Book Review: Some Kind of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce

           Double Day   Published Jan 1, 2012             310 Pages

Double Day
Published Jan 1, 2012
310 Pages

20 years ago Peter Martin’s sister Tara disappeared in the woods. It is Christmas afternoon and Tara, assumed dead, shows up at her parents’ door.

While her parents are happy to have her back home, Peter and Tara’s former boyfriend, who was suspected in her disappearance,  isn’t too sure about that.

Her stories do not add up and after much pressure Tara begins to tell the truth. But will her family believe her? And what consequences do the truth hold?

What I loved about this book was it wasn’t a whimsical young adult book written for adults. So if that is the type of book you are looking for then you shouldn’t pick this up.

Tara has come back home and I believe she is expecting everyone to just express extreme joy for her being home and to not question her story of where she has been. But Peter, who is just a bit unhappy with life, doesn’t believe anything that comes out of her mouth. I liked Tara but at the same time found her dull. She reminded me of a hippie . . . things are always more than what they seem for her. But I expected someone who has been around faeries to have more light or spark.

When Tara comes back home she tires to get everyone to understand that she has changed although she doesn’t look different. She tries to get people to believe her especially her ex-boyfriend, who is completely messed up. Her family thinks she is crazy for the most part, so there was no real support and I felt bad about that. But if it was added to the book it would have changed everything.  The book wouldn’t have been much if it wasn’t for the difficulties from Peter or her ex.

However, what I didn’t like about the book was it was slow to pick up. Almost immediately Tara comes home so there wasn’t much build up from that. Her story and the issues that comes with it is where the action is but even then it was too slow to be a real climax.

Overall I didn’t think this was a bad read and enjoyed it. 3.5 Pickles

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