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Posted January 27, 2014
I would like to thank NetGalley and Curiosity Quills Press for granting me the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review. Though I received the e-book for free that in no way influenced this review.
Things started going wrong for Russ Knight last year.
He found out his girlfriend was cheating on him when she gave birth at the junior prom and left the baby to die in a trashcan. Russ didn't even know she was pregnant. Hell, he thought they were saving themselves for each other.
Now, locked in her padded cell, his girlfriend is screaming that she was just trying to get the faeries to give her baby back. Russ doesn't buy it. But to shut her up, Russ tries a trick the old legends say will work, and the baby starts swearing and begging to be taken back to Faerie. He's got to accept the truth: the kid he's raising is a faerie changeling.
The faeries are going to sacrifice the real baby at the Equinox if Russ can't get them to switch again. But the only person who can get the baby back is a biological parent, and Russ' girlfriend certainly can’t help. To save an innocent life, Russ will face ancient faeries with razor-like teeth, wrestle snarling skeleton dogs, and, maybe worst of all, track down every guy his girlfriend was sleeping with last year in the hopes of finding the baby's real father.
And apparently, the father could be half his senior class.
This is a story of growing up and coming to terms with reality, making discoveries that continually surprise you - be they good or bad. Several months after Russ' girlfriend had tried to kill her baby after delivering it on prom night, Russ is a social outcast, Cindi is locked in a mental institution, and Russ' parents sued for, and won, custody of the baby.
Accustomed to being mocked, bullied, or ignored, Russ is startled when a punk/goth chick starts talking to him. Initially Puck is not at all someone Russ would consider to be his type, but as time goes by he finds her more and more attractive. Joining their exclusive group is Marco, a gear head from the poorer side of town. When it comes out that Cindi wasn't crazy, that the baby she tried to kill really is a changeling all kinds of adventures ensue.
Russ matures by leaps and bounds as the book progresses. Marco also makes progress, and Puck, well she's just Puck. I loved that Ms. Chambers named this character Puck, as she puts me in mind of Shakespeare. There are high stakes adventures, and when it comes down to it both Russ and Marco step up to the plate, but for totally different reasons. Even Cindi gets in on the whole maturing act by the end - or at least she seems to. . .
This is a quick and easy read, with some really strong and worthwhile messages woven throughout the story, but without ever getting to be a downer or preachy. It is nice to be able to still find books you read for fun and yet get more than simple entertainment from. Keep up the good work Ms. Chambers.
Posted September 30, 2013
Review: Russ Knight is a character that I have never seen before and I’ve had lots of different people and been many places weird people hang out. What a strange teenager.
This book was a good read. I felt like it would not let me put it down. It was not a “grab you by the seat” book, but it made the reader, I, feel like it had invisible strings that had a hold on me. I had to find out the answers to the questions that the book made me ask.
I enjoyed the story line. It kept me nailed to the book. Just when I thought I had all the answers, it made me ask more. I was on a story roller coaster that I did not want to get off until the end. WOW!
I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review.