Never After: The Thirteenth Fairy


Unabridged Audiobook

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Book
3
Narrator
1
Release Date
December 2020
Duration
7 hours 20 minutes
Summary
'Narrator Imani Jade Powers sets a vibrant tone for this first audiobook in the middle-grade adventure series..Her clear delivery emphasizes the storytelling, which skillfully takes listeners from one suspenseful chapter to the next.' -- AudioFile Magazine

Real life and fairy tales collide in Never After: The Thirteenth Fairy, book one in the new middle-grade Never After series from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Descendants series, Melissa de la Cruz.

Nothing ever happens in Filomena Jefferson-Cho’s sleepy little suburban town of North Pasadena. The sun shines every day, the grass is always a perfect green, and while her progressive school swears there’s no such thing as bullying, she still feels bummed out. But one day, when Filomena is walking home on her own, something strange happens.

Filomena is being followed by Jack Stalker, one of the heroes in the Thirteenth Fairy, a series of books she loves about a brave girl and her ragtag group of friends who save their world from an evil enchantress. She must be dreaming, or still reading a book. But Jack is insistent—he’s real, the stories are real, and Filomena must come with him at once!

Soon, Filomena is thrust into the world of evil fairies and beautiful princesses, sorcerers and slayers, where an evil queen drives her ruthless armies to destroy what is left of the Fairy tribes. To save herself and the kingdom of Westphalia, Filomena must find the truth behind the fairytales and set the world back to rights before the cycle of sleep and destruction begins once more.

A Macmillan Audio production from Roaring Brook Press
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Sergio C.

This is classic Melissa De La Cruz, in the best and worst ways. A character knowledgeable about a magical world without coming off as too bad a fan is actually sweet to see. Cosplay and fan fiction is dioxide without feeling forced. That's all a dedicated or casual fan would want written about. The twist of the princess is used again, which isn't so terrible, but the ending feels so rushed compared to the rest. I feel she could have had another half hour of content to pace it out. But as with the ending, it leaves you wanting more, and if nothing else, that is absolutely what you want in a story. It is wonderful to want more, especially in a story about hunting cheeseburgers and eating lillies. There is a sweetness that any young person, or anyone, wanting a Happy Never After can find.

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