I've read a number of Gifford's shorter works, and those entertained me enough I decided to give one of her novels a try. What I found in this book was a fast-paced read that does not stop. I have a habit of setting books aside for months at a time, and this book stayed at the front of my thoughts--when I thought about reading, this was the book I wanted to get back to. This is one of those books that did a lot to inspire my own writing, simply by being the excellent book that it is.
In Bunny Hopper, Gifford has created a strong, realistic heroine. Not without a sense of humor, Bunny has a well-developed backstory that prepares her for the events that occur throughout the book, giving her a subtle strength that carries her through the difficulties she faces. Gifford plots thoroughly, and nothing is left unexplained or, really, to chance in her writing. For me, someone who's normally turned off by Urban Fantasy that features a "strong" heroine (especially what's published by major publishers), this book was a refreshing discovery. Though appropriate for a Young Adult audience--I'd even venture to say even tween readers--I found this book, as an age 40+ reader, enjoyable and entertaining--well worth the time and money I invested in it.
NOTE: This book does NOT have a strong romantic subplot. In fact, any possible romantic connection is left up to the reader to make. I found this refreshing, as so much UF with female MCs does have some sort of romantic subplot, and feel this book would not be nearly as good as it is if it had included one. If you are a reader who prefers any sort of obvious romantic subplot in their UF reading, this book may not be for you. However, if you're a bit more adventurous in your reading habits, this may be a fast, fun read you'll come to love.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)