Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Of Alchemy, Fey, & Relationships

The Iron Witch (The Iron Witch, #1)The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney

Freak. That's what her classmates call seventeen-year-old Donna Underwood. When she was seven, a horrific fey attack killed her father and drove her mother mad. Donna's own nearly fatal injuries from the assault were fixed by magic—the iron tattoos branding her hands and arms. The child of alchemists, Donna feels cursed by the magical heritage that destroyed her parents and any chance she had for a normal life. The only thing that keeps her sane and grounded is her relationship with her best friend, Navin Sharma.
When the darkest outcasts of Faerie—the vicious wood elves—abduct Navin, Donna finally has to accept her role in the centuries old war between the humans and the fey. Assisted by Xan, a gorgeous half-fey dropout with secrets of his own, Donna races to save her friend—even if it means betraying everything her parents and the alchemist community fought to the death to protect.

I've come to a realization that you aren't always going to like every book you read. For awhile I enjoyed all the books I read. But I realize now that the books that you don't fall into and connect with make your favorite books that much better. I also know that just because you may not like a book doesn't mean it's a bad book- it's just not for you.

I've had a lot of epiphanies as you can see.

For some reason I just couldn't connect with the characters in this book. I can't explain it, but that's the plain truth. Navin was funny. Donna was courageous. Xan was the "dark guy with a troubled past" (although he did have blond hair). But I never thought "I wish Navin was my best friend" or "I wish Xan liked me". But most importantly I never thought "I can really understand Donna and I can feel what she's feeling".

To sum it up I didn't connect with the book so, while I read "The Iron Witch", I probably will not be reading the subsequent books in the series. But that's me, and I want you to be cool, independent thinkers instead of mindless drones, so don;t just take my word. If it sounds like the genre you like- READ IT!

Overall, this book rated:
- Gomez


  1. The cover of this book looks really cool. I like that you said that while it wasn't for you- it doesn't mean other people won't like it! So true. From reading the summary it seems like a book I could be interested in. I guess I will have to read the first few pages to get a sample of the author's style. I have found that is the best way for me to tell if I will like a book. :)

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Yeah Jess, that seems like the best option. I thought it was something I would like to, but it turned out not to be. Hope you have better luck than I did. :)

    - Gomez

    1. I hated this one. See my review of The Iron Witch:

    2. Brutal honesty, but it needs to be said. The book could have been better.



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