Monday, January 23, 2012

FEYLAND: The Dark Realm: A Review

Hello all,

Here's the first review, as promised, and I should have another one up tomorrow, work willing. Soooo, without further ado, a review :) (<3 rhymes....)

Blurb (and picture above) from Goodreads (I do not own them but am using them for review purposes only):


Feyland is the most immersive computer game ever designed, and Jennet Carter is the first to play the prototype. But she doesn’t suspect the virtual world is close enough to touch — or that she’ll be battling for her life against the Dark Queen of the faeries.


Tam Linn is the perfect hero — in-game. Too bad the rest of his life is seriously flawed. The last thing he needs is rich-girl Jennet prying into his secrets, insisting he’s the only one who can help her.


Together, Jennet and Tam enter the Dark Realm of Feyland, only to discover that the entire human world is in danger. Pushed to the limit of their abilities, they must defeat the Dark Queen… before it’s too late.

Title: FEYLAND: The Dark Realm
Author: Anthea Sharp
Publisher: Self
Publication Date: 2011
Source: received copy from author in exchange for honest review

Genre: YA Fantasy/Gamer (as in video game) Romance

Cover: The cover definitely makes sense for the content. I think how you feel about the cover will dictate, in my opinion, how you’ll feel about the book, within reason of course. This book is heavy on the gamer/fantasy/folk lore element and that’s definitely reflected in the cover choice.

Plot: This book was new territory for me. I hardly ever choose fantasy-ish titles, but I like changing it up every once in a while. There’s mystery, romance, and epic journey/battles, and I think that could appeal to anyone who leans to the more fantastical side of things. And, as a side note, I thought Sharp handled different family dynamics in an thought-provoking way too.

Romantic Element: I thought Sharp handles this in an interesting way. The focus of the story is definitely more plot driven, but there’s enough of this to satisfy the more sentimental kind of readers. And for any parents out there, the romantic bits are very PG and appropriate, in case you were wondering. 

Overall: I think this book could appeal and would be good for those who like a fantasy tilt to their YA and regular reading. The fact that Sharp had this very cool gamer (video game) element really made the whole thing more exciting, while also making the stakes higher. So, if you find yourself liking quests, journeys, danger, and gaming, with a little romance thrown in. And, if you get hooked, you’ll have a sequel to look forward to as well. 

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So? What do you all think? Something up your alley? Lemme know below!
Psst, thanks for all the great comments last post too :)


  1. How fun! I haven't read fantasy in a while--I should check this one out. Thanks for the review!

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  3. great review. Interesting concept. I enjoy fantasy so maybe I should pick this up.

  4. Awesome review! Thanks so much for doing this!

    I'm a writer of fantasy, so always looking for other inspiration.

  5. I really like the cover, and the concept seems really original. Definitely one to check out.
    Fab review.