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- File Size: 5420 KB
- Print Length: 353 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (3 Jun. 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00FNX5O1Y
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,216,916 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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My Faire Lady Kindle Edition
Top Customer Reviews
This was a fun read with lots of Renaissance details. I loved the friendships, descriptions of the faire and subplots. However, I didn't realise that this was told from the perspective of a 17 year old. Not normally, a problem but she was a bit immature and the teen drama sometimes got a bit annoying. Also because of this, the romantic scenes were nothing more than chaste kisses.
If you want a good ren faire read then you'll love this, especially if you're under 25. I will probably re-read it but might not have paid so much for it if I had the choice again.
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Sure, the novel starts in a stereotypical way: A girl is mourning her romance after her boyfriend is caught cheating (or appears to be caught cheating, though in this case it's true). So what does she do? She finds a new "thing" in her life, a way to hide from him and her feelings about the situation. In this book, the perfect place to hide comes in the form of a Renaissance Faire.
Of course, the usual love triangle arrives. Imagine my joy to learn that the love triangle was between two guys at the faire, though, instead of one at the faire and the return of the ex. So often in these cases, it turns out that the rumors about the ex were false and that what she thought she saw was wrong, or that the rumors were right and he either convinces her they weren't or he has some "reason" why it happened but it won't happen again. But, nope, the ex is out of the picture, although the recent break-up does complicate her attempts at Fairemance--that would be a no-strings-attached summer fling between faire workers.
Ro, our heroine, does struggle with more than just the romantic during the summer. I was surprised at the beginning that she wasn't invested in this art thing. So many YA main characters have that artsy thing that they're passionate about and wish they could go on with. Ro starts out thinking that art was this fun elective that she felt she was doing well at, and that might qualify her for this face-painting gig at the RenFest (Since the Renaissance faire in the book is based off Ohio Renaissance Festival, I'm going to keep calling it RenFest, hope you don't mind). Only through the reactions of those whose faces she paints does she find a true love for painting. Then the problem becomes her parents and their goals for their daughter, and then telling them what she wants to do with her life becomes a big source of conflict.
Will had my heart from the moment he showed up (chapter 2, I believe). So, when Ro starts pining after Christian simply because he's hot and plays a knight, I started rolling my eyes. But Christian did show her a lot of attention, and it was clear that he did want a Fairemance with her, so at least it wasn't a case of chasing the hot guy who doesn't notice her and ignoring the adorkable hottie who wants her. Will is pretty much an A-plus in my book, though. A guy who's nice and considerate around her, who she can carry a conversation with, who knows what he wants to major in in college and is passionate about it (physics, btw), who is funny, and who is strong enough to do whip tricks? All Christian has going for him is that he's hot.
The book is full of setting, obviously: a remote fairgrounds where the employees work and live. You had jousts, and sword-crafting, and wood-carved trolls, and a king, and the mud show, and troubadours, and lots of turkey legs. I could have used a few more details that I'm used to seeing at RenFest--girls with raccoon tails, belly-dancers, tavern songs at the tavern, fairy wings, and so on. Where were the customers in costume? And this is a probably a readability thing, but except for Will, the employees rarely played their part during faire hours. I wanted to see Ro's struggle with playing the Renaissance maiden, but all she had to deal with were clothes and turning off her cell phone.
Anyway, overall a light-hearted, fun read, especially for a nerd like me :)
Recommended for fans of: Renaissance festivals, love triangles, contemp YA, face-painting, jousting and/or whip tricks, adorkable love interests, coming-of-age in an artsy way, and wood-carved trolls.
The best part, though: the real story isn't about to faire or the boy, but about the heroine. I'm a sucker for a good finding-herself tale, and this book delivers perfectly.
P.S. In the interest of full disclosure, I did go to high school with the author and that is why I picked up this book. However, my opinions regarding it have nothing to do with that fact. If I had not enjoyed it, I simply would have written nothing.
P.P.S. I hope you continue writing, Laura. I'm eager to read the next one.
Rowena Duncan is heartbroken after learning that her boyfriend was cheating on her and she just wants to get away from them for the summer. She applies for an out-of-town face painter job, and finds herself out in the middle of nowhere at a Renaissance Faire. Working on her art and making new friends should keep her mind off her cheating ex and it doesn't hurt that there are two guys vying for her attention - Will, the whip cracker and Christian, the jousting knight.
Ro meets Will first when he greets her the first day she arrives at the Faire to apply for the face painter job, then she meets Christian while they are walking to the owner's trailer. She's completely smitten when she sees Christian. I felt that there was more depth between Ro and Will than there was with her and Christian. And I'll be completely honest and say that I was rooting for Will the entire time. I absolutely loved him. Christian gave off this vibe that he was interested, but didn't really care either way. Whereas, Will showed he was interested and cared in everything he did with Ro. But she's blinded by who she wants and doesn't see who she needs. That was really frustrating. I'm like, Why can't you see Will and the fact that he cares about you?? I think that's where I'll stop, because I don't want to give away who she chose in the end. But I'm Team Will!
One of our guys sent the troubadours to Ro on the day that her ex and his new girlfriend showed up at the Faire to cheer her up. The song choice is important to pay attention to, because it gives a hint as to who sent them to her. But I really loved this moment. It's romantic in the way that a violinist at a fancy restaurant will come up to your table and play you a song, just Renaissance-style. It was a really sweet things that was done for Ro when she was feeling really down after seeing her ex and his girlfriend being all lovey-dovey at the tavern she was waitressing as a serving wench. There's a few other romantic moments, but this was definitely my favorite.
My Faire Lady was a quick, cute read that will appeal to many readers. The story was very well written, with a main character that is quick, sarcastic, and hilarious, and side characters that you fall in love with. You can easily tell that Ms. Wettersten did her research in order to accurately describe the details of a Renaissance Faire, and I love when authors make the story as true-to-life as possible!
Rowena was a very charming character that was both realistic and relatable. She experiences a tremendous amount of growth over the course of the novel, and it was very nice to watch. Ms. Wettersten did a remarkable job at integrating both teen drama, but also not overdoing it. It was a nice balance that few authors can achieve, especially when writing contemporary novels. The romance was light and you easily fall in love with Will. Will was hilarious, cute, and sharp as a whip (you'll get that after you read the book). I was rooting for him from the very beginning, and you will be too. However, one of my favorite characters in this book is Suze. She had me cracking up, and is the exact type of friend you want in your life. From the minute she shows up in the book, you will fall in love with her character. There are plenty of characters to love in this book, and each had their own distinct personality that makes for a fun read.
I highly recommend checking this book out if you're looking for a quick, light-hearted love story that is also about finding yourself and having fun along the way. You get to experience new things along with Rowena, and will definitely feel like running away to the Renaissance Faire afterwards! Happy reading :)