The Iron Queen, review and Ipod giveaway

by 5 Minutes for Books

The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa is the highly anticipated third installment in the Iron Fey series.

I have read the first two books in this YA series from Harlequin Teen, and unlike some series where it seems like the author results to filler to keep the series going, I can honestly say that The Iron Queen is as strong or stronger than the first two.

Last summer I reviewed The Iron King (linked to my review). You can find out some details about the beginning of the series over there. Check out the book trailer for another fun look.

In The Iron Queen, Meghan Chase is about to turn 17 years old, and now she’s going to face the most difficult challenge yet — to save the fey (faery world) from the invasion of the false iron king.

I am not familiar with all of the faerie lore that is out there, so I don’t know how much is the product of Jullie Kagawa’s world, and how much is common knowledge, but what I do know is that the world she has created in her Iron Fey series is so imaginative and complete that it makes the riveting story even more fantastic.

The good versus evil, the idea of a quest, and this imaginative setting makes these books reminiscent of the Lord of the Rings or the Harry Potter books.

I highly recommend this series if you or your young teen enjoy fantasy, action, and adventure. Meghan Chase is a hero to get behind, yet also shows moments of insecurity as any teen girl does.

Content Note for Parents: There is a fairly low level of romance, some fairly intense battles, and the books do contain some swearing, but I think that most parents will probably find it appropriate to middle school and up.

The story isn’t over yet — book 4, The Iron Knight (Ash’s story), is next! While you’re waiting, keep up with the Iron Fey on Facebook.

We have a fantastic giveaway for one of you.

One of you will win all three books in the series (Iron King, Iron Daughter, and the newest Iron Queen), plus a custom-skinned Ipod Nano!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.

Leave a comment if you’d like to win (one comment per person, please), and we’ll announce the winner on February 28.

Written by Jennifer Donovan, who blogs at Snapshot and manages 5 Minutes for Books



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1 Alicia February 7, 2011 at 12:09 am

Sounds fun!

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2 Stacie February 7, 2011 at 12:09 am

The books look great! I would love to win!

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3 Katie February 7, 2011 at 12:10 am

I would love to win!

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4 Barbie February 7, 2011 at 12:14 am

I would love to win the books and the iPod! Thanks!

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5 Charity McAllister February 7, 2011 at 12:36 am

I would love to read these books! The nano sounds great too!

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6 Michelle February 7, 2011 at 1:17 am

I’d love to win these. Thanks for the giveaway!

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7 Christine W February 7, 2011 at 1:46 am

I would love to win this set of three books as I have read none of them. They sound like excellent reading. Plus, I still don’t have an IPod Nano.

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8 Amy Brewer February 7, 2011 at 1:58 am

The books sounds so great and so does the custom skinned nano…

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9 Moridin February 7, 2011 at 2:25 am

I’d love to get a chance to read these books.

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10 annaliza February 7, 2011 at 3:05 am

sounds interesting. please count me in. thanks!

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11 Angel S. February 7, 2011 at 4:49 am

I really enjoy your book reviews. This looks like an interesting series. Thanks!

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12 Tawnda February 7, 2011 at 5:52 am

…all 3 bOOks ++? Who could pass this up!

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13 Sandra Stiles February 7, 2011 at 6:34 am

This has been on my radar for quite some time. I just have not purchased them. Please enter me for this opportunity to win them. Thanks.

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14 Ann B February 7, 2011 at 6:42 am

Great Giveaway! Thanks! I love this site!

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15 Just Mom February 7, 2011 at 6:51 am

I want to get my hands on this trilogy – winning them would be perfect!
theroundfiel at live dot com

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16 Susan S. February 7, 2011 at 7:00 am

Sounds like some fun books! Can’t wait to read them…

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17 Julie P. February 7, 2011 at 7:36 am

I would love to win this series. I’ve seen so many great reviews!

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18 Linda Henderson February 7, 2011 at 7:53 am

I’ve been wanting to read this series, it’s on my wish list. Thank you for the great giveaway.

seriousreader at live dot com

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19 ibeeeg February 7, 2011 at 8:22 am

When the first book came out, I was not much interested in the series. Now, with this third book, I have become very interested in the series, and would love to read it. Winning this set not only would be great for me, but also 2 of my children. Not only that, i so need (well…want) an iPod cause my current MP3 player is slowly dying. Thanks for this opportunity.

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20 Amy N February 7, 2011 at 8:30 am

I haven’t read this series yet…great giveaway!

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21 debp February 7, 2011 at 9:04 am

I would love to have this.
twoofakind12@yahoo.com

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22 Darla February 7, 2011 at 9:05 am

Count me in! I would love to win!

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23 Megan February 7, 2011 at 9:06 am

This would be a great prize set to win. I’ve never read these books and just started hearing about them, so now I’m definitely intrigued.

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24 Linda Stewart February 7, 2011 at 9:08 am

Would love to win this book series. Thanks for another awesome giveaway.

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25 Christine (LiveLaughLoveCj) February 7, 2011 at 10:00 am

Fantastic! I’ve heard about this series of books, got some tweens and teens very interested. Thank you for the opportunity!

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26 AutumH February 7, 2011 at 10:08 am

This definitely looks like a series I would check out. I tend to read so many books and sometimes these ones are easier to pick up when I just want to enjoy a fast and fun read. It’s always great to be introduced to new authors. Thanks for the opportunity.

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27 S Club Mama February 7, 2011 at 10:12 am

I would LOVE to win this giveaway – I love YA fiction

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28 Katie February 7, 2011 at 10:22 am

I have heard about these but haven’t had a chance to read them yet! looking forward to it!

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29 Jenny February 7, 2011 at 10:36 am

Ooh ooh! I haven’t tried these books yet and they look like fun. Plus, a free nano? Sign me up!

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30 Danetta February 7, 2011 at 11:14 am

The books sound great! And I know my son would LOVE the iPod!! Thanks for the review and giveaway

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31 LT February 7, 2011 at 11:15 am

I would love to read these books! And the iPod would really make my daughters birthday. Thanks so much for the chance!

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32 Alison S. February 7, 2011 at 11:18 am

Nice giveaway!

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33 Danica February 7, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Sounds like a great series. I always enjoy a new fantasy series. I will have to check these out … but love the chance to win them.

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34 edj February 7, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Ilsa LOVED Iron King! I haven’t even told her there are others in the series. What a great giveaway! Esp since you’re announcing it the day before her birthday… hope we win! :)

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35 riTa February 7, 2011 at 12:35 pm

This is a most amazing giveaway. I know just who and how many would enjoy the books and ipod if I were to win. I thank you for making us aware of sooooooooooo many reading opportunities!

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36 Amy February 7, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Sign me up!

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37 Jen E February 7, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Ohhh I’ve been wanting to read these! I’d love to win this!

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38 Chelle Witthoft February 7, 2011 at 1:41 pm

What a great way to encourage reading. Opens up a whole new world to all of us. Thank you!

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39 Ruthie B February 7, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Please enter me for this awesome contest… thanks for the chance!

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40 Maureen February 7, 2011 at 2:22 pm

As usual, awesome give-a-way! I’d love this. Thanks, Maureen (jnomaxx at hotmail dot com)

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41 Amy February 7, 2011 at 2:56 pm

What an amazing giveaway!
Thank you so much for the chance to win!
Would love to read this series as I have heard a lot of positive things about it!

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42 Liz February 7, 2011 at 3:00 pm

I have a friend about to go on maternity leave who would LOVE these books!

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43 Katrina February 7, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Oh my gosh, I would love to win these!

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44 Donel Payne February 7, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Awesome giveaway. I hope you pick me!! :)

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45 Christine J February 7, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Those books sound like a great read!

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46 Jessica H February 7, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Hm, sounds like a fun series. I’ve never even heard of it. I’ll have to look into it a little! Thanks!

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47 Daniel M February 7, 2011 at 3:59 pm

looks like some great books, i wanna win!

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48 Shari February 7, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Wow, awesome prize! And I’ve never read any of these books, but they sound great.

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49 Beth C February 7, 2011 at 4:35 pm

This is a great giveaway! Please enter me and thanks!
pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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50 Kelly Massman February 7, 2011 at 5:01 pm

Looks interesting! Thanks!

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51 Jennifer C February 7, 2011 at 5:40 pm

Always love to read new books!

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52 Michelle Adams February 7, 2011 at 8:33 pm

I just looked at these at WalMart this weekend and wondered how they were!
Thanks for the chance!

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53 Jen B. February 7, 2011 at 8:40 pm

Sounds like a YA version of The Mists of Avalon, which I loved. (Fairies and Camelot) I’d love to win these.

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54 Christina February 7, 2011 at 8:45 pm

Once again you’ve introduced me to a new author – the series sounds really interesting.

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55 Sara February 7, 2011 at 8:58 pm

I loved the first two and am looking forward to reading the third. Thanks for the review.

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56 Tabathia B February 7, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Both of my daughter’s have read the first book and would love to own the trilogy and read the entire series
tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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57 Carrie K. February 7, 2011 at 9:23 pm

I think both my daughter and I would enjoy these!

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58 Linda Kish February 7, 2011 at 11:37 pm

Please include me

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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59 sara February 8, 2011 at 12:51 am

These look really interesting, I will have to give them a try. Thanks for the review!

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60 stacy February 8, 2011 at 1:36 am

The books look very interesting!

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61 mrsshukra February 8, 2011 at 1:59 am

Love the cover artwork!

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62 PennyZeni February 8, 2011 at 2:18 am

This sounds like a fun, imaginative series. I would love to read it! Thanks for the chance to enter!

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63 Debbie C February 8, 2011 at 3:30 am

You know, there are so many Vampire based series in books now and that’s OK but it’s nice to see a series based on something a little … lovelier? Like fairies!

dchrisg3 @ gmail . com

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64 Eileen February 8, 2011 at 4:51 am

This would be a great series for my daughter and I to read congruently. She loves me to read what she is reading so we can discuss and enjoy together! I love that we can share this as she is soon to hit teens and hope she keeps her love of reading alive! thanks!

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65 Anne February 8, 2011 at 7:56 am

I love this series, and can’t wait for the 3rd book.

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66 Marj M. February 8, 2011 at 8:34 am

I just couldn’t help entering……I like the beauty of fairies and an ipod is that much sweeter.
gourdsrmylife(at)yahoo(dot)com

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67 Vilmarys February 8, 2011 at 9:01 am

I have read some YA books on the fae world and I did like them. These look even better. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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68 Jaimie K February 8, 2011 at 10:01 am

These look like a good entertaining read. Thanks!

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69 CrystalGB February 8, 2011 at 10:32 am

Awesome giveaway. Please count me in. :)

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70 Holly February 8, 2011 at 11:10 am

I would love this. I just started reading the Iron King this week and have been loving it so far.

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71 cctine February 8, 2011 at 11:27 am

i enjoyed reading iron king and would love adding these to my home library. i recently began reading YA fiction so that i could add them to our homeschool reading list and this was a welcome addition. and if you haven’t read them your missing a grand adventure into fasntasy fiction…..

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72 Suzanne (Crunchy Green Mom) February 8, 2011 at 12:22 pm

A new series would be great. I could read them and give them to my 17 year old… it’s a great way to build mom and daughter conversation if we are reading the same thing!

crunchygreenmom(at)gmail(dot)com

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73 Kendra Field February 8, 2011 at 12:30 pm

They are on my “to do ” list…would love to get them!

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74 Idaho Jill February 8, 2011 at 12:46 pm

They look great!

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75 Kathy Stevenson February 8, 2011 at 1:09 pm

I would love to win this prize!

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76 LaVonne February 8, 2011 at 1:52 pm

This is the first time I have heard of these books. Thanks for introducing us to them.

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77 Noreen February 8, 2011 at 4:11 pm

I am always looking for great series

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78 Some Lucky Dog February 8, 2011 at 5:02 pm

I’d love to read this series and then pass it on to my niece!
someluckydog at gmail dot com

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79 DB February 8, 2011 at 6:11 pm

I’d love to win!

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80 Bluerose(Tammy) February 8, 2011 at 6:29 pm

I’ve had me eye on these for awhile, but haven’t read them yet. I would love to be entered.

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81 MK February 8, 2011 at 6:45 pm

I’d LOVE to win!

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82 Katherine C. February 8, 2011 at 7:16 pm

What a great prize pacakge!

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83 Stephen February 8, 2011 at 7:17 pm

These would be perfect for my nieces.

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84 Pamela February 8, 2011 at 8:54 pm

This is a great giveaway. i just saw an ad for these books yesterday, and am excited to read them

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85 Cynthia February 8, 2011 at 8:54 pm

Enter Me :)

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86 Emily February 8, 2011 at 8:55 pm

My friends recommended these books. hopefully i’ll win :P

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87 Tia February 8, 2011 at 9:04 pm

I am always up for some good books!
nhmummab@comcast.net

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88 Pamk February 8, 2011 at 9:29 pm

I’d love to win these. Both me and my sons would love to read them. They are exactly our kind of books.

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89 Brenda Rupp February 8, 2011 at 9:36 pm

Please enter me into contest!

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90 Jamie H February 8, 2011 at 11:23 pm

What a great way to start myself back into reading. Those books look good!

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91 Sarah - PS Mom Reviews February 9, 2011 at 8:44 am

These books all look great! I hope to read them soon.

psmomreviews@gmail.com

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92 Mia February 9, 2011 at 9:01 am

Oh this books look wonderful. Thanks for a chance to win them.

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93 Allison McGrady February 9, 2011 at 10:20 am

Awesome thanks so much!!

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94 Deborah Curran February 9, 2011 at 12:29 pm

I love the good versus evil books and find them to usually have some good morals in them

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95 Allie February 9, 2011 at 12:36 pm

I’m always into reading new book… and an Ipod would be cool! Thanks for entering me :)

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96 Melissa P. February 9, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Sounds like a very interesting series. Thanks.

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97 Cori Westphal February 9, 2011 at 1:25 pm

I’d love a chance! Thanks!

coriwestphal at msn dot com

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98 katklaw777 February 9, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Fantastic giveaway…I just finished the Hunger Games trilogy and this looks like a great series to start next, thanks!

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99 Dena February 9, 2011 at 7:52 pm

Looks like a great series.

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100 Dee February 9, 2011 at 7:52 pm

What a great giveaway!

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101 Shelagh February 9, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Sounds like an interesting series. My daughter needs a new series to read. She keeps reading Harry Potter over and over. And an ipod would be awesome,too.

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102 Misty Urech February 9, 2011 at 10:19 pm

I am always looking for a great series to read and one that I can share with my daughters when they get older. I will definitely be looking for this! thanks

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103 Jill February 9, 2011 at 10:49 pm

Sounds like a great series to send to my niece.

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104 Sharon February 10, 2011 at 12:11 am

I love to read & have heard good things about her series. I will check them out!

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105 Lee February 10, 2011 at 7:31 am

My girls love this series! I will bring the book you lent to us when I see you. Thanks for the recommendation!

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106 Megan February 10, 2011 at 7:32 am

Looks like a great series!

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107 Brooklyn D. February 10, 2011 at 11:39 am

How wonderful I would love to read this series !

Thanks for the chance!

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108 Farrah from The Book Faery Reviews February 10, 2011 at 2:07 pm

My daughter and I love reading fae books! She’d definitely love this series!

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109 Donna Pope February 10, 2011 at 8:32 pm

sounds great I would love to win this amazing gift Thanks for the chance.

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110 Crystal W February 11, 2011 at 4:24 am

My daughter just finished reading the Hunger Games (and is begging hourly for me to order the next one) I’m so so so happy she’s beginning to love books as much as I do. I’d to win this for her (okay perhaps I may read it too! ) thanks for the chance!

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111 nan February 11, 2011 at 5:37 pm

thanks for the chance
nannypanpan at sbcglobal.net

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112 jennifer b February 11, 2011 at 9:42 pm

i would love to win!

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113 Terra Heck February 12, 2011 at 5:01 am

I’d love to read these books. Thanks.
partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

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114 Elizabeth February 12, 2011 at 10:43 pm

I would love to win :)

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115 Michele F February 13, 2011 at 3:05 pm

My daughter always struggled with reading since a very young age. The Twilight series is the ONLY book/books she EVER finished on her own! I’m looking for another miracle and the Iron Fey trilogy looks very promising! My daughter doesn’t own an I-pod, either. :}

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116 Wehaf February 13, 2011 at 3:54 pm

This sounds like a great series; I’d love to read it.

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117 shaladarkstone February 13, 2011 at 5:07 pm

What a great series! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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118 Staci A February 13, 2011 at 8:18 pm

They sound like interesting books! I would love to read them!

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119 Kristi Duncan February 14, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Sounds interesting, I’m always up for new books to read on vacation!

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120 Carolyn February 14, 2011 at 7:55 pm

So much fun! We’d love this!

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121 Natalia February 15, 2011 at 11:55 pm

Thank you for such a great giveaway!

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122 John D. February 15, 2011 at 11:56 pm

The books are great and IPod too.Thank you.

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123 Kari February 16, 2011 at 8:42 am

I’ve seen several reviews for this series around the blogosphere. I’m sure my daughter and I would both enjoy them.

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124 Kim February 16, 2011 at 6:42 pm

The IPod Nano would be nice.

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125 Wendy Mahaney February 17, 2011 at 12:58 pm

These books sound great. I would love to read them, and the iPod would be great. My husband is in need of an iPod and with his birthday a month away this would be great to win. ;-)
wmmahaney(at)att(dot)net

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126 Julie H February 18, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Sounds like a great series! Thanks for the chance to win!

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127 Ladytink_534 February 22, 2011 at 12:47 am

Please enter me! I loved the first one and I can’t wait to read the others. The Ipod would definitely come in handy too.

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128 YWLiang February 23, 2011 at 11:06 pm

Thanks for the giveaway! I’ve been wanting to read the Iron Queen series for awhile now since my friends kept on recommending it to me! Thanks for the opportunity of allowing me to win the books! :)

Email: yiliang0124[at]hotmail.com

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129 Angie February 25, 2011 at 10:04 pm

I’ve been searching for a new series to read once I finish the last two books of Harry Potter, so this would be a very fun read it seems. I’d love to win!

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130 Cindi February 27, 2011 at 1:25 am

I have been reading about this series and everything I’ve read is so positive!
Who wouldn’t be thrilled to win this magnificent prize package?!
With many thanks to you…Cindi

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131 Lisa L February 27, 2011 at 4:35 pm

I never heard of this author or her books before but they sound interesting!

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132 trixx February 27, 2011 at 7:20 pm

I’m always on the lookout for new books to read, would love to win!

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