Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Iron Thorn; Caitlin Kittredge Review & Interview BLOG TOUR

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 512 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (February 22, 2011)


While most girls eagerly anticipate their sixteenth birthdays, Aofie grimly regards her upcoming milestone with dread. Both her mother and her older brother, Conrad, were sixteen when they succumbed to the necrovirus. Aoife is determined to be the family exception. No one else seems to have faith in her, including her school’s Headmaster, who has requested that Aoife prepare herself with “certain truths” about her future.

Aoife doesn’t necessarily believe in being truthful. She hasn’t told anyone that she has been getting letters from Conrad, whom no one has seen since he attacked her and escaped from the madhouse. Are they just the ramblings of a lunatic? Or is he sane after all, and warning her to get out while she still can? Aofie must venture into a world of night creatures and dark family secrets in order to find her brother—and save herself before it’s too late

My Review

Wow, I know a lot of you probably do not know who James Dean is or actually care. I have to tell you, You are sooo missing out! He has to be one of the most Beautiful Men I have ever seen Have wished to have seen..Anyhooo Moving along. Dean in The Iron Thorn was rocking his style after James Dean. I normally wouldn't say read a book because of a male character, But I am making an exception. 

    I am big on conversational banter, If the characters don't mesh well together the conversation won't flow and that leaves me hanging. It did seem to take about 100 pages to get the flow right. Other then that minor issue the book was fantastic. It left it's lasting impression on me. Aoife had a strong personality but wasn't using it till closer to the end of the book. What to say about Cal, you will never and I mean Never read another character like Cal. I don't want to say to much and give anything away but boy is he something special. This was a fun adventure with so much more. This isn't a YA fluff read it had a more serious plot with some dark and creepy creatures. The Iron Thorn had a bit of just about everything but it never felt forced of cliche. I can't wait to read the next in The Iron Codex series. 


Can you Tell my readers a little about Iron Thorn?

The Iron Thorn is the story of Aoife Grayson, a girl who's family is doomed to a member to go mad at age 16. With a week to her birthday, Aoife gets a letter from her older brother Conrad begging for help, and sets out on a journey into darkness, mystery and the land of Faerie to get him back. She brings along her best friend Cal, and along the way meets Dean, an underground guide who's much more than he seems. The Iron Thorn is a steampunk fantasy in the tradition of H.P. Lovecraft.

I swear Dean reminded me of James Dean, Where did the idea of his character come from?

Hah, he's actually named both for James Dean and for Dean Winchester, from the TV show Supernatural. The show itself has some issues, but Dean's character for the first few seasons was one I really enjoyed. I wanted a guy who was devil-may-care but also not a jackass. It was important to me that Dean be respectful and caring underneath his hard exterior, which was a lot of what James Dean embodied.

(Tiny Spoiler) Did Cal really want to be with Aoife?

No. Cal and Aoife are best friends, but he doesn't really think of her like that, beyond a bit of a crush. She's really not his type.

Where did the name Lovecraft come from?

I named the city as a tribute to H.P. Lovecraft, who's mythology I borrowed quite a bit from.

Now for my random question, Are you a dancer?

I am not. I dance about as well as Liz Lemon.


lbdiamond said...

Wow, this looks like a GREAT book. I'm adding it to my list.

Jessi E. (The Elliott Review) said...

Great interview! I am reading this right now and enjoying the world so far. I've just met Dean and can see he has some massive promise in the hot boy department... :)

Zibilee said...

Wonderful interview! I love the sound of this book, and I quite agree that when the dialogue is snappy, I get so much more pleasure from the book. I am off to add this to my wish list after reading your thoughts on it. Thanks for sharing them with us!

Blodeuedd said...

Nice interview :)
This book is on my wishlist, I just wanna read it

She said...

The more I see of this book, the more I want it. The Iron Thorn sounds like a great read. Boy, I sure miss my employee discount at the book store.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Great review! And I LOVE James Dean too! This sounds good.

jackie b central texas said...

James Dean, I am thinking "Giant" and "Rebel Without A Cause"... I am also thinking of leather jackets, convertible sports cars and attitude along with breathtaking good looks...

The book is in the mail from Amazon to me and thanks Liz for one of the first positive reviews of this new series, for me it was a chance worth taking as Caitlin Kittredge has become a wonderful go to author for my reading pleasure since her first book was published in both or her other series!