Review: Ironskin

May •  8 •  2013
Review: IronskinIronskin by Tina Connolly
Published by Tor Books on October 2nd 2012
Genres: Young Adult- Historical/Fantasy
Source: Publisher
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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 knows 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.

Picking up a different kind I read, I enjoyed this book far more than I expected.

1. Historical. I love the way the historical history of the book weaves in the plot. It gives the book a feel of a different world that you simply can’t resist entering.

2. Iron Mask. The fact that this girl had to wear an iron mask to hide the scars beneath, and always being shunned drew me in like a moth. I wanted nothing more for this your girl to find love, despite her face. I wanted her to be able to find herself and have peace.

3. Secrets. A large mansion, lots of rooms and one man that is a mystery. It totally captured me and I let my mind wander throughout the dark halls, letting myself be submerse in what Jane uncovers. I love creeping around the corners and especially loved it when Jane got brave and ask questions! Squee!

4. Fae. Yup. They are somehow involved and I love this part of the plot unfold. It seemed to have flowed well with the plot bringing more elements in the book out. The build up toward the end is very well done and fascinating.

5. Insta-Love. Well not exactly. They had moments of flirtation but nothing to set in motion the romance. Only after continuous flirting did they realize their feelings for each other. And while, I’m okay with that, I prefer that they had more time to come to love each other, instead of the going back and forth with flirting.

In the end, the story is quite good! A fine mix of historical and fantasy, Ironskin is memorable.

I give it 4 BITES!


Happy Reading!



  1. Jenny
    May 8, 2013

    This is a retelling of sorts of Jane Eyre right Savy? I haven’t read the original, but i had no idea Fae were involved in this story! I think I would be rooting for Jane from the beginning given her scars, the damaged/shunned characters get me every time:) I just want them to be happy!

  2. I enjoyed this one too, but was very disappointed in her decision at the end. I think that made me not love it as much as I hoped. However, I’m with you and loved the fae angle!

  3. Candace
    May 8, 2013

    I’m not sure what I’ll think of the romance, but this book sounds really good and it’s been on wishlist for ages. She’s also a local author to me (if I remember correctly) so I want to read it for that reason as well. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  4. Jen @ YA Romantics
    May 9, 2013

    I LOVE Jane Eyre so I have been meaning to read this one!

    You can find me here: Jen @ YA Romantics

  5. I had some troubles with this book (found it far too boring), but I’m excited for part two. I loved the Iron mask and the historical feeling 🙂


  6. Amy @ Book Loving Mom
    May 10, 2013

    I really enjoyed this book. I’m glad that you liked it too.