Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Review: Faelorehn by Jenna Elizabeth Johnson

“Meghan Elam has been strange her entire life: her eyes have this odd habit of changing color and she sees and hears things no one else does. When the visions and voices in her head start to get worse, she is convinced that her parents will want to drag her off to another psychiatrist. That is, until the mysterious Cade MacRoich shows up out of nowhere with an explanation of his own.
Cade brings her news of another realm where goblins and gnomes are the norm, a place where whispering spirits exist in the very earth, and a world where Meghan just might find the answers she has always sought.”
Meghan has had a somewhat difficult life. She hears voices and sees things that others around her – her friends and adopted family members – can’t see or hear. And she has no one who can give her the answers that she so desperately wants to know about herself, either. Who are her real parents? Why did they give her up? And more importantly, why is she so strange, when everyone else around her is so normal? When she least expects it, a young man by the name of Cade MacRoich comes into her life and fills in some of the blanks. Come to find out, the reason that she doesn’t seem to fit in with all the “normal” humans around her is because Meghan herself is not human. She is a member of the Faelorehn, a fae race that live in a place called the Otherworld. This revelation only leads to more questions on Meghan’s part, questions that Cade can’t answer right away. And when danger suddenly befalls Cade, it’s up to Meghan to help the one person who can help her find the answers that she seeks. Faelorehn is a quick and interesting faerie tale with a twist that will leave you wanting more once you’re finished reading. 
I rate this book:
I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was such an intriguing read that I found it rather difficult to put it down. The storyline reminded me so much of Amanda Hocking’s Trylle trilogy, which made Faelorehn all the more enjoyable for me. But what I really liked was how the author incorporated so many Celtic myths into the story. It made the book seem that much more magical and definitely added to the story a lot. I would encourage everyone to read Faelorehn. You won’t be disappointed. And once you read it, you’ll be dying for the next book to come out – I know I am. 

Jenna Elizabeth Johnson grew up and still resides on the Central Coast of California, a place she finds as magical and enchanting as the worlds she creates. She received a BA in Art Practice with a minor in Celtic Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. It was during her time in college that she decided to begin her first novel, The Legend of Oescienne - The Finding. Reading such works as Beowulf, The Mabinogi, and The Second Battle of Maige Tuired in her Scandinavian and Celtic Studies courses finally inspired her to start writing down her own tales of adventure and fantasy. She also enjoys creating the many images and maps for her various worlds. Besides writing and drawing, she is often found reading, gardening, camping, hiking and bird watching. Jenna Elizabeth Johnson is currently working on her second book in the Oescienne series entitled The Beginning. For more on the author and her books, and for contact information, visit or her blog 

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