Review: Caleb James – Haffling

Author: Caleb James
Reviewer: Vivian
Publisher: DSP Publications
Genre:M/M Young Adult
ISBN: 9781623808952

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title

All sixteen-year-old Alex Nevus wants is to be two years older and become his sister Alice’s legal guardian. That, and he’d like his first kiss, preferably with Jerod Haynes, the straight boy with the beautiful girlfriend and the perfect life. Sadly, wanting something and getting it are very different. Strapped with a mentally ill mother, Alex fears for his own sanity. Having a fairy on his shoulder only he can see doesn’t help, and his mom’s schizophrenia places him and Alice in constant jeopardy of being carted back into foster care.

When Alex’s mother goes missing, everything falls apart. Frantic, he tracks her to a remote corner of Manhattan and is transported to another dimension—the land of the Unsee, the realm of the Fey. There he finds his mother held captive by the power-mad Queen May and learns he is half-human and half-fey—a Haffling.

As Alex’s human world is being destroyed, the Unsee is being devoured by a ravenous mist. Fey is vanishing, and May needs to cross into the human world. She needs something only Alex can provide, and she will stop at nothing to possess it… to possess him.
True love is an unbreakable bond.

Alex, 16 year old boy holding his family together, his schizophrenic mother and sister Alice. But things he always believed to be fantastical imaginings or ravings are more real than our world will allow.

Queen May of the Fey needs something and Alex has it. The trickster and cruel aspect of fey has been preserved. And Alex needs to use everything he has at his disposal to save what he loves.

This is a fast-paced YA fantasy. Alex is hyper-responsible due to his family’s circumstances, and he has no time for silly dreams like the cute, straight boy who smiles so beautifully. Of course, things are not as they seem and in his daily life Alex has put aside all but the necessary.

Soon necessary is dangerous as he is in a battle of wits. As cards are played, and Alex is backed into a corner, the truth of what is happening is inevitable. How the Alex wins… well that’s the key. One he always had. It’s all about trust and learning that while bad things happen not everything is bad. Even in our darkest moments there are good things if we just let ourselves see them.

Overall, a circus-filled story with heart and hope.

Favorite quote:

“There is no fair,” I said. “It’s just a made-up thing.”

She looked at me. There were tears in the corners of her eyes. “I know that, but someone your age shouldn’t.”


~~A copy was provided to me for a No Glitter Blown review~~


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