This book was recommended to me by another author on a writing website, and I thought I'd give it a try. The cover was cute (not the cover on Amazon, a different one with a girl in a fairy costume) and the story started okay. I was immediately impressed with the author's ability to create interesting characters. They come across as very real and intriguing, and the voice of the protagonist, Halley, is adorable. It was an interesting plot from the start, very well written in terms of the use of language, and well-edited.
I was all in for the first couple chapters, until I realized that either Halley was literally crazy and all over the place with her thoughts, or the writer had "discovery written" the book and had no idea at first where it was going. I actually put it down for a few weeks, confused and overwhelmed. Then I picked it up in a moment of boredom and decided to give it one more try. This time, I really liked the world-building aspect, and the writing was strong, but again, there were holes all over the place, and it seemed to have no direction. It felt almost as if the writer threw things in, saying, "This would be cool. Oh, and what if this happened?" I actually did read it to the end, just to see if I was the one with the problem, and the ending just kind of fizzled out. I was left sitting there, thinking, what just happened?
I loved the author's writing style, and I think the clever retelling of A Midsummer Night's Dream had potential. It was just too much and too all over the place for me to give a five-star rating. With some changes, this could be a great book.