Sunday, June 08, 2008

Book Review: Into the Wildewood by Gillian Summers

48 Hour Challenge Book 7
Started: Sunday, 1:22 pm
Finished: Sunday, 4:06 pm

Book: Into the Wildewood
Author: Gillian Summers
Published: June 1, 2008

Keelie’s finally gotten used to being the daughter of a elven Tree Shepherd who lives at Ren Faires. But the newest Ren Faire is giving her some trouble. For one thing, her dad says she has to pay off the insanely expensive (but fabulous!) boots she just bought, and the only job available is that of Jill-of-the-Faire--basically doing all the things nobody else wants to do.

For another, there’s something bad wrong at this Faire. The trees are attacking, there’s a unicorn that her dad forbids her to go near, elves are getting sick, and somebody’s behind it all. But who? Keelie had better find out soon, or her own dad will be next on the list . . .

There’s a lot going on in this book: Ren Faire kookiness, mystical adventure story with environmental overtones, a father and daughter getting to know each other, a girl carving her identity between two worlds. Sometimes too much. I felt as if I was playing catch-up a lot, reading between the lines, probably because this is the second in the trilogy. If you’re interested, start with the first one, The Tree Shepherd's Daughter.

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