Title: Foul is Fair (Fair Folk Chronicles Book 1)
Author: Jeffrey Cook
Blurb: Lots of girls play Fairy Princess when they’re little. Megan O’Reilly had no idea the real thing was like playing chess, guitar, and hockey all at once. Megan had known for a long time that she wasn’t an entirely typical girl. But living with ADHD—and her mother’s obsessions—was a very different thing from finding out she wasn’t entirely human. Somewhere out there, in a completely different world, her father needs help. There’s a conflict, revolving around Faerie seasonal rituals, that could have consequences for humanity—and if Megan’s getting the terminology straight, it sounds like her family aren’t even supposed to be the good guys. As she’s further and further swept up in trying to save her father, Megan may be getting too good at not being human.
‘Foul is Fair’ is an amazing fairy tale, but not like you’re thinking. Action packed, full of amazing characters, and an intense plot, it is a must read.
Megan is a normal girl. Except she has ADHD and takes carefully controlled medication. Until her best friend switches the orange ones out for Vitamin C and Megan begins seeing a butterfly riding a crow—a fairy with torn wings riding a crow, to be exact.
This sends them on a whirlwind journey to Faery, a place that both is and isn’t as it seems. Chased by gigantic hounds, red caps, iron golems, and betrayed in the worst way possible—it’s a lot for two teenage girls, a satyr and her two leopards, and a boy from the past.
Getting real for a moment: I connected to Megan in a way I’ve never connected to another character in my life. As stated before, Megan has ADHD. I also have ADHD. It’s a thing I’ve struggled with my entire life. From medication through my childhood years, to coping without it willingly through my rough teenage years, and then still coping as a young adult.
I’m in my early twenties right now, and every day is a struggle to do what I’m supposed to do without going off on tangents. I’m constantly fighting with my own mind, and to have a character who embodies this in certain ways is amazing. Many things, Megan doesn’t show, but what she does is so important. She’s easily distracted, prone to tangents, and smart as a whip. Okay, so the last isn’t conditional to ADHD, but it is a huge factor for many of the people I know. We’re super smart, but the ADHD affects our lives, and especially affected our grades when we had such things.
All in all, if you love the fae, action, and well-rounded characters, pick up ‘Foul is Fair’. It’s a page turner.
Stay tuned for February 19th, 2017 when I livetweet the book Street Fair (Fair Folk Chronicles Book 2) by Jeffrey Cook