Have you ever read a book that made you ask yourself “why am I still reading this?” Elle Casey’s The Changelings, the first book in her War of the Fae series was like that for me. Each time I picked it up to read I didn’t really want to but once I’d begun I had to find out what was going on.
Reading this YA fantasy was like eating some snack food that you don’t really like but it’s in front of you so you just keep popping it in your mouth until you’re sick of it. The plot was OK but the dialogue was crap – and I don’t just mean the vulgar language, which was overused and over the top. The main character is terrible and has no real growth throughout the course of the novel. And it doesn’t end.
I knew going in that it was part of a series but unlike most first books in a series that I’ve read, it doesn’t wrap anything up. The final scene not only brings more questions but it leaves plenty unanswered. I felt like the author is holding the reader hostage. Luckily I don’t care enough to pay the ransom of reading another one of these books. This review makes it sound like I hated this book. I didn’t hate it; it annoyed me and I wish I hadn’t wasted reading time on it.
If you like The Changelings and not-that-great YA fantasy like it, you may also like The Dark Realm (Feyland #1) by Anthea Sharp