Book Review: The Uncertain Places by: Lisa Goldstein

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Tachyon Publications

Publish Date: June 15, 2011

Origins: From Publisher for Review

Format: Trade Paperback

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble  

Synopsis: When Berkeley student Will Taylor is introduced by his best friend Ben to the mysterious Feierabend sisters, Will falls for enigmatic Livvy, a chemistry major and accomplished chef. But Livvy's family - vivacious actress Maddie, family historian Rose, and their mother, absent-minded Sylvia - behave strangely. The Feierabend women appear to believe that luck is their birthright. Will and Ben learn that generations ago the family made a contract with a powerful otherworldly force, and they are now all entangled in an ages-old fairy tale.

First discovered by the Brothers Grimm, and then inexplicably suppressed, the story of the Bondsmaid had been lost to the world for hundreds of years. The sacrifice of the Bondsmaid kept what little magic, long supplanted by science, left in the world. Will must unravel the riddle of the supernatural bargain in order to save Livvy from her predestined fate.

Review: Get ready for a ride into a fairy tale land that is not all it seems! The Uncertain Places is reminiscent of a Charles de Lint tale, weaving fairy tales, history, and coming of age together for a ride down the rabbit hole. When Will Taylor meets Livvy Feierabend, he falls in love with her almost instantly. However, he discovered that there is truth to fairy tales and Livvy's family is bound by an oath made centuries ago to the fairyland - one of the lost fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm come to life. Will sets out to save Livvy from her fate, but is he willing to pay the ultimate price?

My only dissatisfaction is that I wish the book had been a little longer. There seems to be a lot of information and action in a short 240 pages and it takes a bit to get through. While you usually don't get much explanation in fairy tales, I wish some aspects were a bit more fleshed out.



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