Friday, December 7, 2012

Winter Haven Sleigh Tour Review: Winter's Passage by Julie Kagawa

YA Novelties is excited to join the WinterHaven Sleigh Tour hosted by WinterHaven Books. This week, we are posting our choice of a Winter Book Review. To see who else is on the sleigh, go to WinterHaven Sleigh Tour for a list of participating blogs.

As part of the festivities, WinterHaven Books is hosting an international giveaway  
that will include a copy of Dash & Lily's Book of Dares (Signed by Levithan and Cohn) and a copy of Let it Snow to four lucky winners. Good luck and happy holidays!
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By Julie Kagawa

Published: June 1, 2010
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
ebook, 49 pages

Meghan Chase used to be an ordinary girl...until she discovered that she is really a faery princess. After escaping from the clutches of the deadly Iron fey, Meghan must follow through on her promise to return to the equally dangerous Winter Court with her forbidden love, Prince Ash. But first, Meghan has one request: that they visit Puck--Meghan's best friend and servant of her father, King Oberon--who was gravely injured defending Meghan from the Iron Fey.
Yet Meghan and Ash's detour does not go unnoticed. They have caught the attention of an ancient, powerful hunter--a foe that even Ash may not be able to defeat.... -GoodReads

4 Stars

As an avid fan of Julie Kagawa's unique, and comical series, The Iron Fey, it was an obvious choice that I'd choose this book of all the others for the Winter Haven Sleigh Tour. You know, because of the "Winter" part? I couldn't help but notice that the title did indeed include a hint as to whether I should read it or not. You can guess where that lead me. (Considering the fact that Kagawa's other novella was called Summer's Crossing, you can tell that WP was a shoe-in.)

As usual, Kagawa's cute, comical, teenage writing style fits perfectly as Meghan's voice. I could practically hear her voice as my eyes glided across the page like nobody's business! Kagawa never fails to leave me entertained at the end of the day. Some people can't stand Kagawa's writing at all; they thought the Iron Fey was quite cheesy and the characters were quite flat. I do see and understand why they might argue that, but, well, who doesn't want a little cheesy in their life? I think the Iron Fey series is a guilty pleasure; not exactly great for you, but you get addicted.

Because the novella was only about 50 pages, there clearly wasn't enough room for crucial things, like character development, or the technical details of the plot. This book was mostly likely (no doubt about it) written as a sort of "fan service" for Iron Fey fans out there, and was to show the relationship development  between Ash, Meghan, and Puck. Yet again, the interaction between the three are quite hilarious. 2 jealous boys arguing over some ditzy blondie-summer-girl? What's not to laugh about? (Oh, for pete's sake, take that stick out of your butt.) Tee, hee.

GO TEAM PUCK. Spoiler ahead. Oh, Puck, I pity thee. Thy love (Meghan) chooses, not theyself, but thy competitor (Ash.) I'm going to go on a mini-rant about these 2. Puck is a perfectly nice, cute guy! If you were wondering who he was, he's the best-friend guy (that always gets friend-zoned by the girl) and cracks jokes and always plays pranks. Puck has known Meghan for years, and has always been by her side, cheering her up when she's down, and making her laugh. Ash is the cool, i'm-so-bad-ass-and-dangerous-stay-away-from-me-baby guy, and always pushes Meghan away. But what does little missy do? She goes for the guy who pushes her away.

As Cookie Monster says, "What the hell is this crap?"
Is Meghan really THAT STUPID? I always can't help but feel sorry for guys like Puck, who get rejected at 1st base. Poor guy. (NOT that I advocate going past 1st base in a YA novel!!!!!)

Ah well. What can ya do? Overall, I enjoyed Kagawa's writing, and would definitely recommend this for a light read.

If you'd like to check out my other review on the Iron Fey series as a whole, click here.

Thanks, and Happy Reading!

Purchase this e-book at: Amazon (Kindle)Barnes&Nobles (Nook)


  1. Haha! I agree with Cookie Monster! I was always Team Puck! Nice review :)

    Jesse @ Pretty in Fiction

    1. Did they ever turn him into a vegetable monster? Hmm. Never really paid attention. Poor cookie monster. Thanks!

      Rosie # YAN


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