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Regardless of blame, Jackie was the only person who could help Alex, but Jackie was still in the 21st century. And Jackie had her own problems, ...
Regardless of blame, Jackie was the only person who could help Alex, but Jackie was still in the 21st century. And Jackie had her own problems, which included uncooperative fairies and strange songs which only she could hear. But most of all, if Jackie could not find a way to make it rain, marauding Vikings would be the least of their worries, because this is Feathered: being a fairy tale and this is an Alex and Jackie Adventure.
Posted February 27, 2013
This is the third novel in the “Alex & Jackie Adventures,” and the one thing that all readers will agree upon is the fact that this series gets better and better with each and every book.
In this new tale, Alex and Jackie are heading to Dublin to stay with an Aunt and Uncle they’ve never met. Jackie, as always, is filled with spirit and can’t wait to learn all she can about Ireland. Not only that, but she would like a pint of Guinness to be waiting for them when they walk off the plane. Alex, on the other hand, just wants better reception for her cell phone so that she can text her friends back in San Diego. Alex is pure sarcasm (and completely hysterical); although she doesn’t mind ghosts and vampires, faeries are something she doesn’t quite believe in as much as her sister who’s absolutely bubbling over with excitement to immerse herself in Irish legend.
When they land, Jackie seems to hear an undercurrent of singing in the air, and when they arrive at the Gatehouse, which is the home/pub where their Aunt and Uncle and two cousins, Jeff and Mattie live, the girls discover a tree growing up out of the floor - a tree that, supposedly, calls out to the faery kingdom.
On one day of sightseeing, Jackie has a somewhat ‘strange’ moment when she kisses the famous Blarney Stone. Add to that a tour through a broken down castle and exploring the tunnels that reside underneath the pub, and Jackie is soon led by a ‘unicorn’ into another world. Waking up the next morning, she finds that her sister has turned into a pig.
Alex, however, finds herself waking in a pigsty on the grounds of an abbey back in the 1400’s. While she’s there, Vikings attack, and when she wakes up back in present day she has a legendary book in her hands - a book that comes across the news as having been stolen.
Going back and forth in time, Alex finds herself a Viking princess who’s scheduled to marry. While in the past she tries to save a monk, stop a war and return artifacts to their rightful owners. Jackie, on the other hand, heads to the faery kingdom trying desperately to save her sister and make a deal with the beings so that they can return home and leave behind the magical place forever.
Viking battles, legendary locations, Irish legend and history - this book has it all. Readers are not only granted a seriously cool story, but the historical information surrounding the tale is beyond exciting!
Quill says: Love, love, love! Tom Weston once again proves he’s a master at blending fact and fiction into a seamless recipe for fun!
Posted January 5, 2013
Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers Favorite
Tom Wetson's book, Feathered, is indeed a modern day fairy tale. When Alex and Jackie O’Rourke went to Ireland to visit relatives in Fetland, they were in for an adventure that would include Banshees, Vikings and the Tutaha de Dannan. The sisters met their relatives in Ireland and not long after, Jackie entered a mystical world after kissing the Blarney stone. Their cousins Mattie and Jeff introduced them to their mystical past and Jackie started hearing the songs of the faeries. She also met the fairy horse, Lammy, during a night time escapade, while Alex was on her mobile phone trying to keep in touch with friends in San Diego, California. Disappointed that there were no malls in the place, the sisters were forced to explore the historical sites of Fetland with their cousins, who updated them on family lore. Guided by Lammy and songs that only she can hear, Alex followed a passage that led to thousands of faeries. She has remained oblivious to her sister's adventures until she found herself in a pig sty where she learned about the miraculous Book of St. Columkille.
The book is both imaginative and riveting. Tom Wetson knows his mythology and is a gifted writer who can make his characters larger than life. He could persuade the strongest of faerie skeptics to actually believe in the existence of the Thua de Danann and the Banshees. And like a true fairy tale, Feathered has its healthy dose of adventures and a moral lesson for its readers. Using a language that is relatively easy to understand, Feathered can be enjoyed by people of all ages. The adventures in the story unfolds effortlessly and so it makes for an easy and enjoyable read. At the same time, it is also informative because Tom Wetson obviously did his research on Ireland's myths and other faerie stories. This is the reason why the novel becomes believable and real. In fact, it is one book that I can read in one sitting because the development of the plot is so exciting.
Posted January 5, 2013
Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers Favorite
When sixteen year old Alex and her fourteen year old sister Jackie fly from Luxembourg to Dublin, Ireland, they were met by their Aunt Roisin. Their aunt and her family live in a pub attached to an old, boarded –up castle in Fethard. Alex and Jackie find the local lore fascinating: such as when the local mountain, Slievenamo can be seen, it will rain; if it cannot be seen, that means it’s raining already. Their Uncle Bo tells them about the Blarney Stone and how it was brought to Ireland b y the prophet Jeremiah. Alex and Jackie know that Ireland’s anciet history has a mix of mythology, including the invasion by the Vikings, so Alex and Jackie are curious and explore the old castle with their cousins.
Alex was transported back in time to the series. Suddenly, Alex finds herself thrown back centuries to 1014 where she is the Viking princess Estrid who married Prince Oleif only to lose him in battle two days later. Local Celts at that time include the Ua Ruaric, the O'Rourke ancestors of Alex, Jackie, and their cousins.
"Feathered: Being a Fairy Tale" brings the reader more of the adventures of teenage protagonists Alex and Jackie as they visit their ancient family home in Ireland. As Alex and Jackie learn of Irish history and mythology, so will the reader. Colorful Celtic symbols accompany the Irish songs and poems that grace each chapter's beginning. The dialogue among the story's characters is easy to read and absorb, the characters are believable, the plotline flows smoothly to story's conclusion, and readers will eagerly await the next Alex and Jackie selection.
Posted January 5, 2013
Reviewed by Kathryn Bennett for Readers Favorite
"The book Feathered: being a fairy tale" by Tom Weston is a fun adventure into the world of fantasy. Who has not laid back and dreamed of some handsome Prince coming and sweeping them away to marriage. I know I have but perhaps Alexandra did not picture it happening to her quite the way it did. Thanks to her younger trouble making sister Jackie, Alexandra is stuck in the 11th century and being forced to marry a Viking Prince. Jackie would likely be willing to help her older sister except for the small fact that she is still in modern times and dealing with a slew of her own issues.
Tom Weston has truly created a fun and intriguing world full of Vikings, Fairies and strange sounding songs that could almost be a Sirens song of sorts. To use an old term the yarn that Tom Weston spins within Feathered is something that grips you and makes you want more. The scenes in Ireland to me were painted so vividly I could almost smell the peet and see the green rolling hills.
This was the first Tom Weston book I have read and I did not know initially that the Alex & Jackie adventures are a series. I did feel when reading just at the very beginning that perhaps I was missing a little bit of information, and after finding out it was a series I now know why. That said however this book could easily be a standalone. Tom Weston introduces you to the characters with great detail and information so you feel like you know them, even with that small niggle I might have missed something early on it did not take away from my true enjoyment of this book.
I would recommend "The book Feathered: being a fairy tale" to any reader of the fantasy and mythology genre. It is so fresh and inviting with a plot that to me was very unique. I plan on going back and reading more about Alex & Jackie and I very much look forward to seeing what else Tom Weston has planned for adventures.