Saturday, January 9, 2010

The Faerie Path - Frewin Jones

Anita was living an ordinary life.
Until an elegant stranger pulled her into another world.

Swept away into a court of magic and beauty, she discovers she is Tania, the lost princess of Faerie. Since Tania's mysterious disappearance five hundred years before, Faerie has been sunk in darkness and gloom. With her return, Faerie comes alive again as a land of winged children, glittering balls, and fantastic delights. But Tania can't forget Anita's world, or the boy she loved there.
Torn between two loves and between two worlds, Tania slowly remembers why she disappeared, and realizes that she is the only one who can stop a sinister plan that threatens the entire world of Faerie.

Title: The Faerie Path
Author: Frewin Jones
Genre: Young Adult, Faerie
Publisher: EOS (An Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)
My Rating: 2.5/5

This book grabbed my interest immediately once I started reading it. However, that slowly started to change the further I got into the book. I was struggling to continue to read it as it was getting monotonous. I'm glad that I stuck with it though, because the last 80 (or so) pages picked up and made things interesting again. If you could read the beginning and end, it might be an easier read as during the middle we meet several characters that seem to flit in and out of the pages never to be seen again. I did find it amusing that Anita is Tania (re-arranged, letterwise). I thought that the beginning was good, with Anita and Evan, but as soon as Tania/Anita was swept into Faerie, the story promptly dropped Evan/Eldric. Tania spends more time wanting to get back to the Mortal world, than she does finding out what happened (to her) in the first place. She doesn't remember anything from when she left Faerie before, and at the end of the book (well, nearly the end of the book) she finds out that there is a plot that would overturn everything in Faerie unless she stops it from happening. It seems like everything was crammed into the latter end of the book, and if it had been fleshed out, it would have read more smoothly. As it stands, the ending of this book makes me want to find out what happens next in the series. Here's hoping that the second book flows more coherently!

This book counts toward the 2010 100+ Reading Challenge over at J. Kaye's book blog.

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