Thursday, July 21, 2011

Book Review: The Iron Witch

TITLE: The Iron Witch
Book 1 in a new series
AUTHOR: Karen Mahoney
CATEGORY: Young adult
GENRE: urban fantasy, witches, faeries
SHORT PREMISE: A girl gets her friend back from faeries.
MY REVIEW: Donna has always been different due to her powers and the marks on her arms. Now her best friend has been taken by faeries and with the help of a boy she's falling for, she goes to get him back.
You ever read a book that you were super excited for but then you read it and it's basically more of the same old instead of something new and shiny like you were hoping for? That was me with The Iron Witch. It's not that it's bad. It's a perfectly decent debut book. It's just that this is more of the same thing that I wish YA authors would stop. Whiny self-entitled main character? Check. Love triangle with obvious love interest leaning towards the magical guy even though it makes more sense for the girl to fall for the guy she actually knows? Check. Underdeveloped and boring stock male love interests? Check. Typical mean girl picking on loser main character who of course has no depth cause she's girly and popular? Check. Yep. Nothing new to see here.
It's not that the book is bad, it's just that I'm tired of reading the same storyline over and over again. If you must do the cliche at least bring something new to the table. All this book was a nice little diversion and good enough but it never got to be more then just a passing time book. It's not memorable or overly interesting. I rec if you just want a urban fantasy read but don't care about quality.
WHO SHOULD READ: those just looking for a quick fantasy read that don't care about quality
MY RATING: Three out of Five faerie charms

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