Book Reviews of The Faerie Path

The Faerie Path
The Faerie Path
Author: Frewin Jones
ISBN-13: 9780060871024
ISBN-10: 0060871024
Publication Date: 2/1/2007
Pages: 320
Reading Level: Young Adult
Rating:
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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3.3 stars, based on 18 ratings
Publisher: Eos
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 4
This is the first book in a (so-far) trilogy about Anita, who doesn't know that she is actually a Faerie Princess named Tania. This was an easy and boring read.

Anita gets in a boat accident the day before her sixteenth birthday; when she is at the hospital recovering she grows wings, loses her wings, and then is pulled into the fairy realm.

The best thing this book had going for it was that it was a really quick read. It's a little over 300 pages long, but the print is so big that it would suit a children's book (okay maybe a slight exaggeration). It literally took me 2-3 hours to read. Unfortunately I wish that I hadn't even spent that time on it. I picked this up because it had a pretty cover (shame on me again, for judging a book by its cover) that and I love books about Faerie realms. This was a horrible book.

The character Anita (whose name as a Faerie is cleverly Tania, wow look if you rearrange Anita what do you get!) is supposed to sixteen; unfortunately she has the mentality of a nine year old. She is dumb as a brick and extremely gullible. Right from the beginning I could have told you what was going to happen in this book. There are no surprises, the plot is extremely transparent. I seriously think I wrote better stuff in junior high and so did my classmates. None of the characters have any depth or passion; they seem to be wandering around the book in a daze. Nothing really happens in the book either. Anita/Tania spends most of her time whining about how she wants to back to the Mortal Realm and, when she's not doing that, she is constantly reminding the other characters in the book that she can't remember her past as a Faerie Princess. The scary thing is that the other supporting characters need help remembering that Tania wasn't there for the last 500 years and even when she reminds them, they forget by the next paragraph.

The book is boring, boring, boring. The writing is simplistic and child-like. I am very surprised that this is dubbed a "young adult" book because really it would be more appropriate as a children's book. I know I am ranting here, but I am honestly surprised sometimes at the books that make it through to publication. I am doubly irritated because by buying this book new, I supported this!

Okay I am trying to think of some positive things to say here... The cover is very pretty. The sentence structures in the book were proper, if not really all that flowing. It was readable and there weren't any typos that I saw. You definitely won't strain your vocabulary here. Those are the only thing that pull this book up from one star. I know I am being harsh, but I feel a bit misled here.

Needless to say I will note being reading more books from this author.
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Helpful Score: 3
This book was a good read. I just wish it would have moved a bit faster. It focused on everyone trying to get Anita to realize who she was (a faerie princess) and that the faerie world is where she belongs in, and you constantly had to listen to her going, I don't remember that..I don't remember anything. A bit annoying.

Otherwise the story flows well of the Anita being taken away from the mortal world to the faerie world when she has a boating accident and ends up in the hospital. She soon realizes that she is the seventh daughter of the king and was granted the powers to go between the mortal world and the faerie world. She tries to remember who she is and why she's there (as noted above) while still trying to get back to the mortal world to contact her parents to let them know what happened to her.

This story does invovle a slight twist of a mystery as a book as given to Anita that has her life written down in it, and she doesn't know who gave her the book.
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Helpful Score: 3
Reviewed by The Compulsive Reader for TeensReadToo.com

Anita Palmer believes that she is an ordinary girl, simply excited for her sixteenth birthday, and the plans her new boyfriend has made. She thinks nothing of the strange dreams she's been having. But when her birthday ends in disaster and the dreams get more and more vivid, Anita begins to feel afraid.

Then she is swept into an entirely different world, the world in which her boyfriend--and Anita--really belong. Here, she is Tania, the seventh princess of Faerie.

But all isn't joyful. The kingdom is mourning the death of her mother, and her eldest sister refuses to see her. And more importantly, there is a traitor in their midst...

THE FAERIE PATH was very charming and yet mysterious at the same time. The writing has a slight tendency to bog the reader down every once in a while, but the numerous plot twists keep the book from getting boring. Full of intriguing details and breathtaking descriptions, the story reads like your favorite fairy tale, and the surprise ending will leave you waiting in anticipation for the sequel, THE LOST QUEEN.
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Helpful Score: 2
This dreadfully boring tale about a young girl who discovers she's the long-lost, centuries-old daughter of the King and Queen of Faerie was easily one of the worst books I've ever read. I really wanted to like this book as I have a fondness for the Fey Folk, but the writing was so bad it had me scratching my head as to how the author even managed to get this tripe published.

For one thing, Jones does a lot more "telling" rather than "showing" when describing her characters. As for the characters themselves, they were all rather bland and uninteresting, and not a single one managed to endear themselves to me. The main character Tania/Anita was the worst culprit of them all, as she pretty much had zero personality and was flat as a board. Her slew of sisters were all merely a bunch of stock characters (the silly sister, the brainy sister, etc.) and the "villain" was pretty much just your generic, run-of-the-mill, power hungry bad guy with no real reason for doing what he's doing.

With it's lackluster writing and eye-crossingly boring storyline, I recommend this cliche-ridden crapfest only to very young readers (I'm talking no older than 10 or 11-year-olds here)...older readers will most likely be turned off from the start. For those Faerie fans with more discriminating tastes however, I highly recommend Holly Black's Tithe, The Chronicles of Faerie series by O.R. Melling, and Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr.
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Helpful Score: 2
I love faerie books. I really, really do. Having read all of Holly Black and Melissa Marr's series, I was looking in the YA section for a new take. A 12 yr old recommended this one to me.
*sigh*
I couldn't make it past the first chapter. It was so... childishly written (the main character has all the makings of a Mary Sue, perfect and loved by everyone, talented and wonderful... and the author plunks her down in front of the mirror on the first page to describe how pretty she is.) And it only gets more syrupy and sparkly after that.
So my advice? Skip it. Go get some REAL fairy/fae/ fairie books that don't have a soppy main character written with all the cliche of a jr. high girl's first fanfic.
Harsh? Yes. But check out the the authors I mentioned above. Then you'll see how well YA fiction can be written.
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Reviewed by The Compulsive Reader for TeensReadToo.com

Anita Palmer believes that she is an ordinary girl, simply excited for her sixteenth birthday, and the plans her new boyfriend has made. She thinks nothing of the strange dreams she's been having. But when her birthday ends in disaster and the dreams get more and more vivid, Anita begins to feel afraid.

Then she is swept into an entirely different world, the world in which her boyfriend--and Anita--really belong. Here, she is Tania, the seventh princess of Faerie.

But all isn't joyful. The kingdom is mourning the death of her mother, and her eldest sister refuses to see her. And more importantly, there is a traitor in their midst...

THE FAERIE PATH was very charming and yet mysterious at the same time. The writing has a slight tendency to bog the reader down every once in a while, but the numerous plot twists keep the book from getting boring. Full of intriguing details and breathtaking descriptions, the story reads like your favorite fairy tale, and the surprise ending will leave you waiting in anticipation for the sequel, THE LOST QUEEN.
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I Loved This Book!

Frewin Jones. I never really read any of her books, until this one came along, I was hooked; the begining is a bit slow, but keep with it, I promis it's worth your time.
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From beginning to finish I enjoyed this book. It is a bit girly not just because of it being about Faerie but the mention of parallel between Romeo and Juliet. Evan/Elrich mentions many time that Juliet is the sun meaning Anita/Tania is his sun or so it appears at first.

So there is romance, faeries, and danger what more could a girl ask for. Not much really. I will be enjoying the next couple books from this series.
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Anita is an ordinary girl living an ordinary life....or so she thought. Anita discovers she is actually the lost princess, Tania, of Faerie. Now that she must re-meet her father and sisters, who make up the royal family. While fighting for her true love.