Aoife Grayson , Conrad Grayson. Aoife discovers and unravels more and more about her father; his strange, secretive clockwork driven house and her lost brother. I really liked the story, but the book was VERY long winded. I find it boring.
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The Iron Thorn 2 16 Jan 05, Their friendship is also unconvincing as well, I can't see Cal sharing anything deep and meaningful with Aoife and in turn I can't see why would Cal care enough to hang around, neither.
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THE IRON THORN by Caitlin Kittredge | Kirkus Reviews
I found the book to have some really good parts and a surprising ending which I rated highly but I think the characters could have been more fully developed and Aoife just a bit flat for my tastes.
Listening Library Audio Availability: As I mentioned above, this isn't just a Fantasy novel. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of I find it boring. Through them she begins to discover her ancestral gift and the terrifying world of the Kindly Folk who are misnamed; us YA readers may know them better as the Fae, a capricious and wily people. The love interests were cardboard cutouts, there was Cal - the puppy dog, best friend and Dean - the gorgeous, slightly older, sarcastic playboy.
Cal, Aoife, and Dean then go back to Lovecraft to try and save Thorn, but get captured. A madness that drives her away from her mother. It was never clear to me, but I was starting to feel like there was a glitch in my Matrix. I loved it ALL. Mar 14, Tiffany rated it it was ok Shelves: If someone so much whispers the word "magic", they are branded as heretics, burned at the stake or worse if maleor caged away in a madhouse for experimentation if female.
The story puts quality thorh quantity despite it being sizable enough with almost pages and lacks no depth, thankfully. And he sits there saying all these horrid and extremely sexist kigtredge to Aoife like, how she'll go mad just like her mother and brother, how she "doesn't have a mother to teach her these things", or how a "nice girl" shouldn't be doing this and that. Thorb you haven't read this yet and you love dark fantasy, I suggest you add this to your To Be Read list.
That's the whole freaking book. This belongs with some of the darker YA books I've read lately. She and Cal, who is her best and only friend, escape from Lovecraft thron the grasp of the Proctors with the help of Dean, whom they enlist as a guide. In the city of Lovecraft, the Proctors rule and a great Engine turns below the streets, grinding any resistance to their order to dust.
Until things finally become clear Then there was their guide Dean, the love interest. I kept waiting for it to get really good, but it didn't.
So, the length of the book makes sense. And now, a ward of the state, and one of the kttredge female students at the School of Engines, she is trying to pretend that her fate can be different. However, this book is NOT boring.
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For starters, the blurb is not really truthful. I will wait to see what kind of reviews come in for the second installment in this series, because I wasn't left with a desire to keep reading despite the fact that the book ended so abruptly.
No, Cal was always her best and only friend, her confidant, but I never got the impression she saw it going further than that, probably because of her necrovirus. They have good and bad qualities, they doubt themselves, they grow, they caitpin mistakes, their relationships change. Likewise, the actual conclusion, while certainly climactic, does feel a bit rushed, as if the plot had been juggling multiple balls and, at this point, had to catch them all.