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Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Iron King Contest

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
"Meghan Chase has a secret destiny—one she could never have imagined…
Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school…or at home.

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change.

But she could never have guessed the truth—that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face…and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart."- summary from Amazon

The Iron King is a thrill of a ride and a fast-paced adventure with an original take on faeries. Kagawa's debut is funny and her world-building is fantastically done, pulling the reader even further into the story. The heroine Meghan has the right amount of heart, strength, and apprehension to make her believable as well as a character to root for.

I loved Kagawa's take on the new kind of faery and the explanation makes perfect sense. The love triangle was hot, though decidedly leaned in one direction. As for teams, I think I might be on Team Puck (are there Teams associated with this series yet? I never know.) which is a first for me as I'm usually on Team Both because I'm greedy. But Puck is just so cute and carefree and gets jealous and all that. I don't know, I just found him way hotter than Ash.

Of course, this review would not be complete without a mention of the wonderfully hilarious cat Grimalkin. As a crazy cat gay man (doesn't have the same ring as crazy cat lady, does it?), I love seeing cats in books and they're even more fun when they talk! Grimalkin was a great character and I enjoyed seeing him in various scenes, and look forward to reading more about him in the second book, which I'm eager for anyway.

So if you like the sound of this book and want a copy, Big Honcho Media is giving away a SIGNED COPY of The Iron King here on Book Chic! All you have to do is leave a comment on this post by 11:59 PM EST June 24 and you're entered! And sorry international readers, but this is just for US readers only! If you've already read the book, go to the official website (linked just a couple lines above) to download the e-novella Winter's Passage which takes place between The Iron King and its sequel, The Iron Daughter.

Also, be sure to check out the trailer!:

FTC: Received book from third party publicist. Link above is Amazon Associate link; all profits go toward funding contests.


  1. I can't wait to read this one!


  2. I've been hearing a lot of great things about this book, and am curious to read it. Thanks for hosting this contest!

  3. There are DEFINITELY teams. I think I may be Team Puck--I was Team Ash but got annoyed with him after reading Winter's passage.

  4. Enter me! I feel like I'm the only person in YA-dom to not have read this book yet!


  5. I've heard great thing about this book!

    jpetroroy at gmail dot com

  6. Thanks for the contest, it would be awesome to win a copy and it being signed makes it even cooler!

  7. would love to win a signed book!!


  8. Very excited for this book!!

    ms.marymonkey at hotmail dot com

  9. Ooooh, I want! It looks AWESOME!

  10. I've heard AMAZING things about this one. I would love to get my hands on a copy.

    Thanks for the contest!


  11. this book sounds great. I have been away from blogging for a while but I can't wait to get back in to it and this one sounds great. Hope you are well!

  12. Cannot wait to read this!

    killercliffhanger at hotmail dot com

  13. This is really cool. Thanks. :)


  14. This book looks very interesting!!

    Great Contest, PelicanJL@hotmail.com

  15. I'd love a copy! I've managed to not get this one yet. :(

  16. Please count me in.

    cindyc725 at gmail dot com

  17. I've heard this has been a good read.

    Thanks for the contest!


  18. I've been eyeing this book for awhile because I've heard nothing but positive things about it (and I love reading about love triangles!). Thanks for the contest!

    sarahdc22 (at) gmail (dot) com

  19. I have heard great things about this book and I would love to read it.

  20. I'm dying to read this book!! I've heard such great things!


  21. Everyone has been telling me I have to read this book. :) I'd love to enter


  22. Thanks for the cool giveaway!