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Friday, June 19, 2015

Review: Trailer Park Fae

Title: Trailer Park Fae
Author: Lilith Saintcrow
Series: Gallow and Ragged #1
Format: ebook
Release Date: June 23rd, 2015
Length: Novel (320 pages)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Publisher
Buy: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Rating: 3.5-stars 

Melissa's Review:

Jeremy Gallow, a half human/half fae is in the mortal world working as a construction worker. He turned away from the fae when he married a human woman and decided to live a normal mortal life with her. Unfortunately, after awhile together, she died in a car accident and he's left to continue living his life like he had been, though filled with sorrow. So when a fae girl walks into the bar that he's having drinks with his coworkers at and she looks uncannily like his dead wife, he gets up and follows her. This starts the journey of Gallow and Robin.

You see, Robin is the fae queen of Summer's errand girl. In their world, the fae are getting a plague like illness that affects the fae that are more pure blooded. It's not effecting the half bloods or less quite as badly. Robin is sent to get a cure from one of Summer's human playthings in the mortal world. On the way, Unwinter's minions cause issues and that's when Gallow steps in to help his dead wife's lookalike. This continues on until the end of the book. There are discoveries along the way, but I'll leave that quiet in case you want to read this book.

I will however mention a few things if you are planning on reading the book. I had several issues as I was reading and feel like I should just put this out there. It quickly changes both of the main character's names depending on who is speaking. Gallow is known as Jeremy, Jeremiah, as well as Gallow. Robin is called Robin, or Ragged. Initially both of these character name changing so often confused me, until I figured out some random guy didn't just show up, it was still Gallow. Secondly, it's extremely slow at the beginning. I'm not sure if that was just an issue for myself, or it others will have this issue as well. I had trouble until about the 25% mark, then it got a bit interesting and at the 75% mark I was fully invested in the story. My last complaint is that Gallow's dead wife is mentioned a bit too much as well. I understand that having a girl that looks just like her will bring up the subject, but I felt it was mentioned almost every few pages.

All that being said, there were positive things about the book as well. The fae had me intrigued, and I hope for the characters to spend a bit more time there vs on the human side in the next book. I liked Robin's character, and her powers intrigued me. And I seem to have a weakness for the nonstop running until we work everything out type books. So all that being said, I did enjoy Trailer Park Fae, but had a difficult time getting into it. I would however read book two just to see what happens next. I'd suggest this if you like dark fae books.


15 comments:

  1. Good things and less. I was so curious about this one so I'm a bit disappointed that it's not awesome. I'll receive it soon.

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    1. I hope you enjoy it! Just know going in it's a slow build (at least for me!) and the name thing and you should be fine :)

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  2. Oh nos, I really wanted to read this but it sounds like a ton of confusion! Is there a good reason why they have so many names?

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    1. The thing I noticed is that a lot of the fae call each other their surname. So you'll meet Gallows at the start of the book in the mortal world and he's introduced as Jeremiah Gallows for one page then referred to as Jeremiah the entire time. Then a bit later they mention Gallows a lot because the fae are talking to him *shakes head* Same with Robin, the fae seem to call her Ragged (her last name). It was confusing to say the least.

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    2. Yuck! This is complicated but it shouldn't be but I dont wanna have to remember last names.lol. Ya know? Are you gonna read the next one or skip it?

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    3. I'd probably read the next to see what happens TBH

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  3. I've been wanting to read this book since I saw the cover last year. I've read books from this author in the past and enjoyed them, though they were never 5 star reads for me. Sucks about the name thing. I'm hoping to get the audio from the publisher for review. I don't know if that will help or make it better, depends on the narrator. Great review.

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    1. I think the audio will probably make it a lot better to be honest. At least then you'll give the voice difference for each character and you'll know hahaha Hope you enjoy!!

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  4. The name is hilarious. The name switching would bother me, too!

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    1. The name and cover drew me in for sure! :P

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  5. Oof, with so many books on my TBR, this can wait. If book 2 is good, THEN I'll probably pick this series up. Slow starts ends up on my DNF pile.

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    1. Yeah, I'd suggest waiting for someone to review book two :)

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  6. Hrms. I LOVE the cover. I probably wouldn't have stuck around long enough to get caught. Glad it did get you in ways. I think that name changing would have confused me too. Sometimes that can work but sometimes it's just confusing :/

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    1. That cover caught my eye as well :) But yeah the name changing just made me have issues

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  7. I have this one on my shelf waiting for me. Can't wait to get to it. :) Thanks. And I'll keep an eye out for those names.

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