Beautifully Written New Take On Classic Fairytales!
Contrary to the summary given by the site, this story is quite different from previous "magical camp" stories. It is true that there is a new hero with a lot of weight on their shoulders, a sidekick or two, and villain with an interesting past, but then why isn't every last Harry Potter and Percy Jackson marked as a repeat? The site given review is VERY hypocritical in this case. Now, with that aside, I absolutely loved this book. The characters intriguing, the plot fast paced but still so deep and detailed, and the mythical world beautifully structured. This, the first book of the series, sets up the next books beautifully, yet has great substance itself, and is not just a filler, like some series beginners. Every time you think you have it figured out, something new is introduced. It's always keeping you on your toes with its curving twists and turns. The main characters, Rory, Lena, and Chase, are intriguing and unique. They face both fairytale threats and more modern problems. Even the 'mean girls' Rory and Lena face are many layered, not just cardboard cut out villains for the sake of being there. Be warned that there is violence, as the characters face prospects such as death, and a few characters are severely injured, but it is not at all gory during the fighting, and we only see one of the injuries occur. The most violent points in the book are the description of a group of skeletons and one other small storyline based point. Keep in mind: while the violence is there, it is all storyline supportive. I have read beyond the normal fairytales into more rare and lesser known ones, and even I learned of a few titles I had been unaware of beforehand. Be prepared to do a little turning back at the very beginning so you can remember who's who, because the book quickly introduces characters so as to move on with the story, but no more than any other book. I borrowed this book from my local library, but I wish I had bought so that I could have it at arm's length. As soon as I finished the first, I dove right into the second, which proved the impossible wrong: Shelby Bach's books could be even better than this page turner!
This title contains:
Positive role models