***Note: I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.***Foul Is Fair (Fair Folk Chronicles, #1) by Jeffrey Cook, Katherine Perkins
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Megan is not what you would call a normal girl. While she has ADHD, she has bigger problems than keeping good grades in school. Her mother is obsessed with keeping Megan as normal as possible, but that is easier said than done. It turns out Megan is a fairy princess. But while many picture that as pretty dresses, and fancy tea parties, Megan learns that is not the case. Somewhere in a completely different worlds, her father needs help. There’s a conflict revolving around faerie seasonal rituals that could have consequences for humanity. While she is swept up in trying to save her father, Megan isn’t even sure if her family are the good guys. But there’s one thing she is learning, and that is she might be too good at not being human.
I have had the joy of reading almost everything Jeffrey Cook has written. While he tends to write in tandem with another author, I’d have to say this is the most unusual one yet. He and Katherine dive into the faerie realm and Celtic lore.While exciting to read a new mythology, I’m afraid I had a difficult time getting into the book at the beginning. Once the story took off, I enjoyed it quite a bit. Megan turned out to be quite the interesting girl, and her best friend Lani is well done. Lani’s knowledge of the fair folk, helps give information both to Megan and the reader right when it’s needed. It is done in such a way that it does not feel like an info dump. Just enough information is given to help the book continue to flow. The adventure the two girls find themselves on, with the help of Cassie, is an exciting ride through the faerie countryside. It grabs you and takes you right along with them. The descriptions are excellent and you can see everything through the eyes of the characters.
I have finished some of Jeffrey’s books and was sad to see them end. However, the ending of this book left me frustrated. It felt abrupt, and almost had the feeling of “we need to wrap this up”. That is all I will say about the ending so I don’t give anything away.
I do know this book is reaching out to the young adults today and touched many of them. However, as an adult who enjoys young adult fiction, I felt it lacked something. It is still well written and an entertaining read. Unfortunately, I do not see it taking a place among my favorite young adult fiction books.