Monday, April 30, 2012

New Releases: April 30th - May 6th

May 1st 

Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth
When YouWere Mine by Rebecca Serle
Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
Bitterblue (Graceling #3) by Kristen Cashore
Shine (Shade #3) by Jeri Smith-Ready
Revived by Cat Patrick

Isn't May probably the most exciting month of new YA releases?! How do you feel about it? I seem to have a mile-long list of  books that I want to read and that I need to pre-order. INSURGENT is surely pre-ordered and I desperately hope for it to be delivered NOW! WHEN YOU WERE MINE is a beautiful read and you should read it if you get the chance to. Then who has read SWEET EVIL? I have it on my wishlist, but I'm not yet sure aif I should order it right now or wait a bit for it.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Q&A with Aimée Carter + Goddess Interrupted Giveaway

I have another fabulous giveaway to share with you today in courtesy of Harlequin Teen and the awesome Karen @ Media Masters Publicity! You can win a copy of GODDESS INTERRUPTED, the newest novel by Aimée Carter and the second in the GODDESS TEST series. I really liked the first book and plan to read the next in May. It promises to be great. Don't you want to read that series?!

Kate Winters has won immortality. But if she wants a life with Henry in the Underworld, she'll have to fight for it.

Becoming immortal wasn't supposed to be the easy part. Though Kate is about to be crowned Queen of the Underworld, she's as isolated as ever. And despite her growing love for Henry, ruler of the Underworld, he's becoming ever more distant and secretive. Then, in the midst of Kate's coronation, Henry is abducted by the only being powerful enough to kill him: the King of the Titans. As the other gods prepare for a war that could end them all, it is up to Kate to save Henry from the depths of Tartarus. But in order to navigate the endless caverns of the Underworld, Kate must enlist the help of the one person whom she would really rather not meet. Henry's first wife, Persephone.

Summary by Goodreads

Want to buy a copy of GODDESS INTERRUPTED? Just follow the links!

Read this Q&A with Aimée Carter and enter for a chance to win a copy of GODDESS INTERRUPTED  below!!

Q&A With Aimée Carter, Author of the Goddess Test Series

How familiar were you with Greek myths and folklore before writing the Goddess Test series? Was a lot of research required?

+ I first fell in love with Greek mythology when I was a kid learning how to read, and my infatuation only grew from there. I’ve studied various kinds of mythology for years, sometimes for class and always for fun, but even then I put a great deal of research into the Goddess Test series. Mostly as a refresher to make sure I was getting my facts right, but I also researched the various myths looking for ways to tie the plots and characters together in unexpected ways.

Was Goddess Interrupted any easier or harder to write than the first book in the series, The Goddess Test?

+ It was both easier and harder, in a strange way. I rewrote The Goddess Test multiple times, and I’ve never edited a book more heavily in my life. Goddess Interrupted did require some editing, of course, but it was much easier.

However, the pressure to deliver a sequel worthy of the series made the writing process for Goddess Interrupted more difficult than I’d anticipated. There’s something called the “sophomore slump”, where sequels or second books generally don’t quite match up to the second, and I wanted to avoid that at all cost. So that added a lot of stress, but in the end, I was very happy with the results.

You give the gods and goddesses in the series “ordinary names” – Zeus is named Walter, Aphrodite goes by Ava, Hermes is named James. Why did you do that and do the more contemporary names have any significance?

+ This was something I went back and forth on multiple times. Initially the characters Kate encounters weren’t council members at all – I changed that very, very quickly though. By the second draft, I had a place for each of the Olympians, and I did some heavy rewriting to replace my first draft characters with the gods. I wanted to find a way to keep their names the same, but since they’re supposed to live among us in secret in the modern world, it didn’t really make sense. How many men named Zeus do you know, or women called Aphrodite? On top of that, keeping the council’s identities secret was incredibly important to the plot. So eventually I decided they would have changed their names when Western civilization stopped worshipping them as gods, allowing them to live freely among us.

I did choose each name for what it means, some more than others – Walter, for instance, means “army leader”, while James means “supplanter”. The exception is Calliope, which in the story was chosen by her counterpart for its Greek roots. The reason the gods changed their names – and why Artemis didn’t wind up with the name Diana – is explained throughout the series, but you get to actually see this happen in The Goddess Legacy (July 31).

Goddess Interrupted begins with the main character Kate Winters adjusting to her new life as an immortal. Given Kate’s innate strength and stubbornness, was it difficult to switch gears to portray her as a bit more vulnerable and unsure of herself in her new role as goddess AND wife?

+ Not so much, to be honest – her progression felt natural to me. While Kate is very tough in certain ways, she’s extremely vulnerable as well. She’s emotionally dependent on the people around her (her mother in the first book, Henry in the second), and that in and of itself carves the path she takes in the sequel. She’s spent six months with Henry, falling in love with him and forming a relationship she thinks is going to last for eternity. But Henry is battling his own demons and isn’t ready to be the person she needs him to be, and because Kate is so stubborn, she has a hard time coming to terms with that. In the sequel, Kate really is her own worst enemy emotionally – her entire world has changed, after all, and that’s a lot for anyone to take – but it’s all part of her development into a goddess and queen.

Kate finds herself trying to work through her rather complicated relationship with James, as well as her relationship with her new husband, Henry (Hades). Neither seems to be black and white, but rather varying shades of gray. Were any of Kate’s feelings or situations based on any relationship struggles you’ve been through?

+ Not personally, no, but I did try to make Kate’s relationships with the people in her life as realistic as possible. She isn’t perfect, and neither are they, and that’s something they all have to work through at varying points in the series. None of the relationships in the books are based off of specific experiences I’ve been through though.

What is your favorite part of the writing process? Least favorite?

+ Outlining is by far my favorite part of the process. I love the idea stage, where anything’s possible, and it’s such a shiny place. All of that comes crashing down when I write the first draft though, which is the hardest part for me. I tend to get mentally exhausted about two thirds to three quarters of the way into the manuscript, and it’s always a struggle for me to push through it, especially if I’m on a deadline. And inevitably there are a ton of problems I didn’t notice in the outline stage that have to be fixed for the story to work. I’m a perfectionist, so in order for me to continue writing the story, everything I’ve already written has to make sense.

Do you have a favorite quote or line from a poem or book?

+ I love so many quotes that I couldn’t possibly pick a favorite.

How did you get your first publishing deal and how did that feel?

+ My agent, Rosemary Stimola, sent the manuscript out to various publishers, and after a long submission process, Harlequin TEEN offered to publish it! I was stunned at first, but that quickly gave way to giddiness. It was an incredible feeling to know I’d be published, and to this day, I still can’t quite believe it.

When is the next book in the series due out? Any hints on what will happen in book 3?

+ Goddess Interrupted, the sequel to The Goddess Test, came out in late March. The next book in the series, The Goddess Legacy, will be out July 31. It’s a collection of five novellas told in the perspectives of Calliope, Ava, Persephone, James, and Henry, and together they form one story.

The third book in the series, The Goddess Inheritance, is currently scheduled to be released in March 2013. Unfortunately I can’t say too much about it, but the challenges that Kate will face are pretty clear by the end of the sequel!

After the huge success of The Goddess Test, Goddess Interrupted is on many, many TBR lists for this summer. What’s on your TBR list?

+ I’m so excited for a slew of books coming out – The Girl in the Clockwork Collar, Grave Mercy, The Selection, The Serpent’s Shadow, Philippa Gregory’s YA novel, and a ton of others. I never have as much time to read as I want, but I’m definitely making time for all of those and more!

Yearbook Superlatives! If you went to high school with the Greek gods and goddesses, who would you vote for?
  • Most likely to succeed? - Hera
  • Class clown? - Hermes
  • Nicest? – Demeter or Hephaestus
  • Best dressed? - Aphrodite
  • Best dancer? - Apollo
  • Most school spirit? - Iris
  • Most likely to attend summer school? - Ares
  • Teachers pet? - Athena


    Thanks to Aimée Carter and Harlequin Teen for that fun Q&A! Now here's your chance to win a copy of GODDESS INTERRUPTED courtesy of Harlequin Teen.

    * You enter for a chance to win one  copy of  GODDESS INTERRUPTED
    * Open for US/Canada addresses
    * The giveaway starts on April 29th and will end on May 31st.
    * Good luck :)

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Book Review: The Alchemy of Forever (Incarnation #1) by Avery Williams

Title: The Alchemy of Forever (Incarnation #1)
Author: Avery Williams
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Publishing Date: April 26th 2012
Length: 256 pages
Genre: YA fiction, romance
Source: Publisher

After spending six hundred years on Earth, Seraphina Ames has seen it all. Eternal life provides her with the world's riches but at a very high price: innocent lives. Centuries ago, her boyfriend, Cyrus, discovered a method of alchemy that allows them to take the bodies of other humans from jumping from one vessel to the next, ending the human's life in the process. No longer able to bear the guilt of what she's done, Sera escapes from Cyrus and vows to never kill again.

Then sixteen-year old Kailey Morgan gets into a horrific car accident right in front of her, and Sera accidentally takes over her body while trying to save her. For the first time, Sera finds herself enjoying the life of the person she's inhabiting--and falling in love with the boy who lives next door. But Cyrus will stop at nothing until she's his again, and every moment she stays, she's putting herself and the people she's grown to care about in danger. Will Sera have to give up the one thing that's eluded her for centuries: true love?

Summary by Goodreads 

The story of THE ALECHEMY OF FOREVER starts in the year 1349 in London. The prologue introduces us to the two main characters, our heroine Seraphina and her boyfriend Cyrus and the original time they lived in. But it’s only a short glimpse we get. We are fast thrown back into present time, now to San Francisco. Here lives a group of extraordinary humans. A bunch of immortals thanks to Cyrus and centuries old alchemy.

Seraphina has lived many lives and claimed the bodies of countless young women over the decades. Now she decides that she wants to let go of this world and don’t live the life of others anymore. Seraphina is one of the YA heroines who actually thinks about her decisions thoroughly. She is so courageous and humble. I could really feel her despair to die and still understand her struggles to survive as long as possible.

Luckily a chain of events prevents her suicide and Sera gets a last chance to live a new life in the body of teenager Kailey. Apart from tyrant Cyrus. She might have had many different lives, still to me it felt like this one in Kailey’s body was her first real existence after her life in England.

Like many other stories, Seraphina’s story is about a boy. A beautiful and understanding boy who is there when he is needed. Noah. He and Kailey’s parents and brother are the first people beside her best immortal friend Charlotte, who make her feel home again. After such a long long time. I loved how Noah and Sera or ,as he knows her, Kailey got closer. I would have appreciated a stronger profile of Noah though. More about his past with Kailey or a deeper insight into his feelings for Kailey and in how far her sudden change in personality influenced them.
It seems like Noah always had feelings for Kailey, but now that she’s changed into a different, caring and open minded, girl, what does he think of her exactly? More Noah in the sequel to THE ALCHEMY OF FOREVER please!

Seraphina’s way from being a wealthy dying woman dependent on her centuries old lover to a teenage girl with a crush on her neighbour Noah is plastered with adventurous chases. So compelling! The concept of alchemy giving humans the power to be immortal for centuries is very clever. I was eager to find out more about Cyrus' tricks and the possibilities of something as powerful as old magic.

Cyrus might be Seraphina’s first love and a charming man in 14th century England, but he is the perfect antihero in present San Francisco. Cyrus is cruel and controlling. An evil mind that has no rival in THE ALECHMY OF FOREVER. He is reckless and that’s what makes him such a dangerous enemy.

Avery Williams did a perfect job with her contrasting characters! I especially liked Sera and Noah and Cyrus as unequal opponents in the fight for Seraphina’s love. The story is told from Seraphina’s point of view as a 1st person narrator. Scenes are rather short, just as the book itself. But they give us sufficient details and fabricate an unique story.

The sequel to THE ALCHEMY OF FOREVER better comes out soon, because the ending of book one nearly killed me. I cannot believe Avery Williams left us at that!

1) of a truly courageous heroine
2) of Words with Friends
3) of its unique concept of immortality and compelling alchemy
4) of a new chance at life
5) of an evil antagonist that gives you the chills

5/5 ***** THE ALCHEMY OF FOREVER- A Charismatic & ingenious read that fast becomes one of your YA favourites!

THE ALCHEMY OF FOREVER is a quick, nevertheless genial, read by debut author Avery Williams. I’m in need of a sequel and can’t wait to read it as soon as possible! 

* Read an excerpt of THE ALCHEMY OF FOREVER

* Get to know the characters

* For further information about Avery Williams and her books visit

* Thanks to Simon & Schuster UK for sending me a review copy!!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Feature: Fashion & Literature

In the feature "Fashionable Literature" I want to show you funny and fashionable items that can be bought or made to decorate yourselves or your homes with.

I spent the past three hours browsing this new website I just discovered. I'm talking about It has the lovliest accesoires and decorations! I'm totally buying this recycled map necklace. They also have seven bookish posters that I want to share with you, printed with the entire book text on them!! 


A Book On One Page
by the letteroom

Yes, hard as it may be to believe, each one of our designs contains the full text of the book. Where there are shapes in the design, the words wrap to the edges rather than being removed or shaded.

The prints would make a great gift, either for a new baby or as a fantastic wedding gift.

Our posters are printed on lush, satin finish paper with state-of-the-art printing technology. The text is pin-sharp and the paper non-reflective so you can hang and light it exactly as you wish.

Move over Kindle…book club just got even more interesting

All fit a standard frame availble from most shops. All Posters are sent out in heavy duty tubes

Pride and Predujice 1189 x 841 mm
Romeo and Juliet 700 x 500 mm
Treasure Island 700 x 1000 mm
Wind in the Willows 1000x 700 mm
Peter Pan 700 x 1000 mm
Wizard of Oz 500 x 700mm

The apparent font size is roughly 4 point which is perfectly legible with the naked eye if you have 20/20 vision, or with light magnification if you don't.

 Other designs:

You can find the shop page here. How do you like them? My favourite is Pride & Prejudice. Which would you pick?

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

UK Paperback: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Are you looking for a fantastic book for your summer holidays? Agreed, DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE doesn't exactly sound like a typical summery romance. Last year I received an ARC of the book by Hodder & Stoughton. I wasn't even sure if I wanted to read it then. Somehow I ended up taking it with me to Denmark where I spent three weeks last summer. And... I devoured DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE! SO GOOD! 

I can highly recommend Laini Taylor's DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE and I'm surprised that Hodder & Stoughton actually created a book cover that is even more beautiful than the original Hardcover. The new paperback edition will be released on July 5th and I definitely need to get me a copy.

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages—not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When one of the strangers—beautiful, haunted Akiva—fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

Summary by Goodreads

My review of DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE was published September 2011 and you can read it here. Here's my verdict to support my rec:

5/5 ***** DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE- A surprise bag of extravagant characters, exotic settings and extraordinarily breath-taking plot twists and turns! Definitely a favourite!
DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE is a complexly constructed story, which consists of many layers of history and action. It’s so much fun exploring them. Laini Taylor created a world of wishes, mysteries and magic. Find out which role dozens of teeth and smoke play in it!
I haven’t read a book that captivated me as much as DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE in a long time. You’ll love it! 

Have you read DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE yet? Or tell me in the comments why you want to read it or why not.

Monday, April 23, 2012

New Releases: April 14th - April 29th

April 24th

The Selection (The Selection #1) by Kiera Cass
The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1) by Julie Kagawa
Masque of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death #1) by Bethany Griffin
Thumped (Bumped #2) by Megan McCafferty
The Story of Us by Deb Caletti
Social Suicide (Deadly Cool #2) by Gemma Halliday
Purity by Jackson Pearce
Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris
Breaking Beautiful by Jennifer Shaw Wolf

Someone please send me some gift cards? I can't believe how many awesome books are released tomorrow!! THE IMMORTAL RULES, loved it. BREAKING BEAUTIFUL and THE STORY OF US are both on my wishlist. THE SELECTION is pre-ordered. Which of these do you want to read?

Sunday, April 22, 2012

In My Mailbox #48

The idea of In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren and is to bring books to the attention of our blog readers and to encourage interaction with other blogs.


Arise by Tara Hudson (Edelweiss)
Until I Die by Amy Plum (Edelweiss)

For Review

Changeling by Philippa Gregory (A huge thanks to Simon & Schuster UK!)
The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda (Again, thanks to Simon & Schuster UK)
Shooting Stars by Allison Rushby (Thank you Allison for sending me a copy:))


Thou Shalt Not Road Trip by Antony John
Divergent by Veronica Roth (I already own the paperback copy, but couldn't resist to get a HC for my re-read)

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Book Review: The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

Title: The Fault In Our Stars
Author: John Green
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Publishing Date: January 10th 2012
Length: 336 pages
Genre: YA contemporary romance
Source: Gift

Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 12, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs... for now.

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.

Summary by Goodreads 

My review of THE FAULT IN OUR STARS should consist of tears and tears only. My eyes still hurt from crying so much. I have read books with sad endings before. My first John Green book was the one that made my heart ache on every page.

How can I tell you that I enjoyed THE FAULT IN OUR STARS when its protagonists are dying kids? Cancer is one of the most terrible illnesses and sadly many people are afflicted by cancer or know someone who has suffered from its widespread causes at some point. Cancer is present in every chapter, on every page of THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. But one should see that there is so much more to it than that. The feelings, moments and people that are worth living for.
I liked every single character in this story so very much, no cancer perk I assure. I was desperate for them to live.

Hazel is such a fragile young girl with a valiant story and tragic fate. Then she is one of the bravest YA heroines I ever met. It’s no wonder Augustus Waters is falling for her, hard. He is the boy who wins Hazel’s heart although her body is already claimed by lung cancer. It’s Augustus’ true self, his glowing, charismatic being that makes him so worth of her and the reader’s love.

Now Augustus isn’t the only man in Hazel’s life. An author named Peter van Houten is not unimportant to her. Hazel is obsessed with his book An Imperial Affliction. I found the idea very comforting that a book has the power to help Hazel through the hardest time of her life. I don’t want to give away too much, but I need to say that the character of author van Houten himself in contrast was one I absolutely disliked.

John Green did such a good job writing THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, because he made a book that is realistic and doesn’t try to sugarcoat the daily routine and possibilities of cancer patients or to disguise the horrible true face of cancer itself.
Even though Green attends to the serious matter of living your life with cancer under the permanent prospect of dying, the overall tenor of THE FAULT IN OUR STARS is enlivened by the characters’ joking about their illness.

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS left an impression on me. This book has its perfections, edges and flaws. It’s a jumble of entirely different emotions to me. It’s the story of Hazel and Augustus interrupted by life and death all the same.

I can’t wait to devour every single John Green book available! Now I know why people cannot but love his books. His writing is free, there are no boundaries it seems.

1) of drinking stars
2) of the best wish investment
3) it’s one of the most emotional and saddest stories ever told
4) of a miracle girl
5) of the people who care for us every passing second of our lives 

5/5 ***** THE FAULT IN OUR STARS- Hilarious, sensitive, raw and heart-achingly sad. Uniquely John Green!

It’s one of the books you never want to pick up again, and yet read it every day for the rest of your life. I have cried a lot over many books in the past. They are all no comparison to the amount of tears I spent on THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. I expected it, yet it came so unexpected…the end. And if you don’t drown in your tears, I promise you’ll get drunk by John Green’s words. His words are like the best stars one can drink! 

* Have a look at John Green’s other books!

* Read an excerpt of THE FAULT IN OUR STARS

* Watch the book trailer

* Visit VlogBrothers here

* Visit for further information about John Green and his books.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Coveresque feat. Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson (UK vs.Dutch vs.German)

AMY & ROGER'S EPIC DETOUR is one of my favourite summer reads and one story that deserves a colorful, beautiful and bright cover. Here are the UK, Dutch and German cover. The German cover is similar to the US cover which is definitely my favourite. The only difference are font and title. The Dutch cover features the road motive, too like the German/ US cover. Really fitting. What I don't like about the Dutch cover are the font and that they apparently changed Roger's name to Jake. I think the title says "My trip with Jake". Why change it? Roger is such a cute name for an awesome guy. The UK cover is a different style. It's lovely that they picked some significant elements of Amy and Roger's trip to put on the cover.

Which do you like best?
Other covers: US, Swedish

Thursday, April 19, 2012


Edelweiss? That's a mountain flower! Yeah, that's right. Edelweiss is a German word meaning something like noble whiteness. In book blogger circles Edelweiss could be better known as interactive publisher catalogs. Here's what it says on their homepage:


What is Edelweiss?
  • an online, interactive, cross-publisher catalog service that supplements or replaces traditional hard-copy publisher catalogs
  • a customer relationship management service that allows reps, publicists or other authorized persons in a publishing house to…
    • manage their own contact lists
    • create their own catalogs targeted to specific audiences
    • share catalogs and title information by email, the web or printable pdfs
    • take requests from accounts and key contacts
  • a system for publishers to take requests or proactively share secure, DRM-protected Digital Review Copies       
  • an interactive research tool for librarians, bloggers, reviewers, rights acquirers to find titles either by catalog or any number of filters

How does it work?
  • any catalog ‘reader’ can access and interact with the system for free
  • catalog are created by publisher based on a combination of ONIX/basic metadata feeds, supplemental feeds of enhanced content and a catalog administration web site
  • a publisher user can share information with targets based on having their email addresses, whether or not they are Edelweiss users themselves

 Who’s using it? 
  • most of the major book retailers and wholesalers in the United States
  • a worldwide group of book industry professionals

How do I find out more?

  • Visit the Edelweiss home page to browse Edelweiss. Here you can also register for a free account that will give you access to additional features. Edelweiss is completely free to publishing industry professionals - including retailers, librarians, media, bloggers, publicists, etc.  In addition, we offer free, live webcast demonstrations twice a week, and free personalized online training sessions.  If you'd like to attend, sign up for a session here.


Some review titles that could interest you!

I love Netgalley and get many of my ARCs through it. Edelweiss is another great opportunity to receive e-galleys for review. Registering is easy. So don't hesitate and sign up!

Got questions? Feel free to leave them in the comment section below.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Teaser: Dreamless by Josephine Angelini

 Dreamless by Josephine Angelini

As the only Scion that can enter Hades at will, Helen descends to the Underworld in search of a way to overcome the Furies and end the cycle of revenge that has cursed the Scions. But she’s running out of time. Each descent weakens her both in mind and spirit. A mysterious stranger might be her only salvation, but the price may be her love for Lucas Delos.

As an unforgettable love triangle emerges, Josephine Angelini’s compelling saga becomes ever more intricate and spellbinding. The eagerly awaited sequel to the internationally bestselling Starcrossed, Dreamless delivers with a huge emotional impact that will leave readers satisfied—and longing for more.

Summary by Goodreads

 'Don't worry. It'll be fine,' he told her in a choked voice. 
He had to get out of there. Still wrestling with the knot in his throat, he went upstairs to change. Halfway down the hall to his room and half out of his clothes, he heard Helen's voice behind him.
'I used to think you were a good liar;' she said softly. 

~ p-26*

*This quote was extracted from the ARC copy and is subject to change before publication

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Book Review: The Iron Knight (The Iron Fey #4) by Julie Kagawa

Title: The Iron Knight (The Iron Fey #4)
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publishing Date: October 25th 2011
Length: 394 pages
Genre: YA fiction, fantasy, romance
Source: Netgalley

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.

Summary by Goodreads 

“My fall began, as many stories do, with a girl.”

Guess who is talking?

 “I was Ashallayn’darkmyr Tallyn, son of Mab, former prince of the Unseelie Court, and I was not afraid of a witch on a broom.”

Exactly! Our favourite ice prince, Ash. And we are lucky enough to name him our narrator, too. It is unusual that the first three books were narrated by Meghan and the 4th and last instalment in the THE IRON FEY series is told from Ash’s point of view. Nevertheless it is awesome to finally be inside his head and know what’s in his heart. Ash always felt like a withdrawn character to me with inscrutable thoughts and feelings. Now that we get to slip into his head I love him even more than before. Ash’s story is definitely one that deserves to be shown on the big screen one day!

Ash is so strong on the outside, in THE IRON KNIGHT we see him as emotional and vulnerable as never before. He has to sort out his friendship with Robin Goodfellow, the feelings for his lost love Ariella that somehow still seem to be a part of his present emotional life and to find a way to be with his queen Meghan.

From all four books in this series this one seems like the book which had the most powerful spell on me. Numerous references to popular fairy tales and encounters with mythical or just miraculous, creepy or strange creatures, supported by the excellent and creative writing by Julie Kagawa, fuelled my imagination and made THE IRON KNIGHT such an awesome read.

As this last part of Ash and Meghan’s story is told from Ash’s perspective and his probably grandest quest is the centre of attention in THE IRON KNIGHT, we don’t really get to read about what’s happening to Meghan during that time. That fact didn’t bother me at all, because Ash’s story is probably much more exciting than hers in this part of THE IRON FEY series.

Our friends Ash, Puck, Grimalkin and two other very special fellow travellers are great together. They are on a constant travel, come through so many different areas and visit numerous new cities and characters that the story never even gives you the slightest chance to rest. The settings and little adventures our group experiences were definitely to my like. I love everything about this book. The witty, funny and teasing verbal duels as the dark and dangerous obstacles a love has to overcome are what make this story such an extraordinarily grand read.

1) of the prince with the strongest will in the entire Nevernever
2) of a cat that knows how to make a great entrance
3) of best friends forever
4) Julie Kagawa found the best team to send out on a quest of epic proportions
5) of the biggest adventure of all 

5/5 ***** THE IRON KNIGHT is a magical & mythical read with glamorous and unforgettable characters around the heart-melting ice prince, cheeky Robin Goodfellow and the tough iron queen.

Adventures of epic proportions and the journey to the depth of your heart await all fans of prince Ash and his friends! 

* Haven’t started with THE IRON FEY series yet? Read it now!

* Have a look at Julie’s newest book, THE IMMORTAL RULES, coming out April 24th 2012.

* Read an excerpt of THE IRON KNIGHT

* You can read a deleted scene from THE IRON KNIGHT here

* Click here to read An Iron Fey Valentine. 

* Read the love letter from Meghan to Ash here

* Click here to watch the book trailer. 

* Visit for further information about Julie Kagawa and her books.

* Thanks to Netgalley and Harlequin Teen for giving me the chance to review THE IRON KNIGHT!