Publication Date: October 23, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Reviewed by: Ambers I & R.
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 have come to expect a "blow my freaking mind" experience when I read one of Julia Kagawa books and while I liked The Lost Prince "blow my freaking my mind" was way far away. I know better then to go into a book and wanting it to be the best thing ever since sliced bread but I still do it. Its never fair to me or the book but it happens and that is exactly what I did.
Ethan to me was a likeable character. Totally different then the kid we saw before. He is pretty bitter and a loner and for good reason. He is haunted by the "other world" and he has to keep it a secret or kids would think he is nuts. I was actually pretty upset with Meghan once I seen how much Ethan could have used her help but she was off doing her own thing. She actually cut herself off completely from her human family. And poor Ethan was left there seeing the Fae being bullied by them and going through a bunch of tragic things no one could help him with.
Then when we meet Kenzie I had to roll my eyes. Ethan did nothing to encourage the girl and she is suppose to be smart. So why she kept coming around is beyond me. Then when they got into that weird situation and she stayed with him was just weird. I didn't think their relationship or lack of one should had made her stay. I liked her but I think their relationship should have been more developed before that whole I go where you go stuff happened.
I did love seeing Keirann and Annwyl. I actually would have loved to be in their heads. For some reason they stole the show for me. I was way more interested in their relationship then anything. Oh and then of course Puck shows up with his wittyness and just plain awesomeness. He is so freaking funny and I love him. I liked seeing Meghan and Ash too. While I am a little mad at Meghan, I still really just want to see more of her and Ash time.
So yes I liked this book but it wasn't near what I thought it would be. Ethan is a fairy hating loner when we meet him but by the end of the book he is trying to save the fey and has a small group he depends on. The soul sucking fairies was pretty interesting too. And what role Keirann will play with them has me wanting book 2 asap. Plus if you read The Iron Prophecy and you know more about Keirran it makes you wonder exactly what is going to happen, what Meghan saw so many years ago really come true. Yes I will be eagerly awaiting the next book.
Throughout the first 30% I was extremely bored. It was a lot of Ethan whining about Meghan and how he couldn't think about her, faeries, and how he is a cold hearted snake. He can see faeries, which is no good because the faeries are aware of this fact and they are always trying to get something from him. Plus he was kidnapped by them when he was little, they "took" his sister, and he has been getting in trouble at school because of them. So it's obvious he has a chip on his shoulder, he has a total bad ass-trouble maker vibe going on. We get it. His life sucks but Meghan did what she had to do. I can understand him feeling like she abandoned him though.
So weird stuff is happening. There are these ghost like faeries who kidnap one of the kids at Ethan's school. The kid is a half faerie. They warn Ethan off and tell him to not ask questions or else. Ethan, of course, doesn't take their advice and ends up being attacked by them. With a human girl from his school with him. Basically him and Kenzie end up going to Nevernever to meet up with Meghan to get help and let her know about these ghost faeries. Things escalate pretty quickly from there.
Once the first 30% is up it actually gets pretty action packed from there. Kenzie is a journalist on the school paper and latches on to Ethan to interview him. This is before Nevernever. She's pretty tenacious and won't let it go even though Ethan is pretty rude to her. He actually keeps dodging her until a school sporting event. So I don't understand why she won't give up and it's kind of annoying. At the event is where they end up heading into Nevernever. Ethan and Kenzie end up having feelings for each other. Which at first seems odd because at first Ethan is a complete jerk to her. But you kind of end up realizing why Kenzie won't give up and it makes sense. It's also sad.
We get to see Keirran, Meghan and Ash's son too. He is actually on the journey with Ethan and Kenzie throughout the book. So it's fun to see him and some of our old favorites. Grim and Puck show up at different parts. Plus we do get to see Meghan as well. In the end, I think the book is pretty good. I don't really know where this series is going to take us. But I can't wait to see where the next book in the series takes us though.