Rue’s world is getting darker. In the last volume of The Good Neighbors, she discovered that faeries are real and not harmless, glitter-sparkled fantasies like fairy tales have described them.
In this installment, Rue learns about the perils of faerie enchantments and intricate faerie plans. Mixing magic with the every day world, human and faerie, is downright dangerous.
Rue also discovers more about her mother’s (Nia’s) family and not everything she learns is comforting.
“You can’t keep mom here against her will.” “Oh, can’t I?” “Give me a test then. A test like you gave my dad. I’ll win her from you.” “Don’t be silly. Nia, do you want to leave my hill? Does the moral world hold anymore allure for you?” pg 49. Yeah, does it?
Rue’s parents didn’t have a traditional first date. It’s awfully sad just how their two worlds came together.
Rue spends much of this volume trying to walk the line between the faerie and human worlds and feeling guilty about loving and belonging to both.
“Let me propose a toast. To love. In what we love best, our worst selves are revealed.” pg 52.
Love and jealousy play a large part in this story as does control and betrayal.
Sometimes, we ruin the relationships that mean the most to us because we’re careless or confused or bored. Other times, we may not be completely honest with ourselves about whether two people, or in this case human and faerie, even belonged together in the first place.
Rue stumbles her way through these questions in a teenage, angsty sort of way. She’s a flawed heroine, but I rather like her.
I’m looking forward to the last entry in the series.
See my review of the first book in the series: HERE.
Thanks for reading!