Annika is escaping her life, where she just told her serious, stable, secure boyfriend no to his proposal of marriage by joining her uncle in the Balkan Mountains. She meets a cute boy in a bookshop and then takes a day hike and gets completely lost. She follows a wood nymph through a portal into a different world just as the portal breaks and traps her in a faery world…
This book took me a little work to get into it, because I didn’t really get along with the characters or understand them until Annika meets Talvi at the bookstore. Then, once she is finally sucked into the portal and the adventure truly begins, I was hooked. Annika is stuck in this other world, a faery world and the portals home have been closed. She goes on an adventure to help figure out why. She finds out she is stuck between two worlds in more ways than one, which answers why she never felt she fit in at school. She is stuck in a faery world and does quite well over there. But if she had to choose for any reason, which world would she pick?
There is a romance as Annika really starts falling for Talvi, but she doesn’t know if she can trust him or if he is playing her. Not that she wants a serious relationship, they are from two different worlds and she is free-spirited and all. But she certainly gets her panties in a bunch when he looks like he is flirting with others! And then we get a little love triangle junk. That is ok, except then we get a lot of stomping around, yelling fights and jealousies. Talvi just turned 300, but man is he a baby! It felt like we were in high school for a while. But nothing ever goes too far or too wrong. I think basically because so many things had to happen in this book that things kept moving. Also, the chapters are fairly short so it was easy to keep reading one more.
There is a prophecy, some fighting and lots of loving (when they aren’t fighting). I loved the trolls and thought it was funny how we got to read more about the adventurers fixing up their house than the big fight finale at the end…but hey, it was my favorite section of the story so it worked for me.
So, I thought this was an enjoyable fantasy adventure story. It is filled with all sorts of creatures; sirens, trolls, unicorns and wood nymphs and I wouldn’t mind trying the pixie dust or fairy brandy! I think it got a little too involved in random details and tangents which made the story a little bloated. But, it helped delve into the characters with a show not tell vibe. And I knew without a doubt that it got to me when I reached the end and wanted to continue reading to know “what happens NOW”!? So the story had issues, but it was enjoyable and creative and had a lot going on. I give it 3.5 stars and can’t wait to read the sequel.