Faelorehn - Book One of the Otherworld Trilogy

Rated 3.86/5 based on 29 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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About Jenna Elizabeth Johnson

Jenna Elizabeth Johnson is a best-selling, multi-award winning author of Fantasy and Young Adult Paranormal Romance. Jenna grew up and still resides on the Central Coast of California, a place she finds as magical and enchanting as the worlds she creates.

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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Reviews of Faelorehn - Book One of the Otherworld Trilogy by Jenna Elizabeth Johnson

Cece Alex reviewed on April 30, 2020

Captivating. Interesting. A Scintillating read...

This book gave a new feel to faeries. I've always been one for such fairy stories, but the inclusion of a Celtic genealogy is a new albeit welcome twist..

Your flawless writing, made reading this book much more enjoyable.. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more from this series..

It is noteworthy to point out, I didn't take my eyes of this book for a moment, till I finished all the chapters...
(review of free book)
Elen Tabita Bertoldi reviewed on Oct. 3, 2015

This book is one of the few fae books that I actually like. Meghan is a great character. She is a loving girl that cares a lot about her adoptive family and her autistic brother, she isn’t bothered with her differences and her group of friends are great too. Each one of them are very different from each other but they get along so well, it shows what true friendship is about. I love how she is a strong person inside and given chance she will fight for her friends, her family and her first love.

I love Cade too, he is obviously dealing with a lot of things but he is willing to pay any price to keep Meghan safe and he truly cares about her. I like how even though they obviously are attracted to each other, their relationship isn’t rushed and makes us root for them finally being able to be together, that makes their love story that much real, at least for me.

I like that there’s a bit of everything in this book, self discovery, love, action, family and friendship values, for me this makes the book interesting from the beginning until the end. This book certainly qualify for the to read again shelf.
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Sherri Frye reviewed on Oct. 1, 2015

As soon as I started this book I was instantly hooked. I was captivated from the first page until the last, I couldn't put it down. This series is going to be highly addictive. The book is well written, smooth flowing and easy to read. The characters, their emotions and the experiences they go through are portrayed extremely well. The imagery is s vivid I can picture every scene as if it were right in front of me. I fell in love with the characters right away. I look forward to getting to know them better in future books.

Meghan has always thought she was crazy. She could see and hear things that noone else could and her eyes change color. In this book she meets Cade MacRoich. She thinks his is a typical teenage boy, until she finds out that he is Faelorehn, an immortal being from a place called Eile. What she isn't expecting is for him to justify the things she always thought made her seem crazy. Can he really know what's going on with her?

I truly enjoyed this book and can't wait to see what happens next.
(review of free book)
YOHANA MIJANGOS reviewed on Jan. 3, 2014

Love this book. can't wait to read book 2. I love the characters.
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Sharen reviewed on Oct. 27, 2012
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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 35 days after purchase)
tracey Murphy reviewed 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 26 days after purchase)
jhoana mahilum reviewed on Oct. 4, 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 14 days after purchase)
Amanda reviewed on Sep. 3, 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 26 days after purchase)
Brianna Lee Book Reviews reviewed on July 8, 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 22 days after purchase)
Joie reviewed on July 7, 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 46 days after purchase)
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