Friday, October 14, 2011

The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney

Release Date: September 2011
Publisher: Flux
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 312
Format: Kindle Edition
Source: Friend
Buy the Book: Amazon

Freak. That's what her classmates call seventeen year old Donna Underwood. At the age of seven, a horrific fey attack killed her father and drove her mother insane. The same tragic accident was the one that left Donna's arms with such awful injuries that they had to be fixed with magic—the iron tattoos that now brand her. Donna feels cursed by the magical heritage that destroyed her parents and any chance of having 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. Assited by Xan, a gorgeous half-fey droput with secrets of his own, Donna races to save her friend—even if it means betraying everything her parents and the alchemists fought to the death to protect.

This book has a beautiful cover and that is why I read it if I am honest. The story seemed pretty cool as well, but I found that the author didn't know how to capture the attention of the reader. Let me explain. First of all, the pace of the book was slow. I found myself zoning out and wanting to read ahead or skip some parts because, honestly, they seemed pretty useless.
The book could have been seriously better. I mean my expectations were high because, come one, a "secret alchemist society"? Sound major cool, doesn't it? Well, it should be! But the author instead bored me with unwanted details and boring facts, instead of making it a magical and interesting world.
Another thing was that it was the world of the fey. Fey! They are strange and amazing creatures but once again I was disappointed because Mahoney only mentions these "wood elves" creatures that are completely unoriginal. She could have done a much better job with this book. The idea was amazing; she simply didn't develop it correctly.
It doesn't mean I won't read the second one. I simply will set my expectations lower.

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