Junior’s back from Mexico with his movie-star entourage. Beck’s using his half-demon charms to “heal” a new girl. Mom’s still wacky and now she’s dating Principal Hostetler. High school is still an obstacle course of drama queens, bullies and nutjobs. The Trimarks are still a menace, and the moonstone pendant has revealed even more mind-boggling powers. In other words, Allie Emerson’s life as the Girl Voted Least Likely To Save The World From Evil has gone from Weird to Super-Charged Super-Weird, and it’s about to get even weirder. You’re a faery princess. So says the mysterious Ryker, whose handsome talents include turning himself into a hawk. By the way, he and Allie are destined to marry. In faery land–Boundless. If they can save it from forces even more deadly than Trimarks and high school. The third book in the Unbidden Magic series plunges readers into a rich other-world of danger, humor, romance, fable, fairytale and magical destiny.
So here we are, back in Peacock Flats with Allie and Faye and all the rest. Beck has left for college and found a new girlfriend. Junior is back in town. Ryker is annoying. So, Allie’s love triangle is now a love square. We meet the fae in this one too, which usually excites me, but this one was kind of weird to me. We jump from Allie being a Star Seeker to Faye being…well, fae, thereby making Allie fae as well. There’s just a lot going on in this one. I wonder when Allie goes to school. She’s always running around, going to Faeryland, escaping from assassins and stuff. I don’t know why this one just felt so jumpy to me, but it did. We get a ton of information at the beginning and I, for one, was left wondering what to do with it all.
So besides Allie’s romantic entanglements, she annoys me by resisting the idea that the fae exist and that she is one of them. COME ON. I mean, is it really that big of a leap from supernatural being to faery? No, I don’t think so. Someone would tell her something and she would consciously choose to ignore it until it bit her in the ass. It bugged me. It’s like she regressed. I thought I’d get over it when she went to Boundless, but she acts so stupid it was hard to take seriously. I skimmed a lot of the description and stuff, but I think I finally figured out the point of this novel at about the halfway point: save Allie’s fairy grandmother. Who we don’t know. And have no emotional investment in. Sigh.
I had a hard time getting into this one, mostly because there’s this influx of new characters that I’m suddenly supposed to care about and like. Junior’s presence is minimal. Beck is in Seattle. We hardly even see Beck’s sister, Nicole, or Allie’s friends, Manny and Mercedes. Kizzy’s hardly in the book at all. Even Faye’s presence is diminished in the first two-thirds. I just didn’t care that Melia was growing weaker, and I didn’t care about Hostetler’s fairy kid, and I didn’t care about Faye’s background either. I was so, so annoyed by the love square and all the macho posturing between Beck, Junior, and Ryker, but, thankfully, so was Allie, so there wasn’t a whole lot of agonizing.
I think I finally got into it around the time we met Delphine, which is weird because I love fairy novels. I don’t know why this one just didn’t stick with me. I mean, I thought some things in Boundless were funny, like the costume Melia gives Allie, and I eventually started figuring out the faery mythology, but it just seemed like too much too fast. I didn’t realize I’d be getting myself into a fairy book, but I should have known. Every adult urban fantasy novel seems to eventually descend into fairy territory. Maybe YA isn’t immune.
I liked the end though. I liked that there’s some inevitability to the world. I hope Allie isn’t able to squirm out of it easily, to be honest. I like a good fight, but I also like a heroine who accept defeat. If they all defy the odds, things start getting a little boring, you know? We’ll see. Shadow Moon is up next!