The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney
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.
This story started off a bit confusing but after three or four chapters it began to pick up and I could start putting the pieces together. There are a few parts of the book that will clue you in and help you feel the connection between yourself and the characters but then there are other times when the book just has this disconnected feeling and sometimes that can be very disappointing in a book, but Ms. Karen Mahoney knew what she was doing and she did a good job of getting her story to the point.
Sometimes there were parts in The Iron Witch where I wondered when it would end or get better and fortunately those parts are limited. I do believe that the main characters need a little work however, but The Iron Witch was a teen book and so the characters acted appropriately.
The Iron Witch was not only thrilling but it also made you think, a wonderful read once you got past the first few chapters. I won't say anything more before I let something slip so just read the book and see for yourself.
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