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11 October 2009 @ 09:04 pm
Book Log: Fairy Tale  
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Fairy Tale by Cyn Balog

Morgan Sparks and Cameron Browne have been best friends and next door neighbors for as long as either of them can remember. They have also been totally in love with each other since before it was cool to have a boyfriend. They're the perfect couple. The forever couple.

Until Cam's strange relative Pip shows up, and informs Cam that he is actually a fairy prince, exchanged as a baby, and living the life that was meant for Pip. Now, his older brother is dead, and his father the fairy king wants Cam back to serve as his heir.

Morgan is determined to save her boyfriend from getting shunted off to the Otherworld, but as Cam changes more and more, Morgan needs to decide whether their forever love can survive so many changes--and whether they want it to.

What works in this book is Morgan. She's got a great snappy voice, and it makes this book a quick page-turner. It's fun spending time in her first-person narrative. What also works is the way Cam's parents are in on the fact that their son is apparently a changeling from the start. It always bothers me when the people closest to the person affected are kept in the dark, for some mysterious reason. Here, Cam's parents knew what was happening from the start. I also REALLY liked that aside from a short period of necessary disbelief, all the relevant parties accepted the reality of Cam's true identity fairly quickly, and moved on to dealing with it.


What doesn't work quite as well for me is Pip. We're supposed to think that Morgan actually, really falls for Pip over the time he's with them, but I find that very hard to believe. She's so deeply in love with Cam, and has been for so long, that it's difficult to believe that she just falls head over heels for Pip--even if he is morphing into what Cam used to be.

Also, there's something about Pip's backstory that doesn't quite jive for me. After Morgan sees the scars on Pip's back, he confesses that he did jailtime in the Otherworld for a fairy girl he loved. But Dawn tells Morgan that he spent all his time in the Otherworld watching Morgan through a window, and that he loved her. I suppose he could have been in love more than once, but it still doesn't quite work for me.

Also, such a big deal is made of Morgan's psychic gifts and her nature as an enchantress, and yet that never feels resolved. I'm not sure why it should be important that she can see Dawn when other people can't--it's not like it affects their plotting one way or another.

Plotting flaws aside though, I really did enjoy this book. The voice is what really sells it--I breezed through it.
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