“Phoebe befriends an odd girl at school who, as it turns out is a faerie. Mallory has been sent to retrieve Phoebe and return to Faerie with her as a sacrifice, to save their "people." Mallory struggles as with her task as she and Phoebe become closer friends and she doesn't want to betray her. Mallory's seductive brother Ryland enters the picture to finish the job, by luring Phoebe closer to his side. Great elements of adventure, fantasy and people with some serious problems! ”Ms. W wrote this review Sunday, April 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book made me realize that no matter how good a teen fantasy/fiction novel may be, I can't ever take young adult books seriously; even as a teenager. ”Georgette wrote this review Sunday, March 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was a strange read for me. On one hand I felt like it was amazingly magical yet steeped quite heavily in real life, but on the other I couldn't quite love the characters enough to care for their fate.
Phoebe is born into a family of exceptional people, or at least to a mother who is exceptional and despite her extraordinary ancestors, she feels that at any moment she will be revealed to be less than. And ultimately, this is what dooms her.
Of course, we don't really believe in faeries. We might, a little, but we don't truly expect to find them walking among us. But somehow, Nancy Werlin's tale of faerie treachery is scarily real. Mallory and Ryland's job is to systematically break Phoebe down until she admits to herself and to anyone else that she is ordinary. That she is nothing. Mallory tries to accomplish this by betraying a friendship years in the making. Ryland's methods are much more effective and scarily familiar. He uses love, or at least the desire to be loved.
The perfect example of a mentally abusive boyfriend Ryland demeans her, affectionately calls her 'stupid' and ridicules her while keeping his voice smooth and alluring. Of course, Phoebe falls for it as so many other women have. And I think this is why I couldn't fully love the book. Yes, Werlin does a wonderful job at telling the story. The scenes were vivid, the characters seemingly well thought out, but the ease at which Ryland breaks Phoebe down left a bitter taste in my mouth. That she so quickly falls for it, for everything, was disappointing.
But then there is this moment when the book changes and I found myself unwilling to put it down. Isn't that what we want in a book? Still, even in the end I found myself wanting for something so I can't say I fully enjoyed the book, but it did whet my appetite enough that I will look forward to coming across more of Werlin's novels.”
“I liked this book, although it took me a while to get into it. I'm also not sure that I like the ending - it just seems too easy, too pat.”Kim Sheibley wrote this review Wednesday, February 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I can't believe I didn't read this when it came out. Its totally something I'm always interested in. This book was really good. It was part fairy tale and historical. ”~♥~Alex Renner(Daughter of Jeremy Renner)~Wes Stromberg is my boyfriend~Exams are done! I made it!~♥~ wrote this review Sunday, December 2, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I personally did not enjoy this book very much. It was pretty slow and I was confused on why things were happening half the time. The main character was very boring and not confident. The story had potential to be so much better than it was. ”Mackenzie wrote this review Monday, November 26, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I liked this book about friendships and self worth.”Mrs. L wrote this review Monday, June 25, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book is mistery and it has people wantig more. I recomend it to people that likes fantasy nd fiction. ”Jean wrote this review Friday, May 18, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Call # F Bev”P West wrote this review Monday, May 14, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No