Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Solstice Cup by Rachel Dunstan Muller

Title: The Solstice Cup
Author: Rachel Dunstan Muller
Publication Date: 2009
Length: 169 pages

Twin sisters Mackenzie and Breanne are in Ireland visiting relatives, with the Winter Solstice approaching. The last time they were there, something strange happened to them, having to do with the Faerie world. Thanks largely to Breanne's "Irish people are crazy; I don't believe in Faeries! Let's go walking around at night on the Solstice! Nothing happened to me before, that was your imagination!" attitude, the two get trapped in the Otherworld, which turns out to be an enchanting but dangerous place for humans.

My goodness, Breanne was annoying. I never like characters that are so foolhardy that you have to wonder if they have a death wish or if they're just really, really stupid. Mackenzie, on the other hand, is the Chuckie to Breanne's Tommy (which personally I see as a good thing).

Besides that, though, I really have no complaints. The story is wonderful. I love stories about faeries and the Otherworld, and this one has a nice mixture of traditional elements and new ideas. It's also a real page-turner. I couldn't wait to find out whether they'd escape or become trapped as mindless slaves to the Faeries!

Overall, a good YA read. Light on the character development, but a great story. Recommended for budding young fantasy lovers, or for adults who just want a nice, light read.

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