Freak. That's what her classmates call seventeen-year-old Donna Underwood. When she was seven, a horrific fey attack killed her father and drove her mother mad. Donna's own nearly fatal injuries from the assault were fixed by magic—the iron tattoos branding her hands and arms. The child of alchemists, Donna feels cursed by the magical heritage that destroyed her parents and any chance she had for a normal life. The only thing that keeps her sane and grounded is her relationship with her best friend, Navin Sharma.
When the darkest outcasts of Faerie—the vicious wood elves—abduct Navin, Donna finally has to accept her role in the centuries old war between the humans and the fey. Assisted by Xan, a gorgeous half-fey dropout with secrets of his own, Donna races to save her friend—even if it means betraying everything her parents and the alchemist community fought to the death to protect.
---- I am torn with what rating to give this novel. The writing was choppy and the pace agonizingly slow, but there were some little nuggets of goodness in there as well. The whole thing was vague from start to finish which made it had to stay focused reading. The main character, Donna was part seesaw, part twirl-a-whirl. Reading her thoughts was like watching a rugby match, except you felt the pain of impact.
I am very intrigued by Xan and I think he needs to be developed more in the next novel. It was interesting enough that I would like to read the next book, but not enough that I'd go out and by it. Thank you Lord for the Public Library! If the next book in the series gets polished up, I'd consider purchasing. But the plot needs toughening and the dialogue is in desperate need of boost. Let's see if Karen can dig up some more gems and polish them up..