Thursday, May 31, 2012

Review: The Changelings (War of the Fae Book 1)

4.5 out of 5 Stars
Genre: YA Paranormal/Fantasy
Author: Elle Casey
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5
Series: War of the Fae

Jayne Sparks, a potty-mouthed, rebellious seventeen-year-old and her best friend, shy and bookish Tony Green, have a pretty typical high school existence, until several seemingly unrelated incidents converge, causing a cascade of events that change their lives forever. Jayne and Tony, together with a group of runaway teens, are hijacked and sent into a forest, where nothing and no one are as they seem. Who will emerge triumphant? And what will they be when they do?

The Changelings is almost like a paranormal version of The Hunger Games. And to put it simply? I LOOOOVED it! This series is so addicting I've already read through book two before even posting this review - the cliff hanger ending was so freaking bad that I simply had no choice.

The heroine in this novel is a Jayne, a bad ass 17-year-old with a flare for using curse words at every turn in a surprisingly endearing way. She is so very loyal, clever, and simply awesome. We could totally be friends. ;)

In this first book, Jayne and her best friend Tony run away from home after Tony draws a gun on a bully at school. Once they reach Miami, they meet several other runaways and tentatively join them until they can figure out the next step in their unplanned vacation. In major need of money, the teens agree to participate in a psychological study that will pay them $500 cash if they complete it. Catch? They don't know what the study entails.

Once placed in a world as far away from "home" as Jamaica for a penguin, they must work together in order to make it to the end - but more than just money is at stake.

There are so many twists and turns in this novel that I never knew what was coming next. The unbreakable bond of friendship and the supernatural element connecting Jayne and Tony is a joy to read while Jayne's tough love attitude and big heart add so much to the developing relationships among them.

I literally couldn't put this book down (after about a 1/3 of the way through). The beginning is a little bit slow, but SO worth the end result. I'll be finishing this series in the next few days - hopefully keeping up with my posts and wifely duties and not just hiding away in my bedroom...but who am I kidding?

PLEASE read this book IMMEDIATELY!