Written by: Jenna Black
Genre: YA/Urban Fantasy
Pages: 294 (ARC)
Disclaimer: free from publisher via LibraryThing
Release Date: May 25, 2010
The premise: ganked from Amazon.com: Dana Hathaway doesn’t know it yet, but she’s in big trouble. When her alcoholic mom shows up at her voice recital drunk, again, Dana decides she’s had enough and runs away to find her mysterious father in Avalon: the only place on Earth where the regular, everyday world and the captivating, magical world of Faerie intersect. But from the moment Dana sets foot in Avalon, everything goes wrong, for it turns out she isn't just an ordinary teenage girl--she's a Faeriewalker, a rare individual who can travel between both worlds, and the only person who can bring magic into the human world and technology into Faerie.
Soon, Dana finds herself tangled up in a cutthroat game of Fae politics. Someone's trying to kill her, and everyone seems to want something from her, from her newfound friends and family to Ethan, the hot Fae guy Dana figures she’ll never have a chance with . . . until she does. Caught between two worlds, Dana isn’t sure where she’ll ever fit in and who can be trusted, not to mention if her world will ever be normal again . . .
Glad It Was Free: I just want to say this is an INCREDIBLY fast read. I mean, I read it in less than a day. The writing style is easy and breezy and the teenage voice works that fine line of being both irritating and sympathetic. It just works. This is the kind of book you want for a beach read or a plane ride, but make sure it's not the only book in your bag, because you'll need something else to sustain your trip, okay?
The story itself is a familiar one, but not because I've read it before. Dana's desires for a better life with what she hopes is a better parent is something that I suspect is a familiar desire for many people, especially in childhood/teen years. The story's twists and turns are rather predictable, but that doesn't detract from the fun of the story itself. I think Black's got some interesting world-building elements going on here, and while the romance element isn't quite winning me over, it has piqued my interest. That said, this isn't a series that I'm going to be chomping at the bit to buy. It's a fun, fast, fluff read, so unless I were in a situation that just demanded I wanted such a read, and if I didn't have something else on hand to fit the bill, then it's likely I won't be continuing. Still, this is a nice introduction to Black's work, and I may be interested in trying out some of her urban fantasy in the future.
Review style: there's not a whole lot I want to discuss here, but here's a few items: sometimes you get exactly what you think and that in and of itself can be satisfying (this refers to plot structure), and then I want to talk about the portrayal of parents and best friends in YA. Spoilers? In the sense that I talk about predictable plots, then yeah, there's spoilers. :) The full review is in my LJ if anyone is interested, and as always, comments and discussion are most welcome. :)
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