Things are not going well for Jayne Sparks. High school’s never really been a dream, and now her mother’s creepy new boyfriend is causing problems for her at home. When her geeky best friend Tony pulls a gun on the school bully, running away with him to Miami actually seems like the most sensible option. But joining a group of other runaways for a secret research project will change her life beyond all recognition, and might even cost her the person she cares for most.
I liked the main character of this book from the very beginning. She has a fierce, strong personality, but a good heart. I couldn’t help but be on her side. She also swears- a lot– but I found that amusing rather than annoying. Tony is an awesome character, too. The friendship between them is genuine, touching and funny. I love that they can have such a strong relationship without it being in any way romantic.
The pacing and suspense in this book are perfect. There’s enough description to immerse the reader in the adventure, but not enough to get bogged down in. The minor characters they encountered were fascinating and really well drawn. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to go into detail without spoiling the plot, and this is a plot that’s too good to spoil!
I was intrigued by the other main characters, though we didn’t get to know them very well in this book. I look forward to learning more about them in the next few books. I liked the way the character of Jared was used to create conflict within the group to add to the conflict from without.
This was an extremely fun, exciting, and original book. I couldn’t put it down, and I’m eagerly awaiting the rest of the series!
Title: The Changelings (War of the Fae, Book One)
Author: Elle Casey
Publication: February 5th, 2012; Elle Casey
Price: $2.99 (Kindle)
Author’s Website: http://ellecasey.com/