of course he wouldn't be the same and I should have expected that, I really should have. But it was still a little sad to see.
I have to say though, I loved Kenzie. So feisty, stubborn and strong. She was a good match for Ethan. A good person to put him in his place and not take his crap. To question everything that needed to be questioned and to stand by his side and fight.
And the best part of this, of course, is that we got to see some old favorites. Puck, Grim, Ash, Meghan, Razor, Glitch. I mean really, what could be better? I loved that about this novel if for no other reason than that fact alone.
And not only that but we get to meet Kierran!! And he was just as wonderful as I thought he would be.
We even get to see some old greats, villains that are hard not to love and hate at the same time, Leanansidhe, gremlins and others and then of course, we get some new mysterious fey as well. Ones that are unlike any others we have seen before.
But even with all this greatness, I still couldn't quite connect with this one like I did the others and I am a little disappointed about that.
I really really wanted to.
Julie is an amazing author and for that alone I will be continuing with this series, because I know it will only get better with time and hopefully by the next one, I will also feel a little more connected to the characters as well.