Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Marny by Anthea Sharp

Title:  Marny
Series:  Feyguard #3
Author:  Anthea Sharp
Publication Date:  October 10/15 by Fiddlehead Press
Length:  325pgs
Genre:  YA fantasy
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

Headed to the big city for a summer internship, Marny Fanalua is glad to leave her hometown and its creepy connection with the Realm of Faerie behind. Drastic heroics in Feyland are what her friends do — she’s just trying to figure out where she fits in the real world.

Livestream gaming star and entrepreneur Nyx Spenser isn’t sure why he’s able to create incredibly realistic simulations straight out of the game of Feyland, but he plans to share his crazy new talent by opening an all-ages hangout called Club Mysteria.

As the boundaries between the human world and the dangerous Realm of Faerie weaken, Marny and Nyx must forge an alliance to repair the damage he’s done—before it’s too late.

My Review:

I absolutely loved this expansion of the Feyland universe! Sharp returns to the fantasy world that she’s built throughout the series and takes readers on a unique twist. Her seamless narrative and vibrant descriptions bring both the human and fantasy aspects of this novel to life. Not only was the world building fantastic, but the plot kept me on my toes. I loved the combination of fantasy, gaming, and real life situations.

I really like how Marny is ok just being herself. True, there may be things that she’d like to change but in general she likes herself. Nyx’s fantastic ideas and journeys, as well as the intricate way in which Sharp developed him, created the perfect hero for this tale. His larger than life persona made him the perfect candidate for this tale. I appreciate how the characters are age appropriate, yet extraordinary at that. No one is faced with situations that are beyond them, yet they are caught up in situations that are well beyond the everyday, stretching them to the limits. I love the dialogue and the gaming lingo. It brought everything and everyone to the forefront for me.

This novel has it all: vivid and larger than life writing, characters that you can’t help but fall in love with, and a fast paced, fantasy plot full of action and adventure.

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