Her Unwelcome Inheritance

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Fayborn, #1
Petra Godfellow is ready – a little nervous, but ready – to grow up and leave home. She doesn't know the family secret... about the man who loved her mother, who couldn't accept that it was over... who's crazy enough to believe that he's the rightful king of Faerie. Her mother wants to keep it that way, but just after Petra's high school graduation, James Oberon finds her family again. More

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About J. Aleksandr Wootton

J. Aleksandr Wootton is a Virginian and a bookworm, if by "worm" you mean "dragon" - he hoards books in shelves and spare rooms and likes to sleep surrounded by them.

In his spare time he chairs the folklore department at Lightfoot College. His research focus is on post-war Faerie.

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Review by: Tammy Dewhirst on Feb. 24, 2014 :
"Her Unwelcome Inheritance" is a cheeky wink at literature lovers. The inside joke of the piece is that there are several literature based references. The most overt of them played out in the home of James Oberon as he returns from his journey to find Christine Goodfellow he finds that his manservant has labeled varied things on a tray “eat me” and “drink me” as though James has returned from his own trip down the rabbit hole. The references are smart and subtle opening this novel to children who have entered high school and are now reading the very works that Wootton references in his wholly unique tale.

Petra Goodfellow, when we meet her, is a perfectly normal girl. Her mother has banned her from social media out of the fear that Oberon will find them and she, of course, has a secret account. She underestimates the threat thinking that the stupid adults are over-reacting as stupid adults do. She even has a perfectly in character fit of pique. How dare they not have told her about this stalker before! Of course, despite little glimpses of memory she was too young to remember their life before they escaped. Because of this initial naivety, Wootton is able to build the bond between young reader and character and teenagers will become invested in the fate of this character.

Wootton’s narrative covers a lot of ground in quite a short number of worlds and manages to convey the information needed while keeping the reader engaged and entertained. As previously stated, Wootton is obviously quite well read and seems to have studied the overall construction of those novels. He gives the reader credit for intelligence and writes up to his audience instead of modulating his voice for a middle grade understanding.

"Her Unwelcome Inheritance" is a fabulous novel for children of all ages.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Discoverer on Sep. 26, 2013 :
An imaginative, creative, interesting read by a clever and well-read author! I can't wait to learn what professor Wootton discovers about Faerie. Makes me want to look around with a different eye -- are you part of the Fay? Am I? Perhaps only Tod knows for sure. In the meantime I'd like a visit to that fantastic coffee shop.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Lindsey Smith on Sep. 26, 2013 :
"Her Unwelcome Inheritance" is clever, interesting, and wholly unique. It's about Faerie, but it's written in a way you will never have encountered before. The book tackles the themes of everything from philosophy to war, from power to trust,and from evil to childhood sweetness. It will take you on your own journey from skepticism to wonder, and throughout, you will be provoked to think, laugh, and explore. And maybe, like Petra, you'll find yourself believing in a world we didn't think could possibly exist.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: preludetorain on Sep. 25, 2013 :
A fascinating read filled with memorable and quirky characters, witty dialogue, an original plot, descriptive settings, and an altogether entertaining writing style. Perfect for fans of fantasy, science fiction, mystery, historical fiction, drama, and (of course) fairy tales. I can't wait to see more. Absolutely worth the read!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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