Pages - 293
Published by Tor, an imprint of Pan Macmillan.
Copy - my own.
A couple of things made that day stand out more than any other: it was my sixth birthday, and my mother was wielding a knife. Not a tiny steak knife, but some kind of massive butcher knife glinting in the light like in a bad horror movie. She definitely wanted to kill me.
When Wendy Everly was six-years-old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn't until eleven years later that Wendy finds out her mother might have been telling the truth. With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed - and it's one she's not sure if she wants to be a part of.
I was attracted to this book from the moment I heard about it. The author Amanda Hocking had received a lot of press lately and I was intrigued by her journey from self publication, to an established publisher.
The cover enticed me enough to read it and from the first paragraph I was hooked and had to read it until the end. If you have read the snippet I have included above, you can see how easily you are trapped and need to find out more.
Wendy is a quirky character; the girl who just doesn't fit in - anywhere. She struggles at school, she finds it difficult to make friends and she is definitely the one that just doesn't fit. It isn't until you realise how different she actually is, that you really begin to understand her.
Finn enters the book and things begin to change dramatically for Wendy. Finally she feels she has found someone who understands her. There is a scene at the school prom, where they dance to OMD's 'If You Leave,' which melted my heart and took me straight back to my teens. Amanda Hocking is a self confessed John Hughes fan, and anyone who loved his films will remember the scene from Pretty In Pink where that song was played! Sigh.
Finn is a fabulous male lead. His relationship with Wendy has that Romeo and Juliet feel to it. It is forbidden and definitely frowned upon as they far to different and from different sides of the track. If you were thinking that Finn might be the only love interest for Wendy, you would be mistaken as Rhys and Tove also seem to show affection for our leading lady; so I am curious where this story will go.
Wendy's arrival in Trylle marks a change in the way the other residents live. Wendy will change things in the future, that I am almost certain, as she is unhappy with the way their society is segregated. You can see the way her mind works and you only hope the social classes set up will tumble in time.
This book felt like a mixture of Holly Black's faerie books and Meg Cabot's Prinice Diaries. I can't think of another way to explain it. I loved the book completely and I am eager for the second book in the trilogy.
I went to meet Amanda Hocking at her book signing at Forbidden Planet!