Wednesday, 14 November 2012

YA Book Review- Ironskin by Tina Connolly

304 pages
Release date: Oct. 2, 2012
Publisher: Tor Books
Series: Ironskin #1
Author: Tina Connolly
Big thanks to Tor for providing this copy for review!

Jane Eliot wears an iron mask. 

It’s the only way to contain the fey curse that scars her cheek. The Great War is five years gone, but its scattered victims remain—the ironskin. 

When a carefully worded listing appears for a governess to assist with a "delicate situation"—a child born during the Great War—Jane is certain the child is fey-cursed, and that she can help.

Teaching the unruly Dorie to suppress her curse is hard enough; she certainly didn’t expect to fall for the girl’s father, the enigmatic artist Edward Rochart. But her blossoming crush is stifled by her own scars, and by his parade of women. Ugly women, who enter his closed studio...and come out as beautiful as the fey. 

Jane knows Rochart cannot love her, just as she knows that she must wear iron for the rest of her life. But what if neither of these things is true? Step by step Jane unlocks the secrets of her new life—and discovers just how far she will go to become whole again.

Ironskin is apparently a 'steampunk retelling of Jane Eyre'. I've never read Jane Eyre, so you won't find any comparisons here.
I'm just going to tell you MY thoughts about a cool book. :)

Ironskin takes place in a really amazing world. I just wish we learned more about that amazing world!
Because it takes place years after the war, and we only get a few flashbacks and memories, we don't know exactly what happened or why, and I REALLY wish we did!

The characters were mostly great. I loved Dorie and REALLY loved Poule, but I disliked Edward. A lot.
And the romance was just so forced. I almost wish that bit had been completely left out. It wasn't needed at all and really just slowed the book down.

With more world and character building, Ironskin could have been a great book.
As it is, it's a good book.

I'd recommend it to folks who enjoy steampunk or stories about the fey.
There's no heavy romance or violence, but the plot can be a bit complicated, so readers 14+ might enough this book.

Let me know if you read it!

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