Shimmerspell by Kimberly Spencer

When sixteen-year-old Jensen Meadows finds herself caught in the middle of an ancient faerie war, she soon learns that faeries aren't made of sparkly goodness. They're vicious. And worse, they're after her. With the help of Liam Casey, she delves into their world to find her missing sister and begins to suspect that her whole life has been nothing more than a faerie tale. But maybe some truths should never be revealed...

Interesting. It’s been a while since I’ve read a book which involved the Seelie and Unselie. Now, I liked Shimmerspell overall. It is a solid novella. There is surprising depth and personality to some of these characters, more than I’ve read in some full length books. The twins, I loved. Loved. They were creepy and cool though there appearance in this was brief.

Also loving the intrigue around Lorlei, is she truly as wicked as her infamous mother Morgana Le Fae? We’ll have to see.

I did notice everyone seemed very vain, but not in an endearing way.  There was lots of applying of lipstick for such a short book (I don’t know why that is so stuck in my mind), and the character descriptions were quite straightforward, which was refreshing as I read a lot of books with quirky character descriptions, so to see something so standard was pleasant.

My only real gripe is that it could have been a full length novel. But then again maybe it would have lost its sparkle if Ms Spencer tried to lengthen it into a novel.  The ending was snappy and leaves us hanging on for the next instalment, Limerick (cool title name, right?) I recommend this one if you have an hour or two to kill.

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