Review: The Valentine’s Fae by Emma Shortt

The Valentine’s Fae by Emma Shortt
Series: FairyTales (#2)
Release Date: February 2, 2011
Publisher:  Evernight Publishing
Source:  eBook provided by author for review

A Valentine’s fairy who doesn’t believe in love, a human who can’t let go… can one wish change them both?

It’s her first year as a Valentine’s fairy and Amelia has been given an impossible task. Gavin Peters wants his ex-girlfriend back but Fae magic can’t make people fall in love. If Amelia is to complete her task she’ll have to get creative, and that creativity will have to include ignoring her own rapidly developing feelings for the human she’s been tasked with.

Gavin has pined for his ex for months so when the mysterious Amelia offers him a wish he knows exactly what to request. But when his ex returns Gavin begins to wonder if what he’s wished for is really what he wants. Can his Valentine’s Fairy grant him another wish and if so will he be able to ask for what he really wants?


Review: The premise of this book had some promise.  A fae is send to grant the wish of a human for Valentine’s Day.  So far so good.  I think where it started to go downhill for me is the actual characters.  Gavin was just plain grumpy and hung up on his ex-girlfriend.  And for some reason I just couldn’t care about Amelia; something about her just didn’t sit right with me.  Both of these factors made it hard for me to *really* enjoy the book.  And I never did figure out how the two of them actually fell for each other.

But what really stuck out to me (as a former editor) was the editing.  Here’s a quote from page 41 of the pdf:

The meaning of her words was unmistakable and Gavin, though he should have been elated, felt a queer sense of disappointment run through him.  This is what I wanted.  What I’ve spent the last six months wishing for.  What the hell is wrong with me?

In this quote, there is no formatting to show the jump from the 3rd person POV to the character’s inner thoughts (1st person POV).  Usually this is shown by putting the thoughts in italics.  But that never happens in this book and it was quite distracting for me.  I had to stop and re-read passages several times to make sure I was reading correctly.  I even checked the quote from the original pdf thinking that maybe my nook screwed up the formatting, which was NOT the case.  I hate to nitpick on something like editing, but it really did take away from the story for me.




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