Some fantasy novels are less gripping than others, and some I find myself plowing through in hours. Reluctantly Charmed by Ellie O’Neill was one of those novels that went by way too fast!
It was such a pleasure to read and I really felt like I was in Ireland hanging out with the fairies. O’Neill has such a knack for storytelling (an Irish trait I’m sure!) and it’s hard to believe that this was her first novel.
The action of the story surrounds Kate McDaid, a regular twenty-something living in Dublin as a copy writer. She’s essentially a normal girl until she receives a letter from her great aunt who died 150 years ago. Kate has to publish seven “steps” to open the eyes of the public to the fairy world again.
Part of what I love about the plot is that is seamlessly blends real-world problems with elements of fantasy. O’Neill really makes the storyline credible and realistic by infusing it with magical and everyday things like the dating woes of young women.
I loved this book — it was such a gem to come across because there were elements of all my favourite things: fairies, charming Irish villages and a touch of humour. I would definitely recommend this novel to other fairy lovers and realists alike!
Do you guys know of any fantasy novels I should read? Let me know in the comments!