Author: Cady Hammer
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Rating: 1 Star (DNF)
Grace Richardson is a young mortal woman whose only concerns are providing for her family, playing her violin, and spending as much time as possible with her brother, Leo. When Leo goes into service in the Fae’s world as a mercenary, she expects him to return with the honor that he deserves.
When Leo suddenly dies in an unspecified accident, not a word, medal, or penny comes down from the higher-ups. Suspecting foul play, Grace disguises herself as a Fae and sneaks into the Upper Realm to get some answers. She anticipates being in way over her head, but the Fae soldier who discovers her true identity only a day in? Not so much.
Now Grace is forced to drag Aiden along as she tries to work out exactly how and why her brother died. Along the way, she has no choice but to confront her prejudices against the Fae as she attempts to sort out the difference between the honest and the dishonest. Political conspiracies, demon realm escapades, and family secrets will all lead Grace to the answers she’s looking for… and some that she isn’t.
WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW
I tried so hard to get through Chasing Fae by Cady Hammer, in fact, I got more than 60% into the story before I decided to give up… and every minute of that was a push. Honestly, I probably could have stopped in the first chapter. This is one of those books that falls right on the midline of being really awful, or just entertaining enough to read anyway, but barely just.
Though the book was easy to read and flowed fairly well, where it fell apart was the characters and their actions. They were overdramatic when there was really no reason to be. It felt like the main characters were fighting and yelling and nearly dying every few seconds, but there was no real reason for them to be acting that way. It felt like the author just didn’t know how to push the story forward, so they threw in a bunch of needless conflicts.
On top of this, Aiden had no real personality of his own. Sure, he smirked a lot, and often gave hugs, and tried to comfort the main character… but that’s about all he did. He didn’t seem to have his own agenda or reason for being around other than to be a sounding board for the main character to yell at, fawn over, or be rescued by.
And the main character, whose name I’ve already forgotten? She was a brat. Constantly throwing tantrums, throwing herself and others into danger, and being rude to everyone she met.
It got old fast, and as much as I tried to push on to see how the story ended, I don’t really care enough to continue reading. I think the plot was interesting, but the rest of the writing just wasn’t good enough to carry it.