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Published: May 2010
St. Martin's Griffin
Dana Hathaway doesn't know it yet, but she's in big trouble. When her alcoholic mom shows up at her voice recital drunk, again, Dana decides shes had enough and runs away to find her mysterious father in Avalon: the only place on Earth where the regular, everyday world and the captivating, magical world of Faerie intersect. But from the moment Dana sets foot in Avalon, everything goes wrong, for it turns out she isn't just an ordinary teenage girl, she's a Faeriewalker, a rare individual who can travel between both worlds, and the only person who can bring magic into the human world and technology into Faerie.
Dana finds herself tangled up in a cutthroat game of Fae politics. Someone's trying to kill her, and everyone seems to want something from her, from her newfound friends and family to Ethan, the hot Fae guy Dana figures she'll never have a chance with...until she does. Caught between two worlds, Dana isn't sure where she'll ever fit in and who can be trusted, not to mention if her world will ever be normal again.
Quickie Review, for when I don't have a lot to say:
I really love faerie stories when they're superb. This one could have been, but just didn't quite do it for me. The characters felt a little flat, quite bland, and not people that I really cared about at any point. None of them ever really quite connected for me (except the Erleking in book 2. I liked him a lot.)
The biggest thing that really bugged me: Dana's parents. The whole awful parent theme kind of drives me crazy right now because it's SO done. Please, can we have a positive parental figure sometimes?
The story was okay. I neither loved, nor hated it. It was just okay for me. I did enjoy the story in book 2 a lot more, as I felt like it really picked up the pace. Maybe this book was more a 'setting the stage' type thing and that's why I didn't really get into it that much.
Overall, the lack of emotion and lack of character connections leave this one with 2 Eiffel Towers for me.