Friday, February 1, 2013

Book Review: Through the Eyes (Fairville Woods #2)

Through the Eyes (Fairville Woods #2)
by Simone Snaith

In Book 2 of The Fairville Woods series - the sequel to "From The Ashes" - the ghost of a little girl begins to haunt Lundy, in a stark reminder that Karel's curse has not been completely broken. Harlan is now a happy fixture in her life, unbeknownst to her parents, but the school year begins and she finds herself dealing with mean girls, popular guys, and troubled friends, as well as her developing physical relationship with Harlan. But even with Karel's coven gone, all is not right in Fairville - children are missing from the elementary school, and Harlan and Dr. Weinhelm sense an alarming presence in the town. Lundy begins to have dreams about a mad woman who has lost her children, while the little girl ghost leaves her clues she doesn’t understand. The vampires from the Smoky Mountains reluctantly arrive to help defeat a creature from ancient, frightening legends - one whose existence yields an unlikely clue to the new nature of Lundy's curse.
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Published by: Simone Snaith
Publication Date: January 25, 2013

Kat's Review

The second installment in the Fairville woods series is a quick read, at just over a hundred and fifty pages, and can be read in a few short hours.  Although the supernatural continues to invade Lundy's world, we are introduced to a more normal teenage girl in this book.  Lundy begins high school in her new town, and deals with the daily drama that all teenagers face at school.  Deciding to embrace her paleness, she creates an image for herself as the mysterious girl who dresses all in black.  She attracts the attention of a girl in her class, Valerie, who becomes her first friend in Fairville.  It also calls the attention of Max, boyfriend of one of the most popular girls at school, Kayla. 

I like the juxtaposition of her two worlds, the supernatural and the mundane, and although there is some crossover, for the most part we get to see Lundy as just another teen while she is at school.  My one area of disappointment had to do with Max.  It was obvious that Max and Lundy were drawn to each other, and that Max's character was there to help Lundy see what she would be missing out on from a normal human boy, but I would have liked to see that angle analysed more in depth. 

This book is appropriate for teens of all ages.  Although there are some mature themes, the language is appropriate for even young teens and there are no graphic sex scenes, although there is some violence.  I liked the story, and found it a quick read that carried the story in a logical and believable way from where the first book ended. 

Rating: Worth a Look

You can certainly pick this book up if you haven't read the first, but in order to truly understand why Harlan is so appealing to Lundy you should pick up the first in the series.  I look forward to the next installment.

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