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Thursday, March 29, 2012

{Blog Tour} Review: The Changelings by Elle Casey

The Changelings by Elle Casey
Pages: 275
Genre: YA Fantasy

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 completely surprised me! Just by looking at the cover, or even reading the description, you would never guess that it was such an adventurous and exciting novel. When I first started it, I wasn't sure exactly where it was going to take me. I knew it was about fey and faeries, but it didn't seem to be heading in that direction. And then, a few chapters in, things got REALLY interesting. All I can say is that you definitely won't expect it.

What I loved was that Elle Casey made what went on in the novel seem so natural. Things started getting progressively fantastical, and it didn't seem weird at all. Even to the characters, they just took everything in stride. I also really liked that the magic came in spurts and didn't all just happen at once. All too often does it happen that fantasy novels just throw all this information at the reader about the magical aspect of the novel, and it's information overload. It also takes the fun out of things, I think. In The Changelings, it's like putting the pieces of the puzzles together, and each chapter holds a new one. You're able to make your own assumptions, some right and some wrong, but there's still some pieces missing and you have to keep reading to find them.

All of the characters are so vivid and fun to read about. Elle writes from the perspective of Jayne, the potty-mouthed spunky protagonist of the novel, so it's safe to say that she's quite a colorful character. I really related to her, because I saw a lot of my own personality in her. She's very brusque and sarcastic, and she has a "fun" vocabulary. Whatever you may feel about The Changelings while reading it, bored is not one of those things.

The ending was fantastic, because it allowed just a bit of closure, but still left off at a great place that makes you want to read the second book immediately. Luckily, the sequel is already available!

For romance lovers, there are hints of romance here and there. Nothing huge, because Jayne is basically fighting for her life the whole novel, but it's there. There are some really yummy guys in this novel, and I really can't wait to see where things go in the romance department.

I give The Changelings 5 of 5 stars!

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  1. Thank you for taking the time to do this giveaway :) The cover intrigues me and I would automatically pick it up off of the shelf just to see what it's about. The fact that you said it was an adventurous book makes me want to read it :)

  2. The forest sounds eerie and fascinating. I wonder what the characters will discover.

  3. I love books about the fey and I love a spunky, strong heroine!
    Rachel C.


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