Actual rating: 3.5Original review: http://onabookbender.com/2011/10/19/review-the-iron-queen-by-julie-kagawa/Before I really get into this review, I have a couple of observations about my ratings: 1. I’ve been feeling like I’ve been inflating my grades (not on purpose, of course, just unintentionally) so I have been trying to be more honest in my ratings, 2. I’ve been noticing that if I start a book and don’t finish it the same day, I generally like it less, as if the act of putting it down and starting again the next day gives me time to get critical about it. I am not really sure what I can do about this phenomenon though. And I did read The Iron Queen over the course of a couple days, so keep that in mind with my review.Okay, so now that the love triangle drama is pretty much over (thank goodness), I enjoyed The Iron Queen much more than I would have if the triangle had continued. There were a few instances where Meghan got on my nerves with her reactions (overreaction, much?), and in these moments I struggled a bit, because I really just wanted to roll my eyes and smack her upside the head for her idiocy.In some ways, I thought that the conclusion of the story was predictable — the entire series thus far has been leading to that point, and I’d wondered about it multiple times (and duh, the titles kind of make it obvious). But predictable or not, The Iron Queen was an enjoyable read that gave us some more answers (finally?), and wrapped up a big part of the series plot. But there are still some questions that remain, which mean I must get my hands on The Iron Knight. And the sooner the better.