Author: Karen Mahoney
Number of Pages: 289
Freak. That's what her classmates call seventeen-year-old Donna Underwood. When she was seven, a horrific fey attack killed her father and drove her mother mad. Donna's own nearly fatal injuries from the assault were fixed by magic—the iron tattoos branding her hands and arms. The child of alchemists, Donna feels cursed by the magical heritage that destroyed her parents and any chance she had for a normal life. The only thing that keeps her sane and grounded is her relationship with her best friend, Navin Sharma.
When the darkest outcasts of Faerie—the vicious wood elves—abduct Navin, Donna finally has to accept her role in the centuries old war between the humans and the fey. Assisted by Xan, a gorgeous half-fey dropout with secrets of his own, Donna races to save her friend—even if it means betraying everything her parents and the alchemist community fought to the death to protect.
Let’s start with the superficial part of this review. I absolutely love this cover. I think this book is really pretty, that it looks really good in my bookshelf. This is one of the reasons why I picked this book, the other being that it is Mahoney’s first novel.
The content of this book was disappointing. For half or the book, nothing really happened. I feel like this is half a book, like there is a lot missing from it. I know there will be a sequel, but this book isn’t complete to me. If it takes that long for the plot to really start, you need to give us a least as much action after it. I would read a chapter I tell myself “Oh, something is finally gonna happen”, but no it didn’t. The ending just doesn’t satisfy me. It is not enough. There are too many things missing. I felt like she had this big idea for a novel, but got bored and decide just to end it.
The characters were okay. I like Xan and I sometime like Donna, but honestly, they couldn’t get me into the story. I don’t feel like we really get to know the characters. There is too much information missing.
The writing was probably the only thing that got me through this book. I like the way Mahoney writes, just didn’t enjoy what she wrote.
This book didn’t make it for me. I’m curious to know what will happen next, but I feel cheated, as if half the book was missing simply to make me buy the next one. The positive side is that it isn’t a hardcover, so it wasn’t too expensive…
Overall, I would give it a 5/10, because I feel like there is too much missing.