By: Julie Kagawa
Series: Iron Fey #1
Publication: February 1, 2010 by Harlequin Teen
Genre: YA Fantasy/ Paranormal Romance
From Goodreads: 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
My Thoughts: It was simply wonderful! The fairy lore was amazingly done and the world building was incredible. I absorbed every word off the page and with each new detail the Nevernever sprung up around me with its lush gardens and mythological creatures. It was fantasy at its best.
The character development was a little slow at first for me, especially concerning Meghan. I just couldn't get a feel for her in the very beginning, and was unsure if I was going to like her as a heroine. But a few pages in that quickly changed. I love the friendship she has with Robbie, and I love his jester personality.
I also really enjoyed the fact that this was a fantasy novel, not a Paranormal Romance. Although, there is romance, it is something that I think will be developed slowly over time, and not that instant love we see in so many YA novels these days.
I think this is going to be a really fantastic series, and I've done bought all of them (including the novellas) except for the last one (broke college student and all). I would definitely recommend this series!