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I had some difficulty with the first of the Fair Folk Chronicles because it really made faeries much more sugary-sweet than they are traditionally said to be. That's still the case here; despite a bit of a bloodthirsty toast at one point, even the Unseelie court is kind of like a bunch of teenagers who just like to hang around and play pranks on each other rather than be menacing in any meaninful way. The Seelie court is basically all sweetness and light. Ashling the pixie continues to annoy me beyond all reason. However, the story as a whole appealed to me and agreed with me much more, and that's because of the topic. The integration of the Fomoiri and Balor really hit a sweet spot for me, and I can tell you exactly why: because I associate it with Diane Duane's Young Wizards series, and specifically the fourth book, A Wizard Abroad, which deals with the same subject though in a different way. That actually really helped re-orient myself regarding how to look at this book. Until that topic started to come in, I was looking at the Fair Folk books as young adult books, but they're really not. I can't remember exactly how old the main characters are (though Lani can drive, so they must be about sixteen), but in writing and subject, these books are much more middle-grade than young adult. There is very light kissing, but also a lot of parental supervision and the whole thing is very clean, which is really more characteristic of the middle-grade than the young-adult age group these days. The same goes for the Young Wizards books.
As for the book itself... This is obviously much more of a "series" book than the first one is. It has a plot of its own, albeit one that involves a lot of running around and not actually doing a much, The integration of these parts of Gaelic mythology are pretty cool, and I think it would be a good way to get younger readers interested in such topics. But it also sets up for a continuance, which the first book in the series didn't. Book 3 (A Fair Fight) will clearly deal with the set-up from here, and I'm curious to see if the fourth book (All's Fair) will continue on from Book 3 or if it will be more of a standalone story like the the first volume was. Seeing Megan gain some more control of her abilities, and realize some of the repercussions of dealing with faeries, was pretty neat. At the same time, though, much of the book did end up reading like set-up for the next one. Some of the elements also didn't seem to fit for me. For example, the main villain is known as the Butterfly Collector to the main characters, and apparently is the person who was behind the ruination of Ashling's wings. But he doesn't seem to have done this more than once; now, I'm not saying that it's not bad to have only done it once, because clearly it was, but why Collector? That indicates multiple times. Was this something that was brought up in Book 1 but that I forgot? If so, disregard, but it was a bit discordant to me. Also, as I mentioned before, the plot seems to involve a lot of running around and fight scenes, but very little of that actually advanced the plot. It was more filler until the higher-ups decided to do something--and most of it was incredibly stupid of the characters to do in the first place, something that they acknowledged but then proceeded on with anyway because "there weren't other options" even though there really were.
I'm interested to see where the next book here goes; there are definitely indications that all chaos is about to break loose. Now that I've been able to re-orient my view of these books, they do agree with me more, and I think these would be good options for middle-grade students interested in mythology-based fantasy--but I would not go so far as to put them as young adult, given that the heavier themes characteristic of young adult books are pretty much entirely absent in this series.
3.5 stars out of 5.
The two fairs were so cool! I loved that Cassia's band was a mix of both worlds. The authors covered the mortal's very well in Faerie and I loved the groups response to being in another realm. The Kids adventure was more like I thought it would be. Action, suspense, twists and turns, surprises. As I'm reading this, I could picture it as an animated movie.
I love how Megan giving up something, to give her Mom a special gift. I could see Megan's wide eyes as she walked through the fair. It was a nice surprise to have her Mom change, I hope to see Megan reintroduce her Mom to her Dad again and they are a happy family.
The war was something else. I couldn't believe how the Queen and King came together. The opponents they fought were right from Halloween. How the kids fought and made their way to the Dr. was great. Megan and her singing was out of this world.
Once again, I enjoyed reading this series one book at a time. Each one is better than the last. I truly look forward to the next one and see where and what kind of adventure the kids go on next.
Fast action, amazing characters, and a wonderful world are only the beginning. Megan is working with Ashling on her music, and Lani finally has a car, so the trio of teens can hang out farther than the part. And what’s coming up? A fair, with concerts both in Seattle, and Faerie. Not to mention: the Goblin Market. Where everything is always for sale. For a price.
Things get heated pretty quick when Ashling sees the man who stole her wings, Megan sells her F# (F sharp) for a good cause, and Robin Goodfellow causes a lot of trouble.
Once again, I connected with Megan. I know I said this in the review for the first book, but seeing ADHD in a book, and portrayed so faithfully, is amazing. Innocuous moments other people read over, I see with a light and a certain sense of appreciation.
Coming off the high from Foul is Fair, I didn’t quite expect the ADHD to play as much a part. But Jeffrey and Katherine stayed true to keeping it as a part of her character. Not at the forefront, necessarily, but essential.
I think my favorite part of this book was definitely the end battle. I won’t spoil here in the review itself, but the action kept my on the edge of my seat the whole time. At one point I actually yelled ‘yes!’ in victory.
The writing kept me hanging on, the characters kept me engaged, and the plot kept me turning page after page.
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Street Fair is an homage to music, from subtle references to blatant quotes, Street Fair is full of...Read more