This book was provided to me for free in exchange for an honest review.
Twelve year old Rebecca’s life is forever changed when her single mother dies in a car accident and she is sent to live in a small rural town in Minnesota with her Grandmother. Having barely settled into her new routine, Rebecca’s world is rocked once more with the revelation that magic is real and she is tangled in a nasty feud with the god Pan, who was subsequently responsible for her mothers “accident”. With the help of gnomes, fairies, and a dragon or two, Rebecca must train for the eventual fight against Pan who aims to rid the world of humanity. Can Rebecca save both magic and human kind alike? Or will Pan destroy the world as she knows it?
While this book has a pretty awesome plot foundation and a fun group of main and supporting characters, I felt it seemed rushed and predictable at times. This book could have easily been a proper YA trilogy with a tad more natural build up with some plot and character development. It was somewhat simplistic for my taste which lent itself to a more elementary grade level read but contained a few scenes which are more high-school age level (mention of suicide/sex/underage drinking etc) which was confusing to me as the reader as to who the intended audience was? The writing and plot was too watered down and simplistic for an older age group, but some subject matter was not appropriate for the younger age group.
This wasn’t a terrible read, like I said, it has good bones and some likable characters, but I would have enjoyed it more with some more finesse and buildup to the finale with some more subtle character development along the way.
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