Review: Far, Far Away by Tom McNeal


Publisher: Knopf Books
Publishing Date: June 2013
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 4.5

Publishers Description: It says quite a lot about Jeremy Johnson Johnson that the strangest thing about him isn’t even the fact his mother and father both had the same last name. Jeremy once admitted he’s able to hear voices, and the townspeople of Never Better have treated him like an outsider since. After his mother left, his father became a recluse, and it’s been up to Jeremy to support the family. But it hasn’t been up to Jeremy alone. The truth is, Jeremy can hear voices. Or, specificially, one voice: the voice of the ghost of Jacob Grimm, one half of the infamous writing duo, The Brothers Grimm. Jacob watches over Jeremy, protecting him from an unknown dark evil whispered about in the space between this world and the next. But when the provocative local girl Ginger Boultinghouse takes an interest in Jeremy (and his unique abilities), a grim chain of events is put into motion. And as anyone familiar with the Grimm Brothers know, not all fairy tales have happy endings. . .

Goodreads gives this an average user rating of 4.06. Low raters complained about it not being dark enough or too dark. One dipshjt rater said, “It must have been as confusing as I think it was because I’m obviously still too confused to figure out if it was really that confusing. Does that make sense?” Well no, you don’t make sense, to yourself or that herd of baboons. Maybe this is some cry for attention using Goodreads as a conduit. Save your plaintive ministrations for your Goth boyfriend and bandage your cuts.
Ok, enough about egocentric d-bags. I Loved this novel. Brilliantly crafted, from the characters to the story-line. The ghost enables an overview of events that leaves you pulling for Jeremy and Ginger at every twist and turn. Most novels in general have some characters that get left out of the development as they are just filler for the reader. Tom McNeal makes every effort to include some sort of insight into every person in the story, that makes for a riveting read. Pretty easy to figure out the baddy, but then again, this was a “made for young adult” novel.
Please do not pass this one up as you might miss out on a real talented writer, whom takes you on an escapist journey of wonder.

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