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The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Synopsis: 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: For the most part, young adult novels seem preachy and the characters self-centered and out of control. The Lost Prince manages to give messages to teens without making it sound like everything we're doing is wrong. By making Ethan a relative to the Iron Queen, Julie Kagawa gives the whole "no one understands me" point of view that is often seen when talking to troubled teenagers a good dose of reality. Our hero is not a standard teen. He is mature and observant, and despite his young age, capable of making good decisions based on what he knows. He is willing to rely on others even though he prefers to do things alone. He only lacks a bit of experience. In other words, he is a young adult, not a teenager. His personality undergoes obvious changes throughout the story, showcasing the benefits of a relationship, such as Ethan develops with Kenzie. He becomes less standoffish, and begins to accept the fact that there are reasons for what occurs in the world.
 
The book is not written badly, nor is it written exceptionally well. If you have not read the Iron Fey series, I would not suggest reading this book. You can read this story and understand it very well as a stand alone novel, but it pulls in several characters and the world from the previous books. Reading the Iron Fey books will help the reader to understand the hatred Ethan has for the Fey, and his convoluted relationships with his parents, the people in his school, and especially his sister.
 
Rating: 3/5 DIAMONDS
 
Reviewed by: Elizabeth
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