Truthfully, I don't read books with faeries. Why, I don't know, but they have never interested me. This book and this series, however, interested me. I'm not sure why, but it did. And I'm glad I tried the first book, because now I want to read the rest.
Meghan is this seemingly ordinary girl who lives with her stepdad and her mom and her little brother Ethan. Her best friend, Robbie, is pretty much her only friend. But when Ethan is stolen and replaced by a Changeling, she is suddenly whisked into this world of the Fey, finds out that (spoiler alert) her best friend is actually Puck from a Midsummer's Night Dream, and her father is really King Oberon. In a desperate fight to get her brother back, she encounters Ash, a Prince of the Unseelie court who has vowed to bring her to his queen and kill Puck. But guys...it's a YA book. You know what happens with this, right? Right! And let's just say...it's pretty damn intense.
Kagawa has written a book within the faerie world as if she's been there herself. In fact, I'm pretty sure she might be part faerie. The world she built of Nevernever was so vivid in my mind that I felt like a kid - or Alice traveling into Wonderland. I could see and picture EVERYTHING in this world, and it was like I was going on this journey with Meghan. Her characters were so particular. She was spot on the personalities of Puck, Oberon, Tatiana, etc - as though she had truly stepped into a Midsummer's Night's Dream, once. It was so much fun going on this adventure with these characters, and Kagawa's humor and sarcasm within these characters just made it all the more enjoyable.
And for some reason, I kept picturing the Iron King looking like Benedict Cumberbatch, Meghan as Emma Roberts, and Puck as Nicolas Hoult and Grimalkin with the voice of Salem from Sabrina the Teenage Witch. (Grimalkin was hilarious. I found myself laughing every time his excuse was, "I'm a Cat.") Someone should get on this casting. Stat.