We Other by Sue Bentley is an explosion of sensation. Bentley easily describes the scents and tastes of Jess’s life. From her descriptions of positive things in Jess’ life like plants and fruits and vegetables to the things that make her ill like spray paint, there is an art to Bentley’s descriptors that bring the world of We Other to life. Throughout everything, you are always aware of the environment and surroundings in a way that is vibrant, and yet subtle. Her world-building is woven intricately into the story itself, so that the reader is never jerked out of the flow of the story.
The jerkiness of the time switches was a bit of an issue for me at first. I understand WHY they were done that way, but I felt like I had whiplash the first few times it happened. I love that Bentley doesn’t have an exact timline match-up between the real world and Shadow Court. So many times, authors try to give a 1:15 or 1:10 ratio for time passage, but he myths I’ve read always say it fluctuates and Bentley easily portrays this by keeping the timline in Shadow Court separate from the timeline in the real world. This fluidity is also tied in to Jess’ awakening to her true nature…where she sees things sporadically and without a constant. Bentley maintains a bit of mystery to her as well, giving us tidbits of information here and there, slowly revealing who she is and the fey around her to the reader.
Bentley’s writing is enchanting. I found myself getting lost in the story without any trouble. Of course, there’s a sort of a cliff-hanger. The book itself is complete, but there’s just a tiny hint of more to come–and I really hope it does. Pick up this fantastic read by clicking the links below.
(Sorry the post is late! School ended this week and my days got jumbled!)
Family secrets, changelings, and fairies you never want to meet on a dark night.
Jess Morgan’s life has always been chaotic.
When a startling new reality cannot be denied, it’s clear that everything she believed about herself is a lie. She is linked to a world where humans – ‘hot-bloods’ – are disposable entertainment. Life on a run-down estate – her single mum’s alcoholism and violent boyfriend – become the least of Jess’s worries.
Author Bio – Sue Bentley discovered a love of books at an early age. She worked for Northamptonshire Libraries for many years, while teaching herself the craft of writing. She is the author of the worldwide bestselling Magic Kitten, Magic Puppy, Magic Ponies, Magic Bunny series for age 5-9 years. She also writes for children and adults under various pen names. A lover of English Folklore, her books often contain elements of the otherworld and the darkness within the everyday. Her books have been translated into around 20 languages. We Other is her first book for Young Adults.