I received this book from Floris Books for an honest review.
I would recommend this book for kids ages twelve and up.
This story follows a girl named Jess who lives in a very small town, near the woods. Kids in her town are beginning to disappear, and people are assuming that they are drowning. When Jess’ best friend Freya gets taken right in front of her, she knows that these kids are not simply drowning. Jess tries to convince everybody that Freya was taken, but no one believes her. Jess takes it into her own hands to find her friend, and finds herself transported to the Kelpie kingdom. Kelpies are creatures that are human but can change their form into a horse. Jess thinks all that matters is getting Freya back, but she doesn’t realize how much harder things are going to get.
I thought that this book had a very interesting premise, but that it was not executed well. Everything in this book was so convenient and lucky. Whatever the main character needed just popped up, and it seemed that almost no one got hurt. Everything just happened right when it needed to. I also thought that the character development in this book was lacking, and I felt detached from all of the characters. The main character Jess, was very whiny and clingy which also bothered me. The world building was better than the character development, but it was still not great.
Even though there were many things that I did not enjoy, there were still some things that I thought were done very well. In this fairly short book, there was a lot of action, but it didn’t feel rushed or crammed. By the end of the story, I did want to know how it was going to end. Overall I enjoyed reading this book because it was fast paced and exciting. However, it was not a story that will stay with me, or one that I would want to re-read.
My favorite character was Magnus, because I felt that out of all the characters you learned the most about him and his past.
This book had no swearing, Extremely minor romance, and small amounts of violence. Overall this book was completely appropriate.
Three Out of Five Stars
Author: Gill Arbuthnott
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