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What did I miss? {8/12 – 8/19}

Aug
19

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What did I miss? is a feature here at The Grammarian’s Reviews showcasing weekly updates and highlights from both here and other bloggers. So let’s get on with the recap!

[review] The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa — I wasn’t sold on this at first, but OMG did it end up being wonderful!

Bout of Books mini challenge — It’s time to relocate those characters!

Whip it Up Mondays — Quick prep tips for handling onions and garlic.

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As you’ve probably already noticed, I didn’t post much this week. I blame both my laziness and the lack of action in the blogosphere. Seriously. WHERE IS EVERYBODY?

Meanwhile, in my world, I’m trying to enjoy my last few days home and pretending I don’t have to go back to school next week.

…School? What? What is that?

(See?)

*knock, knock* Anyone there?

No links this week. Sorry!

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The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

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.

400 pages | Publication date: October 23, 2012 | Harlequin Teen

MY THOUGHTS:

 Keirran! Ash! RAZOR! Grim! Ethan! Puck!

How can I possibly love so many of Kagawa’s characters? I’ll tell you how: they kick butt! There isn’t one main character that sits idly by, that doesn’t have a care in the world and shows no growth. There’s always someone looking for more, wanting to be more. And the male/female dynamics play out very well. There are much stronger female characters this time around, and they’re not afraid to show and use their strength; they complement the boys, which is refreshing because the boys like to play the Chivalry-Isn’t-Dead card a lot. It’s nice to have girls that can do something and be their own persons.

That being said, the story does have a very slow, repetitive buildup. But it’s worth the wait. And, after having finished the book, I realized that, while slow, some of the buildup is pivotal, although slightly misguided. Ethan runs into, and chooses to take, a lot of “detours” along the way, which sometimes had me wondering what, exactly, was crucial to the plot. I didn’t always like being tugged in several directions, getting sucked into new plot points, gripping the edge of my seat….only to be turned around. (It was like walking straight into big, yellow TEASER! signs. Face first.) There are still a lot of unanswered questions, most of which stem from the abrupt ending. It’s just enough to sink your teeth into, to keep you waiting on the next book.

But it wasn’t so much the journey that kept me around –  it was the characters that had me cheering them on. They’re just so likeable – even with all of their quirks. They mesh well together. I like this “meshing” the most because it’s a clear mixture of new and old, old and young. And it works. (It did take some time getting used to Ethan’s older age now, though.)

All I can say is The Lost Prince officially swept me off my feet. Despite an excruciatingly slow start-up, once the ball got rolling it was just like old times.

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Bout of Books mini challenge: relocate!

Aug
14

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Today’s Bout of Books challenge is all about relocating.

 

I’m currently finishing up The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa, a story that takes place primarily in the mythical locations of the Nevernever, where all the fey and other mythical creatures reside.

….But not anymore!

Because I am officially relocating this cast to the Andes mountain range. And you know what that means. High altitudes. Cold temperatures. Uneven, thrilling landscapes. And snow!

How are these characters going to fare? Well, I think a lot less easier than they have it now. (Except maybe for the Winter Court. Watch your back.) I know the Iron Fey books tend to already be action-packed, but I think this relocation would only add to the suspense and drama. The Courts would be more chaotic than ever. Situations would be dire; there wouldn’t be nearly as much time to waste.

And really… who wouldn’t want to see Grimalkin have to traipse through the snow/cold? Plus, I sense the oncoming of an epic Ash/Puck snowball fight.

 

What book are you reading, where does it take place, and where is it going to relocate?

Leave a link or leave a comment!

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[To preface this post: Midway Musings is a new feature at The Grammarian’s Reviews in which I discuss my thoughts of what I’m currently reading and am around midway through.]

 

 

 

 

 

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 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.

397 pages | To be released: October 23, 2012 | Harlequin Teen

 

My midway thoughts:

I was recently approved on NetGalley to read The Lost Prince, and when I first downloaded it, I expected to be finished with it in three hours – tops. And yet here I am, barely halfway through.

So what happened?

Ethan Chase happened. Ethan is one tough cookie. Maybe too  tough, because I’m having the hardest time with his narration. I want to shake him! I want to pull him aside, shake him, and tell him it’s okay to not  be angsty all  of the time. I understand he’s a teenager. And I understand teenagers are angsty. But how many times must I read about how he’s upset that he thinks he’s ruined everyone’s lives?

At times I understand why he feels the way he feels, but at other times I’m at a loss. I’m hoping there’s some real change for him in the near future. Right now repetition is my worst enemy – from Ethan’s flip-flopping to Kenzie’s incessant “tough guy” name calling to the fey’s repeated warnings. To that list, I say, I get it. Please, let’s move on.

I think at this point it’s safe to say that I’m still acclimating to this story, which I’m dubbing “Meghan’s future.” It’s still strange to not have her around, and for Ethan to not be a toddler. Maybe if I can break free of the old mindset, The Lost Prince will shape up.

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Reveal: Iron’s Prophecy by Julie Kagawa

Jun
30

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Meghan Chase is finally getting used to being the Iron Queen, ruler of the Iron Fey. Her life may be strange, but with former Winter prince Ash by her side at last, she wouldn’t have it any other way.

But when they travel to the Summer and Winter courts’ gathering for Elysium, the oracle from Meghan’s past returns with a dire prophecy: “What you carry will either unite the courts, or it will destroy them.” Now Meghan faces a devastating choice that may determine the future of all fey—and her and Ash’s unborn child….

 

 

 

 

I don’t normally post about upcoming titles, but for this I just couldn’t resist. I mean, it’s ASH! And…you know…Meghan. But more importantly: ASH! Again!

Being a big fan of the Iron Fey series, I’ve been impatiently awaiting the next step of the story, The Lost Prince, which revolves around Meghan’s brother, Ethan. So imagine my surprise when Kagawa tweeted and posted about Iron’s Prophecy. Or, refer to the following gif:

Sure, Iron’s Prophecy will only be an e-novella. And yes, its release date is still unknown. But who cares? It’s Meghan and Ash! It’s the couple I came to adore, the two I never thought I’d hear about again. I’m excited for the prospect of getting more closure for them.

If you’re also a fan, make sure to add this to your TBR list ASAP! Because we all need a little more Ash in our lives.

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