I rate this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.
(Finished Reading: 05/08/14
My 24th book this year.)
All teenagers have problems, but Meghan Chase has REAL problems. She can see what isn’t supposed to exist, but she just brushes it off and ignores it, thinking it’s just her wild imagination. Her brother, Ethan, is scared of the Boogeyman and monsters under his bed, but they are REAL. Meghan just goes along with the charade and pretends to help check for monsters, but she can’t see the ones that Ethan can see.
All of a sudden, one day, things change. Ethan has been switched by a changeling, mummy dearest is never home for long enough to know otherwise. Changelings are nasty and now Meghan has to somehow bring Ethan back from “The Fey”.
With her best friend in tow, Meghan must believe in everything you could possibly imagine. She meets every creature in the NeverNever and she has many choices and deals to make until she can fulfil her quest. With her best friend Robbie as a bodyguard, Meghan rushes through NeverNever in a search to rescue her brother. On her journey, she discovers a massive secret that can change her life forever.
I love magic and the beauty of what a wild imagination can create. The world of NeverNever was beautifully described but there were a few things about this book that were annoying for me.
There was too much happening in such a short space of time. Once Meghan enters NeverNever she doesn’t have much time to pause before something else jumps into the story. We meet creature after creature but a lot of it feels unnecessary. Maybe some of it could have been saved for future books. The fey introductions were too rushed.
There was a lot of emphasis on her life or death situation. Pretty much everything wants to eat her, hurt her or capture her for their court Royals. At every turn she needs rescuing or has gotten herself into another situation. She is continually warned, but repeatedly makes the same mistakes over and over.
Another major problem for me was Grimalkin the cat. There was an uncanny resemblance to the Cheshire Cat from “Alice in Wonderland”. I’m not sure whether this was intentional, just to remind us that everything that has ever been created was “real”. Every time the cat appeared, I felt annoyed that the author took someone else’s idea.
The storyline itself was decent. My favourite character is Ash, the Prince of the Winter Court. He doesn’t want to be good, but his heart is very much warm. I love how he tries to remain loyal to his Queen but is torn between his feelings for Meghan. His emotional ups and downs make this book much more enjoyable to read.
I would definitely recommend this book. I hope book 2 will be better, with less introductory characters and more story to read.
Written by Ling Lee (06/08/14)