Not for me? | Review: The Fairy Boy of Calton Hill


28585104Liam, a young teenage boy who recently lost his father, is befriended by G, a weird and wonderful, yet very curious kind of fairy creature, after she breaks the strict rules of her troubled, fantastical world and intervenes when Liam is beaten up by a gang of school bullies outside her cave on top of Edinburgh’s Calton Hill.

Immediately G and Liam form a deep bond of friendship that takes them on a whirlwind adventure inside her magical world, from the great cliffs of doom and the flesh eating forest to the great lake of Silence, and all the weird and wonderful creatures that inhabit them, from fire wolves and rainbow dragons to the more sinister lurking Weasel bats.

But G’s world is no longer the tranquil haven it once was, and is now a world ruled by a tyrant Fairy King, his mysterious evil wizard, Zorn, and their army of Wretchids – a half goblin, half werewolf mix breed creature, with one hell of a bite.

Things take a darker turn when Liam, looking to impress his new love interest Lucy – a pretty and feisty Irish teenage girl next door – secretly brings her into the new world, unaware of the tragic and twisted chaos that is about to be unleashed.

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*I was provided a copy of this book in exchange of a honest review*

This was an okay book. I had many problems with it and I’m sorry to say I don’t think I enjoyed it.

First of all, I think it was a bad thing from me to accept a middle-grade book. I don’t usually read them because I don’t usually like them. The middle-grades I like are exceptions. This was not a book for someone with 17-years-old. Maybe a 10-years-old kid would enjoy this a lot and I really believe that but not me.

The main problem for me were the characters. There is this fairy G and a human called Lucy. They both frustrated me so much G was a careless, irresponsible,selfish fairy. She just wanted to prove all people/fairies that she was great and she could bring a human and she didn’t think of consecuences until almost the worst was happening. Seriously? Then she says she doesn’t want to make any rush decision and she made one that changed everything. Frstrating.
Then we have Lucy. She has this appearance and attitude of super cool girl, knows more than you, and she doesn’t. And she wants to be oh so mature but nop. She also had all this bravery but that wasn’t true because when really situations came into the picture she wasn’t that. And she had said everything and it was so hypocritical.
But, I have to say that Liam wasn’t a bad main character. He was brave, intelligent and searched solutions to problems.

Other thing I didn’t like was the relationship between Liam and G. I mean, it’s totally fine if they are friends and everything but they have known each other just for one day and they are already BFFs? No, just no.

As I say all this I must say that this book has a cool world and very different creatures. It has the real concept of fantasy as we know it, other world with fairies and creatures.

I had no problem with the writing though it changes POVs really unexpected.

Overall, as I said at the beginning it wasn’t a good book for me and my main problem were the characters.
I would recommend this to children, because for them, I think this can be a good one.

About the author:

Born in London to Scottish and Irish parents, Sean spent most of his childhood and teenage years growing up on the move in the likes of Cyprus, Germany, Wales and England as an army brat. With a keen interest in both reading and writing he was diagnosed with the travel and writing bugs very early on in life.

Now, writing, traveling and reading are his main passions in life, but he also loves outdoor sports too from Rugby and Hiking to Tennis and Boxing.

His main inspiration for writing today comes from living in such a beautiful, Gothic and hauntingly, awe inspiring city such as Edinburgh. This charming wee city has given Sean so much amazing inspiration to write the more time he spends there.

At this moment Sean is working on a couple of screenplays, a book about an alcoholic deadbeat and a single mother ex porn star who find love in Edinburgh’s Morningside, and a sequel to ‘The Fairy Boy of Calton Hill’ – The Fairy Boy of the Seven seas.

So far he has two published work of fiction –

The Universe Doesn’t Do Second Chances and Cafe Independence.

And 5 self published novels.



Sarah Smiles


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