Book Review: The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

Rating: StarStarStar

Genre: Young Adult > Fantasy > Faeries

(The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #1)

Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.

That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’d dare to fall for.

Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.

*****

(let me vent out first)

This is not as entertaining as I expected it to be. Ethan, you suck!

(breathes deeply)

For all things JKagawa-ish, The Lost Prince is disappointing and I say that with a sad heart. Angry, angsty Ethan for the 1/3 of the book is good. Still angry, angsty Ethan during 2/3 – frowned upon. Angry, angsty Ethan until I finished is downright irritating. I totally get where he’s coming from. But geez, Ethan still sounds like the whiny kid who got abducted by the faeries years ago!

I was excited to go back to Nevernever, but as the book progresses, I realize… there was nothing new to rave about. Sure, there’s Grimalkin and the Iron Realm. A glimpse of Meghan, Ash, and Puck (Leanansidhe, too). But it stops there. When the story goes back to Ethan and Kenzie, I was like, meh. Here we go again with their drama.

The “Guro” element was weird. I am sure that we didn’t use that term when we address our instructors. (I think I need to find Kali students to confirm if they really call their teachers “Guro”.) And the “Mang-Huhula”, too. That’s the Filipino term for a fortune-teller or, a Seer. Imagine me frowning while I encounter these words in the book. Sigh.

If not for Puck‘s endearing cameo roles (I love that guy) and Ash‘s (Yes!), this would’ve been a total fail for an Iron Fey fan like me. I’m even more interested in Kierran’s plight than Ethan’s! Yeah, I’m so unhappy. =(

The Lost Prince is The Iron King with only a guy (a very annoying one at that) as MC. See? Nothing new about it.

Publisher: Harlequin

Imprint: Harlequin Teen

Pub Date: 10/23/2012

Thank you NetGalley and Harlequin for granting my galley request.

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