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Ironskin by Tina Connolly


Ironskin by Tina Connolly
Ironskin #1
Release Date: October 2, 2012
Publisher: Tor Books
Source: NetGalley
Goodreads Stars: 2
Rating: Bland


Jane Eliot wears an iron mask. 
It’s the only way to contain the fey curse that scars her cheek. The Great War is five years gone, but its scattered victims remain—the ironskin. 

When a carefully worded listing appears for a governess to assist with a “delicate situation”—a child born during the Great War—Jane is certain the child is fey-cursed, and that she can help. 

Teaching the unruly Dorie to suppress her curse is hard enough; she certainly didn’t expect to fall for the girl’s father, the enigmatic artist Edward Rochart. But her blossoming crush is stifled by her own scars, and by his parade of women. Ugly women, who enter his closed studio…and come out as beautiful as the fey. 

Jane nows Rochart cannot love her, just as she knows that she must wear iron for the rest of her life. But what if neither of these things is true? Step by step Jane unlocks the secrets of her new life—and discovers just how far she will go to become whole again. - Goodreads

This was disappointing. I had heard good things about Ironskin before it was released, but once it came out the rating on Goodreads started to slowly decline. I ignored that – mostly – and was quite excited when I finally got to it this month, given the enticing premise. Alas, it fell flat.

Jane was a great character in the beginning of the novel. She was determined, bordering on stubborn, and very hard-working. Unfortunately her romance/weird obsession with Mr Rochart brought down her character. Their ‘relationship’ was too rushed, and dull, and I didn’t understand why she felt so drawn to him considering he was hardly even there! And despite him being a father, he barely said two sentences to his daughter, and I don’t understand how Jane would have found that to be an attractive or intriguing quality in a guy. I OBJECT. 

I thought that the fey part of the story was interesting, though. To begin with, anyway. I wanted to learn about the war, Dorie’s powers, and what exactly Jane could do. However, around half way through, I started to lose interest since it felt like nothing was progressing. I wasn’t interested in anything Mr Rochart did, and I spent the latter half of the novel completely bored out of my skull. I began to skim, and as a result I didn’t pay attention to what was going on. I tried to find something that would grab my attention again but there just wasn’t anything there, not even the ending could draw me back in.

Wouldn’t recommend it. Meh. I’ve not read Jane Eyre, so I can’t say how it compares. You’ll have to check other reviews for that!

6 comments on “Ironskin by Tina Connolly

  1. Janus Vielle Aragones December 11, 2012 2:11 am

    “Their ‘relationship’ was too rushed, and dull, and I didn’t understand why she felt so drawn to him considering he was hardly even there! ” – my sentiments exactly! I really don’t get it.

    Nice, honest review. :)

    • Amber (Books of Amber) December 11, 2012 5:55 am

      Thanks! :) I’m glad I’m not alone in thinking that, especially since their counterparts are such a well known duo.

  2. Braine TS December 11, 2012 4:28 am

    This is the reason why I haven’t trad this.. some loved it others not much. I think IRONSKIN has that “high fantasy” feel to it whose charm eludes some of us regular readers.

    • Amber (Books of Amber) December 11, 2012 5:58 am

      It’s definitely getting a lot of mixed reviews. Such a shame, because the idea is really interesting!

  3. Sam December 11, 2012 6:31 pm

    I can’t work out if I am a fan of Jane Eyre or not (probably not) so the steampunk elements are the only real aspect of this story that appealed to me. It doesn’t sound like it is worth trying now though… Most people have rated this between 2 and 3 stars, it seems. Sorry it disappointed, Amber! Great review, though. :)

    • Amber (Books of Amber) December 11, 2012 8:30 pm

      Thanks, Sam! The ratings for this are definitely towards the negative end of the spectrum. Shame!

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