Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

The Lost Prince

Goodreads summary: Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.

That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’s dare to fall for.

Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myths and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.

My name is Ethan Chase. And I may not live to see my eighteenth birthday.


An eARC of this book was provided to me through Netgalley.

Every time I read one of Julie Kagawa's books it always feels like a challenge to me. It's a face off always! And I know one of us is going down!

Sigh... The Lost Prince just lost me. Again, just like The Iron King, this book is just a blend of popular books and cliche characters. There is nothing unique about this book.

It's a shame that Kagawa did not really hold my interest long enough. I really do think the first fifteen pages or so of the novel was interesting. I liked how she introduced Ethan to the readers. For a moment, I thought Ethan was going to be a unique character. But I was DEAD WRONG!

Ethan Chase

If I were to meet him, the first thing I will tell him is to piss off and be emo somewhere else. Don't contaminate me with your broody, emo vibes, you leech!

He is your typical, mysterious "bad boy". Just imagine him as Ash, only he is human and immature. And, what do we expect that happens to bad boy? He falls in love! HE EFFIN FALLS IN LOVE ALMOST INSTANTLY! Oh my glob! Isn't that the most unexpected thing, like, since ever? I didn't see that coming!

From broody, distant bad boy to I-can't-be-without-you, I'm-your-knight-in-shining-armor dude. Yep, totally unique, un-cliche, and unexpected. This was a major, major bombshell!


The polar opposite of Ethan Chase. She is popular, rich, and a good girl, who is bored in life and just wants to live. Yep, so far it's the most special and one-of-a-kind novel I have ever read.


She is almost as useful as the gunk between my toes! For me, she is a character that can't really make a story move. I think Kagawa just added this character to represent and remind the readers that there is romance in this book. I say Kagawa should throw this character away and use that other chick, Samantha, as Ethan's love interest.


I think I just made a story within this story :D Ethan said that he had a friend, Samantha, who got injured while riding a phouka when they were younger. He claimed that the phouka was after him and not his friend. The girl couldn't walk after that, though, and moved away somewhere else. I would have loved the romance of the novel more if the circumstances were like this: Ethan unexpectedly meets Samantha again in his new high school, and is surprised to see her walking again! Then, he learns that the girl bargained with the fey to have the ability to walk again. It's now up to him to save her from the crazy she just entered and find out why she can see the fey.

I think there's more gravity there than with Kenzie's. The girl can't even fight for herself!

By the way, Kenzie, your confession to Ethan wasn't a blow to me. I think Kagawa just wrote your confession without even planning it and wrote it in the spur of the moment.

Keirran and Annwyl

Useless characters. Throw them away. Please!

The Forgotten

Let me guess, Kagawa imagined you in the spur of the moment as well. Typical! Just like Stephanie Meyer. Oh well.

Brow Raising Lines

I will say it again. I. HATE. KAGAWA'S. WRITING. STYLE. I wrote like her when I was fourteen. When I presented a short story to four award-winning authors of my country with the style same as Kagawa's, you know what they said? They all agreed I had no talent! One said to me, "I'm sorry. Don't get offended, alright? But I don't like how you wrote this. This is fanfiction!" And another one said, "This is crap!" And one more said, "I think the author should read more."

"The fairy laced his hands behind his skull." SERIOUSLY? Is this how an adult should write? Laced his hands behind his skull. Hah! What? Was he a skeleton? Did he have no hair and scalp?

- "He blew out a noisy breath." I'm sorry, but what does this mean? What do you mean by noisy? Did his breath sound like static?

- "I looked up, and she gave me a fierce smile."; "...staring at me with blackest hate.";" ...her eyes suspiciously bright." THIS IS CRAP! I can't imagine or see this fierce smile or blackest hate or eyes suspiciously bright!

Final Thoughts

This is a novel I would love to chop into pieces and then burn into ashes if I had a paperback copy of it. The plot and characters are as bad as the author's writing style. This is horribly draggy with so many unnecessary scenes to make it even more draggier. There are so many scenes here I think should be deleted because they are not significant enough and don't make the story move. One example is Ethan's fight scene with a snake-like fey. And, yes, Kagawa used another character again, Todd, to make Ethan move. Very much like how she used Ethan in the Iron King to force Meghan to go into the fey world.

To this novel, I give it the finger. And to make everything short, I shall describe this book in two words: It SUCKS.



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