** I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. **
First Impression: Nerdery, sign me up!
Characters: Maddy and Jason are snarky and brave for their age, while Ren throws a brooding yet loveable shadow on the group. Fae and other creatures of Everly have unique personalities and dialogue. There is a scene with witches reminiscent of Hocus Pocus.
World Building: I could easily imagine the world on the other side of the tree, but I would have liked more description expected in a fantasy series.
Writing Style: Bonney uses nerd references and sarcastic conversations to drive the plot along, which makes this series suitable for teen readers.
What I Enjoyed: References are always appreciated, much like finding Easter eggs. I enjoyed some of the fantasy creatures like trolls that the trio encounter on their journey.
Deal Benders: I struggled to connect with the narrative and dialogue. It's quite possibly a case of growing older. This story would be most relatable to young teens.
Overall Rating: 3 stars for an enjoyable frolick through a fantasy realm.
For Fans Of: The Guild by Felicia Day