As much as I loved his Jenny Pox trilogy, I wasn’t so impressed with this latest offering from JL Bryan. I felt like the subject matter had a lot of potential but this particular story seemed rushed. I would have liked for there to have been much more character development across the board.
And when you are writing a paranormal/fantasy book I’ve decided it’s a tricky path to go down when you are introducing the supernatural to unknowing mortals in a story – it’s very difficult to capture true revelation. I find that the most successful paranormal stories are ones where the supernatural knowledge is already established before the story begins so that no one has to learn of fairies or vampires within the narrative. I was taken out of the immersion of the story repeatedly when I thought to myself “No WAY are they buying this so easily!”
This is the story of a boy who stumbles into a world he’d never imagined and the consequences that arise from the mischief he makes there. It’s a new perspective on the stranger in a strange world tale, we are used to thinking of Fairies as being the precocious troublemakers of our world, to see a human causing trouble for the Fey because of the antagonists perceived innocent antics is fresh.
I am eager to see how the series develops now that the awkward revelations to the main characters is out of the way. They fairy world and the guardians are fascinating to me. I will be purchasing the next book in this series, with fingers crossed that the magic of Jenny Mittens will be recaptured.
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