Monday, 22 July 2013

Book Review: What the Faeries left behind by Amber Michelle Cook

After coming home from a monotonous office job to the apartment where she lives alone, thirty-something Abigail Watson is having a tough day in a hard week in a rotten month, and don’t even get her started on the year. Until that night when something wonderfully impossible shows up at her door and rings the bell insistently.

You’re not supposed to answer the door late at night to strangers who come knocking unannounced, right?

Right. But Abigail does,

Because how can you be scared of someone with translucent wings like those of a dragonfly?

WHAT THE FAERIES LEFT BEHIND is an urban fairy tale ‘antidote’ to those times when the dullness and drudgery of grown-up life seems inescapable, and to the misconception that wonder and play are just for children.

*I received a free copy of this novella from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Abigail has a boring life that is transformed when she is told that she is a Fae Changeling who is to return home. As she is taken to the meeting place for the journey Home, she starts to imagine what her life will become.

This was a funny and entertaining novella about a young woman who longs to be different and have some meaning in her boring life. Abigail has no doubts about the wisdom of agreeing to leave for a new life. You can understand how she feels. Who wouldn't like to leave a dull job and non existent social life to live in a new world where you have magical powers? Abigail herself is someone I could relate to and I liked her story. You learn a lot about her as a person through her interaction with other characters, giving her resonable depth. There was a good amount of humour and her Fae guide was an amusing character. I also liked the fact that the author put her own spin on the classic homecoming story.

I don't want to put any spoilers in so I'll just say that I did expect what was coming, but it did not detract from the story at all. I really liked the ending which was perfect. I liked the way the author told this story and followed it through and I'd certainly look at the rest of her work when it is available.

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