Review: Ironskin by Tina Connolly

Publisher: Tor Books (October 2nd, 2012)
Hardcover: 304 pages
Source: Netgalley
Rating: 3 of 5 stars

Jane Eliot wears an iron mask.

It’s the only way to contain the fey curse that scars her cheek. The Great War is five years gone, but its scattered victims remain—the ironskin.

When a carefully worded listing appears for a governess to assist with a “delicate situation”—a child born during the Great War—Jane is certain the child is fey-cursed, and that she can help.

Teaching the unruly Dorie to suppress her curse is hard enough; she certainly didn’t expect to fall for the girl’s father, the enigmatic artist Edward Rochart. But her blossoming crush is stifled by her own scars, and by his parade of women. Ugly women, who enter his closed studio…and come out as beautiful as the fey.

Jane knows Rochart cannot love her, just as she knows that she must wear iron for the rest of her life. But what if neither of these things is true? Step by step Jane unlocks the secrets of her new life—and discovers just how far she will go to become whole again.

I’m sad to say this book did not wow me like the cover did. It was my first fey/fairy book and it didn’t really do it for me, which is disappointing because it’s Jane Eyre with an iron mask! There were things I did like about it, particularly the last 1/4 of the book, but it was too little too late to salvage the book as a whole for me by than.

The first 3/4 of the book just seem to go nowhere, more than half way through the book and I still had no idea what was to be the conflict. I did however like the setting, and for the most part the characters. Jane is a good heroine, it’s just unfortunate that it took so long before she really meld into her badass, take no prisoner self. I’m undecided about how I feel about Mr. Rochart. He sometimes is poignant, and sometimes is just kind of a weak character. Dorie annoyed me a lot (but that’s just because I lack patience with annoying little kids, she does get better!), and once again near the end of the book, Poule made me really like her.

As a “standalone” book, it’s kind of a slow tedious read, as a “introduction” to the overall potential arc story/series, there’s enough pow in the ending to have me reading the second book when it comes out. Overall, I still enjoyed it, it’s just a little unfortunate that this first book couldn’t have a little more action in it.
[It’s actually almost bordering 2.5 for me, but there was enough at the end to give it a 3].

{* Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing an e-ARC.


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0 Replies to “Review: Ironskin by Tina Connolly”

  1. It’s sad that Ironskin doesn’t get good until the last 1/4 of the book. Oh well, at least now I know to keep reading on because there is actually a good part to this one. ;D

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