Review 4. Karen Mahoney - The iron witch.

The Iron Witch (The Iron Witch, #1)
Pages: 299.
Published: February 8th 2011.
Publisher: Flux
Sort: Part 1 of The iron witch series, paranormal.
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.
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Storyline:
Donna Underwood is a freak. She has one friend, Navin, and she keeps a lot of secrets for him. Like; her arms have strange marks on them, because they are made by a man called 'Maker'. They are made from iron when she lost her arms during a fight with a fairy creature. And she's part of the Order of the Dragon, who tries to protect the world from fairies.

Donna is not very fond on parties, (she thinks that nobody likes her, because a girl called Melanie seems to pick on her) but Navin wants to go and eventually she says 'yes'. She meets a strange boy called Xan (Alexander) and it appears that they have something in common. That's very helpful when Navin is kidnapped by the fairy queen. Donna will do anything to get him back and Xan knows the road to the fairy kingdom. When they arrive there, Donna must get the Elixer of Life. Apparently, her order has that Elixer and they want to duplicate it. Is she prepared to do such a thing for her only best friend?

Characters:
Of course, I liked the fact that there is a 'Melanie' in the story, but she's not very nice. She keeps bullying Donna and that's one thing I absolutely hate. On the other hand; Donna is a bit boring. She keeps complaining about the fact that she is a freak and that only makes her a bigger freak.. If she would chill out, I think that nobody would make such a big fuss about her gloves. She seems to forget that she has a best friend and he is so sweet! I really liked Navin and I didn't understand why he wants to be friends with Donna. It's not that she's not nice, but she is a whiner and she indulge in self-pity. That's annoying sometimes. Donna's mother also plays a little part. She is mentally unstable after the dead of her husband, but she gives Donna a bracelet that comes in handy sometimes. I want to find out if there's more about that bracelet. Xan is okay. He has his own story and I think we will find out more about him in the next book.

Overall:
I'm not a real fan of this book, but I probably will read the next one. There are a couple of things I'm curious about, so that's the reason I'll keep reading this series.

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