The Lost Prince By: Julie Kagawa

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.
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The book The Lost Prince is about a boy named Ethan, brother of the Iron Queen/ powerful fey Queen, who wants nothing to do with the world of the fey which he was entangled with ever since he was a child. Although he does all he can to avoid the realm of the fey, the fey won’t seem to just leave him alone. One day, when some mysterious fey attack him he finds himself caught into the world of the fey once again.

Okay, I know what some of you are probably wondering there’s two reviews of the same book in our site, and no you’re not crazy. This is the second review of The Lost Prince this little blog of ours has posted! The previous review was my co-blogger’s Michelle! This is just one of the little perks that come with having two bloggers in one site! Now ya’ll get to see what I thought about this book!

First off all, I’d like to say I LOVE YOU JULIE KAGAWA! This book was amazing! It was all that I hoped it would be! I’ve always loved the world that Julie created. Nevernever just seems like a dream come true. I’ve been a fan of her ever since I read the Iron King and The Iron Fey series is most definitely one of my favourite series. I remember having to wait for the Iron Queen to come out and the year of hell I had to wait after reading it for The Iron knight to come out. Let’s just say I loved the whole series and this was not a disappointment!

For me, the best parts of the book was just seeing the old characters again. I just missed everybody. Specially that darn cat. I missed Ash’s quietness and Puck annoying him. I missed way Ash and Meghan were just perfect with each other and Ash and Puck’s bromance. I was so exited to see Ethan again, and is it creepy to say that he grew up good? Like really good? Look at him at the frickin’ cover! Honestly? Who else felt so old seeing  Ethan and Keirran and falling in love with them, then realize that their the little brother and son of your fave characters. Now tell me that thought didn’t pop into your head while reading this.

This book was very a very easy read, it was action-packed and just really fast paced. I found myself reading this quite slowly though and trying to stop myself from reading it too fast because I know I’d have to wait another year for the next book to come out. Now, let’s talk about the characters? Ethan, well… Let’s just say, he’s not that same innocent little Ethan Chase that Meghan left years ago. This Ethan pretty much just kicks butt now. He’s arrogant and well, turned into a ‘bad boy’. Wow, I felt weird saying that… It was so amazing to see sweet Ethan who didn’t want to leave Meagan’s side, to this guy who’s just plain rude to her. Then, there was Keirran. I loved Keirran so much. He’s the 1/4 fey son of Meghan  who still manages to have all the powers of the 3 courts. How is that even possible? Personally, I kinda thought Keirran was more of Ash and Puck put together than Ash and Megan. Is that a little too weird? I find that the heroines on the story didn’t stand out to me that much. I mean, I didn’t really know what to expect for Keirran’s and Ethan’s love interest, but I’ve always thought it would be somebody strong willed and somebody as awesome as Meghan, but that’s the thing. it’s really hard to surpass the character of Meghan Chase because she’s already that amazing.

Overall, The book was amazing. It was way better than all of my expectations! I actually read this sometime in November, so I’m sorry for such a late review! I was really upset when I heard that The Iron Knight would be the last instalment in Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series, but once I found out that there would be a spin-off series I was just fan-girling.  The next book in The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten series is called The Traitor Son, and I’ll be completely honest. I’m kind of scared of what’ll happen in that one just because of the title. I deeply recommend this book. If you also have not read the first book I am telling you now to go read it, cause it’s frickin’ awesome. Good-bye and I LOVE YOU JULIE KAGAWA.

If you all want to see Michelle’s review of Julie Kagawa’s The Lost Prince, click HERE.

-Caryl

The Demon King By: Cinda Williams Chima

Times are hard in the mountain city of Fellsmarch. Reformed thief Han Alister will do almost anything to eke out a living for for his family. The only thing of value he has is something he can’t sell – the thick silver cuffs he’s worn since birth. They’re clearly magicked – as he grows, they grow, and he’s never been able to get them off.

One day Han and his clan friend, Dancer, confront three young wizards setting fire to the sacred mountain of Hanalea. Han takes an amulet from Micah Bayar, son of the High Wizard, to keep him from using it against them. Soon Han learns that the amulet has an evil history – it once belonged to the Demon King, the wizard who nearly destroyed the world a millennium ago. With a magical piece that powerful at stake, Han knows that the Bayars will stop at nothing to get it back.

Meanwhile, Raisa ana’Marianna, princess heir of the Fells, has her own battles to fight. She’s just returning to court after three years of freedom in the mountains – riding, hunting, and working the famous clan markets. Raisa wants to be more than an ornament in a glittering cage. She aspires to be like Hanalea – the legendary warrior queen who killed the Demon King and saved the world. But her mother has other plans for her – including marriage to a suitor who goes against everything the queendom stands for.

The Seven Realms tremble when the lives of Han and Raisa collide, fanning the flames of the smoldering war between clans and wizards.

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The Demon King is the first book of four books in the Seven Realm series. The Demon King is about Hanson “Han” Alister, who walked away from “the life”. It’s about how he struggles to be seen as an innocent person after being a street lord and also how we gets caught up in something a thousand years in the making. It’s also about Raisa ana’Marianna who is the heir to the gray wolf throne and the heir to the queendom of Fellsmarch. It’s also about her struggles in knowing whats good for her people.

The reason I wanted to read this book was because of the synopsis. It sounded pretty epic. I was intrigued with the whole thing about Han being a reformed street lord  Also, the heir of the throne and whether she would be spoiled or not. I was also wondering how their lives would intertwine even though there from different social classes. Despite the fact that some people told me it was slow and that I shouldn’t read it, I still took a chance and decided to buy and read it. That’s why it took me forever to get to this book. After reading it though I wish I read it sooner and that I didn’t listen to certain people.

The characters were all different with their own problems and personalities, which I highly respected and liked. Han, one of the main characters, was smart, handsome, hardworking, clever, and understanding. He understands mostly because of the way he explains things, the way he thinks, and how you can actually relate to him even though most of us haven’t been in his predicament. Raisa, the other main character, was also smart, hardworking, clever, and understanding with the addition of being well spoken. I liked her because no matter what she always wanted to be independent and understand/know what’s going on in court. This is good considering the fact that she’s the future of the throne. Micah annoyed me but I weirdly accepted him and his narcissism. I liked Amon but as a best friend not as anything else. I would like to see more of him and how he’s doing with not being able to be with Raisa. I think that the author, Cinda William Chima, did a good job making unique stories and personalities for each character, it made them feel real.

I actually liked how it was slow because I think that it showed detail that was needed. In the book when they tell the story of Hanalea and Alger Waterlow, I felt that if the author hadn’t explained it slowly and delicately then I would’ve gotten seriously confused. Some people don’t appreciate when an author does that but I happen to respect and appreciate it. The author made the book in a way that it was never completely dry or boring and I like how she made it flow like that.

I liked how the chapters had names because it told you only a glimpse of what could happen which I always liked. Especially because the titles don’t give anything away. The book was in an alternating P.O.V. between Han and Raisa. This gives us a glimpse of lower class life and upper class life and how different they are. Also, you get to watch something a thousand years in the making unfold in two different pairs of eyes.

Overall, this book was an amazing read that left me wanted more, which just means that’s it’s an awesome, epic, great read. Thankfully all the books in the Seven Realm series are already published so all I have to do is find the rest of the books in paperback.

This book made it to my ’12 Amazing Books of 2012′ list! So, check it out? Click HERE to see the list.

Happy  New Years!

-Michelle