Friday, January 18, 2013

The Abandoned Edge of Avalon, by Eden Tyler

Alexis has spent her entire lift feeling different from everyone else.  She has odd dreams and can read her best friend's mind, only making her seem that much stranger.  So when it is revealed that Alexis is not human, but is instead a fairy, things actually start to make sense.  She learns that she has a very important destiny to accomplish in the land of Avalon; for all intents and purposes, her life is just now beginning.

I have had this book on my kindle for two years now; it was originally offered as a free download.  Imagine my surprise to learn that by the time I got around to reading it,  it is now completely out of print, and being re-imagined as a young adult book.  I can say quite confidently that this was a good idea.  This book, as it stood in its original printing, seemed a but juvenile.  Despite the fact that the characters were meant to be in their mid 20s, they all acted and talked like teenagers, which left the book hollow.  There really was not enough character development, and it seemed like once she learned she was a fairy, Alexis' character underwent rapid, unexplained changes anyway.  In fact, I found her rapidly developed revulsion for humans the most unbelievable thing about the book.  When the book involves real life fairies, and the character development is the LEAST believable part, that is kind of a problem.

In terms of the story, I do not think it is a bad story, just nothing special.  A young person finds they are special or have special abilities, and must perform some act of bravery to save their kind.  Along the way said young person meets their soul-mate and swaps some blood.  It is like Twilight, True Blood, and Harry Potter are having a literary threesome.  Again, that is not necessarily a bad thing, but as it was originally intended, for adult readers, I do not think there is enough that is unique to the story to engage readers at a deep level.  I do think, however, that this story could work very well in a form altered for young adult readers.

This book is from my personal library.  All opinions are honest and original.

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