Book Review: Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston

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Rating: ★★★★✯

Date Read: March 23, 2018 – March 25, 2018

First Thoughts: I was definitely not disappointed in this story. I love Anastasia and that was a big reason for me wanting to read this book. Also, I did love Geekerella so I knew that this story was going to be just as good.

Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Ana is a scoundrel by nurture and an outlaw by nature. Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called D09, Ana was saved by a fearsome space captain and the grizzled crew she now calls family. But D09—one of the last remaining illegal Metals—has been glitching, and Ana will stop at nothing to find a way to fix him.

Ana’s desperate effort to save D09 leads her on a quest to steal the coordinates to a lost ship that could offer all the answers. But at the last moment, a spoiled Ironblood boy beats Ana to her prize. He has his own reasons for taking the coordinates, and he doesn’t care what he’ll sacrifice to keep them.

When everything goes wrong, she and the Ironblood end up as fugitives on the run. Now their entire kingdom is after them—and the coordinates—and not everyone wants them captured alive.

What they find in a lost corner of the universe will change all their lives—and unearth dangerous secrets. But when a darkness from Ana’s past returns, she must face an impossible choice: does she protect a kingdom that wants her dead or save the Metal boy she loves?

I interrupt this regularly scheduled programming to say that this is my 100th post!

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Okay, continue on!

My Thoughts:

This was my first WOW post so I was definitely excited to read it when I got it in my March OwlCrate. I originally told myself that I was not going to read it but I decided to use it as my reward for studying. One hour of orgo, 15 minutes of reading, and then I read an hour before bed. Needless to say, I did do a lot of studying.

I loved the pace of the novel, even in the quiet moments, it kept moving. The chapters were short and varied between the characters so the suspense was always there. Needing to get to the next time I say the character to find out what happened. There was also no dreaded character voice that sometimes happens with books with multiple points of view.

I loved the characters. Jax was probably my favorite out of all of them, which is surprising to me at least because I thought that I would have liked Ana the best. Though EOS is a precious smol bean who must be protected at all costs. (EOS is D09’s robot and he calls EOS his “canner opener” and it is amazing.) And speaking of Ana, this book was marketed as a retelling of Anastasia but that only goes so far as their names are similar, they are presumed dead, and their grandmother is looking for them. They are two separate individuals and even though I was disappointed in the fact that there was not as much as Anastasia as I was promised it was still an excellent book.

 This book does not contain any gross relationships. The synopsis makes it seem like Ana and D09 are completely, disgustingly in love with each other and that they would destroy the world to save the other person. Which they are completely in love with each other (and D09 has these awesome thought processes about what love is and how that relates to how he feels about Ana) and you could basically say that they almost do. But their love comes out of their friendship for each other not this lust for each other.  And I completely ship them. In terms of the other romances in the book, I COMPLETELY CALLED IT BETWEEN JAX AND ROBB and I am interested in seeing where this does go. Please, don’t kill anyone. Thanks kindly. Also, the side relationship with the captain and her wife had so much love; I can’t wait to read more about them. Or like a whole novella about them, I would be okay with that.

However, as much as I loved this book, I have some questions. Firstly, what is with the iron? Like, I love that Poston included this because then there was none of this oh she is not the princess stuff when Ana walks in but like how does that work?! Does iron never rust except when it is touched? In the book, Robb talked about how the iron rusted off in his hand when he touched the iron, so also how is this piece of iron still around because I remember there were a lot of people touching it. And speaking of Robb, what was up with his missing/dead father? It seemed like his mother and older brother was not at all upset that he was gone and I was also getting these weird vibes that Robb’s dad was not Robb’s brother’s dad and yeah the family dynamics in this book are very weird.

Overall, I did really enjoy this book and it would have been 5 stars but the questions definitely made me knock it down. I can’t wait to read the sequel!

(Cover Image and Synopsis from GoodReads)

 

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