So, I'm not exactly positive how I feel with this book. The more I think about it, the more I don't like it. On the one hand, it was entertaining, if not predictable. On the other hand, I put the book down with no complaints three times during the climax. Not a good sign.
I have to throw this out there, I just hate instalove. It's a problem for me because I hang out in young adult pretty exclusively. But there it is. I hate it. So Meghan's relationship was just a total fail for me. It doesn't help that it comes almost out of nowhere. All of the sudden after all this, they kiss and she's beloved of Ash. Um. Right. Okay.
Pixar has this nice list of storytelling rules. I think there's twenty-two and they're something to live by. One of them is that a character cannot win because of a coincidence. They can get in more trouble, but they can't win. This is probably why the ending upsets me.
Also! Faeries are stronger based on how much belief they have, right? So then how is Puck Oberon's lackey? I mean, Puck is the faery. Oberon's famous, but this is fucking Robin Goodfellow. He should have the Nevernever under heel.
On that note,
So the characters? I liked Meghan, though she seemed to adapt too quickly to everything. I was fine with it since she was part of that world. I did not like Ash, not really. Well, okay, so I liked him in the beginning before the instalove thing. Afterwards, he was reduced to knight in shining armor instead of awesomely gray maybe good buy maybe bad guy.
Puck gets his own paragraph. Because Puck. Really Puck? There's absolutely no reason for this jump in personality. So you go from Robbie to Puck, which are almost two totally different characters. Puck probably was one of my favorite characters, but he gets pushed to the side by the instalove.
BUT! Ladies and gentleman, we have a plot. Something so rare and unheard of in Young Adult, it may as well be a freaking unicorn. Meghan is going to find Ethan. Simple. The plot is continuous and you have a beginning and middle and end. You would think it's the hardest thing ever, but seriously. I nearly weep for joy when there's a plot.
But I gave the book three stars -rounded up- and I do plan on reading the series. It was a very entertaining read. There were plot holes, see above spoiler, but it wasn't a bad read. Especially with the YA out there? I'd read it. The writing is solid, the characters aren't cutout for the first half of the book, and there are some really great lines.