Published: October 23rd, 2012 by Harlequin Teen
Cover photo and synopsis from the Goodreads book page
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 myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.
I first heard of this book through Goodreads. Several people whose reviews I trust posted how excited and thrilled they were to read this book and I was intrigued. Obviously I had heard of Julie Kagawa, but to see several people I trusted so excited about it, then it had to be something special. I admit to being rather skeptical over whether I would like it or not since it is a spin-off of Kagawa’s Iron Fey series, which I have not read (that will be rectified now!). But I was not only pleasantly surprised, I was pleasantly blown away.
This is a YA book, without being a typical YA book. Ethan is the “bad boy” who really isn’t a bad boy he just wants everyone to leave him alone so that he doesn’t bring any more trouble on himself so he acts the role of a tough guy. That was nice, to see a hero in a YA book that was smart, brave, kind, considerate, polite, gentlemanly, and funny. I loved Ethan! Although I admit that there were several moments where I wanted to shake him for being a moron, but he redeemed himself by the end. Kenzie was also so very different from most YA heroines. She is smart, funny, loving, generous, selfless when it’s necessary, and self-confident. That last one made me so happy I almost cried! A YA heroine with self-esteem and confidence in herself! It’s like…the holy grail!
Then you have the story, this was really well done. Half-breed fey and exiled fey are disappearing, and Ethan unwittingly gets pulled into it. But once he’s into the situation he is determined to figure out what is going on and save one of his school companions who disappeared. Kenzie gets pulled along just because she was stubbornly following Ethan around and became a target by accident. They visit Ethan’s sister, the Iron Fey Queen, to tell her what is going on and asking for help about what to do. When this reunion does not go the way Ethan expected, he strikes out on his own to solve the mystery himself. I was intrigued with this story, so much that I was cursing at everyone who dared to interrupt my reading time. I was staying up late to read some more, I was ending my lunch breaks at work later and later just to get in a few more pages. I got addicted to this book in a bad way.
There was a nice simple romance in this book, which I greatly appreciated. There was no looking into each other’s eyes and falling instantly in love. There was no unnecessary third wheel who really doesn’t belong in the story at all. It was just a simple boy and girl who start out quite snarky and irritable with each other who end up as friends before it develops into more. I loved that. I loved watching their relationship develop and grow into something more than just friends and allies. I ahhhhh’d with joy and love when they finally confirmed their feelings for each other. This is one of the better romances I’ve read in a while.
There were a few moments where I didn’t quite understand what was going on or who someone was, and I assume this is because I haven’t read the Iron Fey series. But these minor instances were not crucial to the plot and so I was able to bypass them easily without any effect on my enjoyment of the story. By the time I got to the end of this book all I could do was sigh in contentment and close the cover on my Nook gently, sad that it was over but thrilled that I loved it so much.
This book was provided free of charge by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review. No other compensation or promises were provided.