Book Review: Shimmerspell


“When sixteen-year-old Jensen Meadows finds herself caught in the middle of an ancient faerie war, she soon learns that faeries aren’t made of sparkly goodness.

They’re vicious.

And worse, they’re after her. With the help of Liam Casey, she delves into their world to find her missing sister and begins to suspect that her whole life has been nothing more than a faerie tale.

But maybe some truths should never be revealed…

Shimmerspell is a easily read yet pleasantly surprising. It’s a short and sweet novella with only 196 pages but it does a good job of making you want to read it all in one sitting – which I definitely did.

Jensen is your average 16 year old girl, fretting over her period which seems to be MIA. She’s under the care of her sister, Lauren, who is a con-artist. They are constantly moving from place to place. But this time Jensen finally feels at home. That is until Liam, the mysteriously gorgeous boy with Cerulean eyes fixes her in his gaze. Her whole life changes when she finds out she’s not exactly human. But who can she trust when she’s been left in the dark about her past?

This novella has a juvenile feel yet it intertwines comments and thoughts that would be best suited for an adult book. At times, the story feels very YA but when Kimberly Spencer weaves in her intricate, amazing descriptions of the fairy world that the main character, Jensen, is thrust into the story takes on a more sophisticated feel.

The only annoying question I had tugging at the back of my mind whilst reading this, was if Jensen was so in the dark about the Fae and all the other beings that are mentioned in the story how could she so easily pick them out in the crowd during the party? Really, I don’t think after skimming over a fairy history book for a brief moment I would be able to pick a Brownie and a Sprite or a Banchee out of the crowd. But perhps I’m just much slower than Jensen.

“She shut her eyes. They weren’t working anyway. But the darkness that followed only made her pulse speed up more, her heartbeat pounding in her ears. When she peeled her lids apart, she knew her sight wasn’t the problem because they were still there, still peeking over his shoulders at her. Still fluttering. Wings. Liam had wings.”

If you want a fun, little book to read on a lazy afternoon with well-developed characters and a refreshing new idea of what a world of Fae would be like then I can assure you that Shimmerspell is the book for you!

I enjoyed Shimmerspell right up until the ending. At which point I was thoroughly left hanging. Who are really Jensen’s friends and foe? I guess I’ll have to read the next installment to find out!

Buy this Novella…it’s only 99 cents!



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