Review: Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney

Genre: YA

About the Book: Richelle Mead, author of the Vampire Academy described this book as "Dark and beautiful, sensual and dangerous, utterly enthralling. Karen Mahoney is a brilliant storyteller, blending magic and alchemy with bold, captivating characters who step right off the page and draw you into their world. You'll fall under this book's spell."

Freak. That's what her classmates call seventeen-year-old Donna Underwood. When she was seven, a horrific fey attack killed her father and drove her mother mad. Donna's own nearly fatal injuries from the assault were fixed by magic—the iron tattoos branding her hands and arms. The child of alchemists, Donna feels cursed by the magical heritage that destroyed her parents and any chance she had for a normal life. The only thing that keeps her sane and grounded is her relationship with her best friend, Navin Sharma.

When the darkest outcasts of Faerie—the vicious wood elves—abduct Navin, Donna finally has to accept her role in the centuries old war between the humans and the fey. Assisted by Xan, a gorgeous half-fey dropout with secrets of his own, Donna races to save her friend—even if it means betraying everything her parents and the alchemist community fought to the death to protect.

About Karen Mahoney: Karen Mahoney gave up on her dreams of being Wonder Woman a long time ago, but has instead settled for being a writer of contemporary or ‘urban’ fantasy. Karen – or Kaz, as many of her friends call her – has been published alongside some of her favourite authors, in anthologies like The Eterenal Kiss and Kiss Me Deadly. Iron Witch is her debut YA novel. She is British and currently lives in London, though she dreams of one day living in Boston.

Review: Another fantasy YA novel...yawn!! But wait, I loved this one, I really did. Iron Witch is not just another bloody (pardon the pun) vampire story. It's not even about vampires. Karen Mahoney takes you back to the magical world of the fey and wood elves. And Donna Underwood is not some pathetic teenage human who faces a romantic meltdown at every turn, she is a kick a*se tough chick with iron tattoos branding her hands and arms. Love the front cover too.

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