Just... Nope

The Iron Daughter - Julie Kagawa

I normally don't come right out and say this but I really didn't enjoy this book. And I mean, that's fine, right? It happens sometimes. And despite what certain authors and fans would have us all think think, it's totally okay not to like a book. At least I still like to think so.

 

The Iron Daughter wasn't a terrible read, but I just didn't dig it. And in this case, there's a major reason why: I could not handle the YA cliches.

 

And they were every-fucking-where.

 

Seriously, I started keeping track somewhere are the mid-mark, but ended up giving up on the list shortly after due to a severe eye-roll induced headache. (That's a real thing, by the way.) Soooo let's see how many YA cliches we can find:

1. Two handsome boys pining after the formally Plain-Jane MC? Check.
2. MC gets her ass saved multiple times by said handsome boys? Check.

3. MC gets makeover for a reason that fails to add to the plot in any way whatsoever? Check. (Seriously. Was that really necessary?)
4. People performing the makeover fawn over the MC? Check.
5. Boys stare after the makeover? Check.
6. (Random as fuck) high school dance? Check
7. MC's ex-crush, who humiliated her in front of the entire school, suddenly worships the ground she walks on when she reappears for random as fuck dance? You guessed it... Check.
8. MC gets insanely jealous when a cheerleader so much as exchanges a few words with her leading man? You got it.

And this list only comes from like 15% of the book. It was just all too much to keep track. It was almost like the author was almost trying to live out a teenage fantasy or something. It got to the point where it was actually kind of comical, and I had to keep reading to find out what she'd whip out next.

 

And Meghan. Oh, Meghan, Meghan, Meghan. She's just is not my favourite heroine, not by a long shot. She's just so... young. And for a while there, I could have sworn Bella Swan took over the narration. It was craaaazy. I know it's been a few years since I was 16, but man, I just could not sympathize with her at all. I really, really hope she matures somewhat in the next book, because Kagawa has written some of the best secondary characters I've read in a long time, and I actually look forward to seeing where their stories go. And now that we got all the cliches out of the way, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that book 3 has some fresh, kickass material in store.

 

(...A girl can dream, right?)