Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston

Summary:

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? 

The Review:

This was one of my most anticipated reads for 2018, mainly because I really loved Geekerella so much, and also the possibility of an Anastasia retelling in SPAACEEE, would also get me excited.

Yes, the story is an Anastasia retelling set in space, and it almost follows some of the same beats as the story of Anastasia, mainly about a lost princess, who is of course our main protagonist, but she doesn’t know it yet.

Ana is a great protagonist, she spent most of her life living in space with her Captain who found her, while in space. She is someone that always wants to know about her past, and where she came from.

Than there is D09, or Di who is a robot, and is honestly one of my favorite robot characters that I have read. While yes, he is a robot, he does have a lot of personality. It also helps that there is a lot of chapters, told through his point of view. The relationship between Ana and Di was amazing, and was shipping them the whole way through.

There is also Robb, who is another POV character. He is an heir, or rather the youngest heir to the throne. He is trying to figure out what happened to his father who was supposedly killed during the rebellion, and he trying to find out what really happened. He is a great prince-like character, and a lot of his POV chapters dealt a lot with his family and making sure that his brothers don’t take over and become ruler.

Jax, is the ships main pilot, and he comes from a race, who can see the future with the stars. He is also one of my favorite characters. I love his cooky attitude, and it reminded me a lot of Joker from the Mass Effect series. There is also a romance between Robb and Jax and while it does feature some aspects of insta-love with Robb from the first sight of Jax, wants to kiss him. But they also develop into a couple I would love to root for.

The plot, is basically a retelling of Anastasia, with Ana being delivered to the Grand Duchess, it also involves a semi prophecy that she is a Goddess, who it set to rule.

I felt that the Dossier crew, could have also been a bit more fleshed out, mainly because it has a ton of diverse characters to them, and I always love a sort ragtag crew set in space.

I liked learning about how the Iron Kingdom is set up, especially with how they deal with Metals, or robots, who are seen as inferior with the HIVE threat.

I also thought the villain reveal was a bit too obvious, especially as someone who has watched the movie Anastasia could figure out, but I did like how his motivation was revealed.

In the end, Heart of Iron was a great read and a real page turner. While it was a retelling, Ashley Poston did add a lot of new twists to the story. The characters were all very engaging and I want to see what happens next for our characters.

Grade: 4/5

My Most Anticipated Reads for 2018

Hello everyone,

Last week I shared My favorites of 2017, and now I want to talk about books I am excited to read in 2018. 2017 was a great reading year for me and I hope 2018 will be the same.

Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston

Its described as Anastasia in SPAAAACEEEEEE! Her words not mine. I was a huge fan of Geekerella and I want to see what she could do with a Sci Fi.

A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir

I loved both An Ember in the Ashes and A Torch Against the Night. Also how A Torch Against the Night ended made me very excited to read the next book, also the wait is just killing me right now.

Obsidio by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Why do most of my favorite book series always has long waits in between books. I loved the first two books and I am very excited to read this series.

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzie Lee

A sequel to the Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, one of my favorite books of 2017. This time Felicity tells her story and I already loved her character and want to see how she does especially with piracy in the title.

Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

Another sequel to one of favorties of 2017. The way the book ended I wanted to see where the characters go, and just judging by the premise it could be even better.

Zombies and the Civil War, of course I am excited for this book. I also would love to read more diverse books.

Vengeful by V.E. Schwab

Vicious was one my favorite books of 2016, and learning that a sequel was going to happen made me excited.

 

Those are some of the books I am very excited to read in 2018. I know there’s a ton of other books coming out in 2018, and I may read them. What books are you excited to read in 2018? Let me know in comments below.