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The Wood Queen by Karen Mahoney

The Wood Queen (edition 2012)

by Karen Mahoney

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Title:The Wood Queen
Authors:Karen Mahoney
Info:Corgi Childrens (2012), Paperback
Collections:Sellers, Read but unowned
Tags:fantasy, contemporary fantasy, british, family, magic users, 2012, quiltbag

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The Wood Queen by Karen Mahoney



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My thoughts have been a little jumbled trying to write this review. Donna Underwood had to steal & destroy the elixir of life to save her best friend Navin & Maker, an elder alchemist. Continuing from The Iron Witch, Donna has to face the consequences of her actions, a 'trial' by the four Orders. Awaiting her punishment, Donna unveils more secrets & the truth about her sick mother.
Things get a little steamy between Donna & Xan. What's a good YA novel without a little teen love. I'm not sure why Donna can't have more faith or trust in Xan. Maybe her feelings for Navin are holding her back?
One new character stands out, Robert Lee. If he wasn't gay, he could've been a new love interest in London.
I like that Donna is human. She continues to make mistakes but she has matured & needs to right the wrongs she has made.
We still don't get into the details of alchemy, like how Maker fixed Donna's hands & forearms with Iron.
I hope the third installment brings the fall of The Wood Queen & we get to read Donna learning the full potential of her powers. ( )
  sharlenehsmith | Mar 9, 2015 |
Oh gosh this series is too dragging. I spend a full week trying to continue reading this book and its so exhausting.

Initially I thought the book was set in victorian era (like normal steampunk stuff) but no, its modern era but the people talk like they haven't been in modern era. The setting's and character's dullness, which made me initially confused, was horrendous. Is this suppose to be dystopian but no, its like a secret society story in america. Yeah, you get me right...

and the girl was complaining about her being 'exiled' to england. Girl, I WANT to stay in England. Free of charge at that. Jeesh... you can go all touristy and such and no one cares.

This book is not for those who like to read in full speed because this book stunted every chapter and shows little story progression until quarter end. I did comment about the length in the previous book but in this one, come on, its like waiting for tv series hiatus (which I was! Fringe TVD and OUAT was on hiatus, hence why I read this book) and then what you get was a goddamn turd.

and then what finally got to me in a most eyes-opening way was the book written in second point of view but in the style of first person point of view. Thats why it made me confused, POVs is like watching through a window or reside in someone's head or tagging along with the characters like some sort of guardian angel. But this?! Confused me a lot. Its like getting information dump on a lot of unnecessary things. Do I need to know every details of your feelings? Thats what first POV are for!

I'm really hoping the third book doesnt come out this year or I'm gonna go bald from pulling my hair everytime Donna do something so inane. Like write a diary, argue with the evil aunt or compare three boys and at one time wondered if her virtue is compromised for being alone with a guy, or suddenly had a dose of Cortexiphan in her and then she could do what Olivia Dunham do. Hell I dont really have a magnificent enlightenment when you glow like a tinkle bell and then you teleported yourself to places you want to be.

Did I say I took one week trying to continue reading from chapter 5? and a month since I began reading this book?

yeah ( )
  aoibhealfae | Sep 23, 2013 |
Plot: 2 stars
Characters: 3 stars
Style: 2 stars
Pace: 2 1/2 stars

Picked up by Dev at the ALA conference she went to earlier this year, and I just now got around to reading it.

Almost all of the book is just fall out from the first book, and her "punishment" seems like a treat. The only action that happens is at the almost-end, and feels more like setup for the third. The whole book to me feels like it could have been summed up in a chapter, and then on to the next book.

Meh. ( )
  Jami_Leigh | Mar 31, 2013 |
It was ok. Not the best. ( )
  GirlsonFire | Feb 16, 2013 |
After reading the first book and really liking it, I knew I wanted to read the second book. This book pick up right from where it left off. Donna is still facing the consequences of her past actions and much need work is needed to be done.

What I liked most about this book, is that Donna is stronger. She is exposing secrets left and right. I like that Donna is being head on about things. She is tired of lies and demands the truth. I totally agree with her. Enough lies!

The love interest didn't grow as much as I wanted it to, but it did bring some revelation about their relationship. Let's just say the guy wasn't totally honest either. There love suffered a bit and I am anxious to see, with all the new revelations how its going to go now.

Despite the occasional predictability, it ends up being a satisfyingly read. The Wood Queen, had lots of action that kept you at the edge of your seat. ( )
  Bookswithbite | Feb 15, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0738726621, Paperback)

"The wood monster is dead. I know this is true because I killed it. And yet my dreams are still full of fear and pain . . ."

To keep her best friend, Navin, from being killed at the hands of vicious wood elves, Donna Underwood stole the elixir of life. Now she’s facing an alchemist tribunal while her mother lies dying, succumbing to the elven curse that shattered her mind. In desperation, Donna seeks an audience with Aliette, the fierce and manipulative Wood Queen, who offers a deal: if Donna can use her strange and burgeoning powers to help the wood elves, Aliette will free her mother from the curse. Along with Navin and Xan, the half-fey guy she’s falling for, Donna struggles to unlock the secrets of her iron tattoos in time to save her mother’s life. But some secrets are better left untold.

Book 2 in the explosive Iron Witch series

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Donna Underwood is facing an alchemist tribunal for stealing the elixir of life, but when her ailing mother takes a turn for the worse and Donna seeks an audience with Aliette, the Wood Queen, she is offered a deal--if Donna can use her powers to open the door to Faerie and send the wood elves home, Aliette will free her mother from the elven curse that has shattered her mind.… (more)

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