First of all, the blurb for this book doesn’t do it justice. The story is a full-out adventure in a magical world populated by every fantasy creature you’d hope to find, and there’s plenty of heart and comedy thrown in. I loved all the twists the plot took in bringing together the main characters, and it was wonderfully not predictable.
Jayde is the main character, but Sarah is just as important and must get close to equal “screen time.” There wasn’t a single character that I found lacking, which is great considering how many minor characters there are. Of course, with this being a “book 1,” I’m sure more will be revealed about some important characters in the future, and that helped to make the story feel even bigger. Cameron in particular (without being too spoiler-y) seems to have a past I’d like to read more about. But the pixies John and Lucy and lovable troll Marl are just as interesting.
The writing itself isn’t stuffy or grandiose, and I felt like the writing set the feel for the story – fun and light but serious where it mattered. The middle of the book wandered a bit, but that tends to happen in long stories. At no point was I bored, largely because the author does a good job of hinting throughout that something bigger is going on with these two girls.
I highly recommend this as a fun summer read, full of magic and quirky characters.
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