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Geek Fantasy Novel by E. Archer
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This book is a meandering, young adult novel that takes the reader into weird fantasy worlds through the power of wishes and on an epic quest by an unexpected hero who strives to make everything right, when things continually go wrong.

Along the way, you experience fairies, snow queens, the undead, and plenty of teen angst.

"(Ralph's parents) were, in fact, endlessly tolerant — except when it came to their one ironclad rule: Ralph must never, ever, make a wish. Not under any circumstances whatsoever." pg IV

I thought I would enjoy this story more than I did. The trouble is I don't feel like the author successfully managed to tie the different pieces of the story together. It was disjointed and strange, but not in a good way.

That might appeal to some readers, but not me.

"I think she really wants to be the characters she reads about." "Well, I guess that's the point of it all," Ralph said, out of dork solidarity. pg XXIV

Some of the details of the fantasy worlds were amusing and most certainly will appeal to young adult and reluctant readers.

"These tree-homes are lovely to look at, but so intricate that fairies spend almost all of their waking hours building and maintaining and getting lost in them. Which is a shame, really, since that leaves them so much less time for gamboling about meadows, visiting wishing wells, leaving money in return for teeth, and such." pg CVII

In the way it wandered through completely different fantasy worlds, it reminded me of The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear... until the unexpected ending.

"In a wish, when one is pursuing one's greatest desires, one isn't killed by microbes. One is killed by monsters. That's what makes it so great." pg CXXII

Recommended, with reservations, for young adult readers who are more interested in the journey than character building.
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Reading Progress

September 1, 2019 – Started Reading
September 1, 2019 – Shelved
September 6, 2019 – Shelved as: young-adult
September 6, 2019 – Finished Reading
October 7, 2019 – Shelved as: fiction

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