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.
Overall, I thought that Meghan Chase was just an okay character. She exhibited some good realisim and taking a long time to believe that faery’s existed and that the Nevernever was real, which I really liked. She also clearly cared for her brother, as that is the premise of the book, her attempt at rescuing Ethan, her kidnapped brother from the Nevernever. The world that the writer builds is beautifully rendered and described. Fairies in urban fantasy books are nothing new, but Kagawa brings her own special touch and puts her own spin on old myths and legends. I found the idea of the iron fey to be very original and fascinating. All in all, it was a good book. However, some things really kept me from giving it four stars.
I’ve been seeing the following being more and more common in young adult (YA) reads, particularly where there is a female lead involved. I’m not exactly sure why (well, that’s not entirely true, I know why I just hope it isn’t the case). Her secondary characters (Puck/Ash) really lacked any sort of depth at all. They were two dimensional sad beings. The are so very cliche it’s sickening. Robbie/puck (the best friend, guardian/knight, and is super powerful) and Ash (beautiful, perfect dark hero with mysterious/dark past, super powerful). And all the while Ash wants to kill Meghan, she is falling in love with him (really lust – but a sixteen year old Meghan doesn’t know the difference). They had one dance where maybe they got to know each other a little bit, but after they engage on their quest there isn’t really any witty banter or heart-felt moments that led me to believe they were falling in love. There were a few almost-kisses, but attraction is not the same as love, and honestly the almost-kisses seemed really out of place to me. THEN all of a sudden, there is a make-out scene and now Meghan and Ash are in love. I’m talking about the I-would-die-without-you, stand-by-each other-through-everything kind of love. There was no chemistry between Ash and Meaghan. Yeah, I get that she thinks he’s pretty, but there doesn’t seem to be much going on between them besides physical attraction. It actually very much lowers my opinion of the Meghan Chase, that she falls in love with the man who’s sworn to kill her and her best friend.
I get that part of YA is about young love – I was young once too (I think – at least that’s what my mom tells me). But, on the other hand, I hope that the future YA authors out there would treat our teenagers with some intelligence and actually try to build a relationship.