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Meghan Chase starts her journey as a fairy princess to save her younger brother from the Iron King. Meghan Chase is a seemingly ordinary girl who lives in the country with her mom, stepfather and stepbrother. On the day of her sixteenth birthday, everything seems to be out of place. When she gets home from school, she finds her mother collapsed on the floor with blood on her head, and her brother Ethan, who appears to be smiling and says that their mother slipped. She notices that Ethan is acting strange, he does not seem bothered that his stuffed rabbit Floppy has its head torn off with the cotton spilling from its neck which would normally make him sad. Her mom and Luke went to the hospital and she is left with Ethan. Ethan eats like a wild animal and bites her leg. Robbie, her bestfriend from school then appears on their doorstep and tells her that her brother has been replaced with a changeling. A changeling is a faery child that has been switched with a human child and the only way for her to save her brother from Faeryland is to beat the changeling to near death until the fey parents are forced to return the real one, or to bring the real child which will force the changeling to leave the home. Meghan chooses to save her brother from Faeryland without any idea of the place and on where he is and who kidnapped him. Her bestfriend Robbie reveals his true self. He is Robin Goodfellow or Puck from Midsummer Night's Dream. She decides to go on with her journey having in mind not only her brother, but also her real father who disappeared when she was still very young. She brings her backpack with jeans, extra shirt, a bottle of aspirin, Coke, chips and her iPod and enters Nevernever from Ethan's closet.
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They need to get away quickly as they arrive in a neutral territory where wild fey live. They stay overnight inside a tree trunk and Meghan dreams of Ethan. When Meghan wakes up, she sees Ethan who turns out to be a wisp, a kind of fey that makes you see what you want to see and leads you into a trap. Puck saves her and they continue their journey. They encounter a wild hunt in the wildwood and having left with no choice, Puck transforms into a horse. It turns out that they are being hunted by Prince Ash, Puck's sworn enemy. Puck leaves Meghan on a tree where she meets a smart-mouthed cat named Grimalkin. Meghan makes a deal with Grim so she can find Puck but the cait sith needs something in return. She encounters goblins, nixies and a healer on her way to Arcadia, the Summer Court. Meghan meets her real father, King Oberon of the Summer Fey and Queen Titania, the latter is unhappy and treats her badly. Puck turns out to be a servant of Oberon and he is turned into a bird as a punishment for letting Meghan know about her real identity. She does not welcome the idea that she is a fairy princess because it means that her mother was disloyal to her human father. She goes to a festival called the Elysium, during which the Seelie and Unseelie Courts meet to talk about contracts and treaties. A chimera attacks and no one knows who set it off because both courts are badly hurt. Meghan takes advantage of the commotion and leaves with Grim to continue with her mission. They find the trod to Tir Na Nog and Puck comes in to help them. They meet Ash again and his mission is to bring Meghan to Mab, the Unseelie Queen so she could use her against Oberon. Puck and Ash fight each other again, while iron bugs take Meghan to a cave which is guarded by Iron Horse from whom she gets a confirmation that Ethan is in the hands of King Machina. Ash saves her and they make a deal where Ash will bring her to the Iron King and help save Ethan, and in return, Meghan will come with her to Tir Na Nog. Since they do not have any idea where King Machina is, they seek guidance from an oracle who lives in the human world. She gets the information from the oracle in exchange for a memory. Based on the clues from the oracle, they need to go to a dryad and on their way, they fight against Virus, a servant of the Iron King who can control humans. They are attacked and Puck is shot so they leave him with the dryads to heal. The Elder Dryad, gives her the witchwood, the only weapon that can destroy the Iron King, however, the witchwood serves as the heart of the tree. The Elder sacrifices her tree because if she is not going to do it, all of fey will die eventually. Meghan and Ash are left to continue to go to the Iron Kingdom. Ash, being helpless in an iron environment, weakens. Meghan then meets packrats who point the directions to the Iron King in exchange for her iPod. She meets the former Iron King and he says that he is dethroned because of the advancement in technology that makes the Iron King stronger. Despite the discouragement, Meghan fights the Iron King and manages to kill him and his cronies. Meghan returns home with Ethan and explains to her mother what happened. She forgets her human father because it is the memory that the oracle got from her. Ash comes to her house to uphold her end of their bargain.
Best part of story, including ending: All the characters are endearing. It has multiple storylines.

Best scene in story: When Ash and Meghan get comfortable with each other during their journey in the Iron Kingdom because their romance is intriguing.

Opinion about the main character: She is family oriented, brave and funny.

The review of this Book prepared by Teresita Sy a Level 1 Blue Jay scholar

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 40%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 10%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 10% Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   part earth & part fantasy world Magical Beings/Mental/Magical/Powers    -   Yes magical powers:    -   Fairies (fantasy) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a teen If magical mental powers:    -   can cast many different spells


Earth setting:    -   current (early 21st century) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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