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

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Guardian of the Dead By: Karen Healey

     “You’re Ellie Spencer.”

I opened my mouth, just as he added, “And your eyes are opening.”Seventeen-year-old Ellie Spencer is just like any other teenager at her boarding school. She hangs out with her best friend Kevin, she obsesses over Mark, a cute and mysterious bad boy, and her biggest worry is her paper deadline. But then everything changes. The news headlines are all abuzz about a local string of serial killings that all share the same morbid trademark: the victims were discovered with their eyes missing. Then a beautiful yet eerie woman enters Ellie’s circle of friends and develops an unhealthy fascination with Kevin, and a crazed old man grabs Ellie in a public square and shoves a tattered Bible into her hands, exclaiming, “You need it. It will save your soul.” Soon, Ellie finds herself plunged into a haunting world of vengeful fairies, Maori mythology, romance, betrayal, and an epic battle for immortality.

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Guardian of the Dead is about Eleanor Spencer, Ellie, who is a normal seventeen year old who gets wrapped in the work of New Zealand’s fey that are on the hunt for immortality.

Ellie was a good character because she already knew how to fight and already knew the myths of the New Zealand’s type of fey. Hew description was terrible but I’m pretty sure that that’s only how she sees herself because she has a hot guy as her best friend, a guy who thought she was sexy and wanted to be with her, she has an ex-boyfriend, and the hottest guy in school who technically is her boyfriend near the end of the book. Kevin was a sad character because of how he’s under Reka’s spell. But he’s a loyal friend and can be a funny person at times. Mark Nolan, is the typical handsome, mysterious, rugged, love interest that happens to bring Ellie into the world of the New Zealand fey. Reka was just a character that happened to be both, bad and good, neutral in some ways. Iris is both a really good friend to Kevin and Kevin’s love interest.

Most of this book was predictable. When you read that her best friend is being bombarded because of Reka, you just know something’s up and that she’s going to have to save him. Also, that the guy she likes is at the heart of the problem and that he’s going to both help her and fall in love with her. What I didn’t expect was the different type of fey that they show. They’re not the typical English fey but instead a different type of fey that’s from New Zealand. They don’t even refer to them as fey. I also didn’t expect Reka’s and Mark’s relationship. I thought maybe they were rivals or they didn’t know each other at all.

Even the ending was a bit of a shocker because I didn’t that that could happen. I thought at least the guy would come back as a human but instead he came back as something not human at all. Although, there was a little bit of foreshadowing in the middle when they show his grandfather, I just didn’t think the author would do that. That’s what I like in a book, when you think that the author will do one thing but does the opposite only in a good way. Good thing about it is that he can turn human on occasion.

The cover was what initially intrigued me to the book. I wondered what the mask was all about and what kind of guardian of the dead was this. I learned that the mask on the cover is magical item that she bought at a random store that can make anyone love you and obey you. What I disliked was the fact that there was no background information on the mask and why it was on a shelf at a store if it’s so powerful. They also show that it’s powerful enough to consume you. That’s why I thought that the rest of the book would be on the mystery of the mask. I disliked how it lead you on about the mask and didn’t talk about it further and considering the fact that it’s a stand-alone there will never be a story on this still mysterious mask.

Overall, I thought this book was great, not the best, but great. I have other books on my to-read pile that is of this author, Karen Healey, and I hope that those books are just as great but a bit better.

-Michelle

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.

The Lost Prince is the first book in the Iron Fey Call of the Forgotten series, which happens to be a spin-off of the Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa. The Lost Prince is about Ethan trying to find his half-phouka friend, Todd, who got kiddnapped by a new strange type of fey called the forgotten. The Lost prince was filled with nostalgia, awesome adventures in the NeverNever, the fey, and of course Kierran.

I loved the book because of those awesome moments were you actually see Meghan, Ash or Puck. Although I hated how we only see Meghan once,and Ash and Puck twice. I know that the book isn’t about them, it’s about Ethan and Kierran, but I just really miss them. Meghan, Ash and Puck were just so freaking awesome and were amazing as a team. But enough with the old Characters, lets talk about the new. Well the new characters are Ethan (He’s in the Iron Fey series but he was only a kid so he still counts as new), Kierran and Kenzie.

Ethan’s an interesting character because through out the book you see how badly the fey had affected him growing up. He’s so much like his sister when it comes to how much courage he has and how he felt being the leader. To be honest I really liked everything about him except his thoughts on Meghan leaving to be the Iron Queen and Ash in general. I can’t blame him for Ash because of his point of view, I mean Ash took his sister away from him so I can see where he’s coming from. But when it comes to Meghan abandoning him I just don’t feel the same way that he feels. I thought he would blame himself because if he hadn’t been kidnapped this wouldn’t have happened and she has to stay away from her family just like she said in the letter because she’s afraid that her enemies might get to them.

Kenzie is the next main character on the list. She is the love interest of Ethan. I like her; she was open to new ideas, she made a good reporter, she was so kind, and she was great with quick thinking. I liked the twist of surprise near the end when u learn of her health. I really didn’t expect it and I like how it tied in with how everyone treats her and also how she acts.

The last main character on the list (but not at all the least) is Kierran. Kierran is Meghan and Ash’s child. Isn’t that so freaking awesome! He was such a good character because he moved like Ash but he saw things like Meghan, he looked like Meghan but he looked like Ash when it came to his jaw, his stance, the way he fought, and of course, his muscle. Damn, I imagined him so hot! I looked him a lot but I disliked his love interest because she was a summer faery who doesn’t do much. I imagined him with a winter faery, who fights like a bad-ass and is crazily beautiful. Another thing was how he acted in the end. I don’t know what to make of it because it was kind of confusing. It also doesn’t help that the next book is called the Traitor Son.

Overall, it was pretty good and I liked how it didn’t completely mimic the original series and novellas.

4/5

Maybe if Kierran had a bad-ass girlfriend and not a damsel in distress and Ethan wasn’t a jackass to Meghan it would have gotten full marks.

        -Review by: Michelle