The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
Summary (from Goodreads): Meghan Chase has a secret destiny—one she could never have imagined…
Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school…or at home.
When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change.
But she could never have guessed the truth—that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face…and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.
My review: The Iron King was a new take on the life of the fey that I loved! Often, I see the same sort of books about faeries all the time, with nothing exciting and original, but this one was definitely an exception.
The thing that really stood out to me was the setting. For the first part of the book, I was thing: Wow, this is so. . . Normal. Usual. Nothing interesting about it. But my thoughts changed after a little while. The first thing that got me intrigued was the way the Nevernever was slowly dying. I wanted to know why it was like that.
I must admit that the book got a lot better as I went along. I could see the characters changing, and I loved the way that Meghan grew used to the Nevernever. She began to figure out some of their tricks, even though in the start she was completely blinded to what they really wanted. I found her an excellent character to read about, mostly because she was so believable. I can easily see someone growing to adjust to their surroundings the way she did, and having the same emotions.
As I got to the end, it was definitely getting better for me, and the very last pages held me in suspense. I am still trying to get my hands on a copy of The Iron Daughter from the library.