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This one just didn’t do it for me.
Meghan is a 17-year-old high school junior, and her life at school is pretty difficult. She only has a few close friends, and there is a particular group of people who get way too much pleasure out of making her miserable. It was almost painful to read some of the things they said to her.
She was adopted and she always felt like she was different, and she is believed to have mental problems because she hallucinates and hears voices. Of course we find out that she is perfectly sane she just happens to be a fairy. Meghan spent too much time picking on herself in my opinion. She picked on everything from the way she looked to her intelligence. Nothing is off limits, and she never gives herself a break.
Cade was Meghan’s romantic lead, and I liked him, but he and Meghan didn’t have great chemistry. I’m used to reading paranormal romance novels where the male lead is centuries older than the teenage girl he is wooing, but the age difference never feels like that much. Usually, he still speaks and carries himself like a young man, but Cade used language that made his age very clear. He was just too formal for my personal taste. I did like that he was a nice gentleman instead of a sarcastic bad boy. Nice guys aren’t represented enough in YA books so that was refreshing. But because he was so nice, he kept a lot of distance between himself and Meghan. It’s hard for a book to be romantic when both the hero and the heroine are too afraid to flirt with each other.
This book’s biggest selling point is the amount of detail and research that the author put in Celtic mythology. Sometimes it felt a little bit like reading an article or textbook, and I’m not sure all the information was necessary, but I respect that it was there.
This was a first installment in the series, and the focus was on helping the reader get to know the main character, learn a lot about Celtic Mythology, and become invested in the future romantic relationship between Meghan and Cade. Nothing really noteworthy happens in the story until the last couple of chapters, and by then, it was kind of too late to keep me interested. I needed more of a payoff.
If you like books about fairies, and want to read a different spin on that genre, this book might do it for you. The main character was just too insecure and the romance too bland for my personal taste, but I was impressed with the amount of information that was collected on Celtic fairies and mythology.
Because of mild language, I would recommend this book for ages 12 and up. There is no sexual content.