Faelorehn - Book One of the Otherworld Trilogy
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.