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Monday, 19 February 2018

Review: Ironheart

I must confess, I'd been waiting with anticipation for the sequel to Valentine and Jodi McAlister didn't disappoint.

The story continues in a small Australian country town where this dark fairy war is set. Pearl has multiple worries and threats to worry about but tackles them with her usual non-defeatist personality.

Her best friend has stonewalled her, a suspicious possibly fake cousin has come to town and people think Pearl's a murderer. The Unseelie fairies and their killers are after Finn, Pearl has a phobia of deep water and her feelings for Finn affect every decision she makes. Add to the mix the Seelies who hate Pearl.

What I loved most is how Pearl Linford's character arc has developed from distracted teen schoolgirl to kick ass heroine. She's strong, fearless, meets challenges head on and won't stop at anything to get what she wants.

Pearl's funny and sharp interior narrative will ensure you can't put this book down. Her voice and characterisation are so strong, you can't help but go along for the ride.

As in Valentine, the plot continues to twist, weave and surprise in this tale of destiny, retribution and the war between the Seelies and the Unseelies. More is revealed as the story unfolds and previously unknown dark forces are exposed. Finn and Pearl's bond enters a new phase and they're closer than ever. Will they put aside their own agendas to work together?

Ironheart enticed me from the beginning until the very last page. It takes a talented supernatural fantasy story-teller to create a narrative with a perfect blend of suspense, romance, surprise, humour and the unexpected. Oh, and there's still a touch of gory.

The last chapter is gripping, clever and delivers at every turn. Counting the days to the final instalment.

Title: Ironheart
Author: Jodi McAlister
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia, $19.99
Publication Date: 29 January 2018
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143574170
For ages:13+
Type: Young Adult Fiction

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