Series: The Faerie Revolutions #1
Author: Chelsea Pitcher
Genre: YA Fantasy
Received: For Review from Netgalley. Thanks so much!
Releases: November 8th, 2014 by Flux
Seventeen-year-old Taylor’s given up on happiness. He’s just trying to survive. Haunted by his brother’s death and pushed around at school, he spends his days searching for a quiet moment of peace, until he meets Elora. The enigmatic runaway gives him a hope he’s never had—the hope of truly connecting with another human being.
But the daughter of the Unseelie Queen has different plans for Taylor. Born into a world of corruption and war, Elora is determined to free her people from her mother’s tyranny. If she can gain the allegiance of the Seelie Queen, her mother’s loathed enemy, she and her rebels can crush the Dark Court and bring equality to Faerie. But to do that, she’ll need a proper offering . . .
To steal a mortal, Elora must become a mortal—at least, by all appearances. And infiltrating Taylor’s high school is surprisingly easy. But as she becomes entangled in his world, Elora realizes something startling: inequality in the human world isn’t so different from inequality in Faerie. Students are bullied, ostracized and attacked for being different. And just like she did in Faerie, she begins gathering up the outcasts, encouraging them to take back the school. Now Elora has two rebellions on her hands: a quickly mounting mutiny in Faerie, and a mortal uprising inspired by the boy she’s destined to betray.
I was intrigued by the synopsis and really excited to read this book. Some writers touch upon bullying in their books, but I thought from the synopsis that The Last Changeling would encompass it fully and well represent the subject. I was wrong; this book is just another love story between a human boy and a fae girl who shouldn't be together for many reasons.
The Last Changeling was predictable and unoriginal. The characters were well described and animated, but there was something missing. I couldn't relate to them; I couldn't connect. I wish more time was spent with the Fae, talking about their species, their history, them. I felt that the Fae universe was undeveloped. It's an important part too! What the author did tell us about the Fae was nothing new. I love when authors put their own spin on a paranormal creature. Make them a bit different from the stereotype. Nope. This author stuck to the: Fae can't lie. They're hurt by iron. They use glamours.
The romance was predictable but sweet and sincere. I felt that the romance took up too large a part of the story. There are more important things that should have happened in the book but got pushed aside because of the romance. Some of the events that happened in the book were just really preposterous and childish. It was so unrealistic. (Hint. They stage a rebellion at school where all the outcasts come together against the popular people). Yikes. I wish I'd enjoyed this book but unfortunately I didn't.
It's a stereotypical fantasy novel with great themes that are overshadowed by a common romance.