Top critical review
cute but long
Reviewed in the United States on September 8, 2013
Likable characters, fascinating concepts, compelling motivation--on the surface this book has everything it takes to make a great story, but for some reason it fell pretty flat for me. I like long books--nothing delights me more than knowing I'll have at least a few days to spend in a new world--but I think this story could have been about half the length and still included everything necessary, and as a result of some slash and burn editing, would have been a tighter story. We read this in my book club and while there was one who absolutely loved the book, most of the others felt as I did. That it went on longer than necessary and as a result got a little boring. However, it was a cute story with some genuinely funny moments and I completely identified with Ethan's baseball woes at the beginning since that was me exactly in my high school gym class where all we did every spring was play softball. I have detested baseball & softball ever since so the copious baseball scenes once they're in the Fae dimension got incredibly tedious for me. I did, however, LOVE the "scampering" concept and all the world-tree mythology. I won't read it again, but it was worth reading once just for that.