Review #18: Heart of Iron

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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?

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I got to meet Ashley Poston at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville, and let me just say that she is one of the most down-to-earth people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. However, I’ve been putting off reading her book due to the fact that I was scared it would break what’s left of my fragile, glass heart.

Spoiler alert: it didn’t. It just made me mentally numb for an entire night. And that was a good sign!

Heart of Iron may be a thick book, but it is in no way slow. It was fast-paced and action-packed with drama drama drama. I love that in sci-fi/fantasy books. I feel like drama is a must have, and she made this book have just enough of it to keep us readers entertained.

On top of that, it was FUNNY. When was the last time you heard about a sci-fi/fantasy book being funny? Because, from what I can remember, the Martian was the last one I read. This one was filled with sarcastic and flirty remarks, dry senses of humor, and definitely a bit of family ‘oh no!’s that make you gut laugh. Seriously, Robb’s mother may be a freaking viper (she’s not actually, just using it to describe her), but some of the “serious” things she said make me cackle.

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I think this might’ve been my favorite quote from the book. It made me laugh really hard, and I don’t know if it was supposed to or not. But, you know, those types are the best, aren’t they?

The only part of this book I had a problem with was about a quarter of the way through it. I don’t think it was intentional, but there was a dead giveaway about who one of the characters actually was that kind of upset me—I’m usually all for wanting to be made aware of that, but this time, I was waiting to be surprised and just wasn’t. Though, the ending’s other events definitely helped make up for that.

All in all, I really enjoyed this book. I was able to binge read it in one day (how, I still don’t know???) and I hope to read it again soon. For that, I rate this book 4.5 stars. I highly suggest you pick this book up.

I’m very excited for the sequel, and I hope Ashley goes back to Naperville for the tour!

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111665nzAshley Poston is a part-time author and full-time fangirl. She was born in rural South Carolina, where you can see the stars impossibly well…

Tweet her at @ashposton and read her inner-most rambles at

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