Monday, August 27, 2012

ARC Review of The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

★ - This thing is heaven in book form.
The Lost Prince
By: Julie Kagawa
Review by: Kaede

Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 379
Star Rating: / Go out and buy it now.
Release Date: October 23rd 2012


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’s 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 myths and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.
My name is Ethan Chase. And I may not live to see my eighteenth birthday.

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"For something to be given, something must be taken."

For me, the original Iron Fey series is irreplaceable. Try if you will. You can shower me with classics or dozens and dozens of newly released YA titles, but you won't be able to divert my attention should I be in the process of re-reading one of the Iron Fey books. They are my darlings. So when details surrounding The Lost Prince was up for the public, I was nothing if not skeptical. Spin-offs usually don't end well with me. If anything, they typically end up ruining the original story and the characters I'd come to love in it. But then I actually read this jem of a book. And while I still lived for the moments where Ash, Meghan, Puck, and Grimalkin showed up, Ethan Chase's tale is a story in it's own right.

Ethan is no Ash or Puck, but nonetheless, I couldn't help but love him all the same. He's certainly not without his flaws, but they only serve to endear him as a more realistic person. He does complain quite a bit, and often about his sister, but he has a good heart underneath. And for all the negativity he has stored up inside, he has Kenzie to balance him out.

And speaking of Kenzie, she's probably the most bubbly, full of life person I'll ever meet fictionally or even in everyday life. Kenzie is just the kind of person you wouldn't be able to hate. Her kindness, and just the fact that she doesn't back down when she's challenged was more than enough to win me over.

Now let us discuss the new characters that stood out most to me, and the twists and turns.

PRINCE KEIRRAN

In all honesty, Meghan and Ash's son, Keirran, was like a combination of a slightly less witty Puck who had the stubbornness that Ash had when he refused to give up Meghan and return to his rightful place as a Winter Prince. However, he was eventually able to make his place in my heart, if you exclude the ending. He just wasn't the Keirran we meet and love in the first half of the book anymore by then. And the sequel's title. WHYYY? I look forward to seeing Keirran in The Traitor Son. Righttt...yeahhh. *sniff*

THE FORGOTTEN

"We are forgotten. No one remembers our names, that we have existed."

Boy were those things creepy. I really don't see the appeal of them, I really don't. Perhaps that's why no one wanted to remember them. Maybe. I SAID MAYBE. IT WAS JUST A SUGGESTION SO DON'T KILL ME YOU CREEPY FEY.

I think that's just about it. Anymore and I'll just give in to the temptation of erasing everything I've written up to this point and just scream, "READDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD THISSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS NOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW! THIS THING IS HEAVEN!"

Mhm hmm. I tend to gush when I like things. You musn't judge me. The Lost Prince is enchanting and beautiful, romantic, yet still full of action. It has something for everyone. Pre-order your copy now. Mine is already on the way. Cheers.
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Review also found at: Goodreads

Contact Kaede: kimberlyho75@yahoo.com

8 comments:

  1. Loved this book too! I really love Ethan's POV...it's definitely a great time to really get to know him! Anyways Great Review :)

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    1. YES.YES.YES. Ethan is awesome indeed. Thanks♥

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  2. I can't wait to read this book- it's in my TBR pile! Great review!

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    1. You. Must. Read. This. MUST. Thank you♥

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  3. YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES!! WE NEED TO BE BEST FRIENDS!! <3 If you can't tell, I am OBSESSED with the Iron Fey! (Isabelle can *kind of* be my witness O_O) When I was reading this I was literally just going "YES YES YES YES!" with Ash/Meghan/Puck scenes! Puck is so witty, Ash is so dreamy, and Meghan is so kick-butt! But I still love Ethan he was such a flawed and tough character. And I agree, Kenzie was so bubbly and energetic and I loved her character! And that title is REALLLYYY spoilery right? Lol yeah wonder who THEY'RE talking about THERE O_O It doesn't compare to the ORIGINAL (but I'm being biased probably) but I agree with every point! And Julie's world-building! Oh my muffins I could just read about that all day...and Ash of course ;) Fantastic review! You should see my review O_O I pretty much started using gifs (yes I brought in the "spazzy alligator") and then wrote like a 10-page essay to boot on it. Ahhh off to tweet about this AMAZING REVIEW!!

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    1. One word: Agreed.

      That feels so short compared to your comment. ._. LOLOLOL♥ GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO ASH/MEGHAN/PUCK. :D Heh.

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  4. Awesome review!! Love you!

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