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"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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In With a Kiss, Halley Starr, an unfeeling but otherwise normal teen, finds herself playing an overprotective godmother to a faery princess. When I mean unfeeling, I don't mean that she's cruel; she'd love to love, love to feel, but she was placed under a curse, which is why she literally has an ice-cold heart. With the help of Hobs, the inspiration behind the mischievous Puck, she'll have to break the curse and save the princess.
Or does she? That's one of the fun things about this book; Ms. Fowers takes us through twists and turns so that you don't know who is bad and who is good. In fact, even though I've finished the book, there are still a few characters who I'm still not sure are good or bad. And that's just *one* of the fun things about this book. The dialogue and interactions between Halley, Hobs, and Babs (the faery princess child) are fantastic--funny and also heartwarming.
Halley reminds me of Emma in the TV show Once Upon a Time: The Complete First Season. She's not a dainty princess or a warrior princess... she's a normal person who just happens to be stuck as an unexpected hero as she discovers that faery tales are real. Hobs is a delightful prankster and a great character, especially when you realize why he won't leave Halley alone.
Various mystical creatures from different myths and tales pop up in Ms. Fower's world, which is rich with magic and where faery tales are actually dark prophesies that are yet to come. However, even though there's magic, humans have no idea about it. Additionally, each chapter has a fae-related quote at the start. To say this book would appeal to those who love myths and faeries would be a huge understatement!
There's romance, but it's clean and totally appropriate for young teens reading this with enough humor and angst to appeal to all ages. This is clearly part of a series as there are cliffhangers for many of the characters at the end so you'll probably want to make sure book two is ready to go! This is by no means a standalone book although there is some resolution (which opens up many more questions!).
With a Kiss is a fast-paced and fun book that I can see appealing to all age groups, particularly those who like mythology and the fae.
I was all in for the first couple chapters, until I realized that either Halley was literally crazy and all over the place with her thoughts, or the writer had "discovery written" the book and had no idea at first where it was going. I actually put it down for a few weeks, confused and overwhelmed. Then I picked it up in a moment of boredom and decided to give it one more try. This time, I really liked the world-building aspect, and the writing was strong, but again, there were holes all over the place, and it seemed to have no direction. It felt almost as if the writer threw things in, saying, "This would be cool. Oh, and what if this happened?" I actually did read it to the end, just to see if I was the one with the problem, and the ending just kind of fizzled out. I was left sitting there, thinking, what just happened?
I loved the author's writing style, and I think the clever retelling of A Midsummer Night's Dream had potential. It was just too much and too all over the place for me to give a five-star rating. With some changes, this could be a great book.
Along the way the pair will encounter many challenges from nymphs to wolves even army's set out to capture the princess. They are joined by a grumpy leprechaun who helps the pair on their quest. Halley is set on delivering the princess and returning to the life she left behind. From the start it's been drilled into her that she needs to follow the rules but as the journey continues she learns that sometimes you have to break the rules. Will she be able to get Babs safely to the queen before time runs out?
A fast paced story the keeps you captivated from the start right till the end. The author does an amazing job of putting a new spin on classic faery tales. I've always been a fan of faery tales so when the chance came up to read the twisted tales I was all for it. I really liked Halley she grows so much from who she was when the book starts. I wasn't sure at first about Hobs only in part because I didn't like all the mystery and for a long time I was sure he would be a bad guy, by the end I was all alright with him. I'm still not sure how I feel about the Halley and Hobs thing it just didn't work out in my mind. Maybe I just see someone who isn't so secretive for her. I highly suggest anyone who loves faery tales should check out the series because they really are fantastic.