Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Book Review - Ever Shade

Ever Shade
Author - Alexia Purdy
Series - A Dark Faerie Tale #1
Genre - YA fantasy
Pages - 282

Ever Shade A dark twist on faeries. For Shade, a chance meeting with a powerful Teleen faery warrior who wields electrical currents and blue fires along his skin, has her joining him on a treacherous mission for the good Seelie Faerie Court across the land of Faerie. Magic and malice abound and nothing is what it really seems to be. The evil Unseelie Queen and her treacherous allies are around every corner as Shade makes her way across the breathtaking landscapes of the world of Faerie, which exists alongside the mundane human world. Shade discovers her own uncharted magic and meets some of the most powerful warriors in Faerie while battling evil dryads, conniving Teleen guards and challenges on her life with every step in a world where nothing can be taken for granted.

What can I say? it was boring, simply written and Shade was a cry-baby. First of all, Shade is a cool name for such a whiny little girl. She is 17 and 'somehow' gets to the faerie lands (i forgot how, i just rushed through the book) There is no telling WHAT she is but shes not fully human, but it is never actually explained. 

 There are so many inconsistancies in this book I got caught up on them sometimes. I mean.. WHY can Shade block electricity and fire (Oh.. the Teleen are made of electricity but apparently glow with blue fire?..okay) The characters are not really hashed out well, they are very one-dimensional and the one I actualy liked Blythe, was killed so quickly that you never got to hear WHY she wanted Shade. 

 The other characters (love interests) are.. blah. There wa one tree-plant guy who was cursed Erusad? who was really cool but Shade just kind of ...left him behind..literally. I hated her decisions. Dylan is a good character, he has a blood bind with Shade and he does take it seriously, I can respect that. 

 The world building could have used some help as well, it just felt flat.. yes this tree is pretty, yes the water is clear.. we get it. Also, the fact that Faerie is o tottaly ultimatly magical got to e. Everything was so convienant.. it was a bit harry potterish in the fact that Shade's bag could hold anything because it shrunk it to 100x its original size.. her canteen had neverending water.. she always seemed to have food and there are even Immortals who CHOOSE when to die.. it just all seemed so incredibably easy i wonder how Shade even had trouble on this journey. 

 There are about 4 more books in the series that i know of, but I will not be reading them.. I just did not connect with the characters or the story at all. it was all very generic.


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