The Lost Prince (Call of the Forgotten#1) by Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: Fantasy and Young Adult
Release Date: October 23, 2012
Pages: 377 (Paperback)
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.
I’ve read my share of faery novels and I must say that this one has to be my least favourite. I’ve started Julia Kagawa’s first series, The Iron Fey and it’s an okay novel so far. The Lost Prince just isn’t that special for me and this could be because of my recent reading slump or because Faery stories are always the same. Save some people and get your life completely ruined by faeries who hate you.
Ethan Chase’s life sucks. A lot. It seems that at least ten times each chapter, I’m reminded of the fact that he is not ‘normal’, his family is barely functional, and his. Life. Freaking. Sucks. I get it, stop telling me this. All of the characters are cardboard cut outs that are unbelievably hard for me to relate to. Especially Kenzie who is one of the most annoying characters I have ever read about. She’s so insistent, never taking no for an answer and constantly putting herself in danger for no reason especially when Ethan says to go away. That’s not cute, that’s annoying.
The writing style is very descriptive with the world building executed nicely. I loved the secondary characters that are Puck, the Exile Queen and even the Cat. They’re all really funny and exciting with their interactions with humans. And besides, who doesn’t love Robin Goodfellow/Puck? Kagawa weaves other stories like A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Puck, Oberon, and Titania and their lives that are so fickle yet funny.
The Lost Prince isn’t a novel that I was expecting to be disappointed by. I loved her other series about vampires because it’s interesting and well done. But this one sounds a bit too over done and typical for my taste and I just cannot take or understand why Ethan would ever want to hang out with Kenzie but….Whatever. I recommend this to anyone who really enjoys faery stories and a main character that is a brooding bad boy with a good heart.
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