Book Review: The Lost Prince (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten, #1) by Julie Kagawa

How Excited Was I to Read This Book?: 7. I was intrigued by the premise but reserving judgement.

How Excited Am I Now?:4. It wasn’t for me to say the least.

Book Jacket:

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.

Review: This book frustrated me so much! I wanted to like this book, but for some reason it never really grabbed me. I have a theory about this though. I think there were two main problems that kept me from really connecting with it.

1. I had not read Julie Kagawa’s other series, of which this series is a spin off. It’s not that I felt I was missing stuff, but I think I would have been more patient with Ethan and others. I would have a preexisting connection with them and inclination to like them. Ethan kept going on and on (and on and on) about his sister had left him and how horrible growing up dealing with the fey was. And I’ll admit it didn’t sound fun, but that sentence more or less summarizes the first half of the book. Yes, some bad things happened in the past, but not having read the original Iron Fey series, I just got annoyed with all the whining and with Ethan in general. Liking the main character is very important to me. I got through three-fourths of Gone With the Wind before stopping because I realized Scarlett was never going to stop being a b**ch, and I didn’t want to deal with her anymore. Ethan wasn’t that bad, but he certainly wasn’t pleasant. I do realize he had reasons for his unpleasant exterior, but that did not making reading about him any more palatable.

2. I could tell that this was the first book in a series because it felt like nothing was happening, even when things were happening. Events occurred, but all I learned from them was that it’s bad if you can see faeries, never trust faeries, and Ethan doesn’t want to be a jackass but has to be for the good of everyone else. Probably good lessons to learn for reading this book, but I don’t think I really needed them repeated twenty times.I felt like the book was setting some things up but also treading a lot of water, if that makes sense. My summary of the book is basically Ethan is bitter and Kenzie sticks with him anyway for reasons I can’t figure out. Oh, and some things happen involving faeries, but faeries should be avoided at all costs.

I also felt like things weren’t set up as well as they could have been. Ethan is very anti-anything involving the fey and putting himself or his family in danger. Suddenly, however, he is off on this quest to find his missing “friend” Todd. He’s only known Todd like 48 hours, most of which he spent trying to get Todd to go away. Kenzie has to tell Ethan Todd’s last name, but Ethan goes back against his vow to not get involved with faeries. It doesn’t quite fit for me. I did actually like the love interest, Kenzie. I’m not sure why she put up with him. She either has lots of moxie or is kind of crazy for constantly trying to befriend someone who is very obviously angry, bitter, and generally unpleasant to be around.

I will confess that I did not entirely finish the book. I got through 76% (which was a struggle. I seriously considered giving up at 49% when I couldn’t see anything good happening on the horizon). I will also confess that I then skipped ahead to read the ending. So I was curious enough to want to know how it ended, but not curious enough to wade through the rest of the story.

Sexual Tension: There was some sexual tension, but it mainly involved Ethan whining to himself about how he can’t let Kenzie near him for her own good.

Re-Readability: I pretty sure you already know my answer here…

Recommended For: People who read the original Iron Fey series and liked it. I think that would have helped a lot here.

Note: I received an ARC of this book from Harlequin Teen via Netgalley. The book will be released October 23, 2012.