Apparently when I first saw the title before the synopsis, I thought it was either a) a boy by the name of Ionikus Reaves has so strong of a jaw, it's like Iron! Or b) the same boy was apparently born with an oddity. Obviously I was wrong, but the cover doesn't seem to have a guy with a jaw nor did the synopsis said anything about iron jaws, so I had to make my own assumptions. *shrugs*
The Iron-Jawed Boy reminds me so much of Harry Potter and Percy Jackson, or more accurately speaking, Hogwarts for reincarnated gods ("little" gods probably doesn't work out so well, although technically the characters are "little"). Of course, The Iron-Jawed Boy does have its own moments as well that sets it apart, thus presenting the not so complicated graphical equations of The Iron-Jawed Boy. Warning: Lots of Potter and Jackson references.
Probably what I really didn't like was how the gods just didn't seem very... mature. Othum is like Dumbledore in some cases, but most of the time he's just... bubbly, like Dionysus. What an extremely odd combo. Really cheery, and that's usually what you don't expect from a god, who apparently has an entire world to take care of. I suppose the dude is taking YOLO seriously, but he's immortal. There's no YOLO. There's YOLF – You Only Live Forever.
In a nutshell, well written debut novel, lots of similarities to Percy Jackson and Harry Potter but certainly not too much. Definitely a good read for avid middle grade and mythology readers out there to try!
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