I received this book for free from NetGalley, requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Dial Books for Young Readers on August 16th, 2012
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Source: NetGalley, requested from publisher
A darkly compelling mix of romance, fairy tale, and suspense from a new voice in teen fiction
The trees swallowed her brother whole, and Jenny was there to see it. Now seventeen, she revisits the woods where Tom was taken, resolving to say good-bye at last. Instead, she's lured into the trees, where she finds strange and dangerous creatures who seem to consider her the threat. Among them is Jack, mercurial and magnetic, with secrets of his own. Determined to find her brother, with or without Jack's help, Jenny struggles to navigate a faerie world where stunning beauty masks some of the most treacherous evils, and she's faced with a choice between salvation or sacrifice--and not just her own.
Fae books haven’t been one of my favourite reads, maybe because I’ve only read the Need series once, so I don’t know what to expect. All I know is that Ruth Frances Long has created a beautiful world, with a simple purpose. Jenny trying to find her brother who was swallowed up by the woods. The book reads like a fairy tale, and it even looks it. Look at that beautiful cover! I have seen the same model on an indie book, yet this one is surrounded with the setting of Jenny’s world. I couldn’t picture her wearing a beautiful gown until the later chapters, yet it’s still gorgeous to think she’s trolling through the forest with flowers in her hair. I loved the fantasy elements weaved into the story. The trickery that befalls Jenny, as well as the journey she goes through to find her brother and bring him back home safely. As for the other characters, Jack is wonderful. So much depth and personality, and the struggles he must have gone through could fill up an entire book. He become the hope for Jenny. To help her succeed even if it means his own soul.
A world full of faes, Danes Vertes, Foletti, gnomes, birch-boys, pixies, and green men! What a fantastic setting! I wish there was more detail about the history of all the creatures in this world. But sadly I had to visualize my own little world so I could picture each species in its glory. There needed to be more detail. Sometimes books have this tendency to elaborate way too much detail or not enough. Sadly, this book detailed less than I would like to imagine. Good thing I can fill all those details in with my active imagination.
Being the second fae book in my reading list, I wasn’t disappointed. If you enjoy being brought into a fantasy realm full of evil faes, moving trees, and tricky pixies then pick this one up.