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Book 2 was a huge disappointment for me. I liked it less than book 1.
This second book in the series drove me absolutely mad because of the main character. Meghan spent the whole book whining and moaning and mooning after the "inaccessible" guy that had wanted to kill her in the first book. It really seemed to be the same tired plot from Twilight - on the one hand, she had her best friend, who loves her and would die for her, who is cute, funny, charming, and would do anything for her. On the other hand, the cold, emotionally vacant, angry guy who kind of hates her and who wanted to kill her in the last book. She, of course, chooses the angry guy who wanted to kill her.
Aside from the "love triangle" angle that I really despised, Meghan was so weak and annoying and pathetic in this book that I almost put it down and didn't finish it. And the fact that she kept getting angry at Ash for doing *exactly* what he told her he would have to do *to protect her* in the winter court, made me want to strangle her myself.
I agree with other reviewers who mentioned the heart beat thing - it seemed like in every scene Meghan was listening to someone's heartbeat, feeling someone's heartbeat, or even noticing her own heartbeat. What's up with that?
But, again, I couldn't quite put this book down and walk away, in spite of my strong negative feelings. That is because Julie Kagawa is an amazing writer. The world she has created here is extremely real and completely fascinating. The secondary characters are interesting and unique. The over all plot [minus the large romance segment] is really very enthralling.
It was a measure of her writing ability that I kept going with the series, considering how much I disliked the main character.
In the end - it was worth it. In book 3, Meghan comes into her own and finally steps up and stops being a whiny little brat. I was very happy about that. It made the whole series worth reading.
Whereas The Iron King was full of adventure and new places and characters so I was rarely bored this book started off incredibly slow for me. I will break up my review into the parts of the book because I really had issue with Part I of the book but the other parts were better.
“From the moment you stepped into the nevernever, you've been my undoing. I should never have agreed to that contract."
Meghan and Ash traveled to the winter court where she agreed to go after the Iron King. On the way Ash tells her how harsh it is, how emotions are a weakness, to trust no one not even him and that he will have to act as though she doesn’t matter to him and she should do the same since it is forbidden for summer and winter to be together. Meghan of course hears none of this and is surprised when Ash acts like he doesn’t love her. She pines and broods and questions everything he has ever done and said except for the warning he gave her on the way. I hated Part I of the book, I wanted to slap Meghan multiple times. When she was tricked by Rowen and given a mushroom to eat she dips into a comma and strives to stay in the darkness, here is the ‘Bella Moment’ I hate so much. Sure a boy may not love you like you thought (he did still love her but she didn’t listen) but really should you break into a million pieces. This section of the book went incredibly slow for me since it was a lot of brooding. But at least by the end of it the Scepter of the Seasons is stolen and now our heroes have a quest.
Finally there is a quest to accomplish and Puck is back in the mix which lightens up the story so much. Here is where I become interested again. With summer and winter at war over the scepter Ash goes off to find it on his own as do Puck, Megan, Grimalkin and an unlikely ally. The story really picks up here in the action department as everyone is trying to find the scepter. We also meet The Queen of the Outcasts who has set up shop somewhere between the mortal realm and the nevernever. Meghan is still upset over Ash but at least she isn’t brooding all the time.
“I can't forget. I miss him. I know he's the enemy, and we broke all kinds of rules, but I don't care. I miss him so much, Puck."
There is a little bit of a love triangle that happens as Ash is out of the picture and Puck wants to help Meghan pick up the pieces of her broken heart. But it was done much better than some triangles and wasn’t too distracting. Grimalkin as always is my little ray of sarcastic sunshine through this entire section.
There is a little Cinderella moment in this section after all of the players are reunited and Meghan needs to go to the Winter Formal with Ash and Puck to bolster Ash’s strength. This is a teenage dream moment where she gets to see the boy who played a horrible joke on her in the first book. She has changed so much that he doesn’t even recognize her at all. Meghan get to have a little dance with Puck and Ash before rushing off to get the Scepter and save Faery from all-out war. This was my favorite section because even after getting the scepter which was a feat all to itself they still have to get it to Mab through the middle of a battlefield. There was so much action and fighting throughout. Ash must decide as well will he stay with the winter court and denounce the love he has for Meghan or will he give up everything including Faery for the half-blood mortal he loves.
So, if you can get past the melancholy and brooding of Part I the book does get much better. I didn’t really love Ash in the first book, he was ok as a love interest but kind of cold next to the fun and witty Puck. He has grown on me this book and by the end I really did care whether or not he chose to be with Meghan or his Queen. Puck is still and rascal and the ultimate trickster. He seems to have something up his sleeve and Meghan is his week spot. But I can tell that there are some secrets he is withholding from her and they might not all be nice. Grimalkin, he is always in the middle of things and I really think that that Cat knows way more than he is letting on. I’m so interested in his character and where it will go in the next books
Overall not as good at the first book, it is suffering a little from middle book syndrome but I will reserve judgment until the end of the series.
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