Saturday, August 2, 2014

Faeriewalker Series by Jenna Black


urban fantasy book reviews
Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars
By Jenna Black - On Twitter: @JennaBlack ; JennaBlack.com; Barnes & Noble
Book 1: Glimmerglass ~ 2: Shadowspell ~ 3: Sirensong

Dana has always known that she is half Fae. Her alcoholic mother never attempted to hide that particular fact, although there are many others that have remained secrets. The fact that her politically ambitious father has no idea that she even exists, or the fact that Dana could be one of the most powerful half Fae alive have conveniently been hidden from the 16 year old. When her mom shows up to another school event drunk, Dana makes a life changing decision. She contacts her Fae father living in Avalon, and he insists on meeting her immediately. Her mother has consistently warned her of her father's power, but how much can an alcoholic be trusted? Not to mention Avalon is a magical city; the only spot on earth where the world of Faerie and the mortal world can coexist. It's too bad Dana never gets to admire the city's breathtaking landscape. As soon as she sets foot over the border, everything that could go wrong does. She finds out that she is a Faeriewalker, one born of a powerful Fae and a mortal that holds extreme power. She can take magic into the mortal world and technology into Faerie, unlike any other being on Earth. She befriends a couple Unseelie, Ethan and Kimber- Fae siblings that are close to her age. It just so happens Ethan is the hottest thing she has ever set eyes on, even for a Fae. And it seems he is interested in her as well. But how can she trust him when it seems everyone in Avalon and Faerie want her either on their side or dead? Can Dana live in a world of politics and classism that could cost her her life at any moment?

This series is well written. The characters are mostly well rounded. I wasn't a huge fan of Dana. She seemed overly whiny and dramatic, but in turn, ended up being pretty damn smart and selfless towards the end of the third book. I thoroughly enjoyed the Earlking's character, even though he was the enemy most of the time. All in all, the series ended rather abruptly. The reader never finds out what happens with Queen Mab, and I despise loose ends in a series conclusion. After the trek to Faerie and the confrontation with Queen Titania, nothing changes save for her half assed pledge to not attack the Seelie Court. Dana was in an absolute position to change the way the non-Sidhe are treated, yet she never even tried. I found myself enjoying this series as I do most well researched Fae books, but the ending just left me feeling empty and disappointed. I feel this needs another book to wrap up the loose ends and fix some major problems in the Faerie world that Ms. Black created… :)