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4.0 out of 5 starsGood book for teens and tweens
Reviewed in the United States on September 22, 2018
As a mother always on the lookout for appropriate books for my 14-year old daughter, this one is great. Although the main character, Ashling, is 17, there isn't anything I would be concerned with in the book. The author does a good job of blending present day with Irish myth and the descriptions of otherworld, middleworld and netherworld were just plain cool. Also the setting descriptions were one of the strongest parts of the writing and made me want to travel to Ireland. If I had to say anything slightly critical, it was only that Ashling's family was a little too perfect which may not be relatable for all teens. I only wish my kids got along so well and loved their parents so dearly at all times. I would definitely pick up book 2 when it is released.
Reviewed in the United States on November 26, 2018
As a lover of Ireland and Irish mythology, I was swept away to this country along with the Donoghue family. Though the story centers on Ashling Donoghue and Aengus Breasal, I enjoyed all the other characters. They added depth, especially when mysterious secrets are revealed. Even though this is a young adult novel, Ms. Sterling weaves a beautiful tale with her writing, and I was captured! I’m looking forward to the next book in this phenomenal series!
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat read for vacation or anytime!
Reviewed in the United States on July 31, 2017
I read this book on vacation last week, and it was a great read! It has mystery, romance, and fantasy elements. The Irish setting allows for interesting and fun Irish myth and legend components. This is a YA book, but I'm an adult and enjoyed it thoroughly. The descriptive writing pulled me into the story, and the fantasy world Sterling created. I can't wait for book 2 in the series!
5.0 out of 5 starsLoved it! It's a YA book involving an American ...
Reviewed in the United States on October 10, 2017
Loved it! It's a YA book involving an American family moving to Ireland and their supernatural adventures there. The author captures the cultural differences beautifully. There is enough fantasy to keep it exciting and enough reality to satisfy the YA audience, my kids loved it too. Looking forward to the sequel.
Reviewed in the United States on September 19, 2018
Lovely read ... Where mythology and legends come alive . Very captivating and I loved how this author added hy Brasil into this novel . I'm hoping a book 2 is coming soon i also mourned for the parents and wanna know where they went.. Must read if you love Irish myth n legends
Reviewed in the United States on February 28, 2021
Ashling Donoghue is about to discover many new things in her life. Her family is invited to Killarney estate in Ireland. Ashling, a 17-year-old who has never had a boyfriend, meets Aengus Breasal, the son of the wealthy Irishman who’s invited them there. She feels an immediate attraction, and believes he may feel the same for her!
Aengus has secrets, though. His family has a daunting responsibility as the Tuatha Dé Danann, which are ageless, mythical guardians able to move between this reality and the magical dimension known as the “Otherworld”. When they encounter evil forces from that world, all of them – and the entirety of Ireland itself – are in danger. And it is Ashling who must open her heart, face her fears, and embrace her own destiny.
This was a wonderful story that felt like it took me on my own private tour of the beautiful countryside. The characters were very likable and as the tension escalated, it expertly held the reader captive to the story line. YA or not, I intend to follow the next book as well to see where this adventure leads!