by Louisa Klein
Summary: When paranormal expert Robyn Wise is offered an outrageous sum of money to cure a boy who is turning into a dead tree, she's very skeptical. A politician ready to pay that much to make his son stop growing branches instead of hair? Come on! She's more likely to be abducted by aliens. This is a trap. Or much worse. And, of course, it's much worse.
The child is turning into a dark portal, created by a powerful entity determined to absorb Fairyland's power. This means that not only queen Titania and her court are in danger, but the very balance of the magic fluxes.
Robyn'd rather stick a pencil in her own eye but. to learn how to destroy the portal, she has to sneak into the Wizardry Council, a place full of wizards who are hiding something—though it’s certainly not their dislike of her.
There, she discovers a terrible secret that could help to overthrow Fairyland's enemies for good, but puts her in the midst of an ancient and deadly war, and not as a bystander, but as the main target.
Source: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I really enjoyed Supernatural Freak. The plot was full of action and magic, but Robyn’s character made the book absolutely spectacular. I loved her immediately for her sense of humor and quirkiness and courage. While Robyn herself is only 1/4 British, she resides in London and the story has a British style to it and I found it absolutely delightful to read. Robyn reminded me of a British Sookie Stackhouse (from the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris) without the vampires. She was set in her ways, quirky, unafraid, and finds herself thrown into a world of a magic, while she herself possesses just a few magical qualities. The writing does a wonderful job of expressing Robyn’s personality well and I couldn’t help but connect with her character in the first few sentences of the book.
The supporting characters were also quite enjoyable. A proper British ghost and Duke, William, a couple of geeks, a drunk uncle, a sly and comical friend James and his adorable sister, Susan were all awesome characters full of so much personality. And of course, the romance-that-isn’t-a-romance between James and Robyn was entertaining, too. If Robyn is similar to the quirky Sookie Stackhouse, the banter between all the of the friends reminded me of the banter between the characters in the show Being Human (the U.S. version as I’ve not yet seen the U.K one). It was obvious that all of the characters had their own lives and issues and maybe even secrets, but they were all strongly connected friends who loved each other and made fun of each other. I can't wait to read more adventures involving the same cast of characters in the next books. I also felt like they are the kind that would translate well into a TV series of some sort.
The plot had a lot of paranormal aspects to it. Werewolves, faeries, witches, elves, ghosts, flying creatures, and more made an appearance in the book, all wrapped up in a unique conflict that required Robyn’s assistance. I honestly haven’t read a book quite so entertaining and action packed at the same time in awhile. I truly enjoyed the British humor and I laughed out loud multiple times. It was serious and thrilling, but also funny, which I find to be true of many British comedies.
I definitely recommend this book. It was a fun and interesting story and the humor added a refreshing element to the paranormal plot. I can't wait to read the rest of the series!!!
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