She spent the last minutes of proper daylight walking around the multi-tiered garden, passing through a pair of wooden trellises and archways that decorated the carefully laid-out path, before settling into the gazebo in the middle of the rock garden, next to the small decorative fish pond. The limited lots of the neighborhood didn’t leave a lot of room, but, true to her family’s usual style, every inch was filled with something, and somehow, they’d made it all fit.
No strangers were likely to peek into the backyard. If they did, they wouldn’t be likely to look into the gazebo, as they’d be busy wondering why such fancy garden structures were built for a bunch of pumpkins grown with more enthusiasm than skill. If anyone had looked, however, they might have seen the short, stocky sixteen-year-old sitting a bench and staring as a crow flitted down from above and landed on the railing of the gazebo. The bird looked at her quizzically, while Lani paid more attention to the butterfly perched on the crow’s head.
“We’re out of options. If we’re going to tell her, she’s going to have to listen. Do it tonight. The orange ones, right side on the bookshelf.”
The wind rustled through the trees.
“Just the orange ones. I’m not going to get in the way of her being a functional human being.”
—Foul is Fair by Jeffrey Cook and Katherine Perkins
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This month I’m reviewing Foul is Fair by Jeffrey Cook and Katherine Perkins.
Megan has always known she wasn’t typical, but she had no idea just how untypical she was until her best friend unlocked the secret world around them for her. Somewhere between her mothers long hours at work and her own battle with ADHD she never noticed that she wasn’t entirely human. When Lani insists she isn’t and that the father she’s never known needs her to rescue him it’s a lot to take in. She trusts Lani though and follows her into the Faerie realm where’s she overwhelmed with the seelie, and the unseelie, rituals and terminology that she never imagined having to learn. She must save her father, or risk losing everything, but not before she learns that there is far more to her than she ever realized.
What I Loved
This is young adult paranormal, urban fantasy at it’s best. Megan is a relate-able character as she struggles with the pull to be a creative artist and be the good student her mother wants her to be. Her discovery that there is more to her than meets the eye sends her on a journey that every kid wants to take.
I loved her approach, sincere and no nonsense, to each task as she completed her quest. I loved that it didn’t come too easy to her and that she had help along they way but that she still managed by her own wisdom to solve the problem in the end. Her solution made me smile, laugh and sigh with it’s simplicity and depth.
What I Didn’t Love
I can’t say a single thing I didn’t love about this book. It’s a perfect addition to your YA shelf, even if you’re not a young adult.
Where To Find It
Foul is Fair, and it’s sequels, can be found at Amazon. It is available in paperback, Kindle and on KindleUnlimited.
Jeffrey Cook is an accomplished author with variety of books for any taste. He lives in Washington and when he isn’t traveling to a convention to meet his fans or reading a new book, he’s busy researching and writing up his next novel. He writes in both the paranormal urban fantasy and Steampunk genres. When he takes deserved day off he likes to lose himself in a role-playing game or play with his three dogs. You can learn more about him next month when he’s featured in my Indie Author Spotlight.
Katherine Perkins is the series editor for Jeffrey’s Dawn of Steam series and co-author of Foul is Fair and the other books in the series. She is also the author of various short stories. When she’s not busy working on her next project, she’s transcribing Braille songbooks.
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