(This review may contain spoilers).
I think the Fairies of Rush was probably one of my favourite duologies when I first started reading books on my Kindle. I’ve had this book on my device for a while, but only recently had a reason to read it.
I did really enjoy reading this book, although I did find Ash to be a sexist jerk for part of the book. Well, most of the beginning. Then again, Joey felt exactly the same way, so it was good to see that at least he didn’t get away with the sexist beliefs. And even though it wasn’t an excuse, there were at least reasons behind his way of thinking. And the more I learned about his past, the more sympathy I felt for him.
I liked seeing Joey and glimpses of her relationship with her sister, but I would have liked to see a bit more of them interacting before she came to Ash in the hospital. I felt there was a bit too much information dumping in the book, in particular when it came to Joey’s relationship with her family members.
It was good to see the way the relationship formed between Joey and Ash. I liked the recurring theme of the frog and there were some really sweet moments between them. Plus, I really liked the fact that Joey didn’t change anything about herself to be with Ash. In fact, I had the feeling they both had to compromise. Their relationship felt real and I cared about whether they sorted out the conflicts or not.
I liked the fact that Joey’s psychic abilities were so easy and natural for her, but I would have liked to see more details about who apart from her father knew about her powers. While it was interesting to see the links with the murderer, there were times I felt that part of the storyline dragged. And I didn’t think the twists worked so well. I figured out the identity before the main characters did because of a comment I felt Ash, at least, should have picked up on. And I didn’t think the red herrings worked as well as they could have done.
I think the romantic aspect of the book worked better than the thriller aspects and I would have liked the serial killer aspect to either have been dropped into lower focus, or to be a bigger part of the book, as I didn’t feel it quite lived up to my expectations.
I did, however, enjoy reading this book and I would read more books by this author in the future.