Review: Faelorehn by Jenna Elizabeth Johnson

Review: Faelorehn by Jenna Elizabeth Johnson

Review: Faelorehn by  Jenna Elizabeth Johnson
Faelorehn by Jenna Elizabeth Johnson

Series: The Otherworld #1
Genres: Fantasy, Mythology, Romance, Young Adult
Publication Date: April 21st 2012
Pages: 228
Format: eBook
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Synopsis:

I never heard him come after me and even as I climbed the slope and stumbled onto our shaded back lawn, I didn’t look back. It was like the day the gnomes chased me all over again, but this time I was not escaping some horrible little creatures, I was fleeing from an incredibly good-looking guy who could very well understand me completely. I was either saving myself from that serial killer I always imagined lived down in the swamp, or I had finally gone over the deep end . . .

Meghan Elam has been strange her entire life: her eyes have this odd habit of changing color and she sees and hears things no one else does. When the visions and voices in her head start to get worse, she is convinced that her parents will want to drag her off to another psychiatrist. That is, until the mysterious Cade MacRoich shows up out of nowhere with an explanation of his own.

Cade brings her news of another realm where goblins and gnomes are the norm, a place where whispering spirits exist in the very earth, and a world where Meghan just might find the answers she has always sought.

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Review

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

 

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.

 

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Author Biography

About Jenna Elizabeth Johnson

Jenna Elizabeth Johnson has cherished her imagination since the day she discovered it (probably around the age of two) and has enjoyed the many adventures and retreats it has offered her since. Miss Johnson grew up and still resides on the Central Coast of California, the very place where the Legend of Oescienne began to blossom into the epic it has become. "The province of Oescienne is based primarily on the topography of this area, and some specific locations in the novel reflect actual sites. These places are dear to me, and I wanted to share their natural magic with those who might read my books."

Miss Johnson has a BA in Art Practice with a minor in Celtic Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. It was during her time in college that she decided to begin her first novel, "One day it dawned upon me that if I didn't write my stories down, then I would be the only one ever to enjoy them. Furthermore, reading such works as Beowulf, The Mabinogi and The Second Battle of Maige Tuired in my Scandinavian and Celtic Studies courses only added fuel to the fire."

Having a degree in art has also aided Miss Johnson in creating the world of Ethöes. All of the artwork found on this website was done by the author. "Having a picture, especially a map, helps me visualize the story more completely. I hope that the images I have placed on my webpage will help my readers get a better idea of what my world looks like. Of course, you are always welcome to disregard them if the image you have in your head is better than the one I offer."

Besides writing and drawing, Miss Johnson enjoys reading, gardening, camping and hiking. She also loves animals and bird watching and has many bird feeders set up in her garden at home.

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2 thoughts on “Review: Faelorehn by Jenna Elizabeth Johnson

  1. I have heard a lot of things about this book, but never enough to make me want to pick it up myself. It’s a shame you couldn’t enjoy it as much as you wanted to. I don’t like when the age gap is so much, so knowing that you could feel the difference would definitely creep me out too much!

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