May 2010, St. Martin’s Griffin
294 pgs., Paperback
First in the Faeriewalker Series
Young Adult Fiction
Young Adult Fiction
It’s all she’s ever wanted to be, but it couldn’t be further from her grasp…
Dana Hathaway doesn’t know it yet, but she’s in big trouble. When her alcoholic mom shows up at her voice recital drunk, again, Dana decides she’s had enough and runs away to find her mysterious father in Avalon: the only place on Earth where the regular, everyday world and the captivating, magical world of Faerie intersect. But from the moment Dana sets foot in Avalon, everything goes wrong, for it turns out she isn't just an ordinary teenage girl—she's a Faeriewalker, a rare individual who can travel between both worlds, and the only person who can bring magic into the human world and technology into Faerie.
Soon, Dana finds herself tangled up in a cutthroat game of Fae politics. Someone's trying to kill her, and everyone seems to want something from her, from her newfound friends and family to Ethan, the hot Fae guy Dana figures she’ll never have a chance with… until she does. Caught between two worlds, Dana isn’t sure where she’ll ever fit in and who can be trusted, not to mention if her world will ever be normal again…
I enjoyed this book. It was fun read, but it seemed shallow at times, more concerned with shopping and drinking alcohol, when Dana should clearly be wary of drinking alcohol as she’s seen the destruction it can bring into one’s life.
Her issues with her mother made her likable. She truly knew what it was like to be the adult of the family. The author clearly has experience in this aspect as she portrayed it very well.
Her father I’m sure I’ll come to like him, but at the moment, no I think he’s sorta despicable.
I’ll just say this now I want Dana with Keane not with Ethan. Kimber though seems like a good friend. Even if she does have a posset (an alcoholic drink) at the ready at all times when she really shouldn’t. And underage binge drinking is just dangerous in of itself. (Btw, I like alcohol, but those with alcoholic parents have to be especially careful. Luckily, I do not have an addictive personality (or alcoholic parents), cause I love me some Sangria!)
I especially like Finn. I have a feeling he's going to be the fatherly influence she needs to be able to handle all the obstacles that will be thrown in her way during this transition period into her new life.
This is a good book with all the elements to make it great. Politics, magic, dysfunctional families. But it can lack substance in certain areas. I mainly have issues with it just being okay that she’s drinking underage with an alcoholic for a mother.