Paperback Book Review: The Summer Country

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Title: The Summer Country
Author: James A. Hetley
Series: 1 of ?
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Ace
Page Count: 360
Type of Book: Paperback, Book I Own

 

Based off the title of the book, and the brightness of the cover, this is actually kind of a dark fantasy book filled with fae, druids, magic, a dragon, and cats. There’s even falcons and other types of birds listed in the book towards the back half of the story as well. This book has an odd assortmet of animals all around, actually, some that might surprise you in the end.

This book features a young woman named Maureen, who is dealing with a traumatic event from her childhood and trying to get over it and be normal as an adult. She was raped as a child by Buddy Johnson, a boy that her sister had gone out with at the age of fourteen when she was just beginning to understand why she liked boys and why boys liked girls. Maureen still hasn’t gotten over it, and doesn’t trust males with a ten foot pole.

It eventually turns from the normal world to the magical world, where a man is following her and that man-named Brian-eventually brings her into an ancient war of prophecies, women with power, and ancient blood that still sings. This book is a like that of a fine irish whiskey-so says Charles de Lint, and I strongly agree with him, even though I’ve never had whiskey, let alone irish whiskey in my life. It looks like an innocent light-hearted fun book, but there’s a war going on that both sides are determined to win for various reasons.

As to the story itself-its not original in that there’s Pendragons and Merlins and Arthurs type story, but the way its written, and the feel of the story is like a breathe of fresh air in a foreign country that you’ve forgotten about over time. There’s different kinds of magic involved-both good and bad, and there’s all kinds of plot twists that you don’t see coming.

I really loved the depth of the characters in the book, the villains were definitely evil enough to be realistic, and the heroes weren’t always brave either which made me happy for variety. There’s also music, and poetry-a lot of Shakespeare mentioned towards the end of the book. There’s a variety of all kinds of magical things in here to tickle your fancy, if you’ll give it a try.

I’m fairly sure that this is the first in a series, but not positive. And I’m currently checking on Goodreads to see if it is or not…and, yes, it is! Book one of yet another series that apparently I’m now invested in.

 

4.5 stars!

Paperback Book Review: Glimmerglass

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Title: Glimmerglass
Author: Jenna Black
Series: Book 1/?
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Page Count: 295
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Type of Book: Library, Paperback
Rated: 4.2/5 stars

“I was trapped in Avalon. My Aunt was hunting me, my dad was in jail, and the only people who seemed to be on my side were a pair of Fae teenagers I barely knew.”

Dana Hathaway is the main character of this book, with an alcoholic mom and a father she’s never known who is supposedly a powerful Fae that lives in Avalon, which is in England (I believe). Avalon is a magical place on Earth, in an alternate Earth, where there are two worlds that intersect-Fae and Mortal. Most mortals don’t know about the Fae, or don’t believe in them. Dana Hathaway knows, however, that she is not normal. She is a half breed-half human, half Fae, and that makes her a Fairiewalker.

This book reminded me very strongly of a couple of other favorite fae type stories: The Iron Daughter series by Julie Kagawa, and the Switched series by Amanda Hocking. I really enjoyed this book, though I did wish that the main character wasn’t quite so naive. She runs away from her mother after her mother embarrasses her at a voice recital, and flees to her father…never realizing that this might have consequences. For one thing, she winds up meeting her Aunt Grace who is not as she first appears, and then she meets Ethan and Kimber who are siblings, in another dangerous situation. There are many attempts made on her life, and the usual ‘why is everything and everyone trying to kill me’ trope.

Turns out, she’s wanted by all kinds of fairie; but especially wanted dead, if she can’t be controlled, or coerced to a certain side. She’s finally safe at her dad’s-seemingly, of course. She doesn’t trust him, not after everyone’s lied to her, tricked her, tried to kill her, and so forth.

Glimmerglass is a well written book, but the characters can be frustrating at times. My favorite character was easily Finn the bodyguard. Who reminded me very strongly of Artemis’s bodyguard in the book series Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer.

This is the first book of a series, which I didn’t realize upon snagging this from the library, but that’s fine with me-I get to read more of an interesting world filled with action, adventure, and intrigue-as well as the cliche’d romance, as well.

I highly recommend this series for all to read, because of its unique storyline, and interesting plot. 4.2 out of five stars!

Now,

-Pass Me That Book!