Faelorehn by Jenna Elizabeth Johnson
Summary : Pleasant. Ordinary. Slow-Paced.
Johnson sparks enthusiasm but is unable to sustain it in this otherworldly tale. It is not that the novel carries remnants of other novellas that diminishes appeal, rather sluggish progression and lack of originality.
Faelorehn is a story of a distinct young woman, Meghan, who has always felt out of place and strange amongst others. This protagonists attempts to maintain both her sanity and the illusion of normalcy amidst hallucinations, premonitions, nightmares, and the horrors of high school social structures. Meghan’s qualms intensify as odd things begin to happen around her, inclusive of scratches she is unable to explain. As she struggles to hold on to the last strand of rationality she meets Cade, a mystery man who is speaks to her of things she is unwilling to admit but cannot deny.
Disappointingly, characters fall flat, as does the plot. Meghan and her friends are amusing and believable but we do not get to know them and are left unable to connect with them. Cade is alluring initially but quickly becomes rigid, leaving too much to be desired. Despite the underlying hints at something more, there is no conceivable chemistry between Meghan and Cade and this storyline is contrived.
Sense of adventure and excitement is lost on idle story telling. The premise is interesting but not unheard of, it fosters an unfulfilled need for the novel to be character and narrative driven. Overall, likable but lacking.
* A copy was provided by publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review. *