Monday, October 22, 2012

The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa (ARC)

The Lost Prince (The Iron Fey : Call of the Forgotten #1)
Julie Kagawa
Exp. Pub: October 23, 2012 TOMORROW!!!

The Lost Prince (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten, #1)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.

Ever since his horrifying trip to the Nevernever as a kid, Ethan Chase has been haunted by the Fey. He tries to pretend he can't see them, but when he slips, they cause endless trouble for him. So it's no wonder he pushes people away. Cue Kenzie - Little Miss Do-Getter that attends the school Ethan just started. She's constantly following and pestering him for an interview for the school paper, and just happens to see Ethan have a heated conversation with an invisible assailant. And when a classmate goes missing and Ethan's trying to save him, Kenzie latches on like a blood-sucking leech and gets dragged along when Ethan escapes to the Nevernever via an emergency route his sister Megan left him.
Ethan wants nothing more than to sink into oblivion, but his nagging conscience forces him to help his missing classmate, a half-fey that was being chased down by these new essence-sucking fey. They need glamour to survive and are preying on the outcasts in the mortal world. He's determined to tell his sister, Queen of the Iron Fey, about the new fey and let her deal with the problem and get back home again. Like always for a member of the Chase family, things go awry and Ethan's trip back home is long, tedious and filled with neverending tribulations, and it all begins with Keirran, the other Iron Prince.

Yeah, in case you haven't caught on yet, I don't particularly care for Kenzie. She's so unlikable - spoiled, bratty, and throws herself upon others cause she won't take no for an answer - apparently she's entitled to know the answers to her questions, regardless of whether or not someone is interested in telling her. She stalks Ethan to the point that I could only see her as desperate and annoying. For the life of me, I still can not figure out why Ethan is attracted to this girl, and I'm still not convinced there's a legitimate reason other than her being physically attractive. And I'm sorry, but by the time we learned about her secret, her plight didn't draw any sympathy from me, I disliked her that much. And sadly, she's nothing but a hindrance - she can't take care of herself so the Fey are always getting the upper hand and use her weakness to keep Ethan in line. Seriously Ethan! Cut the chord and save the day already. Little Miss Damsel in Distress does nothing but ruin your day and get you hurt.

I was actually disappointed by several characters in this novel. Ethan was fine, cause his past life has definitely strained his life and relationships, so the brooding, get-the-hell-away-from-me-before-the-fey-lash-out-at-you attitude is completely justified. Keirran seemed a little blah and self-involved, and his only redeeming quality involved his choice of a secret lover. (What can I say? The apple doesn't fall from the tree.) But I loved getting to see Ash and Megan as experienced parents, and ruling has definitely hardened them slightly, but their demands are only meant to protect the stubborn Iron Princes who have no idea of the prophecy that was laid out in The Iron Prophecy. And Puck and Grimalkin were just as fun and confusing as I remembered. The weakness of the new characters won't keep me from continuing the series, but I wish they had as much depth as their predecessors. Still, it's my love for anything written by Julie Kagawa that scores this four dreamcatchers. Read it, love it, and be prepared to put up with the most annoying love interest you've ever had to read about.

 ARC provided by publisher via NetGalley. 
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