Audience/Genre : Young Adult/Fantasy, Paranormal.
Publication : October 23rd, 2012 by Harlequin Teen.
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'd 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 myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.
Before anyone attacks me for my 3 star rating, let me tell you that I love Julie Kagawa! I adore her Iron Fey series and am in love with Blood of Eden!
Having said that, The Lost Prince was disappointing. The characters just didn't do it for me, at least not the way Puck and Ash did. Even Ethan's girlfriend, Kenzie, was just so BORING. Her character started good but her personality just went downhill from there. If there's one thing I hate it's predictability and that seems to be happening with most YA books these days and it did with this one.
I did not like the way Ethan and Kenzie's relationship/friendship progressed, it seemed too rapid and lacked chemistry. The only moments in the book that caught my interest were the ones with Ash, Meg, Keirran and Puck. Even Keirran got boring towards the middle/end of the book though.
As for the plot - honestly, I would've been happy if Kagawa had just stuck to the Summer, Winter and Iron Court but as you can guess, a new kind of Fey pops up. I was bored for 2/3rd of the book because there was no real story, it was just people moving from one place to another. However, the last bit got interesting as the story actually developed and made me want to continue reading.
Okay, I've complained enough. Let me be clear, it wasn't all bad. It was great to see some of my YA favourite characters back again but this book lacked the fast pace and the interesting characters that Kagawa had created with her previous books. The protagonist, Ethan - I have no real opinion formed about him. I neither liked nor disliked him and I'm not sure if that's a good thing. Frankly, I had a lot of expectations from The Lost Prince and felt let down after reading it but I hope you enjoy it better!