Friday, March 25, 2011

Book Shelf: The Iron Witch (The Iron Witch, #1) 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.

Blurb taken from Goodreads...


I think I need to start by saying how truly disappointed I am with this book. Considering all the hype surrounding its release and how much everyone, myself included, was looking forward to it---it was very much a letdown. While I’ll admit there isn’t anything exactly wrong with it, there isn’t exactly anything about it that stands out.
I felt like the storyline, characters, were all ones I’d seen a dozen times before and there was nothing that was overly unique or that outright captured me. The idea of alchemists is cool, and yet I feel like the author didn’t really do anything with it.
While there was nothing outright wrong with Donna, I felt she was like the typical heroine you see nowadays and I felt like the story was boring most of the time--it was too focused on her trying to rescue Navin and her new relationship with Xan, and even both those things were neither interesting or exactly captivating.
I would have liked more info on the alchemists and things involving them.

All in all a big disappointment and I really doubt I’ll continue on with the series.

Rating: *** stars
Recommend: Not really
Did I Buy, Borrow or is it an ARC: Buy
Recommend Buy or Borrow: Borrow
Ebook or Actual Book: Actual Book
Cover: I really love the American black cover, but I'm not fussed on the green one we got in Australia.
Read sequel/continue with series: Probably not

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