The Meh Chronicles (5): Iron King, Make You Mine, The Mistake, and Exquisite Captive

Saturday, May 30, 2015

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

I was totally feeling like a faery book, especially after I read ACOTAR. I know nothing can even compare to the amazingness that is ACOTAR, but I didn't care. I NEEDED to read something else about faeries, not only that but I also needed to do a bit of research and read more faerie books. Everyone always said how much they love Julie Kagawa. I met her at North Texas Teen Book Festival and she was adorable and so very sweet, so I'm used to urban fairy tales, but this book was interesting. It didn't capture me. The main character just seemed like she was in denial half the time, and I just couldn't wrap my head around the fact that characters could be so far into it without seeing the logical signs that point to NeverNever or faerieland or whatever they call it. To me, this book was frustrating. I;m not saying it was a total shit-fest, but it just really wasn't a book for me.

I gave this book 1 star.

Make You Mine by Jackie Ashenden

I got this book off of NetGalley, because I needed a fluff read in my otherwise very heavy reading list that I had been working through at the time. What I found was this wasn't your average fluff read. Yes, it had romance, but there were some really hard topics addressed in this book, and I honestly don't think they were addressed very well. I don't want to give anything away, but I feel like it's important for readers to know that this may have some triggers for people who have experienced being sexually assaulted. Overall, the writing was good, but it was the characters I didn't quite connect with. I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I gave this book 2 stars.

The Mistake by Elle Kennedy

I enjoyed this book! After reading and absolutely falling head over heels for The Deal (Book 1), I preordered The Mistake. I devoured this book in a day. I really liked that this book picked off pretty much where The Deal left off. I enjoyed Logan's perspective, and I felt like he had a very interesting backstory. I was happy when Kennedy fleshed him out a bit more and gave him pretty heavy situations to work out on his own. His character growth was great, and I loved seeing him change throughout the novel.

However, I found The Mistake a bit lacking in comparison to The Deal. I don't know why. It was good, but there were some slow parts to it that made me frustrated with the characters. Even still I enjoyed it, and it was a great read!

I gave this book 3 stars

Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios

I got this book months ago on audiobook. It was a book that I wanted to try just to figure out what all the hype was about Heather Demetrios' books... Well, I figured it out. Her world building is incredible. And I rooted for her main character and got sucked into the magic of her world. The inner conflict of the main character was probably what ttracted me most. She had this sort of Stockholm Syndrome going on, yet not... That doesn't really make sense, but it was good. And I definitely wanted to know what would happen next. I listened to the audiobook in a few days... and it's a pretty long one too. I enjoyed it, but it didn't blow me away. I'm not dying for the next book, but I recognize it for a good distraction and decent writing.

I gave this book 3 stars


  1. I love your title for this series - Meh sums up soooo many books at the moment. It's a shame The Iron King didn't interest you - I'm reading ACOTAR at the moment, and I don't want the faery-ness to end. I have yet to find an amazing faery series, though... Oh well.
    Beth x

    1. hahaha thanks! Oh ACOTAR!! I love it so much! I've read it twice, and listened to the audiobook twice... it's a problem I have lol! I really can't wait for the next one. Yeah, most of the faerie books I come across are a bit lackluster. I heard that The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black was good, but I have not enjoyed any of her other faerie books, so I'm not exactly sure if I would give that a try or not.

  2. Oo, that last one sounds good, especially since it has good world building.

  3. I've not heard of any of these except The Iron King. I remember reading it and not being as impressed by it, especially with all the hype. Hopefully I'll give it another chance soon though because I read it years ago.
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  4. I was so disappointed by the Iron King. I attempted to read it a year after if was suuuper popular, and I don't think I even made it 30 pages in. The character was annoying and the prose was just...okay. I'm bummed out this is not a book I get to fangirl over like the rest of the blogosphere. It also made me feel reluctant to pick up any other books by Julie Kagawa.


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