Faelorehn - Book One of the Otherworld Trilogy

Rated 3.74/5 based on 31 reviews
Meghan Elam has been strange her entire life: her eyes have this odd habit of changing color and she sees and hears things no one else does. When the visions and voices in her head start to get worse, she is convinced that her parents will want to drag her off to another psychiatrist. That is, until the mysterious Cade MacRoich shows up out of nowhere with an explanation of his own. More
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Words: 71,030
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476485546
About Jenna Elizabeth Johnson

Jenna Elizabeth Johnson grew up and still resides on the Central Coast of California, the place that has become the inspiration for the setting for many of her books.

Miss Johnson has a degree in Art Practice with an emphasis in Celtic Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. She now draws much of her insight from the myths and legends of ancient Ireland to help set the theme for her books.

Besides writing and drawing, Miss Johnson enjoys reading, gardening, camping and hiking. In her free time she also practices the art of long sword combat and traditional archery.

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Review by: YOHANA MIJANGOS on Jan. 03, 2014 :
Love this book. can't wait to read book 2. I love the characters.
(review of free book)

Review by: Sharen on Oct. 27, 2012 : (no rating)
review I really enjoyed this book. I wasn't sure in the beginning as I thought here goes another teenage love story but no it was more than that......yes I love the interaction between Cade and Meghan but I love it more that it had a different story line full of Celtic mythology. Waiting to read what happens next in the second book...
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: tracey Murphy on Oct. 16, 2012 :
I received this book as a R2R so I thank the author for the opportunity to read her work.

I liked Meghan, the main character, who after being found in a bad part of town at 2 years old has been raised in a good foster family for the last 15 years. I felt Meghan's character was realistic and easy to like. She has embarrassed herself over the years with reports of hearing voices and seeing things plus her eyes constantly change colors. Her foster family has taken her to psychologists and therapy to deal with her nightmares and her tales.

She has a core group of friends even through she is an outcast at school and her foster family cares about her. I think there will be more with Aiden in the next book and that he will play an important part in her development.

Cade shows up and he tries to explain to Meghan that she is different because she is from the otherworld like him. I would have liked to see more romance in the book and hope that there will be more in the next one or at least more interaction between Meghan and Cade so she could develop more. This is the first time in her life that all the weird stuff is understood by someone. I totally understand her falling for him but would have like to see more of his reactions to her. Like Meghan, we are only finding out a little at time since we only see from Meghan's point of view. People from the otherworld are trying to kill Meghan, who knows nothing of their world or why, so we need to know why.

I really liked the Celtic twist to this book and am interested to read the next ones to find out more. Like what is going on with people trying to kill Meghan. I hope for more romance, more development of Meghan and her cohorts or family members and more Cade. I found the pacing a little slow, but I hope that is just the scene setting for the next couple of books.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: jhoana mahilum on Oct. 04, 2012 :
I received this book from goodreads R2R. Thank you

I must start with the page cover, i think it's very unique and the title is catchy that any paranormal fan will want to get hold of. I find the story very interesting because of the unique story. Meghan a 16 yr.old high school student is struggling to fit in with school or almost like for everything. She had a pretty rough start to begin with when she was a kid they found her wondering in L.A alone. Then after that been in and out of foster home because she's very different. Her eye color changes whatever her mood she's in. She see things not like any other normal peole see gnomes for example and since she was a kid she hear things especially when she's around trees.

She finally met someone who can explain everything to her his name is Cade .Cade was seem to be as she say THE PERFECT GUY. His good looking and physique built, good manners and thoughtfulness made her fall in love with him. He has a spirit guide which looks like a white hound with red tip on his ear who's name is fergus. He told her that she is a faelorehn and immortal from otherworld. He taught her how to defend herself since they found out what kind of creatures who's after her and since they she tried to avoid the swamp or woods where they usually meet up.

Danger comes when another Faelorehn came up asking for her help. She told her that she needed to cross the otherworld since Cade is in big danger.

I know this is a trilogy, but for me its lacking of action. I don't know if it's a good thing or not but im looking for more! I also don't have any knowledge about celtic's god's and godesses and for Ms.Johnson making it possible to explain most of it is a great deal thank you!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Amanda on Sep. 03, 2012 :
I received a copy of Faelorehn courtesy of Library Thing in exchange for a review.

Meghan is a junior in high school that doesn't quite fit in. It could be because of her always changing eye color, the fact that she's somehow 'different' from her peers. It doesn't help that she hears voices and the trees talk to her. But she's accepted her oddities and has found great friendship with 4 other misfits from her private school. Things start to get weird after Meghan sleep walks into the swamp area behind her house, where she meets and is rescued by Cade.
I really wish Cade and Meghan would've developed more in the story, especially after Cade told Meghan who she really was (sort of) and where she came from. I'm not so sure Meghan was such a believable character at first. Had someone told me that I wasn't quite human, but from an Otherworld, I would be asking all sorts of questions and wanting answers for every one of them! Meghan just seemed to not care as much.
Overall, the story held my attention, and I really started to enjoy it around the middle. I look forward to reading the next in the trilogy!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Brianna Lee Book Reviews on July 08, 2012 :
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

The title of this book as well as the cover is what initially sparked my interest. I am a big fan of paranormal books. "Faelorehn"is unlike anything I have ever read however. And that is a good thing. Of course, I love my vampire and werewolf books but it was refreshing to read a book that was original. It was obvious that author Jenna Elizabeth Johnson did her research before writing this book. "Faelorehn" deals with Celt mythology, among other things, and I only know a little about it but everything in this book matched what I knew. Again, its refreshing to know that an author isn't going to throw a book together without learning some background information on their topic.
I liked the characters of this book as well. Meghan, the outcast, with her unsettling eyes that tend to disturb people. Also, people think she is crazy because she sees and hears things that noone else does. Of course, we know the most about Meghan but that is because she is the main character...it generally tends to happen that way. I think Johnson gave us just enough information about Meghan's friends without shifting the focus to them too much. As for Meghan's love interest Cade, he was a mystery. But I think Johnson meant it to be this way for now, leaving us looking for answers that we will find in the next installments of "The Otherworld Trilogy". Any good author would do that if he/she was planning to write a series. All questions can't be answered in the first book, nor can all problems be solved. I think Jenna Johnson did a good job with her first novel in her trilogy. I look forward to Meghan's journey and learning the answers to all the book's mysteries.

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(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Joie on July 07, 2012 :
(Disclaimer: I received this book for review from the goodreads ARR program)

Rating: 3 stars

The synopsis of this book instantly had me hooked. It sounded exactly like the kind of book I normally LOVE to read.

However, I found the actual story lacking and somewhat disappointing.

This book was well-written, but lacked... depth. First off, there was next to no character development. The only character that maybe had some depth was Meghan—and only because she was the narrator so you knew all her thoughts… Meghan’s group of friends was very flat, and I felt like I barely knew any of them. I only ever knew just one character trait about each of them that seemed to only serve the purpose of identification. Even the “love interest” barely had any background information, let alone character development!
It seemed like every single character, aside from Meghan, played a rather secondary role, such as Meghan’s entire family and group of friends. They were present more for the purpose of page-filler scenes, or at least that’s what it felt like.
As for Meghan, the only character we only really get to know, she has this self-deprecating sense of humor that was nice and funny at some times, but pretty annoying at other times. Sometimes, this kind of humor makes her very relatable and down-to-earth and I loved her for that, but it was also pretty obvious that this girl did not have very much self-esteem.

And OH. MY. GOODNESS. This girl really does not think things through! At all! It’s ridiculous! At one point, she practically walked right into a blatantly obvious trap. In fact, she even had doubts that it was a bad situation, but did she reconsider? NO. She went ahead and did it anyway! It was at this point that I realized she was very…easily manipulated so put it nicely. Let’s just say there were multiple instances where her actions made me face-palm in a WTF manner.

As for the “relationship” between Meghan and Cade... Honestly, I can’t even call it a relationship because the majority of it was in Meghan’s head! By the end of the book, she was actually full-on in-love with the dude when they’d only spoken a couple of times! I can’t even say that this was a problem of insta-love because it was pretty much one-sided! I mean, is it possible that Cade has romantic feelings for Meghan? Sure. But he never actually expressed any indication that that was the case!
Apparently, the only prerequisite Meghan needed in a guy was they “got” her, didn’t act like a total douchebag…oh, and being handsome certainly doesn’t hurt.

*cue the face-palm…………. NOW.

The redeeming quality—the one thing that kept me very interested in this book—was the Celtic mythology. Never mind that I had no freaking clue how to pronounce any of the names, but I really enjoyed learning about the myths and deities. Celtic mythology is a topic/gimmick/whatever-you-want-to-call-it that I rarely see in YA literature, which made this book very fresh.

This review might sound like I hate the book…. I don’t. At least, not completely.
The thing is, I most likely will be reading the next book. I want to find out more about the Celtic mythology, I’d LOVE to see Meghan grow as a character, I’d be flipping ecstatic if there could be some actual romance. This book was something of a stage-setter. Now I know all the important stuff… so hopefully things can actually pick up in book 2. Fingers crossed.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Jennifer Ricketts on July 05, 2012 :
I received this book for free from an ARR (author requesting review) in the We ♥ YA Books group on Goodreads.

From the very first page when the main character Meghan Elam is introduced, I was immediately pulled into her story, and that doesn't always happen so fast when I begin reading a book! She's an interesting, complex character with a very intriguing backstory that is slowly revealed as the book progresses.

At the age of two, she was found wandering the streets of Los Angeles in an extremely dangerous section of the city. I empathized with her right away, wondering what kind of parents she had who would lose their toddler in such a large city! She is found and later adopted. Her parents have five boys after adopting her, and Meghan never feels like she truly fits in anywhere. She loves her parents and her brothers but feels a bit out of place because she doesn't look like them.

I liked that conventional methods (numerous psychiatrists and medications) were attempted to relieve her nightmares, visions, hallucinations, and voices she hears. This made her situation realistic to me, and for a while, those all went away. Meghan's backstory is unique and different from other books I've read, which made the entire book so interesting and hooked me right away.

I loved Meghan and her friends! They were cool together, loyal to each other, stood up for each other against the bullies of their school, and had a lot of fun together. Meghan is strong, brave, and a loyal friend. She's very likable. The way Meghan and her friends were harassed by the bullies of their school was just appalling! I can totally relate with Meghan and her friends and kept hoping that those vicious characters would get what should be coming to them!

I liked Cade, the character who saves Meghan from several life threatening situations, somewhat. I couldn't help but think there's something shady about him, and he should have told Meghan a lot more than he did. If he had, it would've saved a lot of hardship for Meghan as well as himself. I wished he could tell her more about her parents, but I'm sure more will be revealed in the next book.

Overall, I really loved this book and flew through it. I hated having to put it down, and I can't wait to read the next book in the trilogy! I care about these characters and want to find out what happens next, especially that Meghan knows more about who she is and where she is from. Very exciting!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Michelle McRoberts on July 01, 2012 :
I received a free copy of this e-book through connections on Goodreads - This has not had an effect on the quality of my review. I do, however, tend to go a little easy on the first book in what is quite obviously meant to be a series, so take that as you will...

I really enjoyed this book, and I'll be looking up this author's other works very shortly.

I love the fantasy genre, but I haven't really read faerie stories as of yet - and I tend to be wary of them. Oftentimes the fae are background characters in other stories - a part of the magical landscape of a story. The part I like so much about this story is that the faerie mythology is present and elaborated upon. The Celtic history of the fae in the story is rich, and the author's study of the subject matter is obvious.

A couple of things would have made this story better for me. One, I wish even more of the mythology had been revealed to the reader. It seemed that Ms. Johnson passed up some opportunities to relate Celtic mythology and/or history to the reader, so we could have more insight to the story. However, I can understand the decision to refrain at this point, because the story is told in first person and the main character has had so much hidden from her.

Second, I wish it were longer and that the climax were a touch more involved. The plotline in this story reads like the typical short story plot. It wasn't the complex plot of a novel and there aren't any subplots that I've been able to identify in the story, so far.

Overall, I enjoyed the slow and deliberate style of information delivery and would have liked to see more character interaction and development of the secondary characters in the downtimes. I look forward to reading the next book though and finding out more about Meghan's life and just how Cade will fit into it!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jedaia Rose Doñoz on June 27, 2012 :
It started well but turned out and ended to be a disappointment.

I got this book through the ARR program in Goodreads and I'm grateful to Ms. Johnson for providing me a copy to review. Honestly, I had such high hopes for this book because it was about fey. I love these kinds of books, especially what with The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa.

First thing that I noticed was that, Meghan, the character here in Faelorehn, had the exact same name with the main character in Kagawa's The Iron Fey, even with the spelling. Perhaps it was just a coincidence but it didn't really sit well with me. To add, one of Meghan's best friend here is named Robyn. Meghan from The Iron Fey had Robin as her bestfriend, as well. There was just a difference in spelling and gender.

Now, on with the story. Meghan Elam had been hearing voices and seeing things and visions ever since she could remember. As a child, she was found wandering the streets of Los Angeles and was adopted. She had been to psychiatrists and therapists and then she found out that there was a reason for all the madness. Meghan is Otherworldy and not human at all.

The start was interesting, to say the least. But the interest soon waned. The major problem with this book is the pacing. It was so dragging. I was shocked to find out I was already halfway through and not much development had happened.

Secondly, the characters were weak. Meghan, above all, was gullible, weak, and unstable. I could understand that it was hard to cope with the things she learned, that she was shaky from all the information she got. But, she was extremely and unreasonably inconsistent with her behavior. And, when Cade got mixed into the picture, her character went downhill even more.

The romance in this story -- it felt like Ms. Johnson was trying to hard and the effort didn't end up well. The romance was forcefully incorporated and out of place. At one moment, Meghan was conflicted with her identity and the next, her thoughts are warring about Cade's loyalty and her heartbreak and what have you.

Nonetheless, the concept was great and the take with the Celtic gods and goddesses was a fresh taste but I guess, I just really didn't like this at all.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sarah Empey on June 22, 2012 :
I can honestly say that I am very glad Faelorehn was my first ebook. Yes, you read that right my first ebook. At first I was a bit apprehensive about the whole ebook craze, I was a bit of a traditionalist in the sense that you should be able to hold a book in your hands and flip the pages; Faelorehn proved me wrong. Perhaps it was the handsome and mysterious Cade or the quirky Meghan Elam with her shifting eyecolour and strange 'visions' that hooked me on Faelorehn. But there is certainly no doubt about how much I loved this book. A good book should give you chills and goosebumps, while immersing you so deeply in the story that you can't help but turn another page. If this is the definition of a good book then Faelorehn is the epitome of a great book. I got chills following Meghan on her journey to discover who she actualy was and couldn't help but turn the page. Johnson effortlessly wove in Celtic mythology, giving the story a touch of reality in fiction. Yes, I know mythology isn't exactly reality but it certainly has a basis in reality and its role in Faelorehn certainly added to this richly woven story. I would definitley recommend reading Faelorehn and experiencing the magic Johnson weaves yourself!

If you like my review check out my blog: http://laceandlavenderhints.blogspot.ca/

-Sarah
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Clara Naomi on June 21, 2012 : (no rating)
So I just finished this book last night and it took me a while I have to say. I think I started it back in the beginning of June and worked my way slowly till last night. Oh, I don't really know how to start with this so I'm going to start with the author, Jenna Elizabeth Johnson.

Miss. Johnson I have to say that you have very strange interest in Irish folktales, but we all love what we do, and I guess writing something like this or any fiction takes some craziness to a degree. Her writing style wasn't anything too abstract or difficult, it wasn't like something that Cassandra Clare would write, but it was on the better side of authors I've read. I felt that the pacing was done well, I got very tired of reading mundane things at the beginning of the novel, because even though it shows who Meghan is, I feel like it was just too dull for my taste. Maybe it was just me, but I had trouble pronouncing all the Old Irish names in my head. It took awhile to just deal with all of the names, but I just learned to memorize the way the letters were organized and not how I'd speak it.

Characters in this novel, were interesting. At the very beginning I felt like Meghan was like built for me, we were so alike, besides the whole paranormal thing, but you know she was me. She was a version of me that I wanted to explore. That made me continue reading. Though, if you've read the novel she tends to be extremely unaware and not very perceptive at all. Meghan was just alright for the main protagonist and narrator. Then there's our love interest Cade. Yeah he's what you expect a tall, dark, and mysterious older man who shows up out of know where and delivers you a plate with all your wishes come true. Well also nightmares, but you get the point he was your prince charming. All the other side characters were there to entice me when Meghan failed me or Cade just got me stumped.

I think I have to say this the most. The ending was horrific. I wanted to bang myself against a wall how things turned out. I did appreciated that there was an explanation chapter and that got me over the hellish part of the novel, but besides that I think Faelorehn is an alright novel. So I give Jenna Elizabeth Johnson's novel Faelorehn a head nods, thumbs up. (4 out of 5)

Please check out my blog @ readrw.blogspot.com if you like my review!!:)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Ray Chelle on June 20, 2012 :
Disclaimer: The fact that I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review has not affected my rating.

Before I start my review, I want to say that Faelorehn is a beautifully written book. The imagery is wonderful, and I love the prose the author creates! It's just that some of the situations and characterization are not suited for someone like me.

Let me start off with what I liked. I liked how the author used Celtic mythology - it's been a while since I've seen that used in YA literature! The idea of Daemorehn (I hope I spelled that right...), Morrigan, and geis are unique and make the plot more interesting. These aspects are what made me keep on reading the book.

In my opinion, the main fault is in the pacing of the book. Meghan finds out she's different at 47% into the book, and the action doesn't really start until about 60 or 70 percent. Before that, the book basically describes Meghan's daily life, where she and her friends are bullied. However, despite the heavy amount of time spent describing Meghan's more normal life, her friends were underdeveloped. For example, it was mentioned that Thomas was gay - what happens afterwards? That problem just kind of disappears...

I also found Meghan to be an angsty teenager when it came to Cade. She didn't even know him that well - how could she claim to love him after so little meetings? Then after seeing Cade's "girlfriend", she goes into a state of depression - to me, that's overreacting, considering the time she new the guy and not knowing much about him. Moreover, he decisions she made seemed easily avoidable and kind of stupid. When she decided to go to the Otherworld, I was screaming in my head, No, you idiot! Don't go - she's probably some evil witch (probably Morrigan). She's tricking you! No. No. No. No. Don't go!

I'm not sure if I was picky at that time, or if it's just me. But this book's characterization and pacing probably weren't for me and put me off a little.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Dorothee DX on June 20, 2012 :
Book gotten in exchange of an honest review.

Thank you so much Jenna for sending me your book, I was so nice of you! But sorry my review isn’t going to be that good…

Ok, this book started out good, very good in fact. I liked Megan, and wanted to know more about her, about her story, her family and what would become of her. So I continued reading with enthusiasm.

Megan was adopted by an American family, after having been found as a toddler wandering in the streets of Los Angeles. Throughout her childhood, she saw things and heard voices, but now as a 17 year old, she know how not to make herself known. Yet, she always feels strange, and not like the others. Here comes Cade, who will tell her some new things about her…

Cade… what did you make of Meghan? It was the story of how a strong girl becomes weak as soon as she falls in love! As soon as Cade comes into the story, Meghan turns into a ‘stupid’ girl in love every time she sees him… something that irritated me very much during my reading. I like strong character, and here she becomes quite weak….

And when the Morrigan lures her into the underworld… Seriously ? How could she be so gullible? It was almost ridiculous! I felt like screaming at her for being so stupid in her actions. I mean we can see it coming!!

I also think the story has a lot of repetitions in it (her waking up in the morning, waiting for Cade, etc…). Some characters could also be a bit more introduced… There were many of them and sometimes, it feels like they were just mentioned without a point to it.

So a book which started out as good at first for me, ended as a big disappointment… I will probably not be reading the rest of Meghan stories.

2 out of 5, as I still read the entire book, and loved the first half!

Thank you anyway Jenna, for giving me a chance to read your book! It has potential, but it need some editing for it to be a really good book for me.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Breathe In BooKs on June 19, 2012 :
Faelorehn is not your average faerie tale. This is not about dancing pixies or household mischief makers. This is the story of a girl who is part of a world she has no idea existed; one that wants to kill her and she has no idea why. Although Meghan may seem like a regular 17 year old, she has dreams. In these dreams she is naked roaming the streets of Los Angeles, hands laced tightly in a white dog’s fur. The only catch is, this isn’t really a dream at all, this is her past. That was how she was found – alone at the age of two with no recollection of how or why.

Now, living in central California with her adoptive parents and five brothers, Meghan’s life is normal. Well, it is if you don’t count the voices, the visions, or the fact that her eyes change color from one moment to the next. She tries to fit in, but constantly struggles to keep the truth away from her friends and family, and ultimately from herself. But when creatures start appearing and attacking Meghan, she can no longer tell herself that is just her imagination. Especially when Cade MacRoich comes to her aid and somehow knows things about Meghan that she has never told anyone else. Driven to find answers, Meghan searches for answers and unearths information that most people would scoff at, but she knows that incredibly, it is all true.

I found Meghan’s character strong and relatable. She wants answers about her life, but is not sure what to believe. Even when Cade shows up with some possible theories, she still searches on her own; not believing whatever she hears because it is told to her by a hot guy. She doesn’t always make the best decisions, but she does everything with pure intentions.

I found Cade to be infuriating. He constantly went missing for weeks on end and he only gave half answers at best. I was never quite sure if he is trustworthy, but I couldn’t help but want him to be the hero Meghan thought he was. I understand why Meghan found him intriguing, but I did not like the way she turned into a shell when he was not around. We have seen that from characters before; I call it the Bella Swan syndrome. I will forgive her though because her life was in turmoil and none of what was happening around her was of her choosing.

The use of Celtic mythology is refreshing. I have read many books about the Fae and various pagan belief systems and this book was completely different from anything else. Ms. Johnson uses her knowledge to weave a beautiful story of love, friendship, and legend. Only once before had I ever heard of the Morrigan, the Celtic goddess of war. The atmosphere that the author created was eerie and haunting and the creatures were truly disturbing. The ending left me breathless; book two, Dolmarehn can’t be released soon enough!

I was given a copy of this book from the author for an honest review. No backroom deals or whispered promises were made.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Cynthia .... on June 19, 2012 :
We All Make Mistakes In Books
Thank you to the Author, Jenna Johnson and the ARR program on GoodReads for the opportunity to read and review this book.

I really liked this book. Jenna Johnson brings the Celtic world in a very easy way to understand if you’re not familiar with it and with a very intriguing and captivating story.
The beginning is a little slow, but I enjoyed the fact that Meghan is not running from this unexplainable things that happen to her because they’re unknown, she’s running from them to keep herself sane. She’s seen these weird creatures and heard the trees cry all her life, she knows that and she needs to remember it’s only a figment of her imagination.

Dunring the first half of the book we see her struggling against herself, trying to fit in, to be accepted.

I loved how she stays strong though all that, putting others before herself to make sure they’re ok even though she’s hurting and scare about everything that happens to her.

Meghan is a lovely character: she has a little group of friends she loves and protects when she can; she has a very big and tight family that mean the world to her and over all she’s brave,
Cade’s sudden arrival puts her world upside down, even more than what it is. He tells her that she might not be a weird 17-year-old human girl but a Faelorehn, an immortal from the Otherworld, but with this revelation comes the danger of knowing that the things she’s seen all her life are real and dangerous.

Cade… he’s mysterious, he’s sexy, he’s an awesome fighter and he’s caring. All you’d want in a boy.
Faelorehn is a great book to start off a series. I’d love it if Jenna had included more background stories for Meghan and Cade or Meghan’s family and friends but I see how they’ll probably be more important in future books.

Cade comes and goes in the book making you desperate to know what’s happening, is he good, is he bad, can she trust him, is all of it real?

Without putting any spoilers here, I can assure the end is going to leave you hanging and begging for more. I can’t wait to see how Meghan’s story will continue.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Audrey Wilkerson on June 19, 2012 :
In all of her seventeen years, one of the lessons Meghan Elam has learned is to keep quiet. She learned early on that psychiatrists and rounds of drugs were in her near future if she told her adoptive parents about the odd things she sees and hears. Unfortunately, her classmates have not let her forget about this strangeness. Most people seem to sense that Meghan is different and stay away. Fortunately, to her band of friends, outcasts themselves, this does not matter.

After successfully ignoring visions and her strange, recurring dream for a while, it seems that there is an amping up of sightings. First, there is a raven, though this raven is much larger than any she’s seen before. Plus, those glowing red eyes... Then an old, homeless man starts hanging around outside Meghan’s school. Then, walking home from school one day, Meghan is chased by a herd of...gnomes? And not the cute ones with the red pointy hats.

One night her dream changes. Instead of her being the toddler she was when she was found wandering around Los Angeles, she is her current age. Also appearing is the great white dog who is always beside her in her dream. Unfortunately, this is no dream. Meghan has slept-walked into the clearing behind her house - and she is not alone. Suddenly surrounded by horrible rotting dogs, she is saved by the white dog and a young man.

Meghan awakens the next day with an odd feeling, but otherwise no memory of what happened in the clearing. There are those scrapes on her arms, but she does not remember where they came from. Eventually, the white dog comes to get her and takes her to meet Cade, the man who saved her. He knows too much about her, so she freaks out and leaves. After an encounter with bullies at school, Cade drives up and saves Meghan. Then he tells her what she is - Faelorehn. Then the unthinkable happens; Cade is in trouble, and his girlfriend, a beautiful woman, tells Meghan that only Meghan can help him...in the Otherworld.

After recently reviewing many books requested by authors, every time a start a new one, I know that a part of me sort of expects the works to not be great. Not necessarily bad, you understand, but, at worst, inept grammar, bad spelling, inane metaphors, or high drama; or, at best, stodgy overworked prose that does not flow. You can see the wizard behind the curtain, you know? As I started reading Faelorehn, my favorite thing happened. I forgot I was reading a book. I was drawn into the story and was never rudely jolted back into reality by ineptitude. Hooray! Ms. Johnson’s love for celtic lore (as well as a minor in Celtic Studies, no less) is evident in the story. Far from being pedantic, I found it exciting and entertaining. As I have ancestry from all parts of the British Isles, I love the folklore from that area of the world.

For you romantics out there, I can see potential between Meghan and Cade. Too many series tend to force a relationship in the first volume when the characters aren’t ready for that. I also appreciate the well-formed home and school life that Meghan has. Again, when a book is so hell-bent on getting to the storyline that it ignores “reality,” the tale does not resonate well. I can’t wait for the series to continue so I can find out what happens when Meghan breaks the geis, or taboo, put on her by her birth mother. For this was the only thing keeping her safe in her own world.

4 of 5 Stars

Faelorehn by Jenna Elizabeth Johnson was published June 1, 2012 by CreateSpace. Faelorehn is book one of the Otherworld Trilogy.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Mixi R. on June 19, 2012 :
I was lucky enough to get to read this book through an ARC. It was a terrific book. I know we have all said; "I couldn't put it down", but in this case it was very true for me. I seriously considered taking a day off from work just to finish it. That was my fault for thinking I could just read a chapter or two before bed.

The characters were well formed for high school age students and paranormal/magic beings. It was clear who I was supposed to root for, and the author made sure that I was. I was very disappointed when the book ended and can't wait to get hold of the next installments.

There were portions of this book that reminded me of the "Fever" series by Karen Marie Moning, but for the most part it felt very original and I will try to patiently wait to discover more of Meghan and Cade. I have my doubts about the patient part.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Blah Blah on June 13, 2012 :
Actually, probably moreso 3.5 stars :)

This was my first ARC!! Wooo! So exciting. You might not think so but meh, I think it's awesome.
Anyway...

This book was actually pretty good. It was well-written, the word that comes to mind is "neat", the writing that is, for some reason. Read the book and see if you agree, could just be my weirdness. It could have used a little more editing i.e. some of the dialogue and descriptions could have been taking out because they were either a) not needed, b) predictable (where I could predict what the whole dialogue would say after a certain point).
But other than that, it was a good story, different (predictable) but all in all...

A lovely frist novel from Jenna (Wait, I think it's her first novel).

Definitely have a squizz :)

(On a side note: Thank you so much Jenna for sharing this story with me,my first ARC author..person! :P Muchly appreciated :)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Beth Hoover on June 12, 2012 :
Meghan Elam is your every day high school student. She has great friends and a wonderful loving adopted family full of boys siblings. Although she is relatively happy there is something different about Meghan. She hears strange voices, sees weird creatures, gets visions into the future and her eyes change with her mood like a mood ring. Her parents have taken her for help with specialist and have tried medication to help her but Meghan learned fast to ignore the unusual and don’t share it with anyone. But now that she’s turned 17, something has changed and she can’t ignore it any longer and the secret world of Meghan’s imagination might just be out to destroy her.

Faelorehn was a really enjoyable read! Meghan is a strong heroin, even with her doubts about her sanity she faces the strange head on. Jenna Johnson weaves a fantastic tale that leaves you wanting more. Faelorehn was a little slow in the being, giving ample time for Ms. Johnson to give you enough back ground on the characters that you feel vested in the outcome. Can’t wait for the next in this trilogy.

This copy of Faelorehn was given to me by Jenna Elizabeth Johnson in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Amanda S on June 11, 2012 :
For starters, I have to say I really enjoyed this novel! I'm so glad I contacted Ms. Johnson about reading and reviewing her novel. I was intrigued with the description and I was not disappointed at all. I was only disappointed when I had to put the novel down so I could sleep last night!! Needless to say, I am looking forward to book two in the trilogy. This was a great set up for a series because there are still so many unanswered questions that leave he next books room to explore and discover. I'm hooked and will be continuing for sure!

Meghan Elam is a 17 year old outcast and former orphan who was very lucky to be adopted into a loving family. She struggled with visions, hearing voices and recurring dreams that she never really escaped. Plus her ever changing eye color is just icing on the cake. Despite countless treatments, nothing ever seemed to help. After having been labeled crazy by her classmates, she realizes she is better off keeping the strange happenings to herself. She has a great group of friends with whom she has bonded with given the fact that the five of them are all outsiders. They reminded me of a modern day Breakfast Club, but the twist is they are all real friends rather than friends for a day. So the beginning of the novel does a great job setting up Meghan's life with her friends and her attempt at some kind of normalcy that she tries to maintain even after the craziness begins when Cade comes into her life and offers her an explanation to those voices and visions. She is Faelorehn. A fact that will begin to shine some light on who she is as things begin to unfold.

Meghan is a strong female character which I loved! I would much rather read a story with a strong female than a weak one who becomes complete mush when confronted with an attractive boy. Ok sure she is human and does swoon over the boy, but she is capable of carrying on with her life as well which makes her a much more compelling character than say Bella in Twilight. Yay for having a backbone! I really enjoyed Cade as well. We don't see him too much with this novel. We really only get snippets of him but I'm hoping we see much more of him in the future. Cade is a mystery and I look forward to learning more about him.

The Celtic myths and lore are intriguing because with the market so saturated with Vampire and Werewolves THIS novel offers something completely different. I enjoyed learning about the myths along with Meghan rather than feeling I needed to do some research to find out just what the heck all of this is. Learning along with her helped me connect with the character more. I enjoyed learning about the legends and making the connections with Meghan to the world she was learning existed alongside her own.

I admit the pacing of this is gradual and for some people it may be too slow, but for me this worked very well. I liked the fact that everything didn't completely culminate at the end and get wrapped up in a neat little bow. As I said there are some unanswered questions lingering that have me wondering just where things are going to go.

One of my favorite quotes:

"If I were an ordinary high school girl and if her were an ordinary high school boy, I would be hoping for some romantic liaison on his part right then. But neither of us was ordinary and he was definitely not a high school boy."

If I were to be so bold as to make any comparisons, when honestly I don't think there can be this story is a one of a kind, there are elements that reminded me of Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series just with the fact that Meghan never knew of this world and she now has to learn how to become a part of it. I loved the Mortal Instruments and I find that I am just as hooked on this series as I was with Clare's novel.

For my full review check out my blog @ areadersaddiction.blogspot.com
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Amanda S on June 11, 2012 : (no rating)
For starters, I have to say I really enjoyed this novel! I'm so glad I contacted Ms. Johnson about reading and reviewing her novel. I was intrigued with the description and I was not disappointed at all. I was only disappointed when I had to put the novel down so I could sleep last night!! Needless to say, I am looking forward to book two in the trilogy. This was a great set up for a series because there are still so many unanswered questions that leave he next books room to explore and discover. I'm hooked and will be continuing for sure!

Meghan Elam is a 17 year old outcast and former orphan who was very lucky to be adopted into a loving family. She struggled with visions, hearing voices and recurring dreams that she never really escaped. Plus her ever changing eye color is just icing on the cake. Despite countless treatments, nothing ever seemed to help. After having been labeled crazy by her classmates, she realizes she is better off keeping the strange happenings to herself. She has a great group of friends with whom she has bonded with given the fact that the five of them are all outsiders. They reminded me of a modern day Breakfast Club, but the twist is they are all real friends rather than friends for a day. So the beginning of the novel does a great job setting up Meghan's life with her friends and her attempt at some kind of normalcy that she tries to maintain even after the craziness begins when Cade comes into her life and offers her an explanation to those voices and visions. She is Faelorehn. A fact that will begin to shine some light on who she is as things begin to unfold.

Meghan is a strong female character which I loved! I would much rather read a story with a strong female than a weak one who becomes complete mush when confronted with an attractive boy. Ok sure she is human and does swoon over the boy, but she is capable of carrying on with her life as well which makes her a much more compelling character than say Bella in Twilight. Yay for having a backbone! I really enjoyed Cade as well. We don't see him too much with this novel. We really only get snippets of him but I'm hoping we see much more of him in the future. Cade is a mystery and I look forward to learning more about him.

The Celtic myths and lore are intriguing because with the market so saturated with Vampire and Werewolves THIS novel offers something completely different. I enjoyed learning about the myths along with Meghan rather than feeling I needed to do some research to find out just what the heck all of this is. Learning along with her helped me connect with the character more. I enjoyed learning about the legends and making the connections with Meghan to the world she was learning existed alongside her own.

I admit the pacing of this is gradual and for some people it may be too slow, but for me this worked very well. I liked the fact that everything didn't completely culminate at the end and get wrapped up in a neat little bow. As I said there are some unanswered questions lingering that have me wondering just where things are going to go.

One of my favorite quotes:

"If I were an ordinary high school girl and if her were an ordinary high school boy, I would be hoping for some romantic liaison on his part right then. But neither of us was ordinary and he was definitely not a high school boy."

If I were to be so bold as to make any comparisons, when honestly I don't think there can be this story is a one of a kind, there are elements that reminded me of Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series just with the fact that Meghan never knew of this world and she now has to learn how to become a part of it. I loved the Mortal Instruments and I find that I am just as hooked on this series as I was with Clare's novel.

For my full review check out my blog @ areadersaddiction.blogspot.com
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: rebecca coble on June 10, 2012 :
I have got to say I have never read a book quite like this. The plot was very original and it was easy to sink into it. Meghan Elam, the main character is very realistic which makes the story to be much more believable, her friends to be intriguing to the story.
The love interest, Cade MacRoich and Meghan have a dynamic connection as he teachers her the ways of the Otherworld.
It did get a little slow at some points in the book particularly when Meghan was waiting for Cade to get back fromm the Otherworld. I am hoping that this book sets up for more action in the future books!
All in all it was a fantastic first book for the series.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: rebecca coble on June 10, 2012 :
I have got to say I have never read a book quite like this. The plot was very original and it was easy to sink into it. Meghan Elam, the main character is very realistic which makes the story to be much more believable, her friends to be intriguing to the story.
The love interest, Cade MacRoich and Meghan have a dynamic connection as he teachers her the ways of the Otherworld.
It did get a little slow at some points in the book particularly when Meghan was waiting for Cade to get back fromm the Otherworld. I am hoping that this book sets up for more action in the future books!
All in all it was a fantastic first book for the trilogy.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sophie Davis on June 04, 2012 :
Faelorehn is a great first book in Ms. Johnson’s Otherworld Trilogy. Meghan Elam is a 17-year old junior trying to fit in despite the fact that most of her classmates think she is crazy. But Meghan has a small group of loyal friends who accept her the way she is. The side characters are fun and intriguing, particularly Robyn, who is into the Pagan Religion and constantly makes her friends take part in the Celtic rituals. Meghan is constantly subjected to teasing and tormenting by her peers, and Ms. Johnson does a good job of showing Meghan’s strength by not having her show too much outward emotion at their teasing, while still making her character realistic since the reader experiences Meghan’s inner turmoil.
Just like any teenage girl who has never had a boy show interest in her, Meghan is quickly taken with Cade MacRoich when he shows up in her life. But he isn’t a normal boy, he is from the otherworld and it is from Cade that Meghan learns about who she is.
In Faelorehn, the author does a great job of setting up the series and hinting at what’s to come down the road. You find out just enough about Meghan’s past and the mysterious Cade to leave you wanting to know more. There are a lot of minor characters in the first book (Meghan has a large family) and I am hoping that we will learn more about them as the series progresses! Overall, Faelorehn is a great, quick read that once I started, I couldn’t put down.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Victoria Hartman on June 02, 2012 :
I received this book throught he ARR program on Goodreads to read and review.
The things I liked- The storyline was good and the characters were likeable. I don't read a lot of fantasy books but I found myself looking forward to what was coming next. It was a quick read and I really liked the descriptions of the world they lived in and the forest. I could easily picture it in my mind. The dynamics between Meghan and Cade were interesting and made it hard to put down because I wanted to find out what would happen next. The things I didn't particularly like- There were a lot of extra characters that didn't seem to really have much to do with the story, but instead gave me a lot more to keep up with (ex.- her brothers, there were so many of them and they didn't seem to have much to do with anything) I think it needs a little more editing ( ex. - in one part it talks about her seeing birds and it says "These ones had red eyes")and it repeats a lot of things ( ex. she describes herself as crazy and different, and that people think she is odd- over and over again...I get it, she is different)The pace was slow at times with a lot it spent on Meghan waiting for Cade to show up and just hanging out at school or home. I am hoping that this first book is just setting up for more action to take place in the next installment.
I am thankful to the Author Jenna Johnson for allowing me to have copy of this book to read and review and look forward to seeing more books from her in the future.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: joy matthew on June 01, 2012 : (no rating)
I'm so lucky to have got the chance to read and review this book for free (THANK YOU YA BOOKS). For a self published book it's pretty awesome.

The whole plot of this story is really genuis.

It opens up with the main character, Meghan, sort of introducing herself and showing you what her life is like. All the characters in this book are just... the way that they're presented makes you like, I can't explain it but it's a good thing. I found none of the characters cardboard or boring, they were all unique in their own way. But my favorite character in this would have to be her little brother,Aiden, the one with autism. They way he described is so heart touching and adorable.

The idea of the whole story is kinda unique but there's another story like this by another self-publishing author, but now it's been published by a proffesional. But if I had to pick, this book would be the best one. I love the way it's written, it's really simple to follow and understand even though it was slow-paced at the start.

I love the mystery about Caden, it's kida hot. It's cool that the plot involves celtic history.
The otherworld sounds pretty cool but it could do with more decription. I like how it was left hanging. pretty adictive actually.

I cannot wait for the second one.

I reccommend this epic book to anyone who like paranormal books and some mystery. Seriously-go get it as soon as you finish reading this!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tina Donnelly on May 29, 2012 :
Faelorehn was my first read to review experience. (Thank you!) I was very excited to get this opportunity. Faelorehn was a good book. I have to admit it started out slowly, but Ms. Jenna Johnson had a lot of background information to get out on Celtic mythology. I didn't know a whole lot on this, so the information was greatly appreciated. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters in this book. Meghan and her friends had me rooting for them. All were unique in their own way, they fit together so well. I wanted more about Cade. I am still trying to wrap my mind around his angle. Is he gonna share his feelings for Meghan, or stay in the background leaving her to figure out her new identity alone? I look forward to reading the next book in this series.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Kari on May 24, 2012 :
I was lucky enough to get a chance to read/review this book through the Goodreads group We
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: diana grace on May 24, 2012 :
I'm so glad I got a chance to read (and review) this book which Ms. Jenna has generously given through the We
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Antoinette Hunter on May 23, 2012 :
Meghan Elam is not just an ordinary person, that's what the people around her think, especially the ones who find her weird. Even Meghan herself thought that she was abnormal. Her entire life is like a mystery to her because of the voices she would hear and the strange things she saw. Little did she know that it would be part of who she was and what she would become.

Faelorehn was a well paced book, filled with twists and turns. Meghan's character was well established throughout the book. Jenna Johnson gave great visual details of every aspect of the book. This book will leave you wanting more. It was a great beginning of the trilogy. I am dying to read the next one
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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